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Read Right Now! Starting School

I Am Too Absolutely Small for School Going to school for the first time is exciting…and maybe a little scary! In I am Too Absolutely Small for School, Lola is not happy about having to go to school. When her older brother Charlie tells her about all the fun things that go on there, Lola becomes less nervous and starts looking forward to attending her first day. Shellie Rich, Public Services Librarian at Central Library, says this story is a family favorite at her house. “I love this book so much…I am pretty sure it is the best kindergarten book ever. And we still call my twelve-year-old’s school uniform her schooliform because of this book.”

Llama Llama Misses MamaIn Llama Llama Misses Mama, little Llama is like a lot of children, anxious about the first day of school. When he is finally in the classroom without his mama, little Llama really MISSES her!

You can listen to Anna Dewdney herself read aloud Llama Llama Misses Mama. Find out what little llama does when he misses his Mama that helps him have a fun day at school anyway! Mama llama helped by taking little llama to school early to see the classroom and visit with the teacher. Charlie helped Lola think about the fun new things she would be able to try at school. These are all great strategies when a child is nervous about the first day of school.

Another great idea is reading books about other kids and favorite characters who are ALSO worried about the first day of school. Stories featuring the Berenstain Bears, Amelia Bedelia, Curious George and more can help your child practice what it might feel like to be anxious about school and learn great strategies for having fun instead!

More FREE online stories about starting school:

Clark the SharkMaria Had a Little LlamaTeacher CatHow to Get Your Teacher Ready for SchoolEmilySchoolAreYouReadyForSchool

More FREE online reading:


Printables, crafts & more about starting school:

Berenstain Bears Back to School PrintableBuffalo Ready for Kindergarten PrintableMouse MazeBig Bird at School

An indyPL reading program for you:

Daily reading to infants, toddlers and preschoolers is the best way to establish a habit that will benefit them for a lifetime,” according to Abby Brown, IndyPL’s Early Literacy Specialist. “If a parent reads one book a night to a child for three years, they will have read 1,095 books!

You can do it and we can help! How to participate in the 1,000 Books by Kindergarten Program


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.

We Don't Eat Our ClassmatesThe Berenstain Bears Go to SchoolCurious George First Day of SchoolA Day at SchoolEdward Almost Goes to SchoolFranklin Goes to SchoolSnuffy Goes to SchoolAmelia Bedelia First Day of SchoolPinkalicious School RulesBiscuit Goes to SchoolMittens at SchoolMorris Goes to School

Books Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services


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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.


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Celebrating Every Boy and Girl

I Love My Purse!Charlie’s grandma gave him a big red purse. 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, they say, boys do not carry purses. Charlie doesn’t care if even one other boy ever 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, paintes 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 kids doing life their own way. You can check out these e-books and print books with your IndyPL library card. You can listen to great story right now, Amazing Grace, about someone choosing their own path just like Charlie.


Listen Right Now!

Amazing Grace Watch the video read aloud Amazing Grace – Grace loves stories. She will read them, listen to her grandmother tell them or watch them acted out in movies or plays. When she learns there will be a play at her school, Grace is determined to play Peter Pan even though her classmates insist she cannot because Peter Pan is a boy and white.


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.

Do Princesses Wear Hiking BootsMorris Micklewhite and the Tangerine DressOliver Button is a SissyGrandma Drove the SnowplowThe Paper Bag PrincessElena'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

Favorite Teachers in Picture Books

National Teacher Week LogoWe love teachers! This is a great week to remember favorite teachers, both real and imagined. Talk to your child today about his or her teacher. What is a teacher’s job? What might a teacher ask you to do while you are at school? How does the teacher know if you have a question?

Ask about your child’s day at school. I bet you will hear a lot, “My teacher says…”! Stories about what happens in the classroom will help you understand what your child’s day is like away from you. Maybe this is the year for a favorite teacher who will be remembered for a long time! Here are some of our favorite storybook teachers. We love them all for so many reasons. They all care, plus they’re clever and funny! You might also like Favorite Teachers in Chapter Books.


