Free Book App – Jingle All the Way

Jingle All the WayJingle All the Way is a storybook app made by Hallmark to go with their Interactive Story Buddy Collection – plush toy animals that can interact (Jingle barks) with the app as the story is read. The plush toys are not necessary to enjoy the stories – so go ahead and download these free storybook apps (see stories below). Six story apps to keep your child entertained and learning in the car, all the way to Grandma’s house! In Book 1, Jingle All the Way, Jingle waits outside the school each day. When the bell rings, his friends coJingle Opening Screen Shotme out to play! The problem is when dinner time comes his friends each head home. Jingle tries looking for them, but as the sun sets, the school house, and even the toy store where the kids often hang out, are dark and quiet. Tucked into an old sack in an alley trying to stay warm and sleep, Jingle is discovered by a guy in a red suit who knows just how much toys, and pups, need good homes. He knows just what to do to make Jingle’s Christmas wish come true.

The app has good storybook narration. Text appears as the story is read aloud but words do not light up as they are read. Some sentences appear in red and some parts of the illustrations move when you tap on them…these two features are “triggers” for the plush toy. If you don’t have the plush toy you can ignore the red text. Your child can still tap on the illustration to make things move but there is no accompanying sound. You can also choose “Record” to record your own voice reading the story aloud – a great feature for Parents and Grandparents. How fun to open the story and hear a familiar voice!Jingle Text Sample

The app has a “Games” section which includes:

  • A centration style Matching Game
  • A drag the pieces Puzzle with two settings, easy (6 pieces) or hard (12 pieces)
  • A Xylophone you play by tapping your finger on the slats
  • A Christmas tree to decorate by dragging and dropping ornaments

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Jingle Has Friends! More FREE Hallmark Interactive Storybooks:

Hallmark appears to retire stories and introduce new ones. As of today (Dec. 2015) these are the FREE Hallmark Interactive Storybook Apps that are available:

Abigail and the Balance Beam App Abigail and the Balance Beam – The sweet story of an acrobatic bunny who just couldn’t wait to grow up. Little ones will have a blast hearing this story as the narrator reads to them, page by animated page. The accompanying Abigail™ Story Buddy stuffed animal will respond to key phrases from the story, and you can purchase her and the entire collection of books about her adventures in Hallmark stores.
 Bell's Big Move App Icon Bell’s Big Move – Tells the story of Bell™ and her girl, Sofia, who move from the big city to the quiet town of Pineville, where life is a lot less busy. Will their new friends, Jingle and Andrew, help make Pineville feel like home? Little ones will love hearing this story as a narrator reads to them, page by animated page.
 Jingle App Icon Jingle All The Way – The tale of a loveable, obedient pup who wants nothing more than a place to call home for the holidays. Little ones will love hearing this story as a narrator reads to them, page by animated page. The accompanying Jingle™ Story Buddy stuffed animal will respond to key phrases from the story, and you can purchase him and the entire collection of books about his adventures in Hallmark stores.
 Mason's New Friends App Icon Mason’s New Friends – The sweet story of a charming love-worn teddy bear who loves to make new friends. Little ones will have a blast hearing this story as the narrator reads to them, page by animated page. The accompanying Mason™ Story Buddy stuffed animal will respond to key phrases from the story, and you can purchase him and the entire collection of books about his adventures in Hallmark stores.
 Posey and the Princess Castle App Icon Posey and the Princess Castle –  Posey is a creative kitten who loves playing make-believe with her little brother, Cub. But when Cub has his own ideas about who he wants to pretend to be, Posey learns that she’d rather cooperate and let Cub have a say than have everything her way and play by herself.
 Scooby Doo App Icon Scooby Doo Where Are You? – The story of how Shaggy and the gang first came to meet their ol’ pal Scooby-Doo at the Coolsville Pet Adoption Fair. Kids will love hearing this story as the narrator reads to them, page by animated page. The accompanying Scooby-Doo™ Story Buddy stuffed animal will respond to key phrases in the story, and you can purchase him and his entire collection of adventure books in Hallmark stores.

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Tips for Reading the Free Online Books:

  • iPad Users – Many 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 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.

Read Right Now! WINTER & SNOW

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FREE Online eBooks about Snow:

Friendly Frosty MonstersThe MittenIsItColdOutsideA Blanket of SnowIts WinterBrave Irene

Snow eBooks & eAudiobooks to Check out with your Library Card:

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Printables, Crafts & More about Snow:

Winter FrostyWinter Ice SkateWinter Color HatsWinter Let It Snow

Favorite Winter & Snow Stories:

Oliver and Amanda and the Big SnowSnowThe Jacket I Wear in the SnowLemonade in WinterCliffords First Snow DaySnowFrostySnowflake BentleyKaty and the Big SnowSnowLadybugThe Snowy DayFroggy Gets Dressed

Winter & Snow Non-Fiction:

SnowCreatingSnowKnowSnowWeKnowSnowFortsBuild Your Own Fort IglooThe Kids Winter Fun Book

Read Right Now! THANKSGIVING

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FREE Online eBooks about Thanksgiving:

My FamilyStir, Sift, Slice

Thanksgiving eBooks & eAudiobooks to Check out with your Library Card:

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Thanksgiving IsGiving ThanksMiss Nelson Has a Field DayOne is a Feast for a MouseThanksgiving What Makes It SpecialDinosaurs' ThanksgivingGus the Pilgrim TurkeyCaillou Happy ThanksgivingAn Outlaw ThanksgivingThe Memory Cupboard a Thanksgiving StoryPilgrim CatSarah Gives ThanksSometimes Its TurkeyThe Thanksgiving StoryThis Is the TurkeyWe Celebrate Thanksgiving in the FallRound the TurkeyThe Story of the First ThanksgivingThanksgiving MiceOne is a Feast for a MousePinkalicious Thanksgiving HelperThanksgiving Is

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Printables, Crafts & More for Thanksgiving:

 

Give Thanks TracerP is for Pilgrim HatPumpkin Pie AdditionScarecrow Connect the Dots

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Free Music to Check Out with your IndyPL Library Card:

 

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Favorite Thanksgiving Books:

 

AllPieBalloonsBroadwayCharlie BrownFirefightersThanksgivingGivingThanksSwallowedPieMagicPotMollyPilgrimOverRiverTurkeyFreeStoneSoupTapTreeThankSarahTappletonsTurkeyThanksgivingTurkeyPoxNightBeforeChickenStewSnoopy's ThanksgivingThe Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving BlessingPinkalicious Thanksgiving HelperThanksgivingThanksgiving 2Happy ThanksgivingThe First ThanksgivingThe Very Stuffed TurkeyJust a Special ThanksgivingSharing the BreadThe Little Kids TableLook and be GratefulFrog and Friends Celebrate ThanksgivingCelebrate ThanksgivingIts Not About You Mrs Turkey

Books Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

Read Right Now! HALLOWEEN

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FREE Online eBooks about Halloween:

I Need My Monster

Halloween eBooks & eAudiobooks to Check out with your Library Card:

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Click Clack BooHaunted House Haunted MouseHalloween IsBy the Light of the Halloween MoonLos Gatos Black on HalloweenSpace CaseA Very Brave WitchBats at the LibraryScaredy Cat SplatFancy Nancy Halloween or BustShake Dem Halloween BonesNate the Great and the Halloween HuntThe Berenstain Bears Trick or TreatHumbug WitchMonster Needs a CostumeHalloweenGeorgeGeorgeCostumeRottenTrickBooCowMarthaHauntedOldLadyOverLittle Goblins Ten

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Printables, Crafts & More about Halloween:

Candy Corn TracerHalloween LettersTrick or TreatBat Connect the Dots

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Favorite Halloween Books:

Ten Trick or TreatersThe 13 Nights of HalloweenAlph Oops H is for HalloweenBabymouse Monster MashBig PumpkinClick Clack BooFive Little Monkeys Trick or TreatThe Hallo WienerHalloween HuntHalloween IsHappy Haunting Amelia BedeliaIt's the Great Pumpkin Charlie BrownLittle Goblins TenMinerva Louis HalloweenNate the Great and the Halloween HuntNational Geographic HalloweenScaredy Cat SplatSpace CaseThree Bears HalloweenTrick or Treat a Happy Haunter's Halloween

Books Selected By: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

Read for the Record – The Bear Ate Your Sandwich

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Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® is a national read aloud campaign. On Thursday, October 27, 2016, children and adults will gather to learn, laugh, and read this year’s campaign book, The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach, as part of the world’s largest shared reading experience. You can be a part of setting a reading record!

Click on the book covers below to read The Bear Ate Your Sandwich on your computer, smartphone, tablet, or smart board….for FREE! 

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich

Every thief needs a scapegoat. In The Bear Ate Your Sandwich, the thief constructs an elaborate tale that explains what happened to the missing sandwich. The actual klepto, a little dog, is revealed as the narrator at the end of the book. The dog spins an elaborate tale of a wondrous journey from the forest to the city park where he stumbles upon this irresistible treat. This story is sure to win the the-bear-ate-your-sandwich-spanish-240hearts of adults and children. It has beautiful illustrations that depict the fantastic tale spun by the dog. It definitely is an irresistible tale, just like its subject, the prized sandwich. If you have ever had a dog steal your food you will definitely get a good chuckle at this story.

Recommended by Lindsay Haddix – Nora Branch Library

Choose Kind: Unity Day – Together Against Bullying

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Nobody should be mean. That’s an important skill to pass on to small children. Even very young children can learn to be kind. Important teachable moments happen every day. A teacher, parent or other adult can help children find ways to understand their own frustrations and feelings, which will help them be kinder to others. Remind them that everyone is different. Not better or worse. Just different. The books listed below can help children learn how to be kind to their friends and not be a bully, or help them learn how to survive being bullied themselves.


Bullying eBooks & eAudiobooks to Check out with your Library Card:

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BerenstainBullyChester Raccoon and the Big Bad BullyTwo Tough CrocsRoscoe Rules Never Swipe Bully's Bear

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Printables, Crafts & More about Bullying:


Books:

Hairy McClary form Donaldson's DairyOneBad AstridBen Rides OnBluebirdBootsie Barker BitesStella's StarlinerPinky and Rex and the BullyBullyElmer and the Big BirdJustin and the BullyLion vs. RabbitThe Little BillyLlama Llama and the Bully GoatScary MaryThomas the Toadally Terrible Bully

Read Right Now!: FALL

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FREE Online eBooks about Fall:

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Fall eBooks & eAudiobooks to Check out with your Library Card:

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FallAutumn2FallAcrosticFallOrangeFLeap JumpersBear Has a Story to TellFletcher and the Falling LeavesThose Darn Squirrels Fly South

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Fall Printables, Crafts & More:

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Staff Pick: That’s Not a Hippopotamus!

That’s Not a Hippopotamus!

On a visit to Don’s Safari, the students in class 2B attempt to find a missing hippopotamus.

“Ms. Wiskersniff’s class is on a field trip at Don’s Safari. The kids really want to see a hippopotamus, but can’t find it. The class identifies every new animal as a hippopotamus, until they take a closer look and find it isn’t a hippo- instead it might be a snake, an elephant or a skunk. Kids diving into pools and getting wrapped up by snakes keep Ms. Wiskersniff on her toes. Vibrant illustrations add to the book’s gentle humor while rhyming text moves the story along. This a great book to read aloud to kids in preschool through first grade.”

Recommended by Erin Murphy – Irvington Library