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More Homework Help – History & Social Studies

Presenting Buffalo BillIn American history, the time period know as the Old West is the time between the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and the last continental state, Arizona, being added to the Union in 1912 (two states were added later, Hawaii and Alaska). People living during this time period are well known for populating the land west of the Mississippi. Stories from this time period often recount the legendary deeds of explorers, trappers, and mountain men. One of those people is William Frederick Cody, better known as Buffalo Bill. Buffalo Bill is one of the most well-known larger-than-life figures of the American West. He served for the Union during the Civil War, was a scout for the US Army, received the Medal of Honor in 1872, performed in shows depicting life on the frontier and founded Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

By reading about an event from the perspective of different people, you can get a more well-rounded idea of what that event or time period was really like. You can do the same thing by reading books that tell you about the different people, customs and events of a certain time period. Listed below are books, websites & databases that will help you learn about pioneering and the Old West.

To give you a start looking at what life was like in the American West, here is a Conestoga Wagon, an Artifact at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. “Hundreds of years ago, travelers depended on wagons and carriages just as we depend on our cars today. Made in Pennsylvania about 1803, this wagon hauled farm produce or machinery. As pioneers moved west, families used wagons like this one to move all of their family belongings and tools west of the Appalachian Mountains.:

More Pioneer Artifacts at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Websites, Activities & Printables:


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U.S. History in Context: Homesteading & the Oregon Trail – A database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your IndyPL library card number. It will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about the American West, pioneers and the frontier.​


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NoveList K-8: Stories about Pioneers and the American West is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your IndyPL library card number. Novelist will show you fiction chapter books and picture books you can read set in the time of the American West. “Check the Library Catalog” to see if IndyPL has the book.


Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Click on a book jacket below to request a book or download it. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

Bad News for OutlawsDressing a NationDaniel BooneDonner Dinner PartyThe Donner PartyExplorers Trappers and PioneersGreat Pioneer ProjectsWild Women of the Wild WestPoptropica Wild WestWomen of the FrontierHow to Get Rich on the Oregon TrailYou Wouldn't Want to Be an American PioneerSeed By SeedLife as a PioneerLife on a Wagon TrainPainting the Wild FrontierThe Westward MovementYou Wouldn't Want to Live in a Wild West TownHornbooks and InkwellsTexas RangersWho Were the American PioneersVoices of the Western FrontierThe Ballad of Lucy WhippleCaddie WoodlawnHattie Big SkyThe Last of the MohicansLittle House on the PrairieMay BThe Quilt WalkSarah Plain and TallThe Trouble with May AmeliaWoods Runner

Indiana Books & Websites:

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AloneThe Bears of Blue riverThe Conners of conner PrairieThe Floating HouseLog Cabin in the WoodsMy Brother AbeOllie's Cabin in the WoodsA Place Called FreedomSalt a Story of FriendshipThe School at Crooked CreekWhere the River GrinsBlossoms on the Roof
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Hispanic Retellings of Fairy Tale Classics

Hispanic Retellings of Fairy Tale Classics

More Tales & Stories Around the World

La Princesa and the Pea

La Princesa and the Pea is a Hispanic, Peruvian retelling of a classic fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea. In it, a princess’s authenticity is tested by her ability to feel the presence of a single pea under the pile of mattresses she is instructed to sleep on. There are lots of stories like The Princess and the Pea that kids can rattle off without even thinking very much – The Three Little Pigs, The Three Bears, Cinderella, etc. Some of these stories are so commonly told that children all over the world know them. When the stories are told in different places, they take on interesting differences that reflect the land and culture where the story is being told.

The illustrator of La Princesa and the Pea , Juana Martinez-Neal, won the 2018 Pura Belpre Award for doing an outstanding job of communicating cultural identity through illustration. The award is given for the best work portraying the Latino cultural experience. In Juana’s Illustrations, for example, you can see authentic Peruvian weaving like the weaving you see in these Peruvian artifacts from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. As you read, look closely at the illustrations to see all the steps that are required to make a weaving. As the story of the princess is revealed, so is the Peruvian setting and the experiences of a young lady living there. Classic tales told like this are wonderful opportunities for children to see their own culture reflected in a universal story or see the culture of someone different than themselves.

This page is a list of more classic fairy tales and traditional stories that are told from a Hispanic perspective. The stories have their roots in a Spanish speaking country or have roots in the storytelling traditions of Spanish speaking people living in the United States. Often, these stories are set in the American Southwest, Mexico, Central or South America, and Spain.

Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Click on a book jacket below to request a book or download it. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

Chicken Little

Chachalaca CachitaLa Gallinita de la Pradera


AdelitaDomitilaEstrellita de OroLittle Gold Star

The Gingerbread Boy

The Runaway TortillaThe Runaway TortillaSenorita GorditaEl Cochinito Fugitivo

The House That Jack Built

The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden StirredThe Empanadas that Abuela MadeThe Pot That Juan BuiltLa Fiesta Para Para Papa Louis

Jack and the Beanstalk

Paco y la Planta de Chile Gigante

The Little Red Hen

Burro's TortillasManana Iguana

Little Red Riding Hood

Isabel and the Hungry CoyoteLittle Red HotPara Cuidarte Mejor

Sleeping Beauty

Princess Florecita and the Iron Shoes

Snow White

Blanca Nieve los Siete Gigantones

Stone Soup

Sopa de CactusSopa de Clavo

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Chivo ChivonesLas Tres CabritosThree Armadillies Tuff

The Three Little Pigs

<The Three Little JavelinasThe Three Little Tamales

The Three Bears

Rubia and the Three Osos

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Identifying Leaves

Identifying Leaves

More Homework Help: Science

Have you been assigned making a leaf collection yet? If you have started your collection already but haven’t identified the leaves yet, here are some websites and books that will help you figure out the names of the trees your leaves came from. If you haven’t started collecting yet Butler University and Crown Hill Cemetery right here in Indianapolis are great places to get started. They each provide printable maps and information to make your visit successful.


Local Places to Find Leaves:

If you haven’t started your collection yet or want to add to what you already have, there are two great places you can go in Indianapolis to find leaves, Crown Hill Cemetery and Butler University. Both places have websites you can go to for maps and directions. They even label the trees so that you know for sure what kind of leaf you have. Put on some old shoes and go on a leaf hike. The sun is shining, you get a map, the trees are labelled – Easy A!

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Crown Hill Cemetery
700 West 38th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208
Phone: 317-925-3800

Butler University
4600 Sunset Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Phone: 317-940-9413 or 317-940-8302

  • Butler University Friesner Herbarium Tree Walk


Memorial Stadium, Indiana State University
3300 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803101 Trees of Indiana
The “Indiana Veterans Memorial Mile” is a one mile walking trail around Indiana State University’s Memorial Stadium located at Wabash and Brown Avenues on the Historic National Road.


Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Click on a book jacket below to request a book or download it. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

Native Trees of the Midwest20 Ways to Draw a Tree101 Trees of IndianaGolden Guide to Familiar American TreesDeep RootsFirst Field Guide to TreesStrange TreesSuper Simple Leaf ProjectsTell Me TreeTree a FableTreeTreesTreesTrees of IndianaFrom Apple Trees to Cider Please
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Homework Help: Women’s History

Homework Help: Women’s History

More Homework Help – History & Social Studies

Choose a topic below to see books, articles & websites to do research and help you learn about women’s history.

Use your IndyPL library card to check out books at one of our locations or to view a database or check out an e-book or e-audiobook at home right to your device. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

Women’s History Booklists:

What is a Booklist? A booklist is a list of resources about a topic, The booklists here include books, websites, videos and more.



50 Unbelievable Women100 Women Who Made HistoryA Woman in the House and SenateA World of Her OwnAmelia to ZoraDK Amazing WomenGirls RebelGood Night Stories for Rebel GirlsLadies of LibertyRad American Women A-ZReporting Under FireShe PersistedSuper WomenThe Book of HeroinesWild Women of the Wild WestWomen DaredevilsWomen in SportsWomen of Steal and StoneWomen Who Changed the WorldWomen Who DaredMagnificent MindsAlmost AstronautsBad GirlsGirls Think of EverythingGirls Who Looked Under RocksGirls Who Rocked the WorldGirls Who Rocked the World 2Girls Who Rocked the World 3Independent DamesMadam PresidentNo Girls AllowedOutrageous Women of Ancient TimesOutrageous Women of Civil War TimesOutrageous Women of Colonial AmericaOutrageous Women of the American FrontierOutrageous Women of the RenaissancePure GritAdventurersCowgirlsRemember the LadiesSea QueensThe Skys the Limit13 Women Artists Children Should KnowWomen AviatorsWomen ExplorersWomen Heroes of World War IWomen of the FrontierYankee Doodle Gals 
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Andrew Luck Book Club

Andrew Luck Book Club

More Booklists

I often get recognized by my teammates and the media for my passion for Andrew Luck Book Club 150reading. And it’s no secret that I enjoy sharing suggestions for books with my teammates, family and friends. So starting this online book club felt like a natural and really fun opportunity. AndrewLuckBookClub.com will be a platform for me to share my love of reading with an even larger audience. By using #ALBookClub on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, let’s build a community of readers. ~ Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck Takes Book Club to Airwaves – The Andrew Luck Book Club will air monthly on Monday nights at 9 p.m. on 90.1 FM, and listeners can also access the show via podcast.


Andrew’s Picks So Far:

Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Click on a book jacket below to request a book or download it. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

EragonSeptember 2018 Pick: Eragon by Christopher Paolini

In Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.

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A Long Way from ChicagoAugust 2018 Pick: A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck

A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother.

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From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E FrankweilerJuly 2018 Pick: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself.

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The Original Adventures of Hank the Cow DogJune 2018 Pick: The Original Adventures of Hank the Cow Dog by John R. Erickson

Hank the Cowdog, Head of Ranch Security, is framed for the murder of a chicken and becomes an outlaw with the coyotes.

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Percy Jackson's Greek GodsMay 2018 Pick: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson, a modern-day demigod, tells the origin stories of the gods of Olympus and provides an insider’s point of view – with plenty of attitude – in this illustrated collection.

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George and the Unbreakable CodeApril 2018 Pick: George and the Unbreakable Code by Lucy & Stephen Hawking

George and Annie must travel further into space than ever before in order to prevent all computers from being hacked.

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RedwallRedwall by Brian Jacques

The hero of this enthralling tale is Matthias, a young mouse who must rise above his fears and failures to save his friends at Redwall Abbey.

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The Trumpet of the SwanThe Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

Louis, a voiceless Trumpeter swan, finds himself far from his wilderness home when he determines to communicate by learning to play a stolen trumpet.

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The Autobiography of Santa ClausThe Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn

This story of St. Nicholas is based on historical facts and laced with the magic of legend told from the perspective of Santa himself. It is filled with details of Nicholas’s life, the beginnings of his gift giving, the expansion of his holiday calling, and more.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book

The Phantom TollboothThe Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Jester

A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book

ReunionReunion by Fred Uhlman

The story of two teenagers, Hans and Conrad, whose profound friendship is pulled apart by the Nazi regime and its toxic ideas.

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Despite the HeightDespite the Height by Ivory Latta

The true story of Ivory Latta, one of the smallest women to play for the WNBA. Follow young Ivory as she learns to play basketball, perfect her game, and outplay her big brothers – all despite her height.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book

WonderWonder by R.J. Palacio

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. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2014-2015, 4-6 Nominee.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book

Black BeautyBlack Beauty by Anna Sewell

A horse in nineteenth-century England recounts his experiences with both good and bad masters.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book

Where the Sidewalk EndsWhere the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author’s own drawings.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book

The Lost Years of MerlinThe Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron

A young boy who has no identity nor memory of his past washes ashore on the coast of Wales and finds his true name after a series of fantastic adventures.

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Zen ShortsZen Shorts by Jon J. Muth

When Stillwater, a giant panda, moves into the neighborhood, the stories he tells to three siblings teach them to look at the world in new ways. To Addie he tells a story about the value of material goods. To Michael he pushes the boundaries of good and bad. And to Karl he demonstrates what it means to hold on to frustration.

Andrew: Why I Chose This Book

Number the StarsNumber the Stars by Lois Lowry

In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis. Newbery Medal winner, 1990.

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Little House on the PrairieLittle House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Pa’s homestead thrives, Laura gets her first job in town, blackbirds eat the corn and oats crops, Mary goes to college, and Laura gets into trouble at school, but becomes a certified school teacher.

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The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

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HatchetHatchet by Gary Paulsen

After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce.

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Maniac MageeManiac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee’s life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries. Newbery Medal winner, 1991

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