Category Archives: Pre-Reading Skills

Read Right Now! INTERACTIVE BOOK PLAY

Wonders of the USASimple interactive entertainment in print books are a childhood favorite. Traditional examples are pop-up books or Where’s Waldo search and find books. There are some unique ones though, like Wonders of the USA which utilizes a flashlight to make images appear. In other interactive books children decide when to turn the page or shout directions to a book character. These books are commonly very funny and are especially wonderful for children who respond well to interspersed movement and talking over long stretches of quiet listening. You can try one of these stories right now. Listen to the author B.J. Novak read his uncommonly plain but hilarious story, The Book With No Pictures:


eBooks:

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Don't Touch This BookHuff and PuffLots of DotsSearch and Spot Go

Print Books:

Andy and Sam Hide and SeekBunny SlopesCan You Make a Scary Face?Cat SecretsColor CamouflageEach Peach Pear PlumFind MeFollow the LinesGo Away Big Green MonsterHello Red FoxHide and Seek FarmI Spy LettersI Spy Under the SeaIs Everyone Ready for FunIs Your Buffalo Ready for KindergartenLittle Blue and Little YellowOne is Not a PairOneOpen This Little BookPeek a Boo ZooPerfect SquarePress HereSpot a Lot Vehicle AdventureSpot the Mummy at the MuseumTap the Magic TreeTap to PlayThe Book With No PicturesThe Find It BookThe Monster at the End of This BookThe Other RabbitThere Is No Such Thing As LittleTouch the Brightest StarUndercoverWe Are In a BookWhat In the World a Closer LookWhere Is Curious GeorgeWhere's the PairWhere's WaldoWho What Where

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Very Beginning Readers

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This happy face, that’s the goal, right?! This page will help you find good books to check out when your child is ready to begin to read herself. An early reader book looks like this on the inside:

The dog ran.

These books have colorful pictures and feature subjects children are interested in like dogs, farm animals, trains, soccer, etc. The books also often star characters children love like Dora, Cinderella, Lightning McQueen, Dr. Seuss, Buzz and Woody.

Use this page to find the very easiest jZs. In the library, these books have a “jZ” sticker on the spine. The “jZ” stands for “juvenile easy.” They are in order on the shelf by the author’s last name.


eBooks:

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Bear HugsThe Berenstain Bears and the New KittenBig EggDrop It RocketFlynn Saves the DayHot Dog

Books:

The Berenstain's B BookThe Best NestBiscuit and the Lost Teddy BearThe Foot BookThe Birthday PrincessHop on PopThe Knee BookLet's Go for a DriveMia and the Tiny Toe ShoesMittens Where's Max?Olivia Goes CampingReady to Go

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Read Right Now! OPPOSITES

In Marta Big & Small, Marta  encounters animals and gives a one word description of them in Spanish. Little listeners can figure out the meaning of the Spanish word by listening carefully to the English that follows.

To a turtle, Marta is rápida. Fast, very fast.

It is a two for one book! Opposites and spanish words both!

Listed below are books, activities and printables to help you your child learn more about opposites.

FREE Online eBooks about Opposites:

HoppositesBigAndLittleLoudAndQuietOppositesLoud and Quiet

More FREE Online Reading:


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BigDogInsideOutsideGeorgeOppositesElmerOppositesOldHatNewHatDrive a Look at Roadside Opposites Book Jacket

Books:

Big Bear Small Mouse Book JacketBig Bot Small Bot Book JacketBill and Dizzy Opposite Day Book JacketDinosaur Opposites Book JacketDouble Take Book JacketMarta Big and SmallThe Huey's What's the Opposite Book JacketWe Love You Rosie Book JacketExactlyOppositeIsItBigContrariosMaisyGrandeGoodNewsHockeyOppositesopuestosBackFrontOctopusOpposites

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Read Right Now! ALPHABET

Naming the letters of the alphabet and knowing the sounds each letter makes is a critical pre-reading skill. Did you know that singing the alphabet song and books like “A is for Apple” are only the beginning? There are several online games,  activities and Library books that make practicing the alphabet FUN, books like Z is for Moose. In this story Zebra thinks the alphabet should be simple and orderly. A is for Apple. B is for Ball. Easy! Zebra is impatient and can’t wait for his turn. He interrupts. He barges in. It is such a long time to M! But when M isn’t for Moose, it is for Mouse instead, Zebra is crushed! Can Zebra find a place for Moose that isn’t M? He can! Can you figure out where his place is before Moose does?


