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Read Right Now!: Clifford the Big Red Dog

Norman Bridwell
Norman Bridwell, Creator of ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ Books has died. Mr. Bridwell was 86. "Norman Ray Bridwell was born in Kokomo, Ind., on Feb. 15, 1928. His father, Vern, was a factory worker; his mother, Leona, was a homemaker. Norman drew from an early age and after high school studied at the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis (now the Herron School of Art and Design, a part of Indiana University) and at Cooper Union in New York." From: New York Times: Norman Bridwell Obituary

Read Right Now!

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

Read and listen along to these stories about Clifford the Big Red Dog:

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Read Cleo's Fair Share - When Mrs. Diller gives Cleo a toy for being a good dog, she doesn't WANT to share - even with T-Bone and Clifford!

MORE Read Right Now!:



Clifford the Big Red Dog Clifford at the Circus Clifford Gets a Job Clifford Takes a Trip Clifford’s Good Deeds
Clifford’s Good Deeds The Clifford Collection Clifford the Small Red Puppy Clifford’s Puppy Days Clifford, We Love You

Clifford DVDs:

Clifford the Big Red Dog Big, big Collection Dog Days of Summer



Books Recommended By: Janet Spaulding

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Holiday Gift Picks for Kids from IndyPL Librarians

Picture Book Picks:

The Book With No PicturesKaren Perry,
Franklin Road
Panda Bear Panda Bear What Do You SeeEmilie Lynn,
East 38th Street
NocturneShellie Rich,
Central Library
Stop Snoring BernardJoe Fox,
The Going to Sleep BookEmilie Lynn,
East 38th Street
Professor Whiskerton Presents Steampunk ABCCindy Childers,
Garfield Park
The Twelve Days of Christmas Pop-UpSusan Barhan,
This Book Just Ate My DogKaren Perry,
Franklin Road
Take Away the ACarrie Waterson,
Sam and Dave Dig a HoleJanet Spaulding,
Selection Services
Mr FrankCarrie Waterson,
The Twelve Days of Christmas in IndianaCarrie Waterson,
Good Night IndianaLaura Dixon,
Go to Sleep Little FarmShellie Rich,
Central Library
TelephoneKaren Perry,
Franklin Road
Circle Square MooseJanet Spaulding,
Selection Services

Chapter Book Picks:

The Mysterious HowlingRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
The Magic ThiefRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
The Mysterious Benedict SocietyRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
The Squires TaleRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
Wildwood ChroniclesRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
SidekickedCarrie Waterson,
El DeafoJanet Spaulding,
Selection Services
Greenglass HouseShellie Rich,
Central Library
The Chicken SquadJanet Spaulding,
Selection Services
The Case of the Weird Blue ChickenJanet Spaulding,
Selection Services

Technology Toy Picks:

SpheroRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
kano2Raylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
3doodlerRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve

App Picks:

FingerpaintWithSoundsFingerpaint with Sound

Raylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve

Best Books of 2014:

Links provided by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

Best Apps of 2014:

Free Apps:

  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Story Apps for Kids (includes links to several FREE book apps)
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Apps for Kids (includes links to several FREE apps)
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Happy 100th Birthday, Robert McCloskey

Born on this date in 1914, McCloskey was the author of 8 picture books, for which he won 2 Caldecott medals (Make Way for Ducklings, 1941, and Time of Wonder, 1957; He also received a Caldecott honor for Blueberries for Sal, 1948 and One Morning in Maine, 1952).  He died in 2003.

