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A Mighty Girl Playlist – Free with Your Library Card!

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The website A Mighty Girl is an outstanding collection of books, toys, music and movies “for smart, confident, and courageous girls.”

A Mighty Girl’s music section features more than 100 girl-empowering songs in a wide range of genres for all ages of Mighty Girls. You can also filter the collection by recommended age, genre, and theme. Each song description has a ‘Note to Parents’ to help you get the right song to your mighty girl at the right time.

Below is the playlist of Mighty Girl Music. It is a great place to start for making a playlist for your own Mighty Girl.

Remember you can download 5 FREE songs a week with your library card from The library’s Freegal music catalog. In the list, the songs that are available from Freegal are in bold. Download 5 today and add the rest to your wishlist to make it easy to grab 5 more songs each week.

By May you will have a list of power songs for girls – a great soundtrack for the summer!

*32 Flavors Ani DiFranco
A Mother’s Love Mark Masri
*A Sorta Fairytale Tori Amos
*Ain’t got No/I Got Life Nina Simone
Almost There The Princess and the Frog Soundtrack
Amelia Almost 13 Carrie Newcomer
*Anything You Can Do from Annie Get Your Gun
*Atalanta from Free to Be You and Me
B*tch bad Lupe Fiasco
*Beautiful Christina Aguilera
Born This Way Lady Gaga
*Brave Sara Bareilles
*Breakaway Kelly Clarkson
Build a Levee Natalie Merchant
*Butterfly Kisses Bob Carlisle
*Child of Mine Carol King
Come Over to My Dollhouse Lunch Money
*Cornflake Girl Tori Amos
Courage Beauty form Pain 1.1
*Crucify Tori Amos
*Daddy Byonce Knowles
Defying Gravity Idina Menzel
Do My Thing Estelle
Everything Alanis Morissette
*Father and Daughter Paul Simon
*Feeling Good Nina Simone
*Fighter Christina Aguilera
Firework Katy Perry
Fixing Her Hair Ani DiFranco
Fly to Your Heart Selena Gomez
Free to Be You and Me The New Seekers
Future Man, Future Lady Ziggy Marley
Get Up Superchick
Girl Tori Amos
*Girl Disappearing Tori Amos
Girl in a Country Song Maddie and Tae
*Girl On Fire Alicia Keyes
*Girl Shanty Sons of the Never Wrong
Girls With Guitars Wynonna Judd
Gold Rush Brides Natalie Merchant
Good Mother Jann Arden
Gotta Be Me Secret Anget 23 Skidoo
Gotta Be You Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
*Hammer and Nail Indigo Girls
Hands Jewell
Headstrong 10,000 Maniacs
Heroes Ann Reed
Hey Hey Superchick
Hit Me With Your Best Shot Pat Benatar
How You’ve Grown 10,000 Maniacs
I Am NOt My Hair India Arie
*I Am Woman Helen Reddy
I Hope You Dance Lee Ann Womack
*I’m Coming Out Diana Ross
*I’m Every Woman Whitney Houston
*I’m Going to Live the Life Mahalia Jackson
I’m Gonna Be An Engineer Peggy Seeger
*I’m Not Perfect Laurie Berkner
I’m Ready Kim Possible Soundtrack
*In My Daughter’s Eyes Martina McBride
In Or Out Ani DiFranco
*Independent Women Destiny’s Child
Intuition Jewell
It’s Amazing Jem
Joyful Girl Ani DiFranco
Julie Through the Glass Carly Simon
Jump Miss Melodee
Just a Girl No Doubt
Just the Way You Are Bruno Mars
Learn Me Right Brave Soundtrack
*Least omplicated Indigo Girls
Let It Go Frozen Soundtrack
Let It Grow Ester Dean
Let Your Heart Sing Katherine McPhee
*Love Song Sara Bareilles
Mean Taylor Swift
*Mean Girls Rachel Crow
*More Beautiful You Jonny Diaz
My Little Girl Tim McGraw
No Man’s Woman Sinead O’Connor
Not a Pretty Girl Ani DiFranco
One and Lonely Superchick
Overrated Ashely Tisdale
Part of Me Katy Perry
Pearl Katy Perry
*People Like Us Kelly Clarkson
*Perfect Pink
*Perfect Girl Sarah McLachlan
*Proud Heather Small
*Respect Aretha Franklin
*Right as Rain Adele
Roar Katy Perry
Rock What You Got Superchick
Science Fair (Album)
She’s Not Just a Pretty Face Shania Twain
*Silent All These Years Tori Amos
*Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves Eurythmics
Skipping Eddie Vedder
Stand in the Rain Superchick
Strong Women Meg Braun
*Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) Kelly Clarkson
*Stupid Girls Pink
*Superwoman Alicia Keyes
*Survivor Destiny’s Child
Tell It Like It Is Tracy Chapman
Tell Yourself Natalie Merchant
*Thank God for Kids Kenny Chesney
*Thank U Alanis Morrisette
That I Would Be Good Alanis Morrisette
The Climb Miley Cyrus
The Emperor’s New Clothes Sinead O’Connor
*The Greatest Love of All Whitney Houston
*The Long Way Around Dixie Chicks
The Middle Jimmy Eat World
The Princess Who Saved Herself Jonathan Coulton
*The Voice Within Christina Aguilera
*The Wood song Indigo Girls
*This One’s For the Girls Martina McBride
Tomboy in a Princess Dress Suzi Shelton
Tomboy Princess Meg Braun
Touch the Sky Julie Fowlis Brave Soundtrack
*True Colors Cyndi Lauper
Try Colbie Caillet
Typical Girl Cheri Magill
*Unwritten Natasha Bedingfield
Video India Arie
What I Am Edie Brickell
*When I Was a Boy Dar Williams
Who I Am Jessica Andrews
Who Says Selena Gomez
Who’s That Girl Robyn
Whole Wide World Mindy Gledhill
*Wide Open Spaces Dixie Chicks
Wild One Faith Hill
Willing to Fight Ani DiFranco
*Wonder Natalie Merchant
*You Gotta Be Desree
*You’re Aging Well Dar Williams

