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8Feb/150

Read Right Now! The Hallelujah Flight

National African American Read-In

A Story Every Day

February 1-28, 2015

The Hallelujah Flight
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Read The Hallelujah Flight 

During the Great Depression, the ace black pilot James Banning decided to fly from coast to coast to serve as an inspiration to people everywhere. So with a little ingenuity and a whole lot of heart, he fixed up the dilapidated OXX6 Eagle Rock plane with his co-pilot and mechanic, Thomas Allen, earning them the derisive nickname, "The Flying Hobos." But with the help of friends and family along the way who signed their names on the wings of the plane in exchange for food, fuel and supplies, Banning and Allen made it through treacherous weather and overcame ruthless prejudice to receive a heroes' welcome upon landing in New York on October 9, 1932. #weneeddiversebooks


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7Feb/150

Read Right Now! What Should We Wear?

National African American Read-In

A Story Every Day

February 1-28, 2015

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Read What Should We Wear? 

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6Feb/150

Read Right Now! Hansel & Gretel set in Africa

National African American Read-In

A Story Every Day

February 1-28, 2015

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Read Hansel & Gretel set in Africa

A stunning interpretation of this classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale, setting the infamous witch's cottage deep in a lush African forest. Hansel and Gretel's plight feels all the more threatening as they're plunged into the thick, dark jungle. More Fairy Tales from Other Places#weneeddiversebooks


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5Feb/150

Read Right Now! The Music in Derrick’s Heart

National African American Read-In

A Story Every Day

February 1-28, 2015

AARI The Music in Derrick's Heart
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Watch The Music in Derrick's Heart 

by Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert illustrated by Colin Bootman

Uncle Booker T., who makes magic by playing his harmonica music from his heart, spends the summer teaching Derrick how to play. #weneeddiversebooks


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4Feb/150

Read Right Now! A Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr.

National African American Read-In

A Story Every Day

February 1-28, 2015

AARI A Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr
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Watch Right Now! A Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr.

A brief, illustrated, biography of the Baptist minister and civil rights leader whose philosophy and practice of nonviolent civil disobedience helped American blacks win many battles for equal rights. Read by LaVar Burton on Reading Rainbow. #weneeddiversebooks


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3Feb/150

Read Right Now! Parts of Me

National African American Read-In

A Story Every Day

February 1-28, 2015

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Read Right Now! Parts of Me

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2Feb/150

Read Right Now! Anansi Goes to Lunch

National African American Read-In

A Story Every Day

February 1-28, 2015

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Watch Right Now! Anansi Goes to Lunch

When three friends invite Anansi the Spider to lunch on the same day, he learns a lesson about greed. #weneeddiversebooks


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1Feb/150

Read Right Now! The Snowy Day

National African American Read-In

A Story Every Day

February 1-28, 2015

 

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Read Right Now! The Snowy Day 

The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day. 1963 Caldecott Medal Winner. #weneeddiversebooks


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10Jan/150

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

I Have a Dream

Monday, January 19, 2015 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here at the Library we're closed, but there are a lot of Indianapolis attractions that are open with FREE activities. Take a look at the choices: Indianapolis Downtown Inc. Calendar of Events for Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015. (Scroll down to see the day's activities.)

You can learn a lot together about Martin Luther King. Jr. in some favorite and new books listed below, or by looking at these websites.  You can also make a craft to honor and remember Martin Luther King Jr.'s work - find one on the Ready to Read Pinterest Board: Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Coretta Scott I Have a Dream March On Marching for Freedom Martin's Big Words

Martin Luther King - I Have A Dream Speech - August 28, 1963:

Bobby Kennedy Announces Martin Luther King's Death, Indianapolic, IN 1968:

New Books:

Martin Luther King Jr. In His Own Words Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Coretta Scott King
I Have  Dream Marching to the Mountaintop Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Martin Luther King, Jr. Day My Uncle Martin’s Words for America We March What Was Your Dream, Dr. King

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5Jan/150

Read Right Now! WINTER & SNOW

It's cold! I know, stating the obvious! A good day to remember this famous storybook quote:

"The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house all that cold, cold, wet day." ~The Cat in the Hat

It would be a good time for a visit from The Cat in the Hat to change things up and make a big fun mess! Since The Cat in the Hat won't really stop by, here are some websites and books that might help you figure out how to have some fun together on a cold, snowy day!


