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 eBooks about Pumpkins:

It's FallPumpkin Pumpkin

More FREE Online Reading:


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


Every Child Ready to Read

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

More FREE Online Reading:


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?

Every Child Ready to Read

Empathy, Kindness & Respecting Others

Some Monsters Are Different

Empathy is the ability to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from the other person’s point of view. It is imagining how someone else is thinking or feeling as well as understanding that other people have feelings and those feelings count. By mastering empathy children develop compassion and the ability to make friends.

We often ask children to think about “walking in someone else’s shoes” to help them learn to consider the feelings and experiences of others, like being polite to others, even when you are in a bad mood. Picture books are a great way to help children develop empathy. Through them, children can live the experiences of someone else. Anna Dewdney, author of the Llama Llama books, is well known for speaking about the role picture books can play in the development of empathy in children.

When we open a book, and share our voice and imagination with a child, that child learns to see the world through someone else’s eyes.” ~ Anna Dewdney, The Wall Street Journal: How Books Can Teach Your Child to Care

Listed below are several picture books that celebrate the differences of others and highlight the experience of empathy as well as the friendships and strength of community that result from it.


Websites, Activities & Printables:


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.

All Kinds of FamiliesAll Kinds of Families – Families of all shapes, sizes, and colors, including celery stalks and buttons, are presented in this colorful picture book celebrating the diversity, familiarity, and importance of togetherness.


Beryl a Pig's TaleBeryl: a Pig’s Tale – Tired of being mistreated and cooped up, Beryl the piglet escapes her farm and meets a group of wild pigs, whose settlement splits up over the decision of whether to let her stay, and with her new “family” she sets out to find a new home.


The Chickens Build a WallThe Chickens Build a Wall – When a friendly hedgehog visits the farm, the chickens build an enormous wall to keep out “prickly invaders.


The Colors of UsThe Colors of Us – Seven-year-old Lena and her mother observe the variations in the color of their friends’ skin, viewed in terms of foods and things found in nature.


Freedom SummerFreedom Summer – In 1964, Joe is pleased that a new law will allow his best friend John Henry, who is black, to share the town pool and other public places with him, but he is dismayed to find that prejudice still exists.


Hello My Name is OcticornHello My Name is Octicorn – The octicorn– half octopus and half unicorn– introduces himself and tells readers why, though strange and unique, octicorns make great friends.


June and AugustJune and August – Two animals who share a love of the night sky meet in the daylight and are surprised to discover how different they are.


Let's Talk About RaceLet’s Talk about Race – The author introduces the concept of race as only one component in an individual’s or nation’s “story.”


The Little Bit Scary PeopleThe Little Bit Scary People – Some people are a little bit strange or a little too loud, and just a little bit scary. But I bet, if you knew them, and knew their favorite things, you’d think that maybe, (probably) most people aren’t so scary after all.


Little Sweet PotatoLittle Sweet Potato – A sweet potato, lost and trying to get back home, rolls down the road looking for other vegetable and flower patches, trying to fit in. Told repeatedly he’s lumpy and bumpy and doesn’t belong, Little Sweet Potato finally finds acceptance at the “hodge-podge patch” (a garden).


Looking After LouisLooking After Louis – When a new boy with autism joins their classroom, the children try to understand his world and to include him in theirs.


My Grandma's a NinjaMy Grandma’s a Ninja – When Ethan’s grandma suggests they take a zip line to school, Ethan realizes that his grandma is a little different. In fact, she’s a ninja! Ethan is soon the hit of the school when his grandma drops from the ceiling at show-and-tell, and teaches the kids karate moves and how to do backflips in slow motion. But when his grandma deflates his team’s soccer ball, everyone is upset–including Ethan. Why can’t he just have a regular grandma? But when Ethan tries out his new karate moves during the championship game, he’s happy that his grandma isn’t ordinary.


The Name JarThe Name Jar – After Unhei moves from Korea to the United States, her new classmates help her decide what her name should be.


Once Green AppleOne Green Apple – While on a school field trip to an orchard to make cider, a young immigrant named Farah gains self-confidence when the green apple she picks perfectly complements the other students’ red apples.


The Other BearsThe Other Bears – Mother and Father Koala are suspicious of the ‘other’ bears. They don’t like the panda bears and they don’t trust the polar bears. But their grumpiness melts away as they watch their little Koalas play together with ‘other’ bears.


The Other SideThe Other Side – Two girls, one white and one black, gradually get to know each other as they sit on the fence that divides their town. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2004-2005, K-3 Nominee.


The Peace BookThe Peace Book – Describes peace as making new friends, sharing a meal, feeling good about yourself, and more.


