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2013-2015 AISLE Read Alouds Too-Good-To-Miss

AISLEReadAloudsRead Alouds Too-Good-To-Miss is a project of the Association of Indiana School Library Educators (AISLE). Each year, a committee of media specialists, public librarians, classroom teachers, reading teachers, principals, bookstore operators, and/or university faculty members is formed to develop five read-aloud lists: one for primary age students, one for upper elementary, one for middle school students, one for high school students, and an ageless. There is also a Buried Treasures list for 2013-2015, for books that are a bit older but warrant mention for their outstanding read-aloud qualities. The lists are publicized and distributed to Indiana schools to encourage sustained reading and oral sharing of literature among teachers and students.

The ultimate purpose of the Read-Aloud Books Too Good To Miss program is to promote a love of reading and books and to instill and nurture lifelong reading habits in Indiana students.

Ageless Titles

All the World AmazingFaces Exclamation Mark The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit One Press Here

Buried Treasures

Inkheart Library Lion Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook Punk Farm
The Magic Hat The Three Horrid Little Pigs An Undone Fairy Tale A Visitor for Bear
Wild About Books Zen Shorts

Primary Grade Readers

Boy + Bot Can You Make a Scary Face Chicken Little Dragons Love Tacos
Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet Go, Go Grapes It’s a Tiger Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
Spoon Stuck

Upper Elementary Readers

About Average BookSpeak! Poems About Books Crow Call Each Kindness
Extra Yarn The Lemonade Crime Lulu and the Brontosaurus Collision
SOS Unsinkable Wonder Yes, Yes, Yaul

Middle Grade Readers

14 Cows for America The Apothecary The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Countdown
Guys Read: Funny Business Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball Mr. Terupt Falls Again Small as an Elephant
Three Times Lucky Tuesdays at the Castle

High School Readers

BZRK Dizzy in Your Eyes…Poems About Love Every Day Kids of Kabul
Legend October Mourning Son
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NEW! Kids eReading Room: eBooks & eAudio


Children and families can now easily find eBooks and eAudio for kids in the NEW! KIDS eReading Room at Check them out with your library card just like printed library books.  The collection includes such favorites as:

  • Clifford, Dora the Explorer, Thomas the Tank Engine and Fancy Nancy for younger readers
  • Judy Moody and the Magic Treehouse series for middle readers
  • C.S. Lewis, Lemony Snicket, James Dashner, Percy Jackson and Harry Potter for older kids
  • Comic and graphic novels
  • Humor, Mystery, Science & Nature, Science Fiction, & Fantasy

Library eBooks are compatible for downloading on most eReaders, tablets and mobile devices running the free Kindle app, as well as smartphones, iOS and Android devices. Using your Library card, you can download up to 25 items at a time for loan periods ranging from 7 to 21 days or access items from your browser.

Titles available include:

BearsVacation AllDads CharlieChocolate DeepZone

Also available is the Disney Digital Collection


The Disney Digital Collection feature all of your kids' favorite Disney and Disney Pixar characters. The Disney Digital eBook and eAudio collection is great because they are always available - no waiting in line! All you need is an internet connection and library card! Disney Digital Books launch in your browser. The service is PC and Mac® compatible and does not require a download.

  • Unlimited access to over 600 new and classic Disney books for kids of all ages
  • Look and Listen titles that allow children to hear a story read aloud
  • a Story-Builder feature so kids can create and share their own stories
  • an Age-appropriate dictionary that lets children click on any word to hear it read aloud, select unfamiliar words, and read simple definitions.
BuzzWoody Dumbo HandyManny Nemo
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Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids from IndyPL Librarians

Frosty the SnowmanCindy Childers,
Garfield Park
Random House Book of Poetry for ChildrenCindy Childers,
Garfield Park
Hard LuckCindy Childers,
Garfield Park
Fortunately, The MilkBeth Pintal,
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the WorldLeigh Thomas,
Learning Curve
The Day the Crayons QuitEmilie Lynn,
East 38th St.
DaysPopUpSusan Barhan,
Baby Bear Counts OneAmy Friedman,
Learning Curve
If You Give a Mouse a CookieLindsay Haddix,
Cinders: A Chicken CinderellaLindsay Haddix,
Deck the Walls: A Wacky Christmas CarolKaren Perry,
Franklin Road
Merry Christmas SplatKatie Klopp,
In the Month of KislevShellie Rich,
Learning Curve
Auntie ClausShellie Rich,
Learning Curve
Press HereDaniell Wilkins,
College Ave.
Ladybug Girl and the Big SnowJanet Spaulding,
Selection Services
OliviaMiriam Guidero,
King Bidgood's in the BathtubMiriam Guidero,
Miss RumphiumMiriam Guidero,
Deck the HallDiane Palguta,
College Ave.
Santa's Snow CatDiane Palguta,
College Ave.
The Rabbit and the BearDiane Palguta,
College Ave.