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Read Right Now! books you can read online, right now, with no waiting!

IsItColdOutside UniteForLiteracy75
Read Is It Cold Outside? Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!

Frosty the Snowman Small WeGiveBooksSmall
Read Frosty the Snowman Everybody's favorite snowman comes magically to life! Featuring the festive spirit and rollicking lyrics of the original song, this delightfully illustrated picture book is the perfect read-aloud for the holiday season.

Little Dog Lost Small WeGiveBooksSmall
Read Little Dog Lost On a cold winter day, a curious dog wandered onto a frozen river, and before he knew it he was traveling fast on a sheet of ice. Many people tried to help, but the dog could not be reached. Finally, after two nights and seventy-five miles, the little dog was saved by a ship out in the Baltic Sea.

Snowmen at Night Small WeGiveBooksSmall
Read Snowmen at Night Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked? And you've wondered....what do snowmen do at night? This wonderfully told wintertime tale reveals the enchanting secret life of snowmen everywhere.

Rabbit's Snow Dance WeGiveBooksSmall
Read Rabbit's Snow Dance A hip and hilarious fable perfect for wintertime. Rabbit loves the winter. He knows a dance, using a traditional Iroquois drum and song, to make it snow--even in springtime! The other animals of the forest don't want early snow, but Rabbit doesn't listen to them. Instead, he sings and dances until more and more snow falls. But how much snow is too much, and will Rabbit know when to stop?

The Hat WeGiveBooksSmall
Read The Hat When Lisa's woolen stocking flies off the clothesline, a curious hedgehog finds it and pokes in his nose. The stocking gets stuck on his prickles-and then the fun begins...

A Blanket of Snow WeGiveBooksSmall
Read A Blanket of Snow 

Three Snow Bears Small WeGiveBooksSmall
Read Three Snow Bears This stunningly illustrated interpretation of Goldilocks and the Three Bears transports the well-loved story to the Arctic north. There, the raven-haired Inuit girl, Aloo-ki, comes upon an igloo that turns out to be the home of a polar bear family.

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Listen to Al Gore read Brave Irene Brave Irene is Irene Bobbin, the dressmaker's daughter. Her mother, Mrs. Bobbin, isn't feeling so well and can't possibly deliver the beautiful ball gown she's made for the duchess to wear that very evening. So plucky Irene volunteers to get the gown to the palace on time, in spite of the fierce snowstorm that's brewing-- quite an errand for a little girl.

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Favorite Winter & Snow Stories:

Oliver and Amanda and the Big Snow Snow The Jacket I Wear in the Snow Lemonade in Winter
Cliffords First Snow Day SnowFrosty Snowflake Bentley Katy and the Big Snow
SnowLadybug The Snowy Day Froggy Gets Dressed

New Winter & Snow Stories:

The Snowman and the Snowdog Skippyjon Jones Snow What Mimi and Bear in the Snow The First Snowfall
An Amazing Snowman Snowy Blast What Happens in Winter Sugar White Snow and Evergreens
Blizzard The Wonderful Gifts of Winter Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear The Winter Train
Earmuffs for Everyone

Winter & Snow Non-Fiction:

SnowCreating SnowKnow SnowWeKnow SnowForts
Build Your Own Fort Igloo The Kids Winter Fun Book

Snow eBooks:

SnowThomas SnowToby SnowWillow SnowSkate
SnowChill SnowFrosty2 SnowFall SnowBerty

Snow eAudiobooks:

SnowBiggest SnowSnowDay SnowZach SnowBlow
SnowMarley

Books Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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