The Art LessonMrs. Brown in The Art Lesson – Tommy knows he wants to be an artist when he grows up. He can’t wait to get to school and have real art lessons. When Tommy gets to school and finds out that the art lessons are full of “rules”, he is surprised and dismayed. How the wise art teacher finds a way to give Tommy the freedom to create and stay within the “rules” makes a wonderfully perceptive picture book about growing up and keeping one’s individuality.


Arthurs Teacher TroubleMr. Ratburn in Arthur’s Teacher Trouble – On the first day of school Arthur discovers he’s got the toughest teacher in the third grade! The pressure is on to study hard for the all-school Spellathon. Can Arthur beat last year’s champion speller? Or will he let Mr. Ratburn d-o-w-n. Also: Arthur’s Teacher Moves In


ChrysanthemumMrs. Delphinium Twinkle in Chrysanthemum – Chrysanthemum thinks her name is absolutely perfect–until her first day of school. “You’re named after a flower!” teases Victoria. “Let’s smell her,” says Jo. Chrysanthemum wilts. What will it take to make her blossom again?


The DotThe Art Teacher in The Dot – Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher’s encouragement leads her to change her mind.


Lillys Purple Plastic PurseMr. Slinger in Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse – Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later. Also: Lilly’s Big Day


The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field TripMiss Frizzle in The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip – Ms. Frizzle takes her class on a field trip through the town’s electrical wires so they can learn how electricity is generated and how it is used. Also:

The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body
The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor
The Magic School Bus and the Time of the Dinosaurs
The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System
The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks
The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth
The Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane
The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive


Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for KindergartenMiss Bindergarten in Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten – Introduces the letters of the alphabet as Miss Bindergarten and her students get ready for kindergarten. Also:

Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten
Miss Bindergarten Stays Home from Kindergarten
Miss Bindergarten Plans a Circus with Kindergarten


Miss Foxs Class Shapes UpMiss Fox in Miss Fox’s Class Shapes Up – When Miss Fox realizes that her students do not have healthy habits, she teaches them that healthful living is fun and rewarding, which they find to be true on Field Day. Also:

Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green
Miss Fox’s Class Gets It Wrong
Peace Week in Miss Fox’s Class
Miss Fox’s Class Earns a Field Trip


Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader BehindMiss Malarkey in Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind – Miss Malarkey vows to find each of her students a book to love by the end of the school year, but one video-game loving boy proves to be a challenge. Also:

Miss Malarkey Doesn’t Live in Room 10
Miss Malarkey Won’t Be In Today
You’re a Good Sport Miss Malarkey
Miss Malarkey’s Field Trip
Testing Miss Malarkey
Congratulations, Miss Malarkey


Miss Mingo and the First Day of SchoolMiss Mingo in Miss Mingo and the First Day of School – Miss Mingo helps all of the animal students in her class overcome their shyness on the first day of school by encouraging them to share something special about themselves. Includes facts about animals. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2011-2012, K-3 Nominee. Also: Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill and Miss Mingo Weathers the Storm


Miss Nelson is MissingMiss Nelson in Miss Nelson is Missing – The kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher’s good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute. Also: Miss Nelson is Back and Miss Nelson Has a Field Day


My KindergartenMiss Cribbage in My Kindergarten – Through a month-by-month review of a year in kindergarten, Emily shares the stories of the many happy experiences she has at her school with her new classmates, including first day introductions, a review of the changing seasons, learning how to read a map, and taking a special field trip to the local library.


My TeacherThe Teacher in My Teacher – A student wonders why her teacher has chosen to teach in her school for so long, and highlights all the special things her teacher does for her class.


My Teacher is a MonsterMr. Kirby in My Teacher Is a Monster (no, I am not) – Bobby thinks his teacher, Ms. Kirby, is horrible, but when he sees her outside of school and they spend a day in the park together, he discovers she might not be so bad after all.


Olivia and the Best Teacher EverMrs. Hoggenmuller in Olivia and the Best Teacher Ever – Mrs. Hoggenmuller is being considered for teacher of the year, and Olivia goes all out to see that the class performs its best. Will her favorite teacher get the award?


You Are My WondersThe Teacher in You Are My Wonders – Illustrations and rhyming text combine in a celebration of the relationship between teacher and student.


