Category Archives: Holidays & Seasons

8 Nights of Bedtime Stories for Hanukkah

There are so many great Hanukkah books you can read more than one each night! Here are two about clever girls problem solving their way out of Hanukkah trouble.

Little Red Ruthie is the story of a little girl who sets out with a basket full of goodies to help her Bubbe Basha make latkes for Hanukkah. Like the other Little Red you know, she meets a big scary wolf while walking in the woods and the wolf declares, “I am going to eat you up!” Will she be able to convince the wolf that latkes taste a whole lot better than she does?

Hanukkah in Alaska

You can listen to the video read aloud Hanukkah in Alaska right now. Just click on the book jacket to listen to the story read aloud by Molly Ephraim. It is the story of what Hanukkah is like for a little girl living during a long, cold Alaskan winter. For her, daylight only lasts for five hours and she doesn’t have squirrels or rabbits in her backyard, she has a moose! Can she convince the moose to leave her trees and her swing alone?

Listed below are even more Hanukkah stories you can check out with your library card.


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Printables, Crafts & More:

Tracer MenorahTracer DreidelHanukkah Crossword

eBooks:

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.

Boris and StellaDaddy Christmas and Hanukkah MamaDear Santa Love Rachel RosensteinEight Wild NightsHanukkah Around the WorldHanukkah BearIt's Hanukkah TimeSammy Spider's First HanukkahThe Miracle JarElijah's AngelEmanuel and the Hanukkah RescueGracie's NightHanukkah Sweets and TreatsHershel and the Hanukkah GoblinsHoneyky HanukkahI Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a DreidelLatke the Lucky DogOskar and the Eight BlessingsPotatoes at Turtle RockQueen of the Hanukkah DosasShmelf the Hanukkah ElfSimon and the BearThe Dreidel That Wouldn't SpinThe Golem's LatkesThe Missing LettersThe Trees of the Dancing GoatsWay Too Many LatkesYitzi and the Giant Menorah

Books recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services


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Read Right Now! Thanksgiving

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Here are some of our favorite books to share with kids in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. You can learn Giving Thankstogether the history of Thanksgiving, learn prayers and songs of gratitude from different religious and cultural traditions, learn to draw iconic symbols or laugh out loud at what Thanksgiving might be like for vampires. Or what happens when someone (everyone!) forgets to bring their dish to Thanksgiving dinner! Watch the video read aloud below, Balloons Over Broadway. It is the story of one of the most well-known American Thanksgiving traditions, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the history of the enormous helium balloons in it. Keep your eyes peeled during the parade to see if you can spot a favorite book character. Some character balloons we have seen in the past are Curious George, Paddington Bear & Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

FREE Online e-Books:

Turkey TroubleMy FamilyStir, Sift, Slice

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Printables, Crafts & More:

Give Thanks TracerP is for Pilgrim HatPumpkin Pie AdditionScarecrow Connect the Dots

Books:

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.

A Thanksgiving Drawing FeastAmelia Bedelia Talks TurkeyArhtur's ThanksgivingBalloons Over BroadwayFangsigivingGiving ThanksHow Many Days to America?How to Catch a TurkeyI Spy Thanksgiving RiddlesNickommoh a Thanksgiving CelebrationOver the River and Through the WoodPete the Cat the First ThanksgivingSarah Gives ThanksSharing the Bread an Old Fashioned ThanksgivingSquanto and the First ThanksgivingThanksgiving at the TappletonsThanksgiving in the White HouseThanksgiving IsThe Thanksgiving DoorThis is the Feast

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Read Right Now! Halloween

I Need My Monster

Here are some fun stories to help calm some typical childhood fears, like monsters, with laughing! In I Need My Monster (Read by Rita Moreno) Ethan checks under his bed and can’t find Gabe, the monster who lives there. Ethan finds a note Gabe left that says, “Gone fishing. Back in a week.” Ethan doesn’t think he can sleep without Gabe so he tries to find a substitute. These candidates have pointy teeth, sharp claws, and tails, but they are not Gabe! Ethan needs his monster back! In Hey, That’s My Monster (Read by Lily Tomlin) Ethan helps his sister find an under-the-bed monster for herself.

Goodnight Goon is a parody of the childhood classic Goodnight Moon in which a child says goodnight to all of the things in his bedroom. In this Halloween version, a young monster says goodnight to all the things in his tomb…hairy claws and jaws and a pot full of goo and a werewolf hollering, “boo!”