50 Fantastic Picture Books Illustrated by African-Americans

WeNeedDiverseBooks LogoCrown: an Ode to the Fresh CutOur role is to work together to create books that act as wide-open doors – books that allow all children to walk through and feel safe enough to stay.” ~ illustrator Jerry Pinkney #weneeddiversebooks

Children need to see all kinds of people in the books they read and that includes book characters that look like them. It can be hard to find pictures books that have characters of color. Here are 50 favorite picture books that not only star African-American characters but are also illustrated by African American artists.  Use this list to help find new books and new authors or illustrators that will help you throw wide-open the doors of diversity. You can find new books to act as a mirror, to reflect your child’s own experience, or a window, so they can take a look at someone else’s.

You can read some of the stories online right now in the “Read Right Now” section. Just click on a book jacket to enjoy it! Also listed are eBook and print book options.

Miles Davis by Kevin WestYou can also visit Central Library throughout February and March to see the 2018 Meet the Artists Exhibit (January 30 – April 1) which showcases the accomplishments of 11 prominent local African-American artists. While you are there visit The Center for Black Literature & Culture where you can find many of these picture books to check out and take home!

Read Right Now:

No Mirrors in My Nana's House

eBooks & eAudio:

Use your indyPL Library Card number and PIN to check out FREE Online eBooks & eAudiobooks. Click on a book jacket & enter your Library Card number and PIN to borrow. What’s My PIN?

Beautiful MoonAunt Flossie's HatsCity ShapesEach KindnessGrandma's PurseHey Black ChildI Got the RhythmKnock KnockLast Stop on Market StreetThe Lion and the MouseMufaro's Beautiful Daughters

Print Books:

A is for ActivistAll Things Bright and BeautifulAfrican OrchestraAntionetteBack of the BusBelle the Last Mule at Gee's BendBig JabeBlack CatBrothers of the KnightBruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby GirlBusy Busy Little ChickChocolate MeEllen's BroomFreedom SummerThe Grasshopper and the AntsHe's Got the Whole World in His HandsIn Plain SightJabari JumpsLittle Red HenLittle Red Riding HoodThe Neighborhood Mother GooseNight Out with MamaNoah's ArkThe Nutcracker in HarlemThese HandsThis Is the RopeThe Tortoise and the HareUncle Jed's Barber ShopWe Shall Overcome: the Story of a S ongWelcome PreciousWhen Louis Armstrong Taught Me Scat

More about Black History:

To learn even more about fascinating and inspiring black history makers, visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. The Center is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots.

25 Kids’ Books to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

Let the Children MarchEven young children can understand the concepts of fairness and justice. They are well equipped as preschoolers to describe what it means to be fair, take turns or share. Young children also know what it means to stand up for what you think is right. Who hasn’t heard a child protest, “that’s not fair!”? In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here are 20 books for children that highlight Dr. King’s life and legacy as standing up for these ideas; fighting for equality and justice beyond the playground.

In 1994, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was officially recognized as a National Day of Service. Volunteers across the country will work together to make a difference. Many of them will be children! To help talk about the many ways even small children can contribute to the bigger world outside their own home, take a look at the book suggestions on  Not Too Little to Help: Raising Socially Conscious Kids. “Can I help?” Yes, you CAN!

Websites & Online Activities:

Martin Luther King Jr. Color By Number PrintableMartin Luther King Jr. I Can Dream WorksheetMartin Luther King Jr. Coloring SheetMartin Luther King Jr. March on Washington Maze


Use your indyPL Library Card number and PIN to check out FREE Online eBooks. Click on a book jacket & enter your Library Card number and PIN to borrow. What’s My PIN?Overdrive Logo
I Can Read Martin Luther King Jr.Be a KingThe Cart That Carried MartinI Have a DreamI Am Martin Luther King Jr.

Print Books:

The Little Book of Little ActivistsA is for ActivistA Sweet Smell of RosesBack of the BusBelle the Last Mule at Gee's BendMake a ChangeThat Is My DreamThese HandsWe Shall Overcome the Story of a SongOur Children Can SoarHappy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr.March OnMartin & MahaliaMartin RisingMartin's Big WordsMartin's Dream DayWe MarchWhen Martin Luther King Jr. Wore Roller SkatesThe Youngest Marcher

To learn even more about fascinating and inspiring black history makers, visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. The Center is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots.

WeNeedDiverseBooks LogoTo get young people engaged, one of the things they need is to see themselves in books. It is important for all of us to see ourselves in books, because that encourages us to read in a different way and encourages us to write more.” ~ Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott Founder of the African American Read-in #weneeddiversebooks

Read Right Now! WINTER & SNOW

It’s cold! I know, stating the obvious! A good day to remember this famous storybook quote:

“The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house all that cold, cold, wet day.”

It would be a good day for a visit from The Cat in the Hat to change things up and make a big fun mess!

Since The Cat in the Hat won’t really stop by, here are some books that might help you figure out how to have some fun together on a cold day, and later in the week, on a snowy day!

FREE Online eBooks about Snow:

Friendly Frosty MonstersThe MittenIsItColdOutsideA Blanket of SnowIts WinterBrave Irene

More FREE Online Reading:


Use your indyPL Library Card number and PIN to check out FREE Online eBooks. Click on a book jacket & enter your Library Card number and PIN to borrow. What’s My PIN?


Use your indyPL Library Card number and PIN to check out FREE Online eAudiobooks. Click on a book jacket & enter your Library Card number and PIN to borrow. What’s My PIN?

Printables, Crafts & More about Snow:

Winter FrostyWinter Ice SkateWinter Color HatsWinter Let It Snow


Oliver and Amanda and the Big SnowSnowThe Jacket I Wear in the SnowLemonade in WinterCliffords First Snow DaySnowFrostySnowflake BentleyKaty and the Big SnowSnowLadybugThe Snowy DayFroggy Gets Dressed

Winter & Snow Non-Fiction:

SnowCreatingSnowKnowSnowWeKnowSnowFortsBuild Your Own Fort IglooThe Kids Winter Fun Book

