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30Jul/140

The Dark

Like a lot of kids, Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark is a hard thing to be afraid of because it lives right where kids are. You can have a night light, of course, but the dark, the dark still lurks in the corners.

The dark lived in the same house as Laszlo, a big place with a creaky roof, smooth, cold windows, and several sets of stairs. Sometimes the dark hid in the closet. Sometimes it sat behind the shower curtain. But mostly it spent its time in the basement.

In this story, The Dark is a character, just like Laszlo. It hangs out in all the places you would expect The Dark to like; the closet, behind doors, under the bed. Laszlo is a smart kid. He decides to face his fear. Armed with a flashlight, he goes to visit The Dark. When he does, he finds out that like a lot of unknown things, The Dark isn't so bad. In fact, The Dark is pretty nice. It is especially nice when you close your eyes to go to sleep. A great book for re-imagining The Dark as a friend instead of something scary. Author: Lemony Snicket

One of the best things about the dark is stars...and also meteors! Watching meteor showers is a great way to appreciate the dark and there is a good one coming up that peaks in a few days. It is the Perseid Meteor Shower.

From NASA: Perseids
Peak Activity: Aug 10 - Aug  13, 2014
Peak Activity Meteor Count: Up to 100 meteors per hour

More books about facing up to fears from big bears to nightmares to monsters:

There's a Nightmare in My Closet Where's My Teddy?
Go Away Big Green Monster

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5Jun/140

Free App – Touch & Learn Emotions

TouchEmotionsThis free app is good practice for learning to name the emotions and recognizing body language and facial expression. 

TouchEmotions2Four pictures are displayed and the name of an emotion appears on screen and is spoken. Users choose the picture that illustrates the emotion.

App Features:

  • Free
  • iTunes Preview
  • Rated 4+
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
  • Turn individual emotions ON or OFF to introduce one new emotion at a time
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21Apr/140

Staff Pick: Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great

Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great

Envy turns to admiration and finally to friendship for Goat and Unicorn.

Have you ever been jealous of someone? Or thought they were better than you? That’s how Goat feels about Unicorn. Goat can ride his bike, but Unicorn can fly. Goat can do simple magic tricks, but Unicorn can turn things into gold. How can you compete with someone who can make it rain cupcakes?

Then one day, Unicorn actually talks to Goat. Goat finds out that Unicorn likes all sorts of things about him! He loves goat cheese, adores cloven hooves, and is completely jealous that Goat can eat anything he wants. Who knew?

So the two become friends and learn to celebrate their differences. Hooray! They even imagine themselves as crime fighting superheroes. Taste their cloven justice!

Recommended by:  Erin Webster, Pike Branch Library

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9Oct/130

Read Right Now! PATIENCE This Monster Cannot Wait!

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The Read Right Now! books below you can read online, right now, with no waiting! Also don't miss the Early Readers Club - your child can pick up a free book at participating IndyPL branches from Sep. - May each year until age six. Really! Books to Keep! Details.

More Read Right Now! Free eBooks for Kids


 

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Read This Monster Cannot Wait - Stewart is so eager to go with his parents on his first camping trip ever that he will do anything to make the time pass more quickly.

Stewart the monster has a camping trip in five days and he cannot wait. How can he speed time up? Stewart learns an important lesson in this book that we all need to learn. Don’t miss the hilarious last page surprise. This is a great picture book to enjoy reading with children ages 3-7. The art work is colorful cartoon monsters. Patience is difficult (a school –readiness skill) and Stewart discovers how to cope with his excitement.

Recommended by: Tamera Coolman, Fountain Square Library

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More Books About Patience:

If You Hold a Seed You're Finally Here! A Bedtime for Bear Ricky and Mia the Chicken Owl Babies
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13Sep/130

Monster Be Good!

Monster Be Good!

In Monster Be Good! readers can take charge of the naughty little monsters who are crabby, wild and selfish. They are loud and have terrible manners. Kids will recognize their own bad behavior when they see it in these unruly little beasts.

