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6Feb/160

Kids’ App – Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System

Cybils 2015

 

The Cybils Awards aim to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal. Metamorphabet is a 2015 Finalist in the category "Book Apps". 2015 Finalists


Professor Astro Cat's Fontiers of Space
Professor Astro Cat's Solar System is an app based on the book, Professor Astro Cat's Frontiers of Space. The two are not exactly alike - the app focuses on the solar system: Sun, Mercury, Venus, Moon, Earth, Mars,  Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune & a couple extras. (Pluto is not included.) Solar system facts are presented in a clean, easily navigated interface. The app includes a quiz style game "Jetpack Challenge" for each topic covered designed to reinforce what was read. By answering the questions correctly, users earn fuel for Astro Cat's jetpack and medals to collect the pieces to build a rocket. This is a read alone experience - there is no voice reading the text aloud. The hip 007 type music and a retro looking orange and yellow space suit make astro cat a pretty cool teacher of space facts.

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Tap each planet, moon, or space vehicle to explore facts about it and access a cutaway view. Look at a fascinating size comparison of the planets - a helpful visualization of planets as fruits and veggies. (Did you know Jupiter is a watermelon to Earth’s cherry tomato?) IMG_0063 IMG_0049

 

Tap on Mars, for instance, and the Mars home page will open. Down the left side are interesting facts about Mars. If you tap the plus sign more information appears. If you run your finger down the planet it "unzips" revealing what is on the inside.

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When you are done exploring Mars you can choose to take the Jetpack Challenge, a true or false quiz. Complete the quiz to receive your graduation certificate.. Earn medals by completing a true or false “Jetpack Challenge” quizzes following each section.collect pieces to build your own rocket  Once you’ve finished all of the challenges — getting promoted through the ranks as you do so

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The element of surprise is fun, as is the wordplay. Some of the representations are really creative, requiring some thought to understand what word is being illustrated. For example, the "Log" that appears with the letter L makes immediate sense, but I did not guess what was happening when the L melted onto the "Log" until the word "Lazy" appeared. I wasn't sure at all what was going on with the letter N. I tapped it more than nine times to reveal all of the people.  I could not think of an N word...my mind was sort of stuck on "windows"...and then the word "neighbors" appeared. "Oh!, right!" Y for "yesterday" I never did quite get. That one was a stretch. Even with a few tough ones though, the guessing is fun. There is a lot of movement and opportunity to tap and drag objects. When the "Egg" appears for the letter E, you can drag it over for the letter E to "Eat."

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— and put the finishing touches on your rocket, you blast off to a shower of ticker tape and the sound of cheers. Upbeat music and sound effects add to the app’s friendly feel, but can be easily turned on/off.

Presented in a book-game hybrid app

The app does include a lot of reading and does not have any voice-over, so it's ideal for ages 8 and up. It includes information about the following topics: . - See more at: http://digital-storytime.com/review.php?id=1087#sthash.iPnSBfNF.dpuf

 

retro cat - look and music is really cute space travel time period

easy navigation I don't get lost. I understood early how to move through the logic. I didn't have to wonder if I missed anything. The pattern of information for each planet was the same.

Books:

Here are some books that use the letters of the alphabet to tell a story...or a joke. These books make naming the letters and practicing with the sounds the letters make fun.

A is for Salad Alphaoops
The Alphabet Book Alpha City The Alphabet from A to Y
Alphabet Mystery Animalia Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Eating the Alphabet E-mergency Gone Wild
The Graphic Alphabet The Handmade Alphabet Hooper Humperdink Not Him!
I Stink! If Rocks Could Sing LMNO Peas
Miss Spider's ABC Museum ABC Old Black Fly
Peanut Butty and Jellyfishes Shiver Me Letters So Many Bunnies
Superhero ABC A Apple Pie Z is for Moose>
The Z was Zapped FraidyZoo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17Dec/150

Read Right Now! How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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Listen to Dateline's Keith Morrison Reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas The Grinch tries to stop Christmas from arriving by stealing all the presents and food from the village, but much to his surprise it comes anyway.More Read Right Now! Books for Christmas


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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.
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17Dec/150

Read Right Now! The Polar Express

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Read The Polar Express - A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus. Caldecott Medal winner, 1986More Read Right Now! Books for Christmas

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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.
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9Dec/150

Read Right Now! The Christmas Tree Ship

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Read The Christmas Tree Ship - Every year Elsie, Pearl, and Hazel help their father gather Christmas trees to take to the big city on his ship. When the ship does not return one year, the girls and their mother know what they must do.More Read Right Now! Books for Christmas

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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.
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5Dec/150

Read Right Now! Jingle All the Way

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Read Jingle All the Way Free Kindle Download: Jingle All the Way is the tale of a loveable, obedient pup who wants nothing more than a place to call home for the holidays.More Read Right Now! Books for Christmas

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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.
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2Oct/150

Read Right Now! The Berenstain Bears

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Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® is a program of the Association for Library Service to Children and Public Library Association, divisionsof the American Library Association. Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® is a registered trademark and is used with permission. Early literacy begins at home with the adults in a child's life.

Use IndyPL's Read Right Now! pages to have fun at home doing the five things that build early reading skills: Reading, Playing, Writing, Singing & Talking. Find books to read, songs to listen to, games to play, crafts to make and more! Things you can do RIGHT NOW, at home - no waiting!


Reading
Berenstain Bears Go Fly a Kite BerenstainLogo Read The Berenstain Bears Go Fly a Kite - Papa Bear and the children design a kite for a kite flying contest.
Berenstain Bears Soccer Star BerenstainLogo Read The Berenstain Bears Soccer Star - Brother Bear can run, pass, and catch, but everybody else is bigger and better. And instead of getting to put on a uniform, he’s stuck being the water bear. One day, his frustration gets the better of him, and he starts kicking things in the locker room. He kicks a bucket. He kicks a can. He goes outside and kicks a rock. And when the coach sees him, Brother thinks he’s in trouble. But he’s about to get his big chance—in a sport where kicking is the most important skill of all!
Berenstain Bears To the Rescue BerenstainLogo Read The Berenstain Bears to the Rescue - To get their official rescue merit badges, Brother Bear, Sister Bear, and Cousin Fred need real-life experience saving other bears from harm. And Papa Bear knows the most about search-and-rescue—or at least that’s what he says. But when they get into the wilderness, they find that Papa is much better at getting himself into trouble than getting other bears out of it.
The Bears Picnic Freegal Logo75 Listen to The Bears' Picnic and Other Stories - This audio of the Berenstains reading aloud includes the stories: The Berenstain Bears to the Rescue, The Bears' Vacation, The Bears' Picnic, Bears In The Nigh, The Bear Scouts, The Big Honey Hunt & The Bears' New Baby. This audio is Free with your IndyPL Library Card! Details

More Reading:


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Talking

The more words children hear, the more words they learn, the better prepared they are to read! Here are some tips for talking about letters:

Talk Letters

More Ways to Practice Talking:

Zero to Three: Tips on Learning to Talk


Berenstain Bear Books:

Bears on Wheels Berenstains B Book Big Bear Small Bear The Bike Lesson

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28Sep/150

Author Visit: Yuyi Morales

15-13443_YuyiMorales_300x200_CCIAward-Winning Author & Illustrator Yuyi Morales

Sat, Oct 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm
School Age (6-11) & Families
Central Library

Families and school-aged children are invited to meet award-winning author and illustrator Yuyi Morales, whose books include "Niño Wrestles the World" and "Viva Frida." The first 100 children in attendance will receive a free book, while supplies last. Book sales and autographing will follow the program. Questions ? Please contact: Central Library 275-4100


HNational Hispanic Heritage Monthispanic Heritage Month Art Workshops: ¡Máscaras!  In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, children ages 6 and up and families are invited to celebrate with a festive new face! They will create a Mexican-themed mask, either a Calavera (Day of the Dead skull) or Luchador (wrestler). Cut-out mask templates, colors and other materials will be provided. This program is inspired by the Yuyi Morales books, "Niño Wrestles the World" and "Los Gatos Black on Halloween." Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required by calling the participating branch. Schedule & Registration InformationYuyoWorkshops300

 

 

Hispanic Heritage Month Art Workshops: Self Portraits Inspired by Viva Frida!  In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, children ages 6 and up and families are invited to explore the self portraits of artist Frida Kahlo and create their own self portraits using simple materials. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required by calling the participating branch. Schedule & Registration Information


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Leer por interent ahora mismo: Historias en Español.

Leer Gonzalo el Cocodrilo - Este cuento habla de un cocodrilo que no puede tener amigos, nadie se atreve a acercarse porque siempre está con ganas de comerse a alguien.
Los libros en español un Continuación se pueden leer en línea ahora libre .

Yuyi Morales 2015 sp 500
HHM workshops 2015 sp 500

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22Jul/150

Listen & Play: the Harp

Harp Pic The harp is a stringed musical instrument which has a number of individual strings running at an angle to its soundboard, which are plucked with the fingers. More from Wikipedia Wikipedia Logo

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Harp Coloring Harp Dots Harp Draw  Harp Rubber Bands
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13Jul/150

Read, Listen & Play: the Saxophone

Saxophone Picture The saxophone (also referred to as the sax) is a family of woodwind instruments. Saxophones are usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece similar to that of the clarinet. More Wikipedia Logo

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Freegal Saxophone Saxophone Coloring Saxophone Draw Saxophone S

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Read Once Upon a Breath - In this retelling of the classic fairy tale, the Big Bad Wolf is the hero. He is a hip urban jazz musician, a saxophone player, who also happens to have asthma.The bongo & guitar playing Three Little Pigs are his constant nemesis. Susan Tebbutt's vivid illustrations combined with Dov Mickelson's funky narration and jazzy soundtrack makes this a classic tumblebook!
Read on the computer.

Books:

Cool Bopper's Choppers Is the Saxophone for You?
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22Jun/150

Read, Listen & Play: the Piano

Piano Picture The piano (an abbreviation of pianoforte) is a musical instrument played using a keyboard...Although the piano is not portable and often expensive, its versatility and ubiquity have made it one of the world's most familiar musical instruments. More Wikipedia Logo

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Freegal Piano Logo Piano Draw Piano P is for Piano Piano Cardboard

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Read Song of Middle C - Practice makes perfect. And for a little girl facing her first piano recital of "Dance of the Wood Elves," so do artistry, imagination (those wood elves sure love to dance!), and lucky underwear for good measure. Is she nervous as she waits and waits for her turn on stage? Hoo boy, no! She’s as cool as a cucumber! Every child who has felt the pressure of the spotlight will smile at this comical tale of bravado that turns a onenote performance into an improvisation worthy of a standing ovation. Splendissimo!
Read on the computer.

Books:

The Cardboard Piano Marvin Makes Music Piano Piano The Little Piano Girl Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Practicing the Piano
The Piano How to Improve at Playing Piano Pianos and Keyboards The Piano What In the World Is a Piano?
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