NOTE to iPad users – Many of these eBooks and games require Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is not supported on iOS devices, including the iPad and iPad 2. If you want to view these eBooks & games on an iPad you will need an app web browser that does support Flash. Some of these browsers are Puffin, Skyfire, Photon, iSwifter & Cloud Browse. They are very inexpensive – from 2.99 to 7.99.
During the 2013 Summer Reading Program read a free eBook or listen to a video story every day from June 3 – July 27. Each day’s activities also include online games, printables and more. These eBooks and activities are for Preschoolers. Read Right Now! Free eBooks!
Larry Gets Lost is a series that takes Larry, an adorable puppy, on adventures in cities and places around the U.S., and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is his next stop!
To celebrate, you can follow along with them over the next 12 weeks as they read about Larry’s adventures all over the country before he makes his way to the museum. Join them for LIVE online book readings every Tuesday June 11–Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. You can also watch the readings in person at the InfoZone located inside the museum.
With your Indianapolis library card you can download free e-books and audiobooks from Overdrive. You borrow them just like regular books. On the blue bar, the fifth section to the right is “Children’s & Teens”. You can choose:
Comics & Graphic Novels
Once you click on a list notice that eBooks have a little book icon in the upper right corner. AudioBooks have a little headphone icon. Note the blue button in the upper left called “Show me only titles with copies available”. If you click on that you will only see the books you can check out right now.
Indiana Department of Education MyON Books Through the Hoosier Family of Readers initiative, students and their families across the state have unlimited access to more than 3,000 digital books.
We Give BooksRead for My Summer Free 10 Week Online Reading Program – read a picture book online from the We Give Books library every week, along with fun activities and reading tips to make each book come to life, including custom activities from Read Write Think.
The Screen Actor’s Guild Foundation Storyline Online – streaming video featuring SAG members (James Earl Jones, Robert Gillaume, Betty White, Melissa Gilbert, etc.) reading children’s books aloud. Each book includes accompanying activities and lesson ideas.
Barnes and Noble Online Storytime featuring celebrity and author readers. Rachel Ray reads Green Eggs and Ham, Mo Willems reads The Pigeon Wants a Puppy, Maurice Sendak reads Where the Wild Things are, and many more.
Oxford Owl - eBooks for the youngest early ready to something to keep a ten year old reading. Choose your child’s age to look at a library of over 250 FREE eBooks with activities, flashcard games and more.
MysteryNet – Online mysteries for children to solve including 28 “Solve-It” stories, 29 “Chiller” stories, 28 “Quick Solve” stories, 28 Magic Tricks and 21 mystery stories written by children that won the mystery writing contest at the site.
International Children’s Digital Library – ICDL’s goal is to make the best in children’s literature available online free of charge. The Foundation pursues its vision by building a digital library of outstanding children’s books from around the world. This is a great place to look for classics like Hiedi, The Secret Garden, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Treasure Island, The Swiss Family Robinson, etc.
Harper Collins Browse Inside: Try Before You Buy Full Access
At Browse Inside you can read the first few chapters of a lot of books. They do have some full books available. Click on the tab “Full Access” at the top of the page to see the books that are available from beginning to end. There will be a mixture of adult and kid’s books so you will have to look through them to find one you might like.
Funbrain.com Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series started on the website funbrain.com in 2004. The first three print books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Rodrick Rules & The Last Straw are based on the online version. The print versions are improved…more story, more pictures, etc., but you can still read a lot about Greg online.
Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard. Newbery Medal Winner, 2009. Watch and Listen to Neil Gaiman Read The Graveyard Book
Come meet Guy Hansen, an Eli Lilly Scientist in Residence, and his son Blake, as they share how we can find gears everywhere. Learn about Indiana’s use of gears in agriculture, auto racing, the space program, and biotechnology. Hands-on activities in the Learning Curve will include:
a fix it, design it and build it project in the Tinker Lab
making an IndyAnimation using Pivot software and a Curve laptop
designing and powering an electric car out of Legos
“We’ve ignored Lemony Snicket’s cautious advice and are implementing our misguided plan to drop five thousand copies of THE BAD BEGINNING across the USA, blanketing this unlucky country with the first book in the saddest series about even sadder orphans.
On Friday, July 13th, books will rain from the sky and unless you have an abnormally sturdy umbrella, you should scream and run away . . . at once!”
Join Pacers Sports and Entertainment on their Summer Reading Tour! Guest readers from the Pacers All-Star Reading Team and the Indiana Pacemates will read to kids in the Library. All ages, no registration required. Schedule
Indiana Pacer Dahntay Jones, his son Tanner, along with Boomer and a couple Pacemates stopped by the InfoZone June 13th on the Indiana Pacers Fan Van Reading Tour. Catch Indiana Pacers reading all summer at several Library Locations: Schedule