Some Monsters are DifferentSome Monsters are Different – A warmhearted celebration of individuality describes the many differences found among monsters, from beasts who are picky or will eat anything to creatures who chatter or remain quiet, explaining that all monsters are wonderful just the way they are.


The SneetchesThe Sneetches – The Star-Belly Sneetches think they are the best, and look down upon Sneetches without stars. The Plain-Belly Sneetches remain depressed and oppressed, prohibited from associating with their star-bellied counterparts, until Sylvester McMonkey McBean comes along & begins to give stars to the Plain-Belly Sneetches. The original Star-Belly Sneetches are angry at no longer being different and special, so they get Sylvester to remove all their stars. This continues back and forth until no one can remember which Sneetches were originally what, and an epiphany strikes them all at once: that it really doesn’t matter whether a Sneetch has a star belly or not – they are all really the same, and can coexist and be friends with one another.


Shades of People – Explores the many different shades of human skin, and points out that skin is just a covering that does not reveal what someone is like inside.


SplashdanceSplashdance – Ursula, a bear, and Ricardo, a human, are preparing for the water ballet competition. But a new regulation at the community pool–no bears–leaves Ursula cut from the contest. Luckily, she encounters a group of undaunted animal swimmers at a local pond, and Ursula and her new team figure out a way to participate in the competition and make sure everyone is welcome at the pool once and for all.


Strictly No ElephantsStrictly No Elephants – A boy is excluded from joining his friends’ pet club because of his unusual pet.


Tilt Your Head Rosie RedTilt Your Head, Rosie Red – Classmate Fadimata is teased because of her hijab until Rosie a high-energy child who wears a red cape, listens carefully and always tries to see things “from every angle,” finds a way to celebrate Fadimata’s unique head covering, inspiring others to follow suit.


We Came to AmericaWe Came to America – Celebrates United States immigration and the country’s diverse immigrant heritage.


Who We AreWho We Are – Join Nellie, Gus, baby Jake, and their parents at Funland as they go on rides, watch performers, and play games along with many other children and grown-ups. As they enjoy their excursion, they notice that people are the same as one another in lots of ways, and different in lots of ways too. Helps children realize why it’s important to treat others the way they want to be treated whether a person is a lot like you or different from you, a good friend or someone you have just met or seen for the first time.


Whoever You AreWhoever You Are – Despite the differences between people around the world, there are similarities that join us together, such as pain, joy, and love.


You and Me TogetherYou and Me Together: Moms, Dads, and Kids Around the World – From a festival in India to a bus in Germany, from a park in China to a campfire in Australia, loving moms, dads, and kids share their lives.


Yo YesYo! Yes? – Two lonely characters, one black and one white, meet on the street and become friends.

100+ Free Video Read Alouds

Green Eggs and Ham

When you are on on vacation, running errands or just away from home, read along stories are a great way to fill what can be hours of waiting into a lot of fun! Listed below are more than 100 video read alongs from old favorites like Where the Wild Things Are to book character heroes like Little Jumbo who might be new to you. Listen below to hear Little Jumbo’s story and then click on a book jacket to here another one! Your child will have enough stories to get them through the longest doctor’s appointment wait or oil change. Plus, this listening library is available every day for returning to old favorites. “Read it again!” has never been easier!


Our newest story is Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano. As Thanksgiving Day approaches, Turkey nervously makes a series of costumes, disguising himself as other farm animals in hopes that he can avoid being served as Thanksgiving dinner. This read aloud video is brought to you by Storyline Online, an organization committed to helping you raise children who love to read, just like us!

More Read Aloud Videos:

AbiyoyoAlexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day Arnie the DoughnutAs Fast As Words Could FlyBaby BrainsA Bad Case of StripesBalloons Over BroadwayThe Bear Ate Your SandwichBear Snores OnForgetMannersBerenstain Bears Stage FrightBerenstain Bears Learn about StrangersBilly the Goats Big BreakfastBing DressedThe Book With No PicturesBraveIreneBrown Bear Brown Bearcarlas-sandwichThe Case of the Missing Carrot CakeCharlieChestersWayChicken Soup With RiceThe Christmas PuppyClark the Sharkthe-coal-thiefCock-a-Doodle OopsDr Seuss on the LooseDuck Rabbitdylan-the-villainElm's Tricky Tongue Twisters"EmmaEnemyPieBonjourFarmerDuckFreddy Frogcaster and the Huge HurricaneThe Gingerbread ManGobble Gobble Moo Tractor BookGoldilocks and the Three BearsThe Goodbye BookGoodnight GoonHarryGoodnight MangerGreenEggsGujiHanukkah in AlaskaHarryDirtyDog150Here Comes Teacher CatHere Comes the Garbage Bargehey-thats-my-monsterHildie Bitterpickles Needs Her SleepHole in the Bottom of the SeaHoorayHoot and PeepThe House That Jane BuiltHow Do Penguins Play?how-i-learned-geographyHow the Grinch Stole ChristmasHow to Cheer Up DadHow to Get Your Teacher ReadyThe Hueys in the New JumperHugo the Hares Rainy DayMyMonsterIf I Ran for Presidentim-a-ballerinaIshIs Your Mama a LlamaIt's Okay to Make MistakesJust a SecretKissMissedKissing HandKnotsLadybugBeachLibraryLionLittle Elliot Big CityLittle ExcavatorLittle Red Riding HoodLlama Llama Loves t ReadLlama Llama Mad at MamaLlama Llama Misses MamaThe LoraxLost for WordsLouise Loves ArtMaria Had a Little LlamaMarvelous CorneliusMax and the Won't Go to Bed ShowCatMice TwiceMiss Maple's SeedsThe MittenMonster Needs a PartyMy Friend MaggieMy Little Golden Book About SharksRottenNat the Cats Sunny SmileThe Night Before St. Patrick's DayThe Night Before Valentine's DayFollowedNo Mirrors in My Nana's HouseNo More Noisy NightsNoahOliviaOwlBabiesPeg+ Cat The Pizza ProblemPenguin2Pete the Cat and His Magic SunglassesPete the Cat and the New GuyPlease Please the BeesPolarExpressthe-princess-and-the-peaPrincess Penelope and the Runaway KittenGuanaQuackenstein Hatches a FamilyR is for RocketRainbowFishRent Party JazzRobot RumpusRomeowSeaver the WeaverRollerSuzySix Little ChicksSmashCrashSnappsy the AlligatorThe Snowy DaySomeDoHatchSophieSplishSplashStellalunaStregaSupertruckSwap!Sylvester and the Magic PebbleThe Tale of Peter RabbitA Tale of Two BeastsTales From Winnie the PoohTek the Modern Cave BoyTen Magic ButterfliesThank You Mr FalkerThere Was an Old Dragon That Swallowed a KnightTheres an Alligator Under My BedHouseThomas to the RescueDrumTheToothThe True Story of the Three Little PigsTurkey TroubleUni the UnicornVery Hungry CaterpillarWaiting for the BiblioburroWe're Amazing 1, 2, 3What Pet Should I Get?PigassoWhere Are You Blue KangarooWheres My TeddyWhere's Walrus and PenguinWhiteSocksWilfridwith-any-luck-ill-drive-a-truckWolfie the BunnyFavorites

These Video Read Alouds are brought to you by some of our awesome literacy partners:

StorylineLogoSmallbrightly-logo75PBSKidsSmallLittle CritterPenguinGroupCandlewickSmallBarnesMedReading Rainbow Logo 150

Every Child Ready to Read

Don’t Sit Still! Interactive Picture Books for Active Little Readers

Tap to PlayPrint books that include simple interactive entertainment are a childhood favorite. Traditional examples include pop-up books or Where’s Waldo style search and find books. There are some unique ones too, like Wonders of the USA, which utilizes a flashlight to make images appear. In other interactive books, like  Tap to Play!, children decide when to turn the page or shout directions to a book character. These books are commonly very funny and are especially wonderful for children who find it difficult to sit still and respond well to interspersed movement and talking rather than long stretches of quiet listening. These books make wonderful gifts that just might result in a “thank you!” as well as a “read it again!” To get an idea what sharing one of these books might be like, you can try one of them right now. Listen to the author B.J. Novak read his uncommonly plain but hilarious story, The Book With No Pictures:


More FREE Online Reading:


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.

Don't Touch This BookHuff and PuffLots of DotsSearch and Spot GoAndy and Sam Hide and SeekBunny SlopesCan You Make a Scary Face?Cat SecretsColor CamouflageEach Peach Pear PlumFind MeFollow the LinesGo Away Big Green MonsterHello Red FoxHide and Seek FarmI Spy LettersI Spy Under the SeaIs Everyone Ready for FunIs Your Buffalo Ready for KindergartenLittle Blue and Little YellowOne is Not a PairOneOpen This Little BookPeek a Boo ZooPerfect SquarePress HereSpot a Lot Vehicle AdventureSpot the Mummy at the MuseumTap the Magic TreeTap to PlayThe Book With No PicturesThe Find It BookThe Monster at the End of This BookThe Other RabbitThere Is No Such Thing As LittleTouch the Brightest StarUndercoverWe Are In a BookWhat In the World a Closer LookWhere Is Curious GeorgeWhere's the PairWhere's the PenguinWhere's WaldoWho What Where

Every-Child-Ready-to-Read-American-Library-Association