FREE Online Alphabet eBooks:

Where Do You See Letters?AAppleAlphabetFun

More FREE Online Reading:


Alphabet Printables, Crafts & More:

 

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Curious George ABCDr. Seuss's ABCOn Beyond ZebraOnce Upon an Alphabet Book JacketThe Sleepy Little AlphabetThe Alphabet BookMy First Bob BooksCurious George Learns the AlphabetAnimal ABCsABC YogaToday I Feel Book JacketP is for Pirate

Print Books:

A is for Musk OxHooper Humperdink Not Him!AnimaliaChicka Chicka Boom BoomSuperhero ABCThe Handmade AlphabetAlpha CityArtist's AlphabetAlphabetter Book JacketThe Z was ZappedOld Black FlyAlphaoopsThe Alphabet BookAlphabet MysteryEating the AlphabetE-mergencyI Stink!If Rocks Could SingLMNO PeasShiver Me LettersABC Pasta Book JacketAn Alphabet in BloomD is for Dress Up Book JacketLMNOPquelStar Wars ABC-3PO Book JacketFraidyZooI Stink!

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Reading Programs All Year Long

Below are several reading programs you can participate in at home to encourage year-round reading and even earn prizes. Start with the indyPL Summer Reading Program!

You can visit any IndyPL library location to checkout books or you can Read Right Now! by visiting Download and Stream for Kids– free eBooks you can check out with your library card or read from your device at home, no waiting!



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  • Paladium Pals Book Club
  • All Year
  • Earn a Free Student Ticket to a show at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.



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Books a Million

  • Books-a-Million Summer Reading Challenge
  • Summer 2017
  • Read 4 books and have a parent or guardian sign and verify the completed form.
  • Return the form to your local Books-a-Million store to receive a FREE Maze Runner Series Water Bottle.
  • Printable Books-a-Million Reading Journal

Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards

  • Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards Calendar
  • Summer 2017, Offer expires 12/31/17
  • Print the Reading Rewards calendar, mark it for reading every day for 2 weeks.
  • Take it to a Chuck E. Cheese location to get 10 FREE tokens. Child(ren) must be present to redeem. Only at participating locations. Food purchase is required.
  • Printable Calendar or en Español

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Star Wars Reads Day

  • Star Wars Reads Day 2017
  • October, 2017
  • Star Wars fans, authors, and artists come together to celebrate reading and Star Wars.

  • Jump Start Read for the Record
  • October 19, 2017
  • Read for the Record mobilizes millions of children and adults to celebrate literacy by participating in the largest shared reading experience. On this day people across the country united to read a children’s book.


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  • Read Across America Day
  • March 2, 2018
  • The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America. Now in its 18th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.
  • Take the Read Across America Pledge

World Book Day 2016

  • World Book Day
  • April 23, 2018
  • To help make World Book Day special – and to encourage reading for the rest of the year too – there are a whole range of resources including lesson plans, activity sheets, discussion guides and free eBooks.

Give Me 20

  • Book It! Spring Give Me 20
  • Fall 2018 TBA
  • Eight-week challenge. Read to your child/children at least 20 minutes per day, five days per week and you can enter for a chance to win prizes.

Drop Everything and Read

  • D.E.A.R. Drop Everything And Read
  • April 12th in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday (but can by anytime!)
  •  D.E.A.R. stands for “Drop Everything and Read,” a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives. Because, what’s more fun(damental) than reading, really?

Free Comic Book Day

  • Free Comic Book Day
  • May 5, 2018
  • Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America (including IndyPL Library Locations!) and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops!