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Spring Programs for Kids: Journey Around the World in 30 Days!

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Storyteller’s Drum
Children ages 4 – 10 and families are invited to experience rhythms in West African music and dance and hear stories in some of the languages of West African culture. Schedule

Middle Eastern Musical Journey
Children ages 4 – 10 and families are invited as Salaam introduces Middle Eastern culture with a fun and educational musical journey. Attendees can take a “tour” of the region, beginning in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and traveling east to Istanbul, Turkey. Along the way, they’ll learn a traditional “beledi” rhythm and greetings in Arabic and Hebrew. Schedule

Musical Tour of Latin America
Children ages 4 – 10 and families are invited to learn the differences between salsa, merengue, cumbia and cha cha cha and the locations they come from. Attendees will sing, dance and play instruments with the band. Schedule

Russian Folktales
Children ages 4 – 10 and families are invited to learn about Russian culture through hands-on activities and folktales, traditional songs and dances that include Baba Yaga, Firebird, Snow Maiden and Little Clay Hut. Schedule

Asia Fantasia Storytelling Music & Fun
Children ages 4 – 10 and families are invited to learn about tricksters, wise woodcutters, clever animals and foolish kings from a variety of Asian cultures. With plenty of audience participation, attendees also can learn about bamboo instruments and engage themselves in the characters and costumes of the Asian storytellers. Schedule

The Hungry Coat
Children ages 4 – 10 and families are invited to a presentation by the Marian University Department of Theatre entitled, “The Hungry Coat and Other Tales of Wisdom From the Middle East,” based on tales from the Middle East. Schedule

Even MORE Events for Kids Here

Hoopla Read Along eBooks for Kids

You can borrow Read Along eBooks from the Library with your indyPL Library card.Hoopla Logo The vendor is Hoopla. To help you get started, listed below are several items you can borrow for kids. Click on a book jacket to borrow it with your library card.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • These work great on many devices, including the iPad.
  • You can checkout a total of 10 items each month from hoopla.  Your limit resets on the first of the month.
  • Book/movies are checked out for 72 hours. They are automatically returned, you don’t have to remember to do it. No fines, ever!
  • If you borrow a book and it is returned after 72 hours, it counts as one of your checkouts. It is NOT that you can have 10 items checked out at a time…it is that you can only checkout 10 total items each month.
  • You can stream or download your selection. Remember that if you choose to download to your device, PLEASE make sure that you are on WiFi. Downloads will incur data charges and book/movies are a larger format.

Directions for Using Hoopla (You need to know your Library card number and PIN. What’s My PIN?.)

Below is a list of all of the Hoopla books that have text as the story is read. There are also a lot of picture books in Hoopla that are read aloud without the text appearing on the screen. These are fun too!

Here is a list: Picture Books in Hoopla


Read Along Stories:

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In Hoopla, Read Along Stories play like a movie. They look like the sample to the left from Doug Unplugged. The words to the story appear on the screen as it is being read. As each word is pronounced, it is highlighted in red. Read Along Stories are great reading practice!

The Baby Tree Bailey at the Museum Big Bad Bubble Billy Goat at the State Fair The Book That I Love
The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot Building Our House Chicken Little Christmas Treasures Cinco de Mouse O
Click Clack Boo Doug Unplugged Dragons Love Tacos Edda Go to Sleep Groundhog
Going Places Goldy Luck and the Three Bears Hansel and Gretal I Love My Hair I Love to Sing I'm a Big Girl
Is There a Monster In My Closet It's Only Stanley Jack and the Beanstalk Lawn to Lawn Making a Friend
Milo's Hat Trick Mogie Moonday Mr Wuffles The Museum
Nino Wrestles the World Nothing On a Beam of Light One is a Feast for a Mouse The Paper Bag Princess
Puss in Boots Rain Rain Go Away Winkin Blnken and Nod One Two Buckle My Shoe Rifka Takes a Bow The Smallest Gift of Christmas The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Star Bright The Story of Fish and Snail Terrific There Was an Old Woman Those Darn Squirrels
Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door Those Darn Squirrels Fly South Thump Quack Moo Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Washday
The Ugly Duckling Wheels on the Bus Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone The Whispering Town Wizard of Oz
Yesterday I Found an A and the Color Caper You and Me Zoe Gets Ready Zoe's Jungle Zoe's Room

