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03/01/2022 | What We're Reading Kids

April 2022

Are you looking for your next good read? We can help! Just click a link to one of the booklists below!


Rainy Day Play

Rainy Day Play!
This is a list of reads and resources that make waiting out a rainy day an opportunity for fun and learning. Materials are for babies, kids and their grown-ups and focus on imaginative play, art, engineering and the science of weather


Camping, Hiking, and Survival Skills for Kids

Camping, Hiking, and Survival Skills for Kids
Non-Fiction Books for kids about camping, hiking, and survival skills.


Bedtime Stories

Bedtime Stories
Looking for some great books to help your little ones settle in and get to sleep? Check these out!


Dino Diversity

Dino Diversity
Check out these dinosaur-themed books that feature diverse characters, focus on representation, and/or are written by female authors! Based loosely on what books are often available at the infoZone IndyPL branch in The Children's Museum.


Nature Oriented Projects and Crafts for Kids

Nature Oriented Projects and Crafts for Kids
Set up your own camp at home this summer and complete these fun nature-oriented projects and crafts.


Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs: Why does the hedgehog hot the hedge?
Poems and stories starring your favorite prickly pal, the Hedgehog.


Seeds to Grow

Seeds to Grow
As Spring is approaching, explore these titles about seeds that grow!


Gardening for Kids

Gardening for Kids
Learn all about plants and gardening with these titles from the Indianapolis Public Library. Why not visit the Indianapolis Public Library YouTube channel and paint a flower pot for a new plant when you're done learning?


Rain and Rainbows

Rain and Rainbows
It's officially rainy season! For stories to read inside on a rainy day with your little one, look no further. These stories celebrate both the rain and the rainbows and will encourage you to go outside and splash in a puddle!


Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day
Enjoy this list of books about environmentalism and sustainability to celebrate Earth Day with the children in your life!


Playdate with Poetry

Playdate with POETRY: Haiku, Acrostic, Free verse OH MY!
These are recommended reads and resources for the Learning Curve's weekly program for kids and families, "Playdate with a Book". This list features materials about poetry! Register for our next session by clicking, "Online Programs" on IndyPL.org.


April is Black Women's History Month

April is Black Women's History Month
We celebrate Black History month every February. But, did you know that April is Black Women's History Month? Check out one or more of these titles to learn more about pioneers from our distant and recent histories.


Let It Grow! Springtime Flowers & Gardens

Let It Grow! Springtime Flowers & Gardens
Enjoy stories about springtime flowers and gardens!

For Teens

Your Voice is Poetry

Your Voice is Poetry
April is National Poetry Month! This list features materials for kids and teens looking for a little inspiration to write their own poems or needing help finding poetry written by artists like them.


Enemies to Lovers

Enemies to Lovers: Books for Teens Where Emotions Do a 180
Dive into these books of complicated emotions where teens find themselves attracted to the person that is supposed to be their enemy. List compiled by the Michigan Road Branch Teen Advisory Group.


Nature-Oriented Projects and Crafts for Teens

Nature-Oriented Projects and Crafts for Teens
Create your own summer camp at home with these nature crafts and projects.


Camping, Hiking, and Survival for Teens

Camping, Hiking, and Survival for Teens
Books to help teens with their outdoor adventures.

What We've Been Reading All Year!

May

For Kids:

Time-traveling Kids

Time-traveling Kids
Did you ever wish you could travel to a different time? Travel along with these kids in some fun adventures!


Animal Habitat Storytime

Animal Habitat Storytime
It's a big world out there and so many animal habitats to discover! From far-away places like hot deserts, icy tundras, and thick rainforests to the habitats right in our backyards and neighborhoods, animals (and plants!) make their homes everywhere. The first half of this list is made up of story time-ready picture books that will delight readers and listeners. The second half contains great non-fiction titles perfect for browsing.


Real Kids Becoming Heroes

Real Kids Becoming Heroes
These kids grew up to change the world for the better. You can too!


Little Environmentalists

Little Environmentalists
It's never too early to start teaching children about the importance of taking care of our Earth! These books are great introductions to things like recycling, composting, and appreciating nature!


Great Books for More Interactive Storytime

Great Books for More Interactive Storytime
Here are some books that you can use to create a more interactive storytime. Whether the book is asking a direct question or the book allows you to add movement as you read, these are some great titles worth checking out.


Let It Grow! Springtime Flowers & Gardens

Let It Grow! Springtime Flowers & Gardens
Enjoy stories about springtime flowers and gardens!


For Teens

The Spring 2021 Anime Season Guide

The Spring 2021 Anime Season Guide
Ah, Spring! The air is warming, the trees are budding, and there are still plenty of reasons to stay indoors and catch up on the latest season of anime and the books that inspired them. If you want to read along, ahead, or just want to get from fresh air with a book, here's what the current season has to offer.

June

For Kids:

Laugh Outloud Chapter Books & Jokes

Laugh Out Loud Chapter Books & Jokes
Knock, knock! Who's There? Orange. Orange, who? Orange you glad we made a list, so you can find so many funny books in one place??? But, seriously folks... These are some truly funny stories.


Going on a Bear Hunt

Going on a Bear Hunt
Bear stories, often with a whimsical touch, that will engage readers young and old. Some of these bears are stuffed and some of them are very, very hungry, but you will still want to meet them all.


Luca

Luca
The new Disney movie is set in a fictional place in Italy. I hope you enjoy these books about friendship and information about Italy.


All Kinds of Families

All Kinds of Families
This list features materials celebrating the uniqueness of families!


Frederick Douglass for Kids

Frederick Douglass for Kids
Born into slavery, Frederick Douglass later escaped, and also helped others escape on the Underground Railroad. He became a bestselling author, newspaper editor, and a highly sought after and successful public speaker. He was also a tireless abolitionist and civil rights leader. Here are 10 books to introduce kids to this amazing freedom fighter, thinker, leader, and change maker.


LGBTQ+ Picture Books

LGBTQ+ Picture Books
Looking for a way to add some LGBTQ+ books to your story time? Check out this list for some great recommendations! Included in the list are fiction and non-fiction titles ranging from stories about Pride history, same sex parents, gender non-conforming characters and transitioning characters.


How Does Your Garden Grow?

How Does Your Garden Grow?
This list contains stories and information books all about growing your own garden.


Real Kids Becoming Heroes

Real Kids Becoming Heroes
These kids grew up to change the world for the better. You can too!


Great Books for More Interactive Storytime

Great Books for More Interactive Storytime
Here are some books that you can use to create a more interactive storytime. Whether the book is asking a direct question or the book allows you to add movement as you read, these are some great titles worth checking out.


For Teens

LGBTQ+ Nonfiction for Teens

LGBTQ+ Nonfiction for Teens
Get ready for Pride Month with these great nonfiction teen reads - from histories to memoirs and everything in between.


It's About Time (Time Travel for Teens)

It's About Time (Travel!) for Teens
Time travel is tricky at best. There is always the risk of doing something irreversible and changing the world (and possible erasing yourself). If you don't mind the paradoxes (and try not to analyze it too much), time travel stories can be amazing and fun.


The Spring 2021 Anime Season Guide

The Spring 2021 Anime Season Guide
Ah, Spring! The air is warming, the trees are budding, and there are still plenty of reasons to stay indoors and catch up on the latest season of anime and the books that inspired them. If you want to read along, ahead, or just want to get from fresh air with a book, here's what the current season has to offer.


Poetry: Novels in Verse

Poetry: Novels in Verse
I'm not sure about you, but in high school, I was NOT a fan of poetry. All the structure--I didn't like rules. Then I discovered novels in verse--poetry to the extreme, often breaking rules of rhyme and rhythm. Iambic pentameter? Not really! Check out these titles for an ultra quick read, and for a new take on poetry.


YA Royal Books for Teens

Ye Royal Books for Teens
Books for teens who like a royal theme!

July

For Kids:

How Does Your Garden Grow?

How Does Your Garden Grow?
This list contains stories and information books all about growing your own garden.


Under the Sea

Under the Sea
This list contains fiction and nonfiction books for young children about what lives in the ocean.


Breaking Down the Fourth Wall

Breaking Down the Fourth Wall
I love shaking up the rules of reading during a story time and breaking the fourth wall is the easiest way to do so. Whether a book has self aware characters or features audience participation, I always have fun with these books. And bonus points for all the gut busting gags.


Animal Habitat Storytime

Animal Habitat Storytime
It's a big world out there and so many animal habitats to discover! From far-away places like hot deserts, icy tundras, and thick rainforests to the habitats right in our backyards and neighborhoods, animals (and plants!) make their homes everywhere. The first half of this list is made up of story time-ready picture books that will delight readers and listeners. The second half contains great non-fiction titles perfect for browsing.


Real Kids Becoming Heroes

Real Kids Becoming Heroes
These kids grew up to change the world for the better. You can too!


Great Books for More Interactive Storytime

Great Books for More Interactive Storytime
Here are some books that you can use to create a more interactive storytime. Whether the book is asking a direct question or the book allows you to add movement as you read, these are some great titles worth checking out.


For Teens

The Summer 2021 Anime Season Guide

The Summer 2021 Anime Season Guide
While the first two seasons of the 2021 anime year have been positively stacked with series to keep an eye out for, Summer's docket seems set on offering some more obscure titles, some highly-anticipated sequels, and an insane number of original series that this list can't hope to cover. If you want to check out the original material for these new series or just want to catch-up/get a refresher on where the new seasons will begin, these titles are a good place to start.


Poetry for Teens

Poetry for Teens
Different books full of poems that teens might like. One book is poet Marilyn Nelson's story of her childhood through poems.


Heists, Cons & Capers

Heists, Cons & Capers
Who says crime doesn't pay?


It's About Time (Travel) for Teens

It's About Time (Travel!) for Teens
Time travel is tricky at best. There is always the risk of doing something irreversible and changing the world (and possible erasing yourself). If you don't mind the paradoxes (and try not to analyze it too much), time travel stories can be amazing and fun.


Poetry Novels in Verse

Poetry: Novels in Verse
I'm not sure about you, but in high school, I was NOT a fan of poetry. All the structure--I didn't like rules. Then I discovered novels in verse--poetry to the extreme, often breaking rules of rhyme and rhythm. Iambic pentameter? Not really! Check out these titles for an ultra quick read, and for a new take on poetry.


YA Royal Books for Teens

Ye Royal Books for Teens
Books for teens who like a royal theme!

August

For Kids:

Earn a Gold Medal in Reading

Earn a Gold Medal in Reading
Read about the Olympics, the history, and some of the amazing athletes!


A Lawn Time Ago

A Lawn Time Ago
All about lawnmowers and things you'll find in a yard.


Sharks!

Sharks!
Here's a list with a few more books for you to dive into to discover more about sharks.


Playdate with a Book: Splash!

Playdate with a Book: Splash!
Have a splashing good time reading Jabari Jumps and 1,2,3 Jump! Here's a list with a few more books that will get you ready to JUMP in to a cool pool!


For Teens

The Summer 2021 Anime Season Guide

The Summer 2021 Anime Season Guide
While the first two seasons of the 2021 anime year have been positively stacked with series to keep an eye out for, Summer's docket seems set on offering some more obscure titles, some highly-anticipated sequels, and an insane number of original series that this list can't hope to cover. If you want to check out the original material for these new series or just want to catch-up/get a refresher on where the new seasons will begin, these titles are a good place to start.

September

September 2021

Hispanic American Voices for Kids

Hispanic American Voices for Kids
Explore other viewpoints and journeys in some of these books!


Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month
Celebrates Hispanic authors for youth ages 0-12!


Children's Libros en Espanol

Children's - Libros en Español
Libros en Español e Inglés enfocados en la belleza, poder y orgullo de Latinidad. Books in Spanish and English with a focus on the beauty, power, and pride of Latinidad.


For Teens

Poetry for Teens

Poetry for Teens
Different books full of poems that teens might like. One book is poet Marilyn Nelson's story of her childhood through poems.


Poetry Novels in Verse

Poetry: Novels in Verse
I'm not sure about you, but in high school, I was NOT a fan of poetry. All the structure--I didn't like rules. Then I discovered novels in verse--poetry to the extreme, often breaking rules of rhyme and rhythm. Iambic pentameter? Not really! Check out these titles for an ultra quick read, and for a new take on poetry.


YA Royal Books for Teens

Ye Royal Books for Teens
Books for teens who like a royal theme!


October

For Kids:

Fall Leaves

Fall Leaves
We had a "tree-mendous" time when we read Full of Fall and Leif and the Fall at our Playdate with a Book story time! Here's a list with a few more books for you to branch out and discover more about trees, fall, and rascally squirrels.


Apples and Pumpkins

Apples and Pumpkins
Check out these books we used in our fall storytimes as well as a few more!


Monsters Aren't Scary

Monsters Aren't Scary
Not all monster books are scary! If your little one is afraid of monsters, these are some good choices to help with their fears. They'll be laughing at monsters in no time.


Hispanic American Voices for Kids

Hispanic American Voices for Kids
Explore other viewpoints and journeys in some of these books!


Playdate with a Book - Featuring Hispanic Characters

Playdate with a Book - Featuring Hispanic Characters
Celebrate the diversity and vibrance of Hispanic culture with these great books!


Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month
Celebrates Hispanic authors for youth ages 0-12!


Children's Libros en Espanol

Children's - Libros en Español
Libros en Español e Inglés enfocados en la belleza, poder y orgullo de Latinidad. Books in Spanish and English with a focus on the beauty, power, and pride of Latinidad.


8 Books to Turn Halloween Fear into Halloween Fun

8 Books to Turn Halloween Fear into Halloween Fun!
Many small children don’t find Halloween fun at all! Arthur & Scaredy Squirrel can help!


Not Too Scary Read Alouds for Kids

Not Too Scary Read Alouds for Kids
These wonderful read-alouds will give kids the scares they love without going too far.


Wholesome Halloween

Wholesome Halloween
Enjoy the fun of Halloween with this family-friendly collection of videos!


If You Liked Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

If You Liked Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
These books offer the same kind of suspense and thrills for future Stephen King fans!


Scary Stories for Kids

Scary Stories for Kids
Some of our very favorite goosebump-giving chapter books are listed here. They might make you want to sleep with your light on!


Spooky Graphic Novels

Spooky Graphic Novels
Get into the Halloween spirit with one of these spooky graphic novels!


Going Batty!

Going Batty!
Halloween isn't the only time to appreciate these creatures of the night - here are some fun picture books and fascinating non-fiction books about bats!


For Teens

Middle Grade Horror

Middle Grade Horror
A list of creepy tales for young horror fans. Pair one of these books with a cozy blanket and flashlight for the ultimate spooky season activity.


The Fall 2021 Anime Season Guide

The Fall 2021 Anime Season Guide
With a promising lineup of originals and long-anticipated sequels, this season looks like it'll be a nice chance to dip into a lot of new and different ideas. So, as always, if you want to read ahead, catch up to what'll be airing this season, or would just prefer to read the source material while staying informed on the latest animated hits this'll be your go-to guide.


November

For Kids:

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks
It is the time of year to have an attitude of gratitude and appreciate what we have. These books can help you and your children do just that!


Fall Leaves

Fall Leaves
We had a "tree-mendous" time when we read Full of Fall and Leif and the Fall at our Playdate with a Book story time! Here's a list with a few more books for you to branch out and discover more about trees, fall, and rascally squirrels.


Reindeer

Reindeer
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen... but have you ever seen an actual reindeer?! Enjoy these great titles to learn more and have fun with reindeer!


