Category Archives: Holidays & Seasons

Read Right Now! JULY 4th

Everybody Brings NoodlesIn Everybody Brings Noodles a little girl has worked hard to organize a neighborhood block party for the Fourth of July. Her neighbors bring many interesting dishes for the pitch-in: pesto pasta, sesame noodles, orzo salad, kugel and zaro soba. As Carrie’s Dad says, “You could take your stomach on a world tour!” And they do. So can you! This book includes the  recipes for each kind of noodle dish. Trying them all would be a lot of fun for the little foodies in your family. Kids love noodles! The author has also written Everybody Cooks Rice, Everybody Bakes Bread, and Everybody Serves Soup. These titles are all e-books you can check out with your IndyPL library card – no trip to the library necessary, you can read them on your device right now!

I Pledge Allegiance

I Pledge Allegiance is the story of two people learning to say the pledge for the first time, one because she is a little girl and one because she is a new citizen. Libby will say the pledge at school and her great aunt Lobo will say it for her U.S. citizenship ceremony.

Below you will find printable activities, links to free online e-books and links to more e-books and print books you can check out with your IndyPL library card. Learn about the Fourth of July holiday, the flag, the National Anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, fireworks and more!

FREE Online E-books about July 4th:

Fourth of JulyCan You Make a Flag?

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Fourth of July MiceJulyJuly JittersJulyThe Night Before the Fourth of July
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Feliz Cuatro de JulioDiscover Fireworks

Printables, Crafts & More:

Crayola Flag Coloring PageStatue of LibertyFireworks TracerCapital and Flag


Print Books:

America the BeautifulApple Pie Fourth of JulyDaniel's First FireworksEloise and the Big ParadeEnzo and the Fourth of July RacesFireworks for AllGod Bless Our CountryHats Off for the Fourth of JulyI Am AmericaLooking for Uncle Louie on the Fourth of JulyThe Explosive Story of FireworksFlags Over AmericaFourth of July FireworksHappy Birthday AmericaHappy Birthday America 2Independence DayLearn to Draw American LandmarksMy Country Tis of TheePaper Crafts for the Fourth of JulyListen to Patriotic MusicThe Pledge of AllegianceProud to be an AmericanRed White and BoomThe Rocket's Red GlareThe Star Spangled BannerThe Star Spangled BannerWe Are AmericaWhat Is the Fourth of July


Read Right Now! FATHER’S DAY

In How to Cheer Up Dad, by Fred Koehler, Little Jumbo thinks his dad is in a bad mood so he tries to cheer him up. He doesn’t realize that his own messes and behaviors have caused the bad mood in the first place! Luckily, Little Jumbo knows all the right things to make his Dad smile again. This read aloud video is brought to you by Brightly, an organization committed to helping you raise children who love to read, just like us!

You can listen to Little Jumbo’s story below right now! You will also find more fun Father’s Day online activities and books to download or check. Find fun and easy homemade projects too help your child make a great, personal surprise for Father’s Day on the IndyPL Ready to Read Pinterest Board: Father’s Day.

More FREE Online Reading:

When Will Daddy Come Home Golf Buddies

Printables, Crafts & More for Father’s Day:

Fathers Day TrophyFathers Day Trophy with WordsDad Out of This WorldDaddy Bear


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Clifford's Day with DadDaddy HugsDad's Favorite ToyFootball with DadFroggy's Day with DadGator DadHooray for DadsHop on PopHow to Surprise a DadJust Helping My DadKnock KnockLadybug Girl and Her PapaNelly Gnu and Daddy TooThe Daddy BookThe Night Before Father's DayWhen Daddy's Truck Picks Me Up
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Daddies Do It DifferentElmo 'n DaddyI Want My DadMy Amazing DadMy Dad is AmazingThe Day Dad Joined My Soccer TeamZoe's Day with Daddy


A Hand to HoldA Perfect Father's DayBeard BoyBecause I'm Your DadBig Daddy BraveDad and the DinosaurDaddies are AwesomeGiddy Up DaddyHammer and NailsJust Like DaddyMy Dad at the ZooMy Dad Is Big and Strong But...My Dad Used To Be CoolMy DadMy Daddy Is a Silly MonkeyMy Daddy Rules the WorldRory the Dinosaur Me and DadSaturday is DadurdaySome DadsSuperhero DadTad and DadThe Daddy StoreWhen a Dad Says I Love YouWhen Dads Don't Grow UpWhen I Am With DadWith Dad It's Like That


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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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


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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


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


Prayer Books for Kids

"TalkingThe National Day of Prayer is an American day of observance  that occurs each year on the first Thursday in May. People gather together in churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, schools and homes to take a moment to reflect on both challenges and blessings.

It is a great day to celebrate your own family’s religious beliefs as well as learn about the religious beliefs of others. Discovering common ground is a first step toward fostering respect of others and the value of differences. Prayer itself is common ground between the world’s religions.

