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The 2014 Winter Olympics

Tacky and the Winter Games

The XXII  Winter Olympic Games take place February 7-23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Below you will find websites and books to help you enjoy and follow all of the details, from countries to athletes to records with your kids.


Olympic Picture Books:

Tacky and the Winter Games Hockey Scramble Glove, Mitts, & Pads Squirrel on Skis

Olympic Picture eBooks:

Tacky and the Winter Games Caillou Learns to Skate

Learn About the Olympics:

The Winter Olympics So You Think You Know the Olympics

Winter Olympic Sports:

Alpine and Freestyle Skiing Biathlon, Cross-Country, Ski Jumping, and Nordic Combined Bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton Figure Skating
Ice Hockey and Curling Snowboard Speed Skating Curling
Figure Skating Ice Hockey Skiing Ski Slopestyle
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Overdrive for Kids

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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Today, September 8, 2013, is International Literacy Day. The celebration will continue through the month of September. Follow it on Twitter at @IRAToday. Kicking off the fun is "Cloudy ILDBadgeSmallWith a Chance of Meatballs." The Town of Chewandswallow is very much like any other tiny town, except for its weather. It never rains rain and it never snows snow and it never blows just wind. It rains things like soup and juice. It snows things like mashed potatoes and popcorn. And sometimes the wind blows in storms of hamburgers. Life for the townspeople of Chewandswallow is delicious! Delicious, that is, until the weather takes a sudden turn for the worse in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. The town is suddenly plagued by damaging floods and storms of huge food, and the people fear for their lives. Something has to be done -- and in a hurry! Find out what happens when something is done in Pickles to Pittsburgh, where siblings Kate and Henry discover that the townspeople of Chewandswallow have big, BIG plans in place.


Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Pickles to Pittsburgh
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I Spy On the Farm

I Spy On the Farm

I spy on the farm a really, really close-up picture of an animal's body. With the animal sound clue to go with it kids can guess the I Spy riddles. Need more help? Actually look through the spy hole to "peek" at the animal on the next page. A fun hands on book to practice animal names, animal sounds guessing from word and picture clues.

Try these Online Games:

More Read Right Now! Free eBooks for Kids

MaisyMorning FriendMaisy
Read Maisy's Morning on the Farm - Morning is a busy time on Maisy's farm. There are chickens and pigs to feed, and the cow to milk. Moo! After the chores are finished, there's just one more thing to do--eat a yummy breakfast.Try these activities at home:

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Read Otis - When a big new yellow tractor arrives, Otis the friendly little tractor is cast away behind the barn, but when trouble occurs Otis is the only one who can help. Try these activities at home:Online Game: John Deere Tractors Kids Page

GrowLamb WeGiveBooksSmall
Read See How They Grow: Lambs - Follow an adorable pony on its path from newborn to adult in this fun and informative picture book. See How They Grow introduces the fascinating world of animals and how they develop, step-by-step.Read More! See How They Grow:

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Listen to All Pigs are Beautiful - Whimsical ull-color illustrations enhance a close-up look at pigs, celebrating them in all their glory as they build nests, roll in mud, and have their backs scratched.

Here are some more stories that encourage you to play along as you read:

Open This Little Book The Monster at the End of This Book Can You Make a Scary Face? Is Everyone Ready for Fun?
Go Away Big Green Monster We are in a Book! Huff and Puff Each Peach Pear Plum
Andy and Sam Hide and Seek Follow the Line Perfect Square One
Little Blue and Little Yellow Lots of Dots Hello, red fox Lights out, Nights Out
Leon and the Place Between Look Book Spot It Find the Hidden Creatures I Spy Under the Sea
Color Camouflage I Spy Letters Where's Waldo Hide and Seek Farm
Where Is Curious George? Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? Press Here
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Read Right Now! DOCTOR

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

DrMaisy FriendMaisy
Read Doctor Maisy - It's Doctor Maisy and Nurse Tallulah, and they're playing hospital. Poor Panda is sick, but Maisy takes good care of him. Then it's Maisy's turn to need the help--and Nurse Tallulah comes to the rescue! Try these activities at home:

A Visit to the Doctor WeGiveBooksSmall
Read A Visit to the Doctor - Watch toddler Sarah as she goes to surgery with her teddy. See how the doctor can tell they are fit and healthy as they get their heart checked through a stethoscope! Try these activities at home:

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Read Pediatrician - Listen and read along as a pediatrician describes how she takes care of children in this interactive book for early learners.