Books by Robert McCloskey:

Blueberries Blueberries for Sal Book, Streaming Video BurtDow Burt Dow, Deep-water Man Book, eAudio
CenterburgTales Centerburg Tales Book HomerPrice Homer Price Book, eAudio, Streaming Video
Lentil Lentil Book, eAudio MakeWay Make Way for Ducklings Book, Streaming Video
OneMorningMaine One Morning in Maine Book TimeWonder Time of Wonder Book

About Robert McCloskey:

Robert McCloskey

Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Preschool Cooking Workshop


Preschoolers ages 3 - 6 are invited to get cooking with Gourmet Girlfriends! During this free workshop, young ones will learn about healthy choices and create their own edible treats for breakfast or bedtime snacks. Note for parents: Since this is a cooking program, if a child has allergy concerns, please contact a participating branch for a list of ingredients. This program is peanut free. Schedule



Read Right Now!:

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Watch If You Give a Mouse a Cookie - Relating the cycle of requests a mouse is like ly to make after you give him a cookie takes the reader through a young boy's day.
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Watch The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.
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Watch Green Eggs and Ham - Sam-I-Am tries to persuade his friend to try green eggs and ham.
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Read Maisy Makes Lemonade - On a hot day, Maisy the mouse and Eddie the elephant make lemonade and enjoy it together. More Maisy books to read online:

Read Pizza Maker - Dough, sauce, and cheese combine to make a delicious pizza pie in this fun early-learner read-aloud about being a pizza maker.

Want to read more without ever leaving home? Use your indyPL library card to download eBooks and audiobooks. Click on a book jacket to choose a book to download.

Downloadable eBooks:

SheepEat BiggestCookie LittlePea GreenBeans
JunkFood BooBoo elizabite StirSoup
BearsPicnic DoraPicnic MickeyPicnic PeaseLouise

New & Favorite Cooking Stories:

Even Aliens Need Snacks Florentine and Pig Pinch and Dash Make Soup Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly
Pancakes, Pancakes Tyler Makes Pancakes Gazpacho for Nacho JamFrances
StoneSoup HoorayBread

Cookbooks for Preschoolers:

Minnie and Friends Cookbook Cool Raw Food Recipes Cool Snack Food Art A Superhero Cookbook
Mommy and Me Start Cooking Cook It Step By Step Summer Sips to Chill Dips Fall Shakes to Harvet Bakes
Let's Cook With Popcorn Easy Peasy Recipes Snacks & Treats to Make and Eat A Dinosaur Cookbook What’s in the Garden
Grow Your Own Snack

Selected by: Janet Spaulding, Collection Development Librarian

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Helping Children Cope with Tragic Events

"We're going over in a safe area," she told the 5-year-olds. Then, she opened a book and started to read. CNN

This is what we have to offer you today in the aftermath of the inexplicable. Come. Open a book. Start to read. Hold them close and revisit old friends together; Curious George, The Cat in the Hat, Arthur, The Little Engine That Could.

Or stay at home and do the same. Find the books in the bookcase with the dog-eared pages and the tell-tale bite marks on the spine; the ones you can probably recite without looking at the pages. Choose the one with the coffee ring on the cover for having been on the bedside table every night.

Favorite stories are steadfast old friends to count on in times of trouble.

It is clear from the resources we have gathered below that one of the best things we can all do is simply reassure children that many people - their family, their teachers, their neighbors, the people at day care or church or the library love and care about them and are looking out for their safety.

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand. "I just wanted to be sure of you.”

― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

This video shares some expert advice from the makers of Sesame Street:


Professional Advice about Helping Children Cope with Violence and Tragic Events:

Dad and Children Reading Photo While favorite stories are comforting and familiar, you may find that it would be helpful to read a book together that helps your child understand feeling afraid or anxious; or answers questions he or she might have about death. Below are several children's books that address separation anxiety, fear and grief. These are just a small sampling to show you the kinds of books that are available. Also listed are some parenting books about helping a child cope with anxiety. Click on any book jacket to go directly to the online catalog to make a request with your IndyPL Library Card, or visit any of our branch locations. IndyPL librarianswould be happy to help you find books like these.
A Terrible Thing Happened A Terrible Thing Happened - After Sherman sees something terrible happen, he becomes anxious and then angry, but when a counselor helps him talk about these emotions he feels better. Jenny is Scared Jenny is Scared - When Jenny and her brother are frightened by events in the world, their parents help them talk about their fears and feel better.
On That Day: a Book of Hope for Children On That Day: a Book of Hope for Children - This book tells children that although terrible things happen, there is still hope that the world can be a better place. Tough Boris Tough Boris - Although he is a very tough pirate, Boris von der Borch cries when his parrot dies.
Love Waves Love Waves - While they are at work a mother and father send powerful "love waves" to their child at home, offering reassurance and comfort in their absence. The Kissing Hand The Kissing Hand - When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.
The Kiss Box The Kiss Box - As they prepare for a short separation, Mama Bear and Little Bear find a way to reassure each other while they are apart. Mommy in My Pocket Mommy in My Pocket - A little girl gets anxious about separation from her mommy when she goes to school.
When dinosaurs die : a guide to understanding death When Dinosaurs Die - Explains in simple language the feelings people may have regarding the death of a loved one and the ways to honor the memory of someone who has died. Freeing your child from anxiety [CD] Freeing Your Child From Anxiety - Written by an expert in the field of childhood anxiety disorders, this indispensable guide is for parents looking for safe, proven methods for reducing childhood anxiety. Dr. Chansky shows them how to teach their child to successfully deal with stress and face the challenges and uncertainties of life. This resource is a CD but is also available as a Downloadable eBook
Growing up brave : expert strategies for helping your child overcome fear, stress, and anxiety Growing Up Brave - The author, a childhood anxiety expert, helps parents identify and understand anxiety in their children, outlines effective and convenient parenting techniques for reducing anxiety, and shows parents how to promote bravery for long-term confidence. Tear soup: a recipe for healing after loss Tear Soup - A modern-day fable, told in a richly illustrated children's book format, about a woman who has suffered a terrible loss. Grandy has just suffered a big loss in her life, so she is cooking up a batch of "tear soup," in which the ingredients are parts of the grieving process, including memories, misgivings, feelings, and tears.
Growing up brave : expert strategies for helping your child overcome fear, stress, and anxiety Love, Hugs & Healing - Helps children identify feelings that overwhelm them with anxiety and despair. Explains that sometimes bad things happen and good people are hurt. Children feel fear, sadness, and anger. The book teaches that there are ways of dealing with these emotions and helps children reaffirm fundamental truths about the world. Healing days : a guide for kids who have experienced trauma Healing Days - A guide for kids who have experienced trauma.
Snowflakes Fall Snowflakes Fall - In this illustrated poem in honor of the victims of the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, falling snowflakes celebrate the uniqueness of life, its precious, simple moments, and the strength of memory.
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Read for My Summer Free Online Reading Program – Animals!


What we’re reading this week

Read for My Summer is We Give Books’ free online summer reading program! Each week they highlight a special book for you and your child to read online, along with fun activities and reading tips to make them come to life, including custom activities from Download the flyer.

This week, read about animals! From real-life critters to fictional characters, the animals featured in this week’s books are sure to entertain all of our readers.

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

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Read Emily Elizabeth Goes to School - In the “Emily Elizabeth Goes to School” Clifford Interactive Storybook (K–2), early readers follow Emily Elizabeth during her “big day” at school.

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Read You Can't Go To School Naked - Kids will giggle and squirm at the silly scenarios this little guy imagines and cheer his unique solution. No library card required. Just set up a username and password and start to read.

AreYouReadyForSchool UniteForLiteracy75
Read Are You Read for School? Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!

More FREE Online Reading:


Want to read more without ever leaving home? Use your indyPL library card to download eBooks and audiobooks. Click on a book jacket to choose a book to download.

Downloadable eBooks:

Alice Miranda at School Back to School Rules The Berenstain Bears and the Homework Hassle The Berenstain Bears Go to School
The Berenstain Bears Trouble at School Boomer Goes to School Curious George First Day of School
Dancing Dinos Go to School
A Day at School Edward Almost Goes to School First Day Jitters First Year Letters
Franklin Goes to School Kindergarten Countdown Late for School Max Goes to School
Ollie's School Day Rufus and Friends School Day Sammy Spider First Day of School School Day Math
Snuffy Goes to School We Love Our School

Downloadable Audiobooks:

Amelia Bedelia First Day of School Pinkalicious School Rules Biscuit Goes to School Mittens at School
Morris Goes to School


Streg Nona: Her Story The Legend of the Blue Bonnet For the Duration Favorite Legends
Streg Nona: Her Story The Legend of the Blue Bonnet For the Duration Favorite Legends
Streg Nona: Her Story The Legend of the Blue Bonnet For the Duration Favorite Legends
The Legend of the Blue Bonnet For the Duration Favorite Legends

Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Read for My Summer Free Online Reading – Dinosaurs!


Read for My Summer is We Give Books’ free online summer reading program!

Each week We Give Books will highlight a special book for you and your child to read online, along with fun activities and reading tips to make them come to life, including custom activities from Get started now!

Read for My Summer Week #3

Ages 0 to 3

Discover huge and gentle plant eaters, and small and fierce meat eaters, in this week’s book for children up to age 3, Let’s Look: Dinosaurs. The Let's Look series uses colorful images, simple text labels, and fun "I spy" games to introduce curious preschoolers to the world. Then, visit our program page to find a dinosaur coloring page and instructions for making your very own dinosaur fossil.

Ages 4 to 7

Travel to the Sahara Desert with Josh Smith, real-life archeologist, and his crew of intrepid dinosaur hunters in our pick for the 4-7 age group this week, The Big Dinosaur Dig.  Read about how they face fierce sandstorms and, later, the joy of discovering a new species of dinosaur! After you read, become a young archeologist with an activity from ReadWriteThink and play some dinosaur games!

Ages 8 to 10

This week’s book for the 8-10 age group, Dinosaur Detectives, is an introduction to paleontology that weaves together facts about fossil hunting with fictionalized first-person accounts from dinosaur detectives. When you have finished reading, visit the Read for My Summer page for some tips on how to draw a T-Rex and become a dinosaur word detective with an activity from ReadWriteThink.

Thanks for continuing to read with us! Stay tuned for more summer reading next week!




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NEW! Tumblebooks eBooks for Kids




Play and learn to read with free library eBooks, games & more. Go to to use your library card to get these free eBooks for Young readers anywhere and anytime.

Sample Tumblebooks:

TheDot EnemyPie GameDay LittlePea
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Read Right Now! BEARS

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

Goldilocks and the Three Bears WeGiveBooksSmall
Read Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Read the classic story about Goldilocks as she explores to the home of Father Bear, Mother Bear, and Baby Bear, uninvited. The bears are not happy to find that someone has been eating their food, sitting in their chairs, and sleeping in their beds! This is a Common Core-aligned book for Kindergarten.

Three Snow Bears 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.

Dont Worry Bear WeGiveBooksSmall
Read Don't Worry Bear - When Caterpillar tells Bear that he is making a cocoon, Bear is worried. Will Caterpillar be safe? Will he be warm? Will he stay dry? Throughout the long winter, Caterpillar reassures him that all is fine.

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Read Good Luck Bear - Bear and Mouse are looking for luck. Four-leaf clover luck. Will they find it? Monkey says there's no such thing. Turtle thinks it'll take too long. And Groundhog wonders if they'll be unlucky if they can't find one!

Wonder Bear WeGiveBooksSmall
Read Wonder Bear - Two kids plant mysterious seeds in Wonder Bear and up grows a remarkable flowering vine, out of which emerges an even more remarkable big white bear. On his head is a hat that allows him to work all kinds of magic that day. He pulls monkey after monkey from the hat, blows bubbles in amazing shapes, and transforms flowers into spectacular floating sea creatures.

The Great Panda Tale WeGiveBooksSmall
Read The Great Panda Tale - Join Louise and the rest of the zoo crew as they eagerly await the arrival of a new baby panda. Get to know the zoo's current pandas and find out what they eat and how they grow. With longer sentences, increased vocabulary, information boxes, and a simple index, readers beginning to read alone will enjoy reading The Great Panda Tale.

Tales From Winnie the Pooh 150 World Book Day 75
Listen to Tales from Winnie the Pooh - In Which Pooh and Piglet Go Hunting and Nearly Catch a Woozle.

More FREE Online Reading:


Favorite Bear Books:

Hugless Douglas Old Bear and His Cub Old Bear Bear Snores On
Where's My Teddy


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