Tuesday Tales - Fall
If you're looking for books that celebrate all things fall--leaves, pumpkins, squirrels, and more--you'll find some good picks here!


Trees of Indiana

Trees of Indiana - How to Identify Leaves for an A+ Collection
Do you have an assignment to collect leaves and identify them? Here are a dozen books to help you figure out the names of the trees your leaves came from. You will be able to tell an oak from a maple from a walnut in no time!


Picture Books for World Kindness Day

Picture Books for World Kindness Day
November 13th is World Kindness Day. Celebrate with a good deed, wearing a cardigan in honor of Mr. Rogers, reading one of these books, or just with an extra smile. Be kind!


Apples and Pumpkins

Apples and Pumpkins
Check out these books we used in our fall storytimes as well as a few more!


Books by Indigenous Authors for Young Children

Books by Indigenous Authors for Young Children
Learning about other cultures helps young children develop a better sense of themselves and the world around them. The books in this list are written by Indigenous authors, providing a look inside the traditions and values of their communities.


Even Vampires Gather for Fangsgiving

Even Vampires Gather for Fangsgiving
Favorite picture book Thanksgiving traditions from turkey dinner to the gratitude of "plenty," whether it is food or time with family. Laugh out loud at some silly stories starring picture book favorites like Arthur, Bad Kitty, Amelia Bedelia, Pete the Cat, and more - even vampires gather for Fangsgiving!


For Teens

NaNoWriMo & Teens: Perfect together!

NaNoWriMo & Teens: Perfect together!
If you're a teen wondering if you have it in you to write an entire novel this November during NaNoWriMo, here are some books to inspire and support you. I know you can do this and have fun along the way. Looking for writing community? Join IndyPL's new Write On! Zoom gatherings each Sunday from 3-4pm. Check the Events calendar for details and to register in advance. It's free!


The Fall 2021 Anime Season Guide

The Fall 2021 Anime Season Guide
With a promising lineup of originals and long-anticipated sequels, this season looks like it'll be a nice chance to dip into a lot of new and different ideas. So, as always, if you want to read ahead, catch up to what'll be airing this season, or would just prefer to read the source material while staying informed on the latest animated hits this'll be your go-to guide.


December

For Kids:


Reindeer

Reindeer
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen... but have you ever seen an actual reindeer?! Enjoy these great titles to learn more and have fun with reindeer


Nutcracker Ballet for Children

Nutcracker Ballet for Children
The Nutcracker ballet combines an exciting story, amazing dancing, and memorable music. There are many versions of the original story by E.T.A. Hoffman and a few or our favorites are listed here.

Black Ballet Dancers

Black Ballet Dancers
This list contains beautiful children's fiction and nonfiction stories about Black ballet dancers.


Books for Kids to Celebrate Kwanzaa

Books for Kids to Celebrate Kwanzaa and Nguzo Saba
Kwanzaa is observed from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 and features customs from different traditional African celebrations that include singing, dancing, storytelling and African drums. Learn more about it here!


A Multitude of Multicultural Christmas Books

A Multitude of Multicultural Christmas Books for Kids
The stories listed here are some favorites that show the countless ways people down the street, across town or across the globe celebrate Christmas.


8 Nights of Bedtime Stories for Hanukkah

8 Nights of Bedtime Stories for Hanukkah
Here are 50+ wonderful Hanukkah stories - so many you can read more than one each night! These selections come from The Sydney Taylor Book Award that recognizes the best Jewish children's books each year, as well as the PJ Library, and the Association of Jewish Libraries.


Favorite & New Christmas Stories

Favorite, Classic & New Christmas Stories
There are many favorites to get your family in the holiday spirit from illustrated versions of the Bible to stories about family traditions to the silly antics of favorite book characters celebrating the holiday in their own unique way. Can Bad Kitty even get on Santa's nice list? There are 25+ in all. That oughta last ya!


Gingerbread Boys (and Girls!)

Gingerbread Boys (and Girls!)
The holidays are a perfect time for family and for snuggling up and enjoying classic tales! We know the tale of the gingerbread cookie who jumps off the tray out of the oven and runs away until he is finally outsmarted by a fox. Enjoy these many different versions of the Gingerbread Boy!


For Teens

Diverse Poetry and Short Stories

Diverse Poetry and Short Stories
A variety of short stories, poems and novels in

January
Noon Year's Eve

Noon Year's Eve
New Year's materials to share with your children when you celebrate at Noon on December 31. Enjoy counting down to noon together!


25 Books for Kids to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

25 Books for Kids to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here are 25 books for children that highlight Dr. King’s life and legacy standing up for equality and justice


National Day of Racial Healing for Kids

National Day of Racial Healing for Kids
This list features materials that aim to celebrate the National Day of Racial Healing.


Penguin Picture Books

Penguin Picture Books
Penguins waddle, penguins slip, penguins slide! It's so much fun to pretend to be a penguin! Here are some of my favorite picture books about penguins for young readers.


Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland
Celebrate winter with these great books to snuggle up with!


Arctic and Antarctic Animals

Arctic and Antarctic Animals
This list features materials about animals in the Arctic and Antarctic!


2022 Read Alouds Indiana: Middle Grades

2022 Read Alouds Indiana: Middle Grades


2022 Read Alouds Indiana: Upper Elementary Grades

2022 Read Alouds Indiana: Upper Elementary Grades

February
Be an Olympic Reader

Be an Olympic Reader
The 2022 Winter Olympics are on! This month, the world's greatest athletes will be competing in Beijing, China and you can share in the fun at home with these books, ebooks, and videos.


Love is in the Air

Love Is In the Air
Looking for some sweet stories? This list contains books that cover all kinds of love.


Love & Friends

Love & Friends
Even if you don't celebrate Valentine's Day, it's always a good time to celebrate our friends and those we love! These stories show love between friends and family and will hopefully inspire your kids to show love to the people in their lives!


Playdate with a Book - Snow Days and Snow Play

Playdate with a Book - Snow Days and Snow Play!
This list features books about snow days and playing in the snow!


Valentine Picture Books to Share with Your Favorite Little Crush

Valentine Picture Books to Share with your Favorite Little Crush
Snuggle up and read every day, but especially on Valentine’s Day! Here are some new and all-time favorites with the biggest awwww and the biggest laughs. Listen to Valentine video read alouds and find fun activities at Read Right Now! Valentine's Day.


Empathy, Kindness and Respecting Others

Empathy, Kindness and Respecting Others
Stories for kids that celebrate the joys of kindness and empathy as well as the friendships and strength of community that result from it.


Legendary Black Athletes

Legendary Black Athletes
The stories of legendary athletes who excelled at the highest level while enduring, challenging, and changing segregation and discrimination both on and off the field, breaking barriers and using their sport to lead the way toward social justice.


 Stunning Biographies for Kids that Showcase Black Musicians & Singers

Stunning Biographies for Kids that Showcase Black Musicians & Singers
We challenge you to decide which one of these pairings of reading and art is the most beautiful!


The Vibrant, Varied Talents & Stories of Black Artists

The Vibrant, Varied Talents & Stories of Black Artists
Explore the artistic skills of these black artists from quilting to paintings to college, photography, and pottery – these books cover it all from the most well known to the often overlooked.


Dazzling Books about Black Inventors and their Game Changing Innovations

Dazzling Books about Black Inventors and their Game Changing Innovations
Dive into these books to discover the fascinating details about black inventors, scientists, and doctors and be dazzled by some lesser known contributors like the inventor of the ice cream scoop or the Super Soaker!


The Holocaust: Memoir and Fiction for Kids

The Holocaust: Memoir and Fiction for Kids
Maus is a strong recommend for students 8-12th grade (and adults, too) but here are some equally compelling works aimed at a younger audience. Start here and engage with your child about the topic. Be sure and check in with your reader to answer questions and handle the big emotions that topics like this can stir up.


For Teens

Teen Romance by Black Authors

Teen Romance by Black Authors
Looking for YA romances as Valentine's Day approaches? Here are some great titles by contemporary Black authors worth checking out!


Graphic Novels with Trans, Non-Binary and Gender Nonconforming Characters

Graphic Novels with Trans, Non-Binary and Gender Nonconforming Characters
Graphic novels and manga featuring trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming characters for kids and teens.



March
Construction

Construction
Many kids are interested in construction, building, and big trucks. It's understandable because construction workers get to build really cool stuff! If you've got a kid that dreams of being one when they grow up, here are my suggestions for picture books they might like to read!


Show Me Happy

Show Me Happy
This list includes books about our many emotions beautiful facial expressions for ages 0-2! Little ones love to look at faces and naming each expression is a great for social emotional learning. Read these books together and then have fun practicing in a mirror!


Love & Friends

Love & Friends
Even if you don't celebrate Valentine's Day, it's always a good time to celebrate our friends and those we love! These stories show love between friends and family and will hopefully inspire your kids to show love to the people in their lives!


Playdate with a Book - Snow Days and Snow Play

Playdate with a Book - Snow Days and Snow Play!
This list features books about snow days and playing in the snow!


Empathy, Kindness and Respecting Others

Empathy, Kindness and Respecting Others
Stories for kids that celebrate the joys of kindness and empathy as well as the friendships and strength of community that result from it.


Hoopla Family Movie Night

Hoopla Family Movie Night
Stay in tonight and enjoy a family friendly classic movie from Hoopla.


For Teens

Teen Romance by Black Authors

Teen Romance by Black Authors
Looking for YA romances as Valentine's Day approaches? Here are some great titles by contemporary Black authors worth checking out!


Superheroes with a Twist

Superheroes with a Twist
Books featuring different types of superheroes, with interesting twists on the typical story.


Artist Characters in Teen Books & Graphic Novels

Artist Characters in Teen Books & Graphic Novels
Passionate about art in its many forms? Here are some teen books and graphic novels that feature artistic characters.


Graphic Novels with Trans, Non-Binary and Gender Nonconforming Characters

Graphic Novels with Trans, Non-Binary and Gender Nonconforming Characters
Graphic novels and manga featuring trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming characters for kids and teens.

April

For Kids:

Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day
Enjoy this list of books about environmentalism and sustainability to celebrate Earth Day with the children in your life!


Playdate with Poetry

Playdate with POETRY: Haiku, Acrostic, Free verse OH MY!
These are recommended reads and resources for the Learning Curve's weekly program for kids and families, "Playdate with a Book". This list features materials about poetry! Register for our next session by clicking, "Online Programs" on IndyPL.org.


April is Black Women's History Month

April is Black Women's History Month
We celebrate Black History month every February. But, did you know that April is Black Women's History Month? Check out one or more of these titles to learn more about pioneers from our distant and recent histories.


Diverse Ability Voices for Kids

Diverse Ability Voices for Kids
This list features books for school-age audiences with characters who have disabilities or diagnoses. These books were selected for their empowering message about inclusivity and self-acceptance.


Let It Grow! Springtime Flowers & Gardens

Let It Grow! Springtime Flowers & Gardens
Enjoy stories about springtime flowers and gardens!

For Teens

Your Voice is Poetry

Your Voice is Poetry
April is National Poetry Month! This list features materials for kids and teens looking for a little inspiration to write their own poems or needing help finding poetry written by artists like them.


Enemies to Lovers

Enemies to Lovers: Books for Teens Where Emotions Do a 180
Dive into these books of complicated emotions where teens find themselves attracted to the person that is supposed to be their enemy. List compiled by the Michigan Road Branch Teen Advisory Group.


Nature-Oriented Projects and Crafts for Teens

Nature-Oriented Projects and Crafts for Teens
Create your own summer camp at home with these nature crafts and projects.


Camping, Hiking, and Survival for Teens

Camping, Hiking, and Survival for Teens
Books to help teens with their outdoor adventures.