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


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As if all those shared stories aren’t enough fun (and they are!) you can read your way to attending several Indianapolis cultural and sporting events with your family by redeeming some of your summer reading program points for buy one get one free passes and other coupon discounts. PLUS, there are several workshops and movies for kids happening at all of our branch locations and Central Library throughout the summer. Now that you have had a few weeks to read and collect points, pull out your calendar right now and make some plans!

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Celebrating Families

A family is a group of people brought together by birth, by marriage or other relationship or by living in the same space. Kids grow up in all kinds of different family situations. In A Family is a Family is a Family, a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special. One child is afraid to share about her family because it seems so different from other families. Other children in the class do share; about being raised by a grandmother, or by two dads, or having a family of step-siblings. One child wants to share about a new baby. This book is a great look at the many kinds of families children live in.

Children love books that mirror their own day-to-day lives. They also like books that give them a look at someone else’s life. In these stories, children will see themselves as well as their friends. The family stories are different, but the same in the way that matters most of all. Children thrive living with adults who care looking out for them every day.

Just Right Family – Meili, who is six years old and adopted from China, learns that her parents are going to adopt a baby from Haiti. She’s not happy. Why do they need a new baby? Their family is just right as it is. As Meili learns more about her new sibling and the importance of being a big sister, will she realize that a new addition can be just right for their family too?

And Tango Makes Three And Tango Makes Three – At New York City’s Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches. Based on a true story.

Annie and Snowball and the Wedding Day Annie and Snowball and the Wedding Day – Annie loves living with her dad and her bunny, Snowball. But she wants her dad to find someone to love. Then he meets a woman named Martha. Soon it is time for a wedding!

Black is Brown is Tan Black is Brown is Tan – Describes in verse a family with a brown-skinned mother, white-skinned father, two children, and their various relatives.

The Different Dragon The Different Dragon – For a bedtime story, one of Noah’s two mothers tells him a story about a brave boy in a boat with his cat and and his encounter with a fire-breathing dragon, following Noah’s suggestions along the way.

Do You Sing Twinkle? Do You Sing Twinkle? – A boy’s parents help him adjust to his new stepfamily when his mother remarries after a divorce.

Elliot Elliot – Elliot’s parents do not know how to take care of him. As Elliot moves from one foster home to another, his visits with his real parents leave him anxious and conflicted about where he wants to be. At last he finds stability with a new adoptive family.

Families Families Families Families Families Families – A host of animals portray all kinds of families–any combination of people who love each other.

The Family Book The Family Book – Represents a variety of families, some big and some small, some with only one parent and some with two moms or dads, some quiet and some noisy, but all alike in some ways and special no matter what.

Fred Stays with Me Fred Stays with Me – A child describes how she lives sometimes with her mother and sometimes with her father, but her dog is her constant companion. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2009-2010, K-3 Nominee.

The Great Big Book of Families The Great Big Book of Families – Features illustrations and descriptions of different types of families and how their lives are similar and different.

Heather has Two Mommies Heather Has Two Mommies – Heather’s favorite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, and two pets. And she also has two mommies. When Heather goes to school for the first time, someone asks her about her daddy, but Heather doesn’t have a daddy. Then something interesting happens. When Heather and her classmates all draw pictures of their families, not one drawing is the same. It doesn’t matter who makes up a family, the teacher says, because “the most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love one another.

I Love You Like Crazy Cakes I Love You Like Crazy Cakes – This story of a woman who travels to China to adopt a baby girl, based on the author’s own experiences, is a celebration of the love and joy a baby brings into the home.

I Love You Near and Far I Love You Near and Far – A reassuring rhyming story, written from a child’s point of view, stands as a love letter to family members who are far away because of divorce, military service or simply because they live in different places around country or world.

I Wished for You I Wished for You – Follows a conversation between a little bear named Barley and his Mama as they curl up in their favorite cuddle spot and talk about how they became a family. Barley asks Mama the kinds of questions many adopted children have, and Mama lovingly answers them all.

In Our Mothers' House In Our Mothers’ House – Three young children experience the joys and challenges of being raised by two mothers.

Introducing Teddy : a gentle story about gender and friendship Introducing Teddy: a Gentle Story about Gender and Friendship – Errol and his teddy, Thomas, are best friends who do everything together. Whether it’s riding a bike, playing in the tree house, having a tea party, or all of the above, every day holds something fun to do. One sunny day, Errol finds that Thomas is sad, even when they are playing in their favorite ways. Errol can’t figure out why, until Thomas finally tells Errol what the teddy has been afraid to say: “In my heart, I’ve always known that I’m a girl teddy, not a boy teddy. I wish my name was Tilly, not Thomas.” And Errol says, “I don’t care if you’re a girl teddy or a boy teddy! What matters is that you are my friend.”

A Mother for Choco A Mother for Choco – Choco, a little bird living alone, sets out to find a mother, but he has no luck until he meets the warm-hearted, generous Mrs. Bear and her other children.

My New Mom and Me My New Mom and Me – When the puppy comes to live with his new mom, he is nervous. His new mom has stripes and he doesn t. But his mom says she likes that they look different. The puppy’s new mom does all the things other parents do: she plays with him, takes care of him, and sometimes even makes him mad! But when he’s feeling sad, she knows just what to say.

Night Catch Night Catch – When a soldier’s work takes him halfway around the world, he enlists the help of the North Star for a nightly game of catch with his son.

One Family One Family – A family can be many things, in this story that introduces numbered groups from one to ten.

Our Gracie Aunt Our Gracie Aunt – Johsnon and his sister, Beebee, seem to be all alone in the world. Their mama has gone away many times before, but something tells them that this time she won’t be coming back. Then a social worker comes and takes them to meet their Aunt Gracie. Beebee barely remembers her, and Mama never even told Johnson about her. They wonder where she’s been all this time–and why she would want to take care of them. Warily, though, the children begin to trust Aunt Gracie. And in the process, they come to a better understanding of what it means to be a family.

Stella Brings the Family Stella Brings the Family – Stella brings her two fathers to school to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Stellaluna Stellaluna – After she falls headfirst into a bird’s nest, a baby bat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother.

A Tale of Two Daddies – A young girl describes how her two daddies help her through her day, including her poppa cooking eggs and toast, her daddy fixing her knee when she is hurt, and both fathers being there for her when she needs love.

Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born – A young girl asks her parents to tell her again the cherished family story of her birth and adoption.

Two is Enough Two is Enough – From playing in the snow to a rainy-day ride, to double-scoop treats and crash-landing in leaves, two can be the perfect number for creating life’s memories. And two can definitely be enough for a warm family, full of the love, support, and comfort that every child needs.Whether a father and daughter, mother and son, or a grandparent and grandchild, two is enough to fill each season of the year with wonders, big and small. Author Janna Matthies’ soothing rhyme and Merrilee Liddiard’s warm illustrations of diverse pairs make this story perfect for encouraging a sense of acceptance, security, and community.

Visiting Day Visiting Day – A young girl and her grandmother visit the girl’s father in prison.

We Are Family – Rhyming text and illustrations of families explore how all families are different, but also the same.

We Belong Together a Book About Adoption and Families We Belong Together a Book About Adoption and Families – The joy of adoption and bringing families together is presented in this tale.

Welcome to the Family Welcome to the Family – Introduces different types of households and discusses families with children, adoption, foster parents, same-sex parents, and fertility treatments.

When Otis Courted Mama When Otis Courted Mama – While his life seems perfectly good as it is, Cardell, a young coyote, learns to tolerate–and even like–the coyote that is courting his mother.

Who's in My Family? Who’s in My Family? – Nellie and her little brother Gus discuss all kinds of families during a day at the zoo and dinner at home with their relatives afterwards.

Wolfie the Bunny – When her parents find a baby wolf on their doorstep and decide to raise him as their own, Dot is certain he will eat them all up until a surprising encounter with a bear brings them closer together.