 


Read Along Non-Fiction:

Anna and Solomon Behold the Beautiful Dung Beetle Ben Franklin's Big Splash Benno and the Night Benny Goodman and Teddy Wilson
Brave Girl The Cart That Carried Martin A Dance Like Starlight Daredevil The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau
Goldie Takes a Stand Halloween Is Looking at Lincoln The Man with the Violin Mumbet's Declaration of Independence
The Rocket's Red Glare Separate is Not Equal Thomas Jefferson The Watcher Under the Freedom Tree
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Wordless Books

You might wonder what’s so great about a book without any words in it. Does it even qualify for a book if there are no words? With no words, isn’t it just pictures? The truth is, a wordless picture book tells a story without using words. The PICTURES have meaning. The ability to look at pictures and understand from them what is going on is an important skill for small children to practice. Looking at wordless picture books helps your child acquire several skills, even before he/she begins to recognize letters or words.

  • Comprehension – understanding the meaning of the pictures
  • A book is understood from left to right
  • Stories have a sequence
  • Inferring meaning – understanding what has just happened based on the picture – for example, a facial expression.
  • Predicting what will happen next
  • Vocabulary – yes, even without words a wordless picture book helps build vocabulary because the reader comes up with her own words, and when reading with a parent, hears the parent’s words that describe the same picture…but in different words. Instant vocabulary building!
  • Lastly, what great books for kids who have trouble with letters and words!

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Books:

Here are some favorite wordless books selected by Children’s Librarians at The Indianapolis Public Library. A picture really is worth a thousand words. Looking for more? Search our catalog under the subject “Stories without Words” to find other great wordless reads!

Ben's Dream Bluebird Chalk Draw! The Farmer and the Clown Flashlight Float Flora and the Flamingo Flora and the Penguin Flotsam Fox's Garden Freight Train Good Dog Carl Good Night Gorilla The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher Journey June 29 1999 Leaf Look Alikes Monster Book Mr Wuffles Museum Trip Pool The Red Book Quest The Secret Box Sidewalk Flowers The Snow Rabbit The Snowman Tuesday Uh-Oh Unspoken The Valentine Waterloo and Trafalgar Wave Where's Walrus and Penguin The White Book You Can't Take a Balloon Into the Metropolitan Museum You Can't Take a Balloon into the Museum of Fine Arts

Read Right Now! CONSTRUCTION

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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
Time to Build a New Library Print Read Time to Build a New Library 

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Tools UniteForLiteracy75 Read Tools –  Choose to read the story in one of 13 languages! 

I Like Work Trucks UniteForLiteracy75 Read I Like Work Trucks –  Choose to read the story in one of 13 languages!

Building Our House Read Along Hoopla Logo Read Building Our House Read Along – Mom and Dad are going to make the new house themselves, from the ground up. From empty lot to finished home, every stage of their year-and-a-half-long building project is here. And at every step their lucky kids are watching and getting their hands dirty, in page after page brimming with machines, vehicles, and all kinds of house-making activities! (This title is from Hoopla…borrow it for free using your IndyPL Library Card number and PIN.)

More FREE Online Reading:


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Hard Workin Wheels Hoopla Logo Watch the Video: Hard Workin’ Wheels – A fun and interactive program bringing children to the job site to experience the sights and sounds of dump trucks, fire trucks, front loaders, excavators, cement mixers, top lifts and tractors. (This title is from Hoopla…borrow it for free using your IndyPL Library Card number and PIN.)

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Bob the Builder Connect the Dots Cement Mixer Tracer T is for Truck Tracer

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Free eMusic to check out with your library card from Freegal & Hoopla. Directions

On the Go
Construction Sound Effects

 

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


Building a Library:

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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. Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System is the 2015 Winner 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” quiz following each section. Collect pieces to build your own rocket.

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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.

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

More FREE Online Reading:


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! 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

More FREE Online Reading:


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! 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

More FREE Online Reading:


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! 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

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Choose a printable for writing practice:

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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