Substitute CreatureMr. Creacher in Substitute Creacher – Mr. Creacher, a multi-tentacled substitute teacher, warns his prankish students not to misbehave, recounting rhyming cautionary tales of the weird, spooky, and unexpected.


Teach Us Amelia BedeliaAmelia Bedelia in Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia – The very literal-minded Amelia Bedelia is up to her ears in trouble when she becomes a substitute teacher for a day, and her confused antics include handing out lightbulbs to the children when she is told to “plant bulbs.”


The Teacher From the Black LagoonMrs. Green in The Teacher From the Black Lagoon – On the first day of school, a young boy expects only the worst when he discovers that his new teacher is the “monstrous” Mrs. Green.


Thank You Mr FalkerMr. Falker in Thank you, Mr. Falker – At first, Trisha loves school, but her difficulty learning to read makes her feel dumb, until, in the fifth grade, a new teacher helps her understand and overcome her problem.

Reading Programs All Year Long

Below are several reading programs you can participate in at home to encourage year-round reading and even earn prizes. Start with the indyPL Summer Reading Program!

You can visit any IndyPL library location to checkout books or you can Read Right Now! by visiting Download and Stream for Kids– free eBooks you can check out with your library card or read from your device at home, no waiting!


Paladium Pals Reading InitiativePaladium Pals Book Club

  • All Year
  • Earn a Free Student Ticket to a show at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.

World Read Aloud DayWorld Read Aloud Day

  • Feburary 1, 2019
  • Every year World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories.
  • Download Community Packet and en Español

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

  • Check back next summer for the 2019 program.
  • Free online reading program for children.
  • Virtual badges, stories, games, book lists, activities & prizes.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Reading Program

  • Check back next summer for the 2019 program.
  • Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal (en Español).
  • Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store.
  • Choose a FREE BOOK.

Feed Your Brain LogoHalf Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program

  • Check back next summer for the 2019 program.
  • Read for at least 15 minutes each day in the months of June and July.
  • Once you’ve read 300 minutes, turn in your complete log to earn FREE Bookworm Bucks for each month.
  • Printable Reading Log

Book It Summer Reading

  • Check back next summer for the 2019 program.

Chuck E. Cheese Reading RewardsChuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards Calendar

  • Check back next summer for the 2019 program.
  • Print the Reading Rewards calendar, mark it for reading every day for 2 weeks.
  • Take it to a Chuck E. Cheese location to get 10 FREE tokens. Child(ren) must be present to redeem. Only at participating locations. Food purchase is required.
  • Printable Calendar or en Español

Sylvan Book AdventureSylvan Book Adventure

  • Ongoing
  • Read, click, and win with Book Adventure – a free, motivational reading program available to children in grades K-8.
  • Register Now

Book It! Celebrate the Season with Reading 2018 Give Me 20 Fall Reading Challenge

  • Fall 2019 TBA
  • Eight-week challenge. Read to your child/children at least 20 minutes per day, five days per week and you can enter for a chance to win prizes.

Star Wars Reads Month Each October

  • Annually in October
  • Star Wars fans, authors, and artists come together to celebrate reading and Star Wars.

Jump Start Read for the Record

  • October 25, 2018
  • Read for the Record mobilizes millions of children and adults to celebrate literacy by participating in the largest shared reading experience. On this day people across the country united to read a children’s book.

RAA Cat n Hat Logo_Feb 2014Read Across America Day

  • March 2, 2018
  • The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America. Now in its 18th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.
  • Take the Read Across America Pledge

World Book Day 2016World Book Day

  • April 23, 2018
  • To help make World Book Day special – and to encourage reading for the rest of the year too – there are a whole range of resources including lesson plans, activity sheets, discussion guides and free eBooks.

Give Me 20Book It! Spring Give Me 20

  • Fall 2018 TBA
  • Eight-week challenge. Read to your child/children at least 20 minutes per day, five days per week and you can enter for a chance to win prizes.

Drop Everything and ReadD.E.A.R. Drop Everything And Read

  • April 12th in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday (but can by anytime!)
  •  D.E.A.R. stands for “Drop Everything and Read,” a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives. Because, what’s more fun(damental) than reading, really?

Free Comic Book DayFree Comic Book Day

  • May 5, 2018
  • Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America (including IndyPL Library Locations!) and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops!