Search The Catalog My Account


Kwanzaa December 26 – January 1


pinterest-logo Box 150

IndyPL Ready to Read Pinterest Board: Kwanzaa

Pinterest Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa Books:

Seven Spools Kwanzaa RabbitKwanzaa SevanCandles
Kwanzaa We Celebrate Kwanzaa in Winter KevinKwanzaa TogetherKwanzaa

Books recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

Print This Post Print This Post
Tagged as: No Comments

Hanukkah December 6 – December 14


pinterest-logo Box 150 

IndyPL Kids Pinterest Board: Hanukkah Crafts

Pinterest Hanukkah

Hanukkah Books:


ChanukkahGuest How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Hanukkah HerschelGoblins Zigazak
Bear Sweets Eighth Hanukkah
Origami The Counts Hanukkah Countdown Esther EightWild
Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama Emanuel and the Hanukkah Rescue The Golem's Latkes We Celebrate Hanukkah in Winter
Latke the Lucky Dog Simon and the Bear The Dreidel That Wouldn't Spin Beautiful Yetta's Hanukkah Kitten
The Night Before Hanukkah Honeyky hanukah Hanukah Hanukkah Hanukkah 2
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel

Hanukkah eBooks:

Hunt EightGreat HanukkahOh HanukkahMama
EngineerAri DinoHanukkah HanukkahWorld HanukkahDragon
EightWinter MiracleJar

Books recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

Print This Post Print This Post
Tagged as: No Comments

Read Right Now! HALLOWEEN

Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® is a program of the Association for Library Service to Children and Public Library Association, divisionsof the American Library Association. Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® is a registered trademark and is used with permission. Early literacy begins at home with the adults in a child's life.

Use IndyPL's Read Right Now! pages to have fun at home doing the five things that build early reading skills: Reading, Playing, Writing, Singing & Talking. Find books to read, songs to listen to, games to play, crafts to make and more! Things you can do RIGHT NOW, at home - no waiting!

I Need My Monster StorylineLogoSmall
Listen to I Need My Monster Checking under the bed for his monster, Ethan discovers that he is gone fishing for a week, and realizing he can't sleep without him tries to find a substitute monster.
BabybugOct2015 zinio Logo
Free Digital Magazine Issue for kids Babybug, October, 2015 - Brightly illustrated stories and simple poems for Fall & Halloween. Age 6 months – 3 years. Zinio Directions
Highlights October 2015 zinio Logo
Free Digital Magazine Issue for kids Highlights High Five, October, 2015 - For beginning readers! Stories and poems, crafts and recipes, puzzles and other activities about Fall and Halloween. Ages 2-6. Zinio Directions
Ladybug October 2015 zinio Logo
Free Digital Magazine Issue for kids Ladybug, October, 2015 - A mix of enchanting stories with colorful illustrations, ear-pleasing poems, lively songs, and crafts about Fall & Halloween. Pre-K-Grade 1. Zinio Directions

More FREE Online Reading:


Pinterest LogoIndyPL Ready to Read Pinterest Board: Apples - activities, online games, printables, crafts & more!

Candy Corn Tracer Halloween Letters Trick or Treat Bat Connect the Dots

Free Freegal Apple Song Music Downloads
with your IndyPL Library Card! Details

Freegal Notes 200


The more words children hear, the more words they learn, the better prepared they are to read! Here are some tips for talking about letters: Printable Color Story Cards Life Cycle of a Pumpkin - Cut apart each stage in the life cycle of the pumpkin. Follow the diagram at the end of the book to put the cards in the correct order - Talk about each step. Ask questions: How big is the pumpkin? What color is the pumpkin? What comes first, a seed or seedling? Practice "telling" the story of a pumpkin seed.

More Ways to Practice Talking: Zero to Three: Tips on Learning to Talk

New Halloween Books:

A Halloween Scare in Indiana Shivery Shades of Halloween Dog and Bear Tricks and Treats Ladybug Girl and the Dress Up Dilemma
Ghosts Go Haunting Not Very Scary Ready Steady Ghost The Sweetest Witch Around
Penguin and Pumpkin Little Boo Jack O Lanterns Celebrate Halloween

Favorite Halloween Books:

Ten Trick or Treaters The 13 Nights of Halloween Alph Oops H is for Halloween Babymouse Monster Mash
Big Pumpkin Click Clack Boo Five Little Monkeys Trick or Treat The Hallo Wiener
Halloween Hunt Halloween Is Happy Haunting Amelia Bedelia It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
Little Goblins Ten Minerva Louis Halloween Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt National Geographic Halloween
Scaredy Cat Splat Space Case Three Bears Halloween Trick or Treat a Happy Haunter's Halloween


Happy Halloween Humbug Witch Ten Creepy Monsters Trick or Treat
Druscillas Halloween Shivery Shades of Halloween Monster Needs a Costume MarleyPumpkin
FranklinHalloween HalloweenGeorge HalloweenMice HalloweenGus
HalloweenHarriet HalloweenOllie GeorgeCostume RottenTrick
BooCow HauntedParty MarthaHaunted NotAfraid


HalloweenMittens DirkBones OldLadyOver Scaredy Cat Splat
By the Light of the Halloween Moon Little Goblins Ten

Books Selected By: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

Print This Post Print This Post

Read Right Now! MOTHER’S DAY

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

Helping My Mom UniteForLiteracy75
Read Helping My Mom - A story about all of the things children do to help Mom out from folding socks to feeding the fish.

Happy Mothers Day Dear Dragon StarfallLogo
Read Happy Mother's Day Dear Dragon

More FREE Online Reading:

New Mother's Day Books:

My mommy is magic Mom School Me and Mom I Love Mom Mom’s the Word
Davy Loves His Mommy A Mom for Umande Mom’s Are the Best!

Mother's Day Books:

I Love ewe: An Ode to Animal Moms Oh, the Things My Mom Will Do…Because She Loves Me What Not to Give Your Mom on Mother’s Day Hero Mom I Want My Mom!
Where’s My Mommy? We Love Our Mom! Take Your Mama to Work Today There’s No One I Love Like You I Love You
Mama and Me Max and Zoe Celebrate Mother’s Day Gus Makes a Gift The Night Before Mother’s Day Mother’s Day Surprise
Hello, Mommy ZooBorns

Book recommendations by: Janet Spaulding, Selections Services

Print This Post Print This Post

Report Reveals Reading Bad for Kids Before Age Five

April Fools!

Of course!

Reading is GREAT for kids before age five. The BEST.

Plenty of reports show it, like these:

And lots of fun to be had:


Barnyard Fun April Fool, Phyllis! Zelda and Ivy: Keeping Secrets Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day April Fool!  Watch Out at School!
April Foolishness Michael le Souffle and the April Fool April Fools!

Books Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

Print This Post Print This Post
Tagged as: No Comments

St. Patrick’s Day



New Books:

The Leprechaun Under the Bed The Story of the Leprechaun Ten Lucky Leprechauns Green Shamrocks St. Patrick’s Day


And I should have included the e-books:

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, Dear Dragon Let’s Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day Favorites

The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever! Good Luck! A Fine St. Patrick’s Day
Paper Crafts for St. Patrick’s Day Let’s Throw a St. Patrick’s Day Party! Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day What is St. Patrick’s Day? St. Patrick’s Day
Print This Post Print This Post
Tagged as: No Comments

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.


Favorite Books:

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

FREE Online Reading:

More Info Guides about Black History:

Print This Post Print This Post
Tagged as: No Comments

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)
Print This Post Print This Post

Read Right Now! EASTER

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

HopHopHop WeGiveBooksSmall
Read Hop Hop Hop - Three bunnies find that inside the house is not a good place to hop, hop, hop!

More FREE Online Reading:


Favorite Books for Easter:

He Is Risen Rechenka's Eggs The Golden Egg Book The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

Favorite Bunny Books:

Benjamin BigCarrot Hungry MoonRabbit

Bunny eBooks & eAudio:

BoyBunny RabbitsDuck RabbitsGift RabbitsSee
RabbitsSpotty RabbitsTen
Print This Post Print This Post
Tagged as: No Comments


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

Somebody Loves You Mr Hatch StorylineLogoSmall
Read Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch - An anonymous valentine changes the life of the unsociable Mr. Hatch, turning him into a laughing friend who helps and appreciates all his neighbors.

More FREE Online Reading:


Valentine's Day Favorites:

Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine Arthur’s Valentine One Zillion Valentines The Valentine Bears
It’s Valentine’s Day The Day It Rained Hearts Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink Clifford’s First Valentine
Froggy’s First Kiss Little Bear’s Valentine If You’ll Be My Valentine Love Splat
Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch You're Loveable to Me Note the Great and the Mushy Valentine Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day is Cool

Valentine's Day eBooks & eAudio:

Learn About Valentine's Day:

What is Valentine’s Day Let’s Throw a Valentine’s Day party! Valentine’s day Valentine’s Day Origami
Valentine’s Day Sweets and Treats Valentine Be Mine I Haiku You Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day Crafts Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day Funny Valentine’s Day jokes
Valentine’s Day A Valentine’s Day Drawing Treat Happy Valentine’s Day!

New Valentine's Day Books:

A Crankenstein Valentine Do You want a Hug? Hello Kitty, Hello Love! Hug Machine
Hugs Katy Duck and the Secret Valentine Love Monster Princess Posey and the First Grade Ballet
Ruby Valentine and the Sweet Surprise There is This Thing The Valentine Two Hands to Love you
The Very First Kiss

Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

Print This Post Print This Post
Tagged as: No Comments
Standard Catalog
My Account
Reader Blogs
Kids' Blog
Teen Scene
Reader's Connection
Contact Us
Good Reads
Copyright © 2015 The Indianapolis Public Library

Proudly powered by | RSS