"Don't be scared! You are in charge of the monsters. If you tell them how to behave, they will listen."

Even small children will be able to tell you exactly what the monsters are doing wrong. Kids will have a lot of fun taking charge by letting the monsters know how to be GOOD!

Watch Right Now! two stories about two all time favorite wild things...Alexander and Max! More Read Right Now! Free eBooks for Kids

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Watch Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day - On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too. Try these activities at home:


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Watch Where the Wild Things Are - A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king. Try these activities at home:

 

 

More books about unruly kids, frogs and beasts who find out that all of us have a bad day now and then. Tomorrow will be a better one!

Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day Where the Wild Things Are
No David Martha, No!
Goldilocks and the Three Bears Ten Naughty Little Monkeys
Froggy Eats Out My no, no, no day!

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:

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Downloadable Audiobooks:

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6Jun/130

Read Right Now! HELPING The Little Red Hen, Baby Max Cleans Up, Farmer Duck & More

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The Read Right Now! books below you can read online, right now, with no waiting! Also don't miss the Early Readers Club - your child can pick up a free book at participating IndyPL branches from Sep. - May each year until age six. Really! Books to Keep! Details.

More Read Right Now! Free eBooks for Kids


The Little Red Hen's friends are lazy and don't want to do any work to make the cake they want to eat...kind of like children sometimes! Books are a great way to help children understand what it means to help out and be a part of a team that gets things done. Sometimes, the thing that needs done is keeping the toys picked up and the house clean. Sometimes, the thing is setting the table so the family can eat. Sometimes the thing is simply saying thank you.

Read Right Now!

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Watch The Little Red Hen or Read Along with PBS Kids Between the Lions - The Little Red Hen finds none of her lazy friends willing to help her plant, harvest, or grind wheat into flour, but all are eager to eat the cake she makes from it. Try these activities at home:


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Watch Farmer Duck - A kind and hardworking duck suffers at the hands of a lazy farmer. When he nearly collapses from overwork, the rest of the animals come to his aid. Try these activities at home:


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Read Baby Max Cleans Up - Baby Max and Ruby put away the toys! Blocks in the block box. Trucks in the bin. Baby Max and Ruby are picking up their toys.Try these activities at home:


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Read Pooh Helps - Winnie the Pooh doesn't have a thing to do. It's a nothing kind of day for the round little bear, until he decides to do a little something to help each of his friends. It isn't long before Pooh finds himself lending a helping paw with cleaning, dusting, putting away, and gardening. At the end of his busy day, Pooh discovers that a little helping goes a long way toward turning a nothing day into something special! Disney Digital Books are ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card. See books below for more downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks. Try these activities at home:

 


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Read Dumbo Happy to Help - Dumbo helps his circus friends solve their problems. Disney Digital Books are ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card. See books below for more downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks.

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Read Caillou Tidies His Toys - Caillou is a thoughtful little boy whose active imagination leads him on one interesting adventure after another. In Caillou Tidies His Toys, though, there doesn't seem to be much time for adventuring; Caillou has left his toys lying all over the house, and he's not allowed to eat his chocolate pudding until he's tidied them all up! ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card.

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Read Little Oink - Little Oink -- From the creators of Little Pea and Little Hoot comes this tidy tale of a decidedly different pig. Little Oink is a neat little fellow. Clean, clean, clean, that's all he wants to do. But Mama and Papa won't have it! They say in order to be a proper pig, he has to learn to make a proper mess. "Don't come out until your room is a pigsty," says Papa Pig. "I won't have any child of mine going out looking so neat and clean. It's just not acceptable," says Mama Pig. Readers who hate to clean up will love this humorous twist on a universal dilemma.
ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card.

