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31Oct/140

November is Picture Book Month

Picture Book Month is an international initiative celebrating literacy with picture books during the month of November. Every day in November, there will be a new Ready to Read post from a picture book champion explaining why he/she thinks picture books are important.

Start November 1st with Reading Champion: Aaron Becker

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24Oct/140

Read Right Now! HALLOWEEN

Read Right Now! books you can read online, right now, with no waiting!

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Read Halloween This layered board book is full of Halloween surprises! From the front, all kinds of ghouls and treats can be seen sticking out of the grinning jack-o'-lantern. Then, page by page, each object is revealed along with its sometimes scary, sometimes silly companions. Boo!

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Read H is for Haunted House Little ones will love learning about Halloween in this alphabet book. Rhyming couplets that flow through the alphabet help kids celebrate everything from Ghosts to Mummies to Zombies.

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Read Goodnight Goon A beloved classic gets a kind-hearted send up in this utterly monsterized parody; energetic art and a hilarious text will have kids begging to read this again and again.

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Listen to I Need My Monster Checking under the bed for his monster, Ethan discovers that he is gone fishing for a week, and realizing he can't sleep without him tries to find a substitute monster.

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New Halloween Books:

A Halloween Scare in Indiana Shivery Shades of Halloween Dog and Bear Tricks and Treats Ladybug Girl and the Dress Up Dilemma
Ghosts Go Haunting Not Very Scary Ready Steady Ghost The Sweetest Witch Around
Penguin and Pumpkin Little Boo Jack O Lanterns Celebrate Halloween

Favorite Halloween Books:

Ten Trick or Treaters The 13 Nights of Halloween Alph Oops H is for Halloween Babymouse Monster Mash
Big Pumpkin Click Clack Boo Five Little Monkeys Trick or Treat The Hallo Wiener
Halloween Hunt Halloween Is Happy Haunting Amelia Bedelia It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
Little Goblins Ten Minerva Louis Halloween Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt National Geographic Halloween
Scaredy Cat Splat Space Case Three Bears Halloween Trick or Treat a Happy Haunter's Halloween

eBooks:

Happy Halloween Humbug Witch Ten Creepy Monsters Trick or Treat
Druscillas Halloween Shivery Shades of Halloween Monster Needs a Costume MarleyPumpkin
FranklinHalloween HalloweenGeorge HalloweenMice HalloweenGus
HalloweenHarriet HalloweenOllie GeorgeCostume RottenTrick
BooCow HauntedParty MarthaHaunted NotAfraid

eAudio:

HalloweenMittens DirkBones OldLadyOver Scaredy Cat Splat
By the Light of the Halloween Moon Little Goblins Ten

Books Selected By: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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21Oct/140

Read for the Record – Bunny Cakes

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JumpStart Read for the Record On October 21, 2014, people across the country will unite to read the children’s book Bunny Cakes, a comical story of sibling bonding and birthday shenanigans, by bestselling author and illustrator Rosemary Wells, in support of Jumpstart’s mission: to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.

Join Josh Duhamel, this year's celebrity reader, to set a reading record.

"As a new dad, I’m proud to be part of a campaign that advocates early education for all children. The best part of our day is story time with Axl." ~ Josh Duhamel

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It's Grandma's birthday, and Max wants to make her an icky worm cake. But Ruby insists on angel surprise with raspberry-fluff icing. Will Max let his bossy older sister keep him out of the kitchen?

  • Free Activities and Coloring Pages (en español tambien)

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1Oct/140

Read Right Now! PUMPKINS

Going to the pumpkin patch or orchard is often a favorite Halloween activity for small children. Here are some Sesame Street videos to introduce visiting a pumpkin patch and carving a jack 'o lantern.
Read Right Now! books you can read online, right now, with no waiting!


How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow WeGiveBooksSmall Read How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? - Every year, giant pumpkin contests take place at fairs across the country—the 2012 record-holder weighed over a ton! The latest craze is to carve the most enormous pumpkins into racing boats. But what’s next? Why not think really big? Award-winning artist Wendell Minor does just that as he imagines larger-than-life pumpkins decorating some of America’s favorite places—as immense as the Capitol dome, Mount Rushmore, the Brooklyn Bridge, even the Grand Canyon! This celebration of famous landmarks and landscapes plays with concepts of size and scale and is full of fun facts.