You can click on the book jackets and listen to these stories right now. Listed below are even more Halloween stories you can check out with your library card. If your child is a little bit afraid of Halloween try these 10 Books to Help Turn Halloween Fear into Halloween Fun.

FREE Online e-Books:

Goodnight GoonI Need My MonsterHey That's My Monster

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Websites, Activities & Printables:

Halloween LettersTrick or TreatBat Connect the Dots

 


Books:

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.

Bats at the LibraryShake Dem Halloween BonesNate the Great and the Halloween HuntThe Berenstain Bears Trick or TreatHumbug WitchMonster Needs a CostumeHalloweenGeorgeGeorgeCostumeRottenTrickBooCowMarthaHauntedScaredy Cat SplatFancy Nancy Halloween or BustOldLadyOverLittle Goblins TenTen Trick or TreatersThe 13 Nights of HalloweenAlph Oops H is for HalloweenBabymouse Monster MashBig PumpkinClick Clack BooFive Little Monkeys Trick or TreatThe Hallo WienerHalloween HuntHalloween IsHappy Haunting Amelia BedeliaIt's the Great Pumpkin Charlie BrownLittle Goblins TenMinerva Louis HalloweenNate the Great and the Halloween HuntNational Geographic HalloweenScaredy Cat SplatSpace CaseThree Bears HalloweenTrick or Treat a Happy Haunter's Halloween

Books Selected By: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services


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Read Right Now! Pumpkins

StumpkinStumpkin is round. Stumpkin is orange. Stumpkin is a pumpkin with no stem! In the days leading up to Halloween Stumpkin dreams of becoming a jack-o-lantern, but is passed over as shoppers choose all shapes and sizes of other pumpkins, even a gourd, but not him. Will anyone come by and give Stumpkin a chance?

Stumpkin is a lovely, simple story about perceived flaws that are not flaws at all! The endearing Stumpkin might just inspire your kids to choose differently at the pumpkin patch this year. They also might like the fact that Stumpkin’s story doesn’t take place in a pumpkin patch or on a farm. Stumpkin is a city pumpkin:

“It was a few days before Halloween. Outside a little shop in a big city, a shopkeeper placed some pumpkins on the shelves.”

It is always fun to see your own experience in a picture book. The illustrations of jack-o-lanterns in the city are a refreshing change to pumpkin stories that are typically set in the country. Stumpkin is a great addition to fall story time! Choosing a pumpkin at a store, pumpkin patch or orchard is a favorite Halloween activity for small children. Here are some free online books, printables & activities about pumpkins, visiting a pumpkin patch and carving a jack ‘o lantern.

FREE Online e-Books:

It's FallPumpkin Pumpkin

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Websites, Activities & Printables:

P is for Pumpkinpumpkin-mini-bookPp PumpkinClifford Pumpkin Maze

Books:

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.

I Pick Fall PumpkinsPete the Cat Five Little PumpkinsTen Orange PumpkinsFindPumpkinSeedsPumpkinDoraPumpkinPumpkinsNelsonMarleyPumpkinThe Berenstain Bears and the Prize PumpkinBig PumpkinThe Biggest Pumpkin EverInto the PumpkinIt's the Great Pumpkin Charlie BrownPumpkin TroublePumpkinheadGrow Your Own SoupHow Big Could Your Pumpkin GrowHow did That Get To My Table Pumpkin PieThe Pumpkin BookPumpkin LightPumpkinsReady for PumpkinsThe Story of the Jack O LanternWe Harvest Pumpkins in Fall

Recommended By: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services


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Read Right Now! Apples

AppleIn Apple, by Nikki McClure,  follow an apple as it falls from a tree, becomes part of a school girl’s lunch, and is buried through the changing seasons until it sprouts again. Listed below are books, online activities and printables to help you and your child learn about apples – how apples grow, what apples taste like and how an apple gets from an orchard to you.

FREE Online eBooks:

Apple Annie

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Websites, Activities & Printables:

A is for Apple PrintableApple Dot to DotA is for Apple 2Trace the Letter A

Books:

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.

ApplesApplesApplesOutApplesLifeApples SeasonsApples SeedApples ShootApples GaloreApplesFruitApples A to ZApples and ButterfliesApplesRiddleTen Apples Up on TopApplesApplesauceCurious George: Apple HarvestApplesBiggestThe AppleTap the Magic TreeWe Harvest Apples in the FallSo You Want to Grow a PieApples CrispApplesCookApplesPumpkinsApplesArnoldApple Cider Making DaysWhat's an Apple?

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