Passover this year is from March 25 - April 2, 2013. During Passover Jewish people remember how their ancestors left slavery behind them when they were led out of Egypt by Moses. The Passover celebration lasts for seven or eight days, depending on where you live.
On the night before Passover starts, there is a special meal called a Seder. Families read the story of how the Israelites fled from Egypt from a book called the Haggadah. An extra cup is on the table and the door is left open for Elijah. Jews believe that the prophet Elijah will reappear to announce the coming of the Messiah.
The books and websites on this page can be enjoyed by families celebrating Passover themselves or by families who would like to learn about the Passover traditions of their friends and neighbors.
Favorite Passover Books:
New Passover Books:
- Dinosaur on Passover
- Grover and Big Bird’s Passover Celebration
- Sammy Spider’s First Passover
- Only Nine Chairs
- Too Many Cooks
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- Indy St. Patrick's Day Celebration
- Spoonful: Crafts & Activities for St. Patrick's Day
- Pinterest Board: St. Patrick's Day Crafts & Decor
And I should have included the e-books:
St. Patrick's Day Favorites
Monday, January 21, 2013 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 2013.
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.
- Fact Monster: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- The King Center: The King Holiday
- National Geographic Kids: Martin Luther King Jr. in Pictures
- Library of Congress America's Story: Martin Luther King Jr.
- BrainPop Movie: Martin Luther King Jr.
- Seattle Times: Martin Luther King Jr. & the Civil Rights Movement
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
- Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
- IndyPL Kids Blog: Homework Help - Black History Month
Martin Luther King - I Have A Dream Speech - August 28, 1963:
December is a great time to share favorite stories; there are just so many old holiday favorites to choose from to get your family into the holiday spirit. On this page you will find Chistmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa classics as well as brand new 2012s that just might be classics in the making.
Favorite Christmas Stories:
Favorite Hanukkah Stories:
NoTimeForFlashcards Blog: Picture Books About Hanukkah
Favorite Kwanzaa Stories:
New Christmas Books:
New Hanukkah Books:
New Kwanzaa Books
Thanksgiving stories are a great way to remember together the many things we can be thankful for...for one thing...we can be glad SOMEBODY REMEMBERED TO MAKE DINNER. (See: Thanksgiving at the Tappletons')
Listed below are some new Thanksgiving titles for 2012 and some favorites that qualify for "read it again!" Librarian's favorite? Balloons Over Broadway. Who can resist learning about those big balloons?
- IndyPL Ready to Read Pinterest Board: Thanksgiving
- Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
- Scholastic: Voyage on the Mayflower
- Scholastic: The First Thanksgiving - Daily Life
- Scholastic: The Thanksgiving Feast
- Virtual Video Field Trips: Plimoth Plantation Pilgrim Village, Wampanoag Homesite & Tour the Plimoth Plantation
- Turkey FAQ - Because what are giblets anyway?
- Fact Monster: How to Say Thank You in 26 Languages
- Talk Like a Pilgrim
NEW Thanksgiving Books for 2012:
Don't Miss These Thanksgiving Favorites:
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