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Pumpkin eBooks:

PrizePumpkin FindPumpkin SeedsPumpkin PumpkinPiggies
PickPumpkin FallPumpkins PumpkinTime PumpkinsFarmer
DoraPumpkin PumpkinsNelson MarleyPumpkin PumpkinParable
PumpkinPrayer

Favorite Pumpkin Books:

The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin Big Pumpkin The Biggest Pumpkin Ever Into the Pumpkin
It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Pumpkin Trouble Pumpkinhead Grow Your Own Soup
How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow How did That Get To My Table Pumpkin Pie The Pumpkin Book Pumpkin Light
Pumpkins Ready for Pumpkins The Story of the Jack O Lantern We Harvest Pumpkins in Fall
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25Sep/140

Author Visit: Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen

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Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen at Central Library!

Sunday, October 19, 2014 2pm

Families and fans of children's literature are invited as award-winning children's picture book creators Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen team up to discuss their new book, "Sam and Dave Dig a Hole." Barnett and Klassen previously worked together on "Extra Yarn," a New York Times bestseller, a Caldecott Honor Book, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner. Book sales and autographing will follow their presentation. Book sales will be provided by Kids Ink.

Mac Barnett is the author of several award-winning books for children, including "President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath," illustrated by Chris Van Dusen.

Jon Klassen is the author-illustrator of "I Want My Hat Back," a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor book, and "This Is Not My Hat," winner of the Caldecott Medal. He is also the illustrator of "House Held Up by Trees," written by Ted Kooser and named a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book.

Websites:

Written by Mac Barnett & Illustrated by Jon Klassen:

Extra Yarn Sam and Dave Dig a Big Hole

Written by Mac Barnett:

It Happened On a Train The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity Danger Goes Berserk The Ghostwriter Secret
Billy Twitters and his Blue Whale Problem Chloe and the Lion Count the Monkeys Mustache
Oh No Oh No Not Again President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath

Written and Illustrated by Jon Klassen:

I Want My Hat Back This Is Not My Hat

Illustrated by Jon Klassen:

Cats Night Out The Dark The Hidden Gallery House Held Up By Trees
The Mysterious Howling The Unseen Guest

 

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23Sep/140

Read Right Now!: FALL

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Read It's Fall! Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!

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Downloadable eBooks

Autumn FallAcrostic Fall Orange FLeap Jumpers

New Fall Picture Books:

The Biggest Pumpkin Fancy Nancy and the Fall Foliage Penguin and Pumpkin Pumpkin Time

New Non-Fiction:

Autumn Fall Fall2 Fall Leaves
The Fantastic Gifts of Fall How Do You Know It's Fall Pumpkins In Fall What Happens In Fall

Recommended By: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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20Sep/140

Free App – Goodnight Safari

GoodnightSafari

Help the giraffe eat her dinner, the monkey climb to bed, and the elephant kiss goodnight. iTunes Preview

App Features:

  • Free
  • Made for Ages 5 and Under
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5
  • Help the animals prepare for bedtime through seven interactive scenes.
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Skill Apps for Kids
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Story Apps for Kids
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15Sep/140

Happy 100th Birthday, Robert McCloskey

Born on this date in 1914, McCloskey was the author of 8 picture books, for which he won 2 Caldecott medals (Make Way for Ducklings, 1941, and Time of Wonder, 1957; He also received a Caldecott honor for Blueberries for Sal, 1948 and One Morning in Maine, 1952).  He died in 2003.

Watch and Listen Right Now!:


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Watch Make Way for Ducklings - Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring. Caldecott Medal, 1942.

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Watch Blueberries for Sal Little Sal and Little Bear both lose their mothers while eating blueberries and almost end up with the other's mother.

Books by Robert McCloskey:

Blueberries Blueberries for Sal Book, Streaming Video BurtDow Burt Dow, Deep-water Man Book, eAudio
CenterburgTales Centerburg Tales Book HomerPrice Homer Price Book, eAudio, Streaming Video
Lentil Lentil Book, eAudio MakeWay Make Way for Ducklings Book, Streaming Video
OneMorningMaine One Morning in Maine Book TimeWonder Time of Wonder Book

About Robert McCloskey:

Robert McCloskey

Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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15Sep/140

Happy 80th Birthday Tomie dePaola!

Happy Birthday Tomie dePaola!

Books:

Adelita Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella ArtLesson The Art Lesson
BillPeteNile Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile FourFriends Four Friends in Autumn
KnightDragon The Knight and the Dragon StregaDoes Strega Nona Does It Again

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9Sep/140

Story Apps for Kids

There are so many apps out there it is hard to know where to start to look. It's not that they are that expensive...it's that there are so MANY. Plus, nobody wants to waste time with a bad one, even if it DOES only cost $2.99! Listed below are some great resources to help you find good story apps for kids - most of them are free or very, very lost cost. Although a saw a few in the $10-$15 range, by far most are $.99-$4.99. Included below are some good FREE story apps for kids to help get you started. Comment below to let us know how you liked any of these - or suggest a new one for us all to try!

Help Finding Good Story Apps:

Free Story Apps:

 

MortimerIcon

The Artist Mortimer

Mortimer is an artist who more than anything loves to paint.

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BeansBabyIcon

Bean's Baby

Bean has her window for sitting, her ball for chasing, her whole world just as she likes it. Then in comes Baby. The story of how the two get acquainted is told in spare one or two word phrases.  Also available for very little cost are Bean's Night, Bean's Games and Not Without Bear.

  • FREE
  • Apple iPhone, iPad & iPod touch
  • Android
  • Ages 5 and under
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Cinderella

Cinderella

With the swipe of your finger turn a pumpkin into a magical coach, change 3 mice into elegant horses, transform a ragged dress into a magnificent gown, and help an old pair of shoes become glass slippers! Touch objects on each page to discover hidden sounds.

  • FREE
  • Apple iPad
  • Rated 4+
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Color Uncovered

Explore the surprising side of color with Color Uncovered, an interactive book that features fascinating illusions, articles, and videos developed by the Exploratorium.

  • FREE
  • Apple iPad
  • Rated 4+
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CuriousReader

Curious Reader

George is taken from the jungle by the man in the yellow hat to live in a new home, but--oh, what happened! Though trying to be good, George is still very curious and takes a swim in the ocean, escapes from jail, and goes for a flying ride on a bunch of balloons.

  • You can download Curious George for FREE. More Curious George titles are available through in-app purchase.
  • Apple iPad
  • Rated 4+

 

CuriousReader
DKReaders

DK Readers

Browse through a whole library of DK Readers on every topic from farm animals to fishy tales and emperor penguins to Ewoks.

  • You can download five of the e-books for FREEFishy Tales, Animals at Home, Emperor Penguins, Ant Antics and Secrets of the Mummies – one for each of the reading levels. Many more are available through in-app purchase.
  • Apple iPad
  • Android
  • Made for Ages 6 to 8
DKReaders
GoodnightSafariIcon

Goodnight Safari

Children help the giraffe eat her dinner, the monkey climb to bed, and the elephant kiss goodnight. Simple vocabulary and intuitive interactivity will engage young children while building their comfort with nighttime preparations. A perfect bedtime or storytime accompaniment for young children.

  • FREE
  • Apple iPhone, iPad
  • Ages 5 and under
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IImagineIcon

I Imagine

Blends children's photos and voice into an illustrated story full of fun and games.

  • FREE
  • Apple iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch
  • Ages 5 and under
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Wolfie

The Invention of Wolfie

Wolfie is a little genius of five. At night, he dreams about the coolest machines and the most beautiful inventions of the world. And when he wakes up, he builds them all himself.

  • FREE
  • Apple iPad
  • Rated 4+
Wolfie
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Jackie Junko

Jackie Junko and The Old Ship Yard is a story about a little boat on an adventure that goes just slightly wrong!

  • FREE
  • Apple iPad
  • Rated 4+
JackiJunko
JoshEmmaBeach

Josh and Emma Go to the Beach

Josh & Emma love to go on interesting adventures. This time, they’ve decided to go to the beach and they’ve invited your little one along. As they’re strolling in the sunshine, they come across something interesting in the sand. “What’s next to the tall grass?” they want to know. At the end of the story, the bucket is emptied to show kids all the interesting treasures they’ve collected with Josh & Emma, describing them by number, color and name.

  • FREE
  • Apple iPad
  • Rated 4+
JoshEmmaBeach
JustMeIcon

Just Me

Family fun in an interactive book that lets you turn yourself into a musician, a gardener or a photographer.

  • FREE
  • Apple iPad
  • Rated 4+
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MyMomIcon

Just Me and My Mom

Little Critter enjoys a special day in the city with his mother. He means well, but gets himself in trouble all along the way. His mother is oh so patient when Critter loses the train tickets, picks up a dinosaur egg in the natural history museum, and misbehaves at lunch. In spite of his difficulties, Little Critter happily falls asleep on the train going home, exhausted from the big outing with his mother.

MyMom
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Kung Fu Robot

Comic Book Style Swipe & Read

  • FREE
  • Apple iPad
  • Ages 9-11
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  LazyLarryLizardIcon

Lazy Larry Lizard

An animated storybook app designed for preschoolers. Interact with Larry to progress the story and be delighted by his reactions to your touch. Perfect for bedtime.

  • FREE
  • Apple iPad
  • Ages 5 and under
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LittleBirdIcon

Little Bird's Internet Security Adventure

The book is designed to help parents initiate conversations about Internet safety in an age-appropriate manner. We hope it will be useful to you in helping your child begin to develop lifelong patterns of safe and secure online activity.

  • FREE
  • Apple iPad
  • Rated 4+
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MeetMillieIcon

Meet Millie

Meet Millie, the adorable but mischievous mutt who turns real life into a real adventure. Tap and swipe each page to discover why Millie is such a special dog. Her silly "super powers," her outrageous "special diet," and her wacky “disguises" are all revealed in this full-featured mini book.

  • FREE
  • Apple iPhone, iPad, & iPod Touch
  • Rated 4+
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Nursery Rhymes With Storytime

Nursery Rhymes with StoryTime is a magical book. Play with Humpty Dumpty, Jack & Jill, Three Blind Mice and other classic nursery rhyme characters.

  • FREE
  • Apple iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch
  • Rated 4+
BlindMice
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Pan: The Fearless Beribolt

The first book in the Pan Adventure Series, introducing Pandora “Pan” Beribolt, a young purple panda living with her grandfather in the clouds. She learns of a secret and begins her journey to discover the truth.

  • FREE
  • Apple iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch
  • Made for ages 6-8
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PeteSecretFlying

Pete and the Secret of Flying

An interactive story book suitable for children aged 2 and up.

  • FREE
  • Apple iPad
  • Rated 4+
PeteFly
Storybots

Starring You Books by Storybots

The Starring You® Books iPad app makes storytelling even more magical by making your child the star of an illustrated and animated storybook that features their face and name. Simply add a photo and – VOILA! Your child (or mommy, daddy, grandpa, friends or even the family dog) is the star of the show!

  • FREE
  • Apple iPad
  • Rated 4+
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StewieIcon

Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim

A child’s first guide to water safety. Written for children ages two through six, the book conveys an important message of how to be safe near the water through the story of Stewie, a duck who wants to swim with the ‘big ducks,’ but is prevented from going in the water by his older sisters until he learns the water safety rules.

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PeterRabbitIcon

The Tale of Benjamin Bunny

Free Peter's mischievous cousin, Benjamin Bunny, persuades him to go back to Mr. McGregor's garden to retrieve the clothes he lost there.

 

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WateringHoleIcon

Tales from the Watering Hole

Free Follow the adventures of many of your favorite animals in the African savanna – Lion, Monkey, Elephant, Hippo, Turtle, Rhino, and many more.

WateringHole
ToucanToucant

Toucan Toucan't

Wordplay story about what two can do and what two CAN'T do.

  • FREE
  • Apple iPad
  • Rated 4+
Toucan
ToyStoryReadAlong

Toy Story Read Along

A fully interactive reading experience packed with Games, Movie Clips, Coloring Pages, Sing-along Tunes, and Surprises on every page. Hear the story read aloud, record your own narration, or explore at your own pace.

  • FREE
  • Apple iPad
  • Rated 4+
ToyStoryReadAlong
WillKateIcon

Will & Kate

Will & Kate is the highly interactive, fun-filled story of a prince, a princess, some sheep, and a royal romance. Take a hot air balloon trip past curious giraffes, set off a sky full of fireworks and help Kate choose her wedding dress for the big day. Or simply hang out with the royal corgis.

  • FREE
  • Apple iPhone, iPad, & iPod Touch
  • Made for ages 5 and under
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WoodyAquaIcon

Woody's Aqua Adventure

When Andy comes home from the aquarium and gives Hamm something to hold, Woody is jealous. Soon, though, Woody is telling the other toys a story all about his own aqua adventure!

  • FREE
  • Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch & Mac
  • Made for ages 5 and under
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