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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 eBooks about Pumpkins:

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

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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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Read Right Now! Ducks

Farmer DuckToday is a great day to get outside! Take a favorite book and find a park bench, swing or blanket. You might even find a place you can watch some ducks.  Indy with Kids has a great list of 8 Places to Find Ducks in Indy. The article talks about feeding them, but did you know the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and other conservation groups say that for the good of the ducks, we all need to stop hand feeding them? Bread is especially bad for them! Here are two really great article that explains why hand feeding is bad for ducks and geese:

That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them though. You can learn what food might be healthy for them. You can watch them and also take some pictures! While you are out, point out the ducks you see and hear. How does a duck look different than a goose? What colors are their feathers? What sounds do ducks and geese make? How many ducks can you count?

You can listen to the story Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell right now. Listed below are some more free online eBooks & activities about ducks as well as several eBooks you can check out with your IndyPL Library card.


Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell
from Candlewick Press on Vimeo.

More FREE Online eBooks:

Jemima Duck

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Printables, Crafts & More about Ducks:


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.

Make Way for DucklingsUglyDucklingDuckFeelingDuckDuckGooseDuckGooseHugducksvroomDuckGooseOppositesDuck123DumbDucksDonaldCampingHeyDuckLuckyDuckThe Duckling Gets a CookieUglyDuckling2

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Read Right Now! Birds

BirdsToday is a great day to get outside! Take a favorite book and find a park bench, swing or blanket. Or, did you know you can take a walk and read a story as you go, right here in Indianapolis? Visit the Story Walk in the Ruckle Street Pocket Park. Stroll through the park and read a book displayed in mounted frames. Stories are rotated on a monthly basis. While you are out, point out the birds you see and hear. Can you see a cardinal? What color is it? Can you hear a robin? How many different bird songs can you count?Bird Indy Trunks

Have a great day outdoors with a Bird Indy Trunk! These bird watching educational trunks and duffel bag kits are full of tools and activities to help you learn about urban bird watching. You can check one out with your library card!

Listed below are some free online eBooks & activities as well as several eBooks you can check out with your IndyPL Library card.

FREE Online E-books:

Beautiful BirdsTheBirdsIllSeeRed RobinA Nest for African PenguinsThe Migrating Whooping Crane

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Printables, Crafts & More:


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.

Bear and BirdDuck and GooseJust Plain FancyNoisy Bird Sing AlongThe Best NestThe Little DuckBirdsLowlyBirdsBirdsDiscover Series BirdsLet the Pigeon Drive the BusElmo Finds a Baby BirdGooseMake Way for DucklingsThe Little Red HenThe Story abount PingThe Ugly Duckling

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Read Right Now!: Fall

Join Clifford and Emily Elizabeth for the online read aloud story Leaf of Absence. Listed below are more free eBooks to read online as well as several printables and activities to fill a beautiful fall day. You will also find links to eBooks and printed books you can check out with your IndyPL  library card.

Take a snack on a beautiful day this fall and stop by our Storywalk@Rucker Street Park.  Stroll through the park and read a book displayed in mounted frames. Stories will be rotated on a monthly basis.

 

More FREE Online eBooks about Fall:

Natures ColorsItsFall

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Fall Printables, Crafts & More:

Clifford Leaf MatchLetter L alphabet tracing pageI look Football TracerLeaves Tracer

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 Leaf Can Be Book JacketClifford's First Autumn Book JacketFrom Apples Trees to Cider PressLittle Tree Book JacketThe Fantastic Gifts of Fall Book JacketThe Mutts Autumn DiariesThere Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some LeavesAutumn AcrosticArthur Jumps into Fall Book JacketAutumnFall Ball Book JacketFall is for School Book JacketFall Leaves Book JacketFall Mixed Up Book JacketFancy Nancy and the Fall Foliage Book JacketGoodbye Summer Hello Fall Book JacketHow Do You Know It's Fall Book JacketKevin Discovers Autumn Book JacketSay It Book JacketThanking the Moon Book JacketAutumn Visitors Book JacketThe Fall Festival Book JacketThe Fall Gathering Book Jacket

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