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Want to read more without ever leaving home? Use your indyPL library card to download eBooks and audiobooks. Click on a book jacket to choose a book to download.

Downloadable eBooks:

BerenstainDoctor MaxDoctor BarbieDoctor DoctorDan
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DIgital Bookmobile

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Blast from the Past: Children’s Picture Books from the 60s

It’s interesting to see how many books from the 60s are still widely read and loved today!

Songs Made into Picture Books:


j784.624 YAR Puff, The Magic Dragon (1963 song

jP CAT Catrow, David The Monster Mash (1962 song)

jP PAX Paxton, Tom The Marvelous Toy (1963 song)

Picture Books:

Tikki Tikki Tembo May I Bring a Friend? Bread and Jam for Frances The Giving Tree Lovable Lyle

j292 DAU D’Aulaire, Ingrid Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths (1962)

j398 M898t Mosel, Arlene Tikki Tikki Tembo (1968)

jP BEM Bemelmans, Ludwig Madeline in London (1961)

jP BRI Bridwell, Norman Clifford, The Big Red Dog (1963)

jP CAR Carle, Eric The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969)

jP DER De Regniers, Beatrice Schenk May I Bring a Friend? (1964)

jP EMB Emberley, Barbara Drummer Hoff (1967)

jP FRE Freeman, Don Corduroy (1968)

jP HOB Hoban, Russell Bread and Jam for Frances (1964)

jP HUT Hutchins, Pat Rosie’s Walk (1968)

jP KEA Keats, Ezra Jack The Snowy Day (1962)

jP KEA Keats, Ezra Jack Whistle for Willie (1964)

jP LIO Lionni, Leo Inch by Inch (1960)

jP LIO Lionni, Leo Swimmy (1963)

jP MAR Martin, Bill Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (1967)

jP MAY Mayer, Mercer There’s A Nightmare in My Closet (1968)

jP SCA Scarry, Richard Best Word Book Ever (1963)

jP SCA Scarry, Richard What Do People Do All Day? (1968)

jP SEN Sendak, Maurice Chicken Soup With Rice (1962)

jP SEN Sendak, Maurice Where the Wild Things Are (1963)

jP SEU Seuss, Dr. The Sneetches and Other Stories (1961)

jP SIL Silverstein, Shel The Giving Tree (1964)

jP STE Steig, William Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (1969)

jP WAB Waber, Bernard  Lovable Lyle (1969)

Easy Readers

The Bears' Vacation A Kiss for Little Bear Green Eggs and Ham Henry and the Lady Next Door A Fish Out of Water

jZ BER Berenstain, Stan The Bears'Vacation (1962)

jZ EAS Eastman, P.D. Are You My Mother? (1960)

jZ EAS Eastman, P.D. The Best Nest (1968)

jZ EAS Eastman, P.D. Go Dog, Go (1961)

jZ HOF Hoff, Syd Stanley (1962)

jZ LOB Lobel, Arnold Small Pig (1969)

jZ LOP Lopshire, Robert Put Me in the Zoo (1960)

jZ MCK Mckie, Roy Snow (1962)

jZ MIN Minarik, Else Holmelund  A Kiss for Little Bear (1968)

jZ PAL Palmer, Helen A Fish Out of Water (1961)

jZ  PAR Parrish, Peggy Amelia Bedelia (1963)

jZ PER Perkins, Al The Ear Book (1968)

jZ PER Perkins, Al Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb (1969)

jZ SEU Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book (1962)

jZ SEU Dr. Seuss The Eye Book (1968)

jZ SEU Dr. Seuss The Foot Book (1968)

jZ SEU Dr. Seuss Fox in Socks (1965)

jZ SEU Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham (1960)

jZ SEU Dr. Seuss Hop on Pop (1963)

jZ SEU Dr. Seuss I Wish That I Had Duck Feet (1965)

jZ SEU Dr. Seuss One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (1960)

jZ SEU Dr. Seuss Ten Apples Up On Top! (1961)

jZ ZIO Zion, Gene Harry and the Lady Next Door (1960)

Selected by: Emily Chandler - Lawrence Branch Library

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Getting a Child a Library Card

You can sign your child up for a regular library card OR you can sign them up for My First Library Card. My First Library Card is for kids from birth through age six. Why would you want a My First Library Card? Because you can borrow children's books and never get charged an overdue fine! Nice, huh? Find a children's book after 3 months wedged between the toy box and the wall? Not a problem!





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