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DIY Birthday Party: Curious George

Curious George CakeCurious George BooksBook characters make great birthday party themes because they are FAVORITES. Curious George is always a hit! Below you will find everything you need to plan a fun Curious George Birthday Party on the cheap. All you need is a computer, printer, some time…and your library card! We have the books, movies & music to make your party a memorable hit.

For our Curious George Party we looked at these sources of fun and picked our very favorites. You can follow our plan or mix and match activities that make sense to you and your birthday kid. Have fun!

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Invitations:

To get your party started, click and print a handy checklist and invitation of your choice – print in color or color yourself.

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Decorations:

Curious George Mask or Party Hats to print and color.

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Party Activities:

1. Greeting Guests Music & Coloring/Craft Activity 15-20 min Provide printable coloring pages & crayons/markers or paper for origami or learning to draw George step-by-step. Providing newspaper for the paper boats is even better – just like George! Print the picture frame on card stock for the kids to color. Make sure each child writes his/her name on it!

Boat OrigamiA Fun-Filled Curious George Event - How to Draw Curious GeorgeArthur Frame

2. Game 10 min Printable: Hundley’s Tummy Bingo

Hundleys Tummy Bingo

3. Read Aloud 10 min Read Curious George’s Birthday Surprise or the birthday boy/girl’s favorite Curious George book. List of Curious George Library Books

Curious George and the Birthday Surprise

4. Music Craft – Make a Curious George Tambourine and Sing Along! 15 min

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5. Game 15 min Act Like an Animal

Act Like an Animal

6. Take a Group Photo or Individual Photo of Each Guest (Print copies while guests are eating cake. If you have time, attach the picture to the frame guests colored during the greeting time. If you don’t have time, add the frame and photo to their take home bags!) 5 min (Print for each guest.)

Arthur Frame

7. Cake/Food Sing and eat cake 10-15 min

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8. Games 15-2o min Printable: Butterfly Hide-and-Seek

Butterfly Hide and Seek

9. Videos During Pickup Time

Curious George Rides a Bike

10. Take Home Bags and Say Goodbye 10-15 min

You can make a printed Curious George Activity book for guests to take home. Follow these links to printable pages. Add your own small favors or treats.

Curious George Bookmarks 2Curious George Finger PuppetsCurous George Flip BookCurious George Matching Game

Thank You Notes:

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Books:

List of Curious George Library Books to check out.


DIY Book Character Birthday Parties & Printables

Book characters make great birthday party themes because they are FAVORITES. On these pages you will find everything you need to plan a fun book character Birthday Party on the cheap. All you need is a computer, printer, some time…and your library card! We have the books, movies & music to make your party a memorable hit.

4 indyPL Ready to Read Book Character Birthday Parties:

Everything you need from invitations to thank you notes!

DIY Arthur Birthday Party DIY Cat in the Hat Birthday Party
DIY Curious George Birthday Party DIY Clifford Birthday Party

More Book Character Printables for Making Your Own DIY Book Character Birthday Party:

Amelia Bedelia

Arnie the Doughnut

Arthur

Audrey Wood (The Napping House; King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub)

Axel the Truck

Babymouse 

Bad Kitty

The Berenstain Bears

Biscuit

Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?

Charlie the Ranch Dog

Clark the Shark

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Corduroy

Curious George

Danny and the Dinosaur

The Day the Crayons Quit

Digger the Dinosaur

Doreen Cronin (Click Clack Moo)

Dr. Suess

Eric Carle

Fancy Nancy

Ferdinand

Flat Stanley

Frog and Toad

Froggy

Go Dog Go

Guess How Much I Love You

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Harriet the Spy

Interrupting Chicken

Jack Prelutsky (A Pizze the Size of the Sun, New Kid on the Block, My Dog May Be a Genius)

Jon Klassen (I Want My Hat Back, This is Not My Hat)

Junie B. Jones

Kevin Henkes (Chrysanthemum, Owen, Lilly)

Ladybug Girl

Laura Numeroff (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Cat a Cupcake, Pig a Party)

Leo Lionni (Swimmy, Frederick)

Library Lion

Little Bear

Little Golden Books

Little Critter

Little Pookie

Llama Llama

Lunch Lady

Madeline

Maisy

Make Way for Ducklings

Max & Ruby

Mercy Watson

Mia

Mo Willems (Pigeon, Elephant & Pig, Knuffle Bunny)

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

Nate the Great

Ninja!

Olivia the Pig

Pat the Bunny

Peg & Cat

Peppa Pig

Pete the Cat

Pinkalicious

Richard Scarry

Rocket the dog

Sesame Street

Shel Silverstein

The Snowy Day

Splat the Cat

Spot

Superman

Tacky the Penguin

Thomas the Tank Engine

The Very  Hungry Caterpillar

Where the Wild Things Are

Where’s Waldo?

You’re a Bear

Zita the Space Girl


Publisher Index Pages for Activity Guides:

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

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

  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas Dateline LogoListen 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 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 Polar Express

  • The Polar Express BarnesSmallRead 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, 1986

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

  • ChristmasShip icdlRead 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 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

  • JingleAll AmazonLogo 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 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.