Every Child Ready to Read

Chapter Book Read Alouds for Preschoolers

AmeliaBedeliaMed Amelia Bedelia – A literal-minded housekeeper causes a ruckus in the household when she attempts to make sense of some instructions.
AnnaHibiscusMed Anna Hibiscus – Anna lives in amazing Africa with her mother, her father, her baby twin brothers, and lots and lots of her family. Join her as she splashes in the sea, prepares for a party, sells oranges, and hopes to see sweet, sweet snow!
BeezusRamona Beezus & Ramona – Beezus’ biggest problem is her 4-year-old sister Ramona. Even though Beezus knows sisters are supposed to love each other, with a sister like Ramona, it seems impossible.
BoxcarChildren The Boxcar Children – Because they do not want to be separated, four orphaned children run away and live in an old abandoned boxcar.
Bunnicula Bunnicula – When the Monroes go to see the movie Dracula, Toby finds a baby rabbit he takes home and names Bunnicula. Chester the cat soon decides that there is something odd about the newcomer. For one thing, he seems to have fangs. And the odd markings on his back look like a cape. Also, Bunnicula sleeps from sunup to sundown and is awake only at night. Is Bunnicula really a vampire?
CamDiamonds Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds – When Jennifer “Cam” Jansen and her friend Eric are at the mall, they witness a robbery at the jewelry store! Can Cam’s amazing photographic memory help catch a thief?
Catwings Catwings – Four young cats with wings leave the city slums in search of a safe place to live, finally meeting two children with kind hands.
Clementine Clementine – While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.
CricketTimes A Cricket in Times Square – The adventures of a country cricket who unintentionally arrives in New York and is befriended by Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat.
DaysFrogToad Days With Frog and Toad – Frog and Toad spend their days together, but find sometimes it’s nice to be alone.
DinosaursDark Dinosaurs Before Dark – A tree house that travels through time? Not possible, says Jack. But he has to admit — when he and his younger sister, Annie, start running into dinosaurs — that they’re not in Frog Creek, PA, anymore.
EnormousCrocodile The Enormous Crocodile – The enormous crocodile devises secret plans and a few clever tricks to secure his lunch only to have them foiled by his neighbors.
FreckleJuice Freckle Juice – Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon’s freckle recipe for fifty cents.
FrogToadYear Frog and Toad All Year – Five enchanting tales about the friendship of Frog and Toad depict the lovable creatures engaging in varied activities throughout the seasons of the year.
FrogToadFriends Frog and Toad are Friends – From writing letters to going swimming, telling stories to finding lost buttons, Frog and Toad are always there for each other–just as best friends should be.
FrogToadTogether Frog and Toad Together – Frog and Toad are best friends — they do everything together. When Toad admires the flowers in Frog’s garden, Frog gives him seeds to grow a garden of his own. When Toad bakes cookies, Frog helps him eat them. And when both Frog and Toad are scared, they are brave together.
AwayLake Gone Away Lake – Portia and her cousin Julian discover adventure in a hidden colony of forgotten summer houses on the shores of a swampy lake.
GooneyBird Gooney Bird Greene – A most unusual new student who loves to be the center of attention entertains her teacher and fellow second graders by telling absolutely true stories about herself, including how she got her name.
HomerPrice Homer Price – Six episodes in the life of Homer Price including one in which he and his pet skunk capture four bandits and another about a donut machine on the rampage.
IvyBean Ivy & Bean – When seven-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected.
JamesPeach James and the Giant Peach – A young boy escapes from two wicked aunts and embarks on a series of adventures with six giant insects he meets inside a giant peach.
JudyMoody Judy Moody – Third grader Judy Moody is in a first day of school bad mood until she gets an assignment to create a collage all about herself and begins creating her masterpiece, the Me collage.
JunieBus Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus – In her own words, a young girl describes her feelings about starting kindergarten and what she does when she decides not to ride the bus home.
MercyRescue Mercy Watson to the Rescue – After Mercy the pig snuggles to sleep with the Watsons, all three awaken with the bed teetering on the edge of a big hole in the floor.
MouseMotorcycle The Mouse and the Motorcycle – A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.
MrPopper Mr. Popper’s Penguins – The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions.
PiggleWiggle Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle – From her upside-down house, the eccentric Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle issues to parents her marvelous cures for such common children’s diseases as Won’t-Put-Away-Toys-itis, Answerbackism, and Fighter-Quarrelitis.
SarahPlain Sarah, Plain and Tall – The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions.
Saturdays The Saturdays – Four New York City siblings decide to pool their resources so that each can do a special thing on the Saturday that is his turn to receive the combined allowance.
SophieAwesome Sophie the Awesome – Sophie feels average, but wants to stand out from the crowd, so she changes her name to Sophie the Awesome and tries to find something to prove she is awesome.
TrumpetSwan The Trumpet of the Swan – Knowing how to read and write is not enough for Louis, a voiceless Trumpeter Swan; his determination to learn to play a stolen trumpet takes him far from his wilderness home.
WaterHorse The Water Horse – In 1930, on the coast of Scotland, eight-year-old Kirstie finds a large egg which hatches into an unusual sea creature, and as he grows her family must decide what to do with him.
Humphrey The World According to Humphrey – Humphrey, pet hamster at Longfellow School, learns that he has an important role to play in helping his classmates and teacher.

Book Recommendations by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services For more great read-alouds check