Zak's Safari Zak’s Safari – Zak’s Safari is a book about donor-conceived kids of two-mom families. When the rain spoils Zak’s plan for a safari adventure, he invites the reader on a very special tour of his family instead. Zak shows us how his parents met, fell in love, and wanted more than anything to have a baby–so they decided to make one.

Celebrating Every Boy and Girl

I Love My Purse!Charlie’s grandma gave him a big red purse. She said he could have it. One day, he decides to take it to school. Nobody else thinks this is a good idea, not his Dad and not his friends. The red purse is allowed at school, that’s not the problem, it’s just…weird. Why is it weird? Because boys do not carry purses. Charlie doesn’t care if even one other boy every carried a purse to school. He wants to, so he does, and then something interesting begins to happen. The people around Charlie notice his happy confidence and decide to try it out for themselves. Suddenly, red purses, painted faced, Hawaiian shirts and sparkly shoes start turning up everywhere!

Some kids climb trees. Some kids wear dresses. Some kids climb trees while wearing dresses. Kids are Kids, in all their different and marvelous ways! Boys and girls can do anything! Here are some books that celebrate people doing life their own way. You can check out these e-books and print books with your IndyPL library card. You can even listen to another great story about someone choosing their own path. Read Amazing Grace right now!

Listen Right Now!

Amazing Grace Watch the video read aloud Amazing Grace – Grace loves stories, whether they’re in books or in movies or the kind her grandmother tells. She acts out the most exciting parts of all sorts of tales…sometimes Hiawatha, or Aladdin, or Joan of Arc…there’s nothing that Grace enjoys more. Determined to play Peter Pan in the school play, African-American Grace meets opposition in her classmates, who insist that Peter Pan is a boy and white.


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Do Princesses Wear Hiking BootsMorris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress>Oliver Button is a SissyGrandma Drove the SnowplowThe Paper Bag Princess

Print Books:

Elena's SerenadeFree To Be You and MeHappy to be GirlsHow to BeI like MyselfI Want to Be a CowgirlJust Like Josh GibsonKnit Your BitMade By RaffiMama Is a MinerNot All Princesses Dress in PinkNot Every PrincessSam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon QuiltSwishWilliams DollBig Bob Little BobDrum Dream GirlI'm a GirlJoy in MudvilleWho Are You?The Worst Princess

Read Right Now: Superheroes

Tiny Titans Leaping Off the PagesTiny Titans Leaping Off the Pages is the first issue of DC Comics’ Tiny Titans series that stars child-sized versions of the DC Teen Titans characters. In this introductory issue summer break is over. The tiny titans Robin, Batgirl, Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, and Speedy are back at Sidekick Elementary School. It is time to turn their super powers toward adjusting to a new principal and that universal kid dilemma…what to wear to school!

DC Comics has published this first issue free online. Have fun introducing your child to these beloved comic book characters, “Aw yeah, Titans!” Listed below are fun printable superhero activities, early readers and picture books (both print and e-books) you can check out with your IndyPL library card!

FREE Online Superhero Comic Books:

The Tiny TitansMo and Jo

More FREE Online Reading:


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The Amazing Adventures of SupermanThe Amazing SpidermanBlack PantherBrave BatgirlDisney Classic Stories Big Hero 6Dawn of the Dynamic DuoDC Super Friends Flower PowerHow to Be a SuperheroI Am BatmanThe Mighty ThorRead and Listen BatmanRead and Listen Catch CatwomanRead and Listen SupermanSuper PetsThis Is Black PantherThis Is FalconThis is WolverineThwip You Are It
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Action Cat and Adventure BugBugvilleLaser Moose and Rabbit BoyNick the SidekickNino Wrestles the WorldRobot ZotSesame Street H is for HeroSuperman and the Miserable DayKung Fu RobotThe Tiny Titans Adventures in Awesomeness

Superhero Printables, Crafts & More:

Every Child Ready to Read