2018 Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Events

IndyPL’s 2018 Summer Reading Program, “Everyday Superheroes,” officially begins on Monday, June 4th. Plan a day for your family at any one of our summer reading kick-off events! Depending on the branch you pick, activities could include: balloon animals, face painting, an animal show, crafts, music and more! Superhero costumes welcome! Choose from the following:

June 2, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm @ Irvington Branch
June 2, 10:30 am – 3:00 pm @ Garfield Park Branch
June 2, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm The Learning Curve @Central Library
June 2, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm @ Brightwood Branch
June 2, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm @ Glendale Branch
June 3, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm @ Decatur Branch
June 11, 2:30 pm @ Flanner House Branch

Read Right Now! DUCKS

Farmer DuckToday is a great day to get outside! Take a favorite book and find a park bench, swing or blanket. You might even find a place you can watch some ducks.  Indy with Kids has a great list of 8 Places to Find Ducks in Indy. The article talks about feeding them, but did you know the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and other conservation groups say that for the good of the ducks, we all need to stop hand feeding them? Bread is especially bad for them! Here are two really great article that explains why hand feeding is bad for ducks and geese:

That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them though. You can learn what food might be healthy for them. You can watch them and also take some pictures! While you are out, point out the ducks you see and hear. How does a duck look different than a goose? What colors are their feathers? What sounds do ducks and geese make? How many ducks can you count?

You can listen to the story Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell right now. Listed below are some more free online eBooks & activities about ducks as well as several eBooks you can check out with your IndyPL Library card.


Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell
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Jemima Duck

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Printables, Crafts & More about Ducks:


eBooks:

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Make Way for DucklingsUglyDucklingDuckFeelingDuckDuckGooseDuckGooseHugducksvroomDuckGooseOppositesDuck123DumbDucksDonaldCampingHeyDuckLuckyDuck

eAudiobooks:

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The Duckling Gets a CookieUglyDuckling2

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Read Right Now! BIRDS

BirdsToday is a great day to get outside! Take a favorite book and find a park bench, swing or blanket. Or, did you know you can take a walk and read a story as you go, right here in Indianapolis? Visit the Story Walk in the Ruckle Street Pocket Park. Stroll through the park and read a book displayed in mounted frames. Stories are rotated on a monthly basis. While you are out, point out the birds you see and hear. Can you see a cardinal? What color is it? Can you hear a robin? How many different bird songs can you count?

Listed below are some free online eBooks & activities as well as several eBooks you can check out with your IndyPL Library card.

FREE Online E-books:

Beautiful BirdsTheBirdsIllSeeRed RobinA Nest for African PenguinsThe Migrating Whooping Crane

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Printables, Crafts & More:


E-books:

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Bear and BirdDuck and GooseJust Plain FancyNoisy Bird Sing AlongThe Best NestThe Little DuckBirdsLowly
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BirdsBirdsDiscover Series BirdsLet the Pigeon Drive the BusElmo Finds a Baby BirdGooseMake Way for DucklingsThe Little Red HenThe Story abount PingThe Ugly Duckling

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Read Right Now! MOTHER’S DAY

Little llama asks each of his friends if their mamas are llamas. Each friend answers with a simple riddle about what kind of animal each mama is. One mama has a pocket for carrying babies. Can your child guess which animal mama has a pocket? You can listen to Is Your Mama a Llama? right now in this read aloud video. More books to download or check out and online activities follow about all kinds of wonderful mamas.

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eBooks:

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Mother BruceA Mother for ChocoMake Way for DucklingsElla and the Mother's Day SurpriseThe Mommy BookHeather Has Two MommiesLittle Chick and Mommy CatAre You My Mother?Happy Mother's DayI Love You SoThe Night Before Mother's Day

eAudiobooks:

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Pinkalicious Mother's Day SurpriseA Chair for My MotherTu Mama es una Llama

Printables, Crafts & More:

Number One Mom Coloring SheetMother's Day Connect the DotsMother's Day MazeMother's Day Writing Paper

Books:

I Heart Mom from the Very Hungry CaterpillarI've Loved You Since ForeverLove, MamaMommies Are AmazingThe Mother's Day MiceAwayCatch a KissHero MomThere's No One I Love Like YouA Night Out with MamaHow to Raise a MomMama and MeOh the Things My Mom Will DoSome MomsTake Your Mama to Work TodayTogetherWhat Not to Give Your Mom on Mother's DayMama's Day with Little Gray

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Favorite Teachers in Picture Books

We love teachers! This is a great week to remember favorite teachers, both real and imagined. Talk to your child today about his or her teacher. What is a teacher’s job? What might a teacher ask you to do while you are at school? How does the teacher know if you have a question?

Ask about your child’s day at school. I bet you will hear a lot, “My teacher says…”! Stories about what happens in the classroom will help you understand what your child’s day is like away from you. Maybe this is the year for a favorite teacher who will be remembered for a long time! Here are some of our favorite storybook teachers. We love them all for so many reasons. They all care, plus they’re clever and funny!

You might also like Favorite Teachers in Chapter Books.


The Art LessonMrs. Brown in The Art Lesson – Tommy knows he wants to be an artist when he grows up. He can’t wait to get to school and have real art lessons. When Tommy gets to school and finds out that the art lessons are full of “rules”, he is surprised and dismayed. How the wise art teacher finds a way to give Tommy the freedom to create and stay within the “rules” makes a wonderfully perceptive picture book about growing up and keeping one’s individuality.


Arthurs Teacher TroubleMr. Ratburn in Arthur’s Teacher Trouble – On the first day of school Arthur discovers he’s got the toughest teacher in the third grade! The pressure is on to study hard for the all-school Spellathon. Can Arthur beat last year’s champion speller? Or will he let Mr. Ratburn d-o-w-n. Also: Arthur’s Teacher Moves In 


ChrysanthemumMrs. Delphinium Twinkle in Chrysanthemum – Chrysanthemum thinks her name is absolutely perfect–until her first day of school. “You’re named after a flower!” teases Victoria. “Let’s smell her,” says Jo. Chrysanthemum wilts. What will it take to make her blossom again?


The DotThe Art Teacher in The Dot – Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher’s encouragement leads her to change her mind.


Lillys Purple Plastic PurseMr. Slinger in Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse – Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later. Also: Lilly’s Big Day


The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field TripMiss Frizzle in The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip – Ms. Frizzle takes her class on a field trip through the town’s electrical wires so they can learn how electricity is generated and how it is used. Also:

The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body
The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor
The Magic School Bus and the Time of the Dinosaurs
The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System
The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks
The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth
The Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane
The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive


Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for KindergartenMiss Bindergarten in Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten – Introduces the letters of the alphabet as Miss Bindergarten and her students get ready for kindergarten. Also:

Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten
Miss Bindergarten Stays Home from Kindergarten
Miss Bindergarten Plans a Circus with Kindergarten


Miss Foxs Class Shapes UpMiss Fox in Miss Fox’s Class Shapes Up – When Miss Fox realizes that her students do not have healthy habits, she teaches them that healthful living is fun and rewarding, which they find to be true on Field Day. Also:

Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green
Miss Fox’s Class Gets It Wrong
Peace Week in Miss Fox’s Class
Miss Fox’s Class Earns a Field Trip


Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader BehindMiss Malarkey in Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind – Miss Malarkey vows to find each of her students a book to love by the end of the school year, but one video-game loving boy proves to be a challenge. Also:

Miss Malarkey Doesn’t Live in Room 10
Miss Malarkey Won’t Be In Today
You’re a Good Sport Miss Malarkey
Miss Malarkey’s Field Trip
Testing Miss Malarkey
Congratulations, Miss Malarkey


Miss Mingo and the First Day of SchoolMiss Mingo in Miss Mingo and the First Day of School – Miss Mingo helps all of the animal students in her class overcome their shyness on the first day of school by encouraging them to share something special about themselves. Includes facts about animals. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2011-2012, K-3 Nominee. Also: Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill and Miss Mingo Weathers the Storm


Miss Nelson is MissingMiss Nelson in Miss Nelson is Missing – The kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher’s good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute. Also: Miss Nelson is Back and Miss Nelson Has a Field Day


My KindergartenMiss Cribbage in My Kindergarten – Through a month-by-month review of a year in kindergarten, Emily shares the stories of the many happy experiences she has at her school with her new classmates, including first day introductions, a review of the changing seasons, learning how to read a map, and taking a special field trip to the local library.


My TeacherThe Teacher in My Teacher – A student wonders why her teacher has chosen to teach in her school for so long, and highlights all the special things her teacher does for her class.


My Teacher is a MonsterMr. Kirby in My Teacher Is a Monster (no, I am not) – Bobby thinks his teacher, Ms. Kirby, is horrible, but when he sees her outside of school and they spend a day in the park together, he discovers she might not be so bad after all.


Olivia and the Best Teacher EverMrs. Hoggenmuller in Olivia and the Best Teacher Ever – Mrs. Hoggenmuller is being considered for teacher of the year, and Olivia goes all out to see that the class performs its best. Will her favorite teacher get the award?


You Are My WondersThe Teacher in You Are My Wonders – Illustrations and rhyming text combine in a celebration of the relationship between teacher and student.


Substitute CreatureMr. Creacher in Substitute Creacher – Mr. Creacher, a multi-tentacled substitute teacher, warns his prankish students not to misbehave, recounting rhyming cautionary tales of the weird, spooky, and unexpected.


Teach Us Amelia BedeliaAmelia Bedelia in Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia – The very literal-minded Amelia Bedelia is up to her ears in trouble when she becomes a substitute teacher for a day, and her confused antics include handing out lightbulbs to the children when she is told to “plant bulbs.”


The Teacher From the Black LagoonMrs. Green in The Teacher From the Black Lagoon – On the first day of school, a young boy expects only the worst when he discovers that his new teacher is the “monstrous” Mrs. Green.


Thank You Mr FalkerMr. Falker in Thank you, Mr. Falker – At first, Trisha loves school, but her difficulty learning to read makes her feel dumb, until, in the fifth grade, a new teacher helps her understand and overcome her problem.