The library has many books of prayers and stories for children that will help you explore  what the prayer traditions are in your family and what those traditions are in other families whose religion or culture is different than your own. Some of the books collect prayers from several different religions so that you can learn about  several at one time. Other books tell the story of a single person or family and what it means to them to pray.  After sharing one talk about the ways the characters in the story prayed that were the same as how you pray in your own house. How were the prayers different? Listed below are some of our favorites to help you get started.

A Child's Book of Prayers and BlessingsA Child’s Book of Prayers and Blessings: from Faiths and Cultures Around the World  is a collection of poems and prayers for children about things both great and small.

Talking to GodTalking to God: Prayers for Children from the World’s Religions – In this book of short prayers from major world religion you will find many well-known prayer favorites. You will also find prayers from across the globe that you have probably never heard before.

Everyone PraysEveryone Prays: Celebrating Faith Around the World – Shows young readers that the practice of prayer can be found in religions around the world.

Giving ThanksGiving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs of Thanksgiving – Meditations on what it means to be truly grateful are paired with meticulous and exquisite cut-paper illustrations to give you a collection of more than 50 graces, poems and praise songs harvested from a wide range of cultures, religions, and voices.

The Always Prayer ShawlThe Always Prayer Shawl – At the outbreak of the revolution in Czarist Russia, Adam’s grandfather gives him a prayer shawl that was given to him by his own grandfather. As Adam sets sail for a new land, the life of Adam and his shawl unfolds from the past to the present, when Adam has a grandson of his own.

Baby BlessingsBaby Blessings: a Prayer for the Day You are Born – Celebrates the blessings that parents wish for their newborn babies through a prayer that emphasizes family bonds.

Beautiful Moon: a Child’s Prayer – Under a radiant moon and surrounded by all the noises of the city at night, a little boy prays for those in need, for wars to end, for the sick to be healed, and for all the members of his family.

Blueberry GirlBlueberry Girl – Rhyming text expresses a prayer for a girl to be protected from such dangers as nightmares at age three or false friends at fifteen, and to be granted clearness of sight and other favors.

Brother Sun, Sister MoonBrother Sun, Sister Moon: Saint Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Creatures – Re-imagines Francis of Assisi’s 1224 prayer of praise in celebration of God’s gifts throughout the universe.

Deep in the SaharaDeep in the Sahara – An Arab girl of the Sahara who wants to wear a malafa, the veiled dress worn by her mother and older sister, learns that the garment represents beauty, mystery, tradition, belonging, and faith.

Don't Let Aunt Mabel Bless the TableDon’t let Auntie Mabel Bless the Table – An extended family gathers for Sunday dinner, but the food grows cold as Auntie Mabel’s prayer encompasses everything and everyone in sight.

The Gift of the Sacred Dog – In response to an Indian boy’s prayer for help for his hungry people, the Great Spirit sends the gift of the Sacred Dogs, horses, which enable the tribe to hunt for buffalo.

In Your HandsIn Your Hands – A prayer from mother to son that he will always be in safe hands.

The Lord's Prayer and other Classic Prayers for ChildrenThe Lord’s Prayer and Other Classic Prayers for Children –  The prayers in this collection include the Lord’s Prayer and other traditional prayers such as those by John Milton, Mother Teresa, and St. Francis of Assisi. The prayers are divided into categories like morning, nighttime prayers, praise and forgiveness.

Our FatherOur Father – Explores the meaning behind each line of the Lord’s Prayer.

Prayer for a ChildPrayer for a Child – A prayer full of the intimate gentleness for familiar things, the love of friends and family, and the kindly protection of God. Though it was written for one little girl, the prayer is for all boys and girls, and it carries a universal appeal. Caldecott Medal Winner, 1945.

Thank You GodThank You God – Offers readers of all ages and backgrounds the perfect chance to reflect on all the things that they have to be grateful for. It is a celebration of family and friends, of homes and food to share, and of the wonder of creation from the first light of day to the calm, peaceful night.

Time to PrayTime to Pray – When young Yasmin goes for a visit, her grandmother teaches her a Muslim’s daily prayers, makes special prayer clothes, and gives a gift that will help Yasmin remember when to pray. Includes facts about prayer customs.

The Way of the Cross – A book to help children follow and meditate on the Stations of the Cross. Beautifully illustrated and simply written, this little guide is a powerful introduction to this important prayer of the Church.

Read Right Now! SPRING

Today is a great day to curl up with a good book! Hang in there! The sun is trying! When it gets just a little warmer 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. Here are some books about Spring you can read right now! Warmer weather is on the way!

FREE Online eBooks:

Spring Senses150Spring Comes to the Desert150It's Spring

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Crafts to Make in the SpringLooking for SpringSplish Splash SpringSpring is HereSpring SurprisesSpringThe Super Gifts of Spring

Printables, Crafts & More about Spring: