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Read Right Now! Mother's Day

04/23/2021 | Online Storytime, Holidays & Seasons

In Mommy's Khimar, a young girl's mother has a closet full of beautiful flowing scarves called khimars. A khimar is a veil or scarf worn in public by some Muslim women. The little girl in the story likes to play dress-up with her mom's beautiful khimars. While dressed in them she uses her imagination to be a queen, a superhero, and her mom! She feels her mother's love in each scarf as it covers her. You can listen to this story below read aloud by the author, Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow.

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After listening to the story, talk about some of the things that happened in it.

  • If you look at the page that shows mommy's closet full of khimars, which one is your favorite?
  • Which khimar is the little girl's favorite?
  • Do you like to play pretend? What kinds of things do you like to pretend to be?

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Below are several more stories about amazing mothers. Each is a video read aloud, just click on a book cover to hear the story!

Welcome to the PartyI've Loved You Since ForeverMommy's KhimarMake Way for DucklingsAre You My Mother?Soccer With MomLlama Llama Misses Mama><a href=Is Your Mama a Llama?Tu Mama es una llama?Mama's BellyOwl BabiesStellalunaYou're All My FavoritesJust Me and My Mom

Find more FREE online reading at 100+ Free Video Read Alouds or try storytime at home!

You can use your IndyPL library card to check out e-books, audiobooks, and other streaming content about mothers from home, right to your device. See our digital collection about mothers from Axis 360 Kids and OverDrive Kids, or come visit us!

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Enjoy this sing along from The Laurie Berkner Band. "Everyone knows there's nothing quite like a hug from their mom. In this sweet and cheery tune, Laurie Berkner lets kids in on the secret that for all the mothers, mamas, mommies, and moms out there, there's nothing quite like a hug from their children, either!"

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Find some crayons or makers to color a picture, practice writing the letters, or see if you can follow your way through a maze without getting stuck.

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Take a walk and read a story as you go! We invite you to visit StoryWalk® in Ruckle Street Park at 3025 Ruckle Street. Stroll through the park and read a book displayed in mounted frames.

  • Online Game: Are You My Mother? Memory Match Easy, Medium, and Hard
  • Find fun activities and home made gift ideas on the IndyPL Pinterest Board: Mother's Day Ideas.
  • PBS Kids: Find Ways to Play Searchable Activities Database Results include printable activities, crafts made with things found around the house, online games, recipes, experiments, and more. You can search by age, favorite PBS kids show character, or by keyword.

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Favorite Books for Kids that Celebrate Amazing Mamas

From poignant to laugh-out-loud these picture book tributes to all kind of moms leave no doubt as to the true definition of unconditional love - mamas themselves. Perfect stories for Mother's Day and every day.

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners

Ho, Joanna

A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her friends at school but at home, she recognizes her own beauty in those around her and herself.

Dreams for A Daughter

Weatherford, Carole Boston

A mother describes her dreams for her new baby daughter.

We Belong

Everman, Cookie Hiponia

While telling a bedtime story, a mom shares her immigration story and Pilipino mythology.