Free to Be You and MeLindsay Haddix,
Sandra Boynton’s Frog TroubleLindsay Haddix,
Turn Turn TurnShellie Rich,
Learning Curve


The Little Mermaid Diamond EditionKatie Klopp,
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Clifford the Big Red Dog 500 Festival Parade Balloon


Memorial Day Closing
All Indianapolis Public Library locations will be closed May 25 - 27 for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, except for the InfoZone which will be open each day from 10am - 5pm.

That lovable little red puppy who grew up and became Clifford the BIG RED DOG is coming to town! Clifford will appear in the 2013 Indy 500 Festival Parade with library staff making sure he doesn't take any wrong turns or float away!

Made possible by The Indianapolis Public Library Staff Association and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. 

Here are some websites and books that will help you know all the fun details of Clifford's BIG adventures with Emily Elizabeth.


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

Downloadable Audiobooks:

Books Recommended By: Janet Spaulding - Selection Services

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Storytime Spotlight: College Avenue

CollegePuppetsSmallIf you happen to be at the College Avenue Branch and hear lots of singing or giggling coming from the community room, it means storytime with Ms. Denise is in session!

For the past year, Ms. Denise has been sharing her love of reading with the youngest patrons at College Avenue. Through sign language, songs, stories, activities and crafts, Denise helps families to realize that reading comes in different formats and can be found in many different places. Adults are always encouraged to be engaged and interactive with young people along their reading journey.

Ms. Denise looks forward to reading with you soon and invites you to visit one of her storytimes:

  • All programs begin at 10:30 am
  • Tuesdays- Baby & Me (children ages 9 months and younger who are not crawling - this program is not for older siblings)
  • Wednesdays- Preschooler & Me (children ages 3-5 years)
  • Thursdays- Toddler & Me (children 10 months to 2 years)

Meet Ms. Denise:CollegeDeniseSmall

Time with the Library: 4 ½ years

Favorite book: Any book that gets a young child excited about reading.

Favorite Thing about being a Librarian: “Hearing from parents about how their children “play library” or sing our regular storytime songs while at home and the stories about the adults who encourage their friends and even strangers to come to the College Avenue Branch storytimes. Sharing a love of learning and reading with others.”

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Baseball Opening Day

indianapolis-indians-logoOpening Day for baseball is the day professional baseball teams begin their regular season. For major league baseball that date for 2013 is March 30th, today. But here in Indiana, home of the Indianapolis Indians, opening day is:

April 4 vs. Columbus Clippers

  • Opening Night Fireworks, Schedule Magnet Giveaway & 60 Degree Weather Guarantee

    The defending IL West Division Champion Indians take the field to start the 2013 season! Enjoy a spectacular fireworks show after the game. The Indians will guarantee a 60 degree game or you will receive a free ticket to an April game of your choice.

What a great day to take your kids to Victory Field...a game and fireworks both! You know what you need to get you through the long innings? A hot dog, of course, and some of the new baseball picture books listed below. Read some while you are waiting for the fireworks to start.

And don't miss Library Night! The Indiana Blood Center Library Night is July 29, 2013.

New Baseball Picture Books & Early Readers

Slugger Curious George, Home Run Pirates at the Plate Mr. Zinger’s Hat Flat Stanley at Bat
First Base Blues Lucky Luis Homer Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit Clorinda Plays Baseball
Goodnight Baseball Take Me Out to the Yakyu

Books Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Spring Break Fun Right HERE

There are A LOT of fun things to do including fun events at the library! Here are some more programs and workshops that are happening in our branches next week. For a full schedule of events available each day see our IndyPL Online Calendar of Events. Add to the adventure! Pick a branch you don't usually go to. IndyPL Locations and Hours.

IndyPL Events for Kids During Spring Break:

And here are even MORE fun library events, each one offered all over the city. Click on each picture for details & a schedule of dates and times:

2013FebBalloonTwisting 2013MarCelebrateElDia
2013FebKidzBiz 2013JanDogCommunications
2013JanDrawingComics 2013JanMythology101
2013JanPreschoolYoga 2012OctMusclesAndBones
2013Pets101 2013FebFacePainting
2013JanSingAlongMissBobbie 2013JanStorytimeCivicTheatre
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Disabilities Awareness

March is Indiana Disability Awareness Month organized by the Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities. The Indiana Disability Awareness website has a lot of information including a free awareness kit and a recommended reading list for children.

Listed below are some selections from your own IndyPL Children's Librarians of their favorite titles that feature characters with disabilities.


Looking Out for Sarah Describes a day in the life of a seeing eye dog, from going with his owner to the grocery store and post office, to visiting a class of school children, and playing ball. Also describes their three-hundred mile walk from Boston to New York. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2004-2005, K-3 Nominee.Looking Out for Sarah by Sarah Lean~Janet Spaulding, Selection Services
Helping Sophia For the younger children there is Helping Sophia by Anastasia Suen (j179.9) about a young girl in a wheelchair whose classroom helper has to take time off to have a baby. The other kids in the class take turns and learn to help Sophia get around in her wheelchair. Thy find out it’s not easy, but gain understanding of Sophia’s situation.Helping Sophia by Anastasia SuenWhen Sophia's helper is absent, her fellow third-graders help out by learning how to push her wheelchair.~Linda Tegmeyer, Brightwood Branch Library
Back to Front and Upside Down I really loved this year’s Schneider Family Book Award winner for the younger children category “Back to Front and Upside Down!” While the rest of the class makes birthday cards for the principal, Stanley struggles with his words and letters.Back to Front and Upside Down by Claire Alexander~Janet Spaulding, Selection Services
Wonder Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.Wonder by RJ Palacio~Barb Obergfell, Outreach Services
Cool Midnight Nine-year-old Lila, born with xeroderma pigmentosum, a skin disease that make her sensitive to sunlight, makes secret plans to feel the sun's rays on her tenth birthday. And so, she plays at night with her friends – who might or might not be real.Cool Moonlight by Angela JohnsonBarb Obergfell, Outreach Services
Spider Sparrow Spider, a baby abandoned on an English farm, grows up to be mentally slower than other children but manifests a remarkable talent for communicating with animals as he comes of age during World War II, a slower child whose quiet, calm, kind nature is a gift to everyone.Spider Sparrow by Dick King-Smith~Barb Obergfell, Outreach Services
Wonderstruck Wonderful! Having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, twelve-year-old Ben leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City, and meets there Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life. Ben's story is told in words; Rose's in pictures.Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick~Erin Moehring, Southport Branch Library and Janet Spaulding, Selection Services
A Dog Called Homeless Fifth-grader Cally Louise Fisher stops talking, partly because her father and brother never speak of her mother who died a year earlier, but visions of her mother, friendships with a homeless man and a disabled boy, and a huge dog ensure that she still communicates.A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean~Janet Spaulding, Selection Services
For the older boys and girls I highly recommend Sharon Draper’s Out Of My Mind( jFIC). It’s also a Young Hoosier Book – very well written and thought provoking. It’s about a young girl who’s body is deformed (wheelchair bound), she can’t speak and her body spasms uncontrollably at the most inopportune times. She is very bright and knows the answers to the questions teachers ask, but has no way to express her knowledge. Everyone, except her family thinks she is retarded or dumb. How frustrating that must be. Finally with the help of a special computer she is able to communicate. I couldn’t wait to read what happened next!Out of My Mind by Sharon DraperConsidered by many to be mentally disabled, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2012-2013, 6-8 Nominee.~Linda Tegmeyer, Brightwood Branch Library
I recommend:The Kaleidoscope Kid by Elaine LarsonPresents a collection of poems pointing out the variety of intellectual strengths and personality traits possessed by children with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism.~Joseph Fox, Wayne Branch Library
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Ready to Read Sponsors & Partners

The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation recognizes that without the support and generosity of its sponsors and partners, many Library programs would not be possible.

Ready to Read is a multi-year Library initiative designed to help children under the age of five develop the early literacy skills needed for a successful start in reading.

new PMCH logo
Honda Manufacturing of Indiana
Lilly Logo

Louise Lage Kirtland and Hugh C. Kirtland Endowment Fund, a fund of The Indianapolis Foundation

The Herbert Simon Family Foundation

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Getting a Child a Library Card

You can sign your child up for a regular library card OR you can sign them up for My First Library Card. My First Library Card is for kids from birth through age six. Why would you want a My First Library Card? Because you can borrow children's books and never get charged an overdue fine! Nice, huh? Find a children's book after 3 months wedged between the toy box and the wall? Not a problem!





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