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:

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BearsMessy LittleOink CleanRoom BeeBimBop
DinoDont BearThank HippoSays MouseSorry
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Downloadable Audiobooks:

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12Mar/130

Boy + Bot

Most kid friendships start with one kid asking: "Want to play?" When the other kid is a robot, the answer is "Affirmative!" Boy and Bot have a great day until Bot's power switch gets bumped and he turns off. The boy asks, "Are you sick?" When Bot doesn't answer the Boy takes Bot home and does the things humans do to help each other feel better - a snack, a story, and a nap!

Boy takes a nap too. While he does, Bot's switch gets turned back on. Bot talks to Boy but Boy doesn't answer. "Did-you-malfunction?" Bot asks. And Bot does what robots do to fix each other - oil, reading the instruction manual, and a new battery!

FINALLY, Boy wakes up and Bot is powered up at the same time! Good times! Author: Ame Dyckman

Where's My Teddy? 93140

Knuffle Bunny Too: a Case of Mistaken Identity 1114786

Blueberries for Sal 373542

More books about robot friendships and adventures:

Rabbit and Robot Robot Zombie Frankenstein The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot Cookiebot Wodney Wat's Wobot
Clink The Twelve Bots of Christmas Oh No! Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World Wendell's Workshop The Trouble With Robots and Sisters
Robot Zot! R Robot Saves the Day Watch Out for Wolfgang Baby Brains and Robomom Hello Robots
Rolie Polie Olie Robobots If I Had a Robot
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20Feb/130

Sleep Like a Tiger

"But I'm not tired!" I know you've heard this. Many nights. Maybe every night! It's so hard for kids to stop when playing is so much fun. The trick is winding them down for a good sleep while they are still having fun. We are all familiar with the "stayed up too late" meltdown!

In this story a little girl really doesn't want to go to bed. She protests all the while her parents are gently moving her through the rituals of bedtime: putting on pajamas, washing her face, brushing her teeth.

When she is finally tucked in she wants to know if everything in the whole world has to go to sleep. What follows is a listing of several animals and how they sleep ending with the tiger...because yes, even energetic ferocious tigers need to go to sleep.  Sleep! It's good for you! Author: Mary Logue

Here is a sampling of favorite bedtime stories from IndyPL Children's Librarians. These are the stories that make saying goodnight fun!:

Nighttime Ninja All Kinds of Kisses Tiger Can't Sleep Llama Llama Red Pajama
Goodnight Moon Time for Bed Dinosaur vs. Bedtime Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late
Goodnight Gorilla Sleepy Oh So Sleepy Peekaboo Bedtime Goodnight Me
Goodnight Goodnight Sleepyhead Sleepy Time Olie How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? The Napping House
Bedtime Who Will Tuck Me In Tonight? Ten Sleepy Sheep Sleep Tight Little Bear
Happy Birthday Moon
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6Feb/130

Good News Bad News

While on a picnic, Rabbit and Mouse look at everything that happens in a different way--Rabbit produces an apple, Good news!, Mouse finds a worm in it, Bad news! Rabbit produces a piece of cake, Good news!, Mouse sees a bee on it, Bad news!. Rabbit sees only the glass half full, Mouse sees only the glass half empty. Rabbit is Spongebob Squarepants and only sees every situation as something WONDERFUL!  Mouse is Squidward and only finds something TERRIBLE.

When their adventures take a hair raising turn Mouse finally loses it...and subsequently makes Rabbit cry...leading him to make an effort to see the good and cheer Rabbit up. A great story for Findng happiness in the simple things and for keeping disappointments in the proper perspective. You can complain...or you can find the bright side! Author: Jeff Mack

Some kids are automatically wired to be positive. For the kids who aren't naturally wired that way, these stories can help them learn how to look for the positive. Positive=smiles=happy.

Terrific Fortunately Fortunately, Unfortunately Duck Rabbit Rain Brings Frogs a Little Book of Hope
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15Dec/120

All Kinds of Kisses

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Farm animals and their babies appear in over-sized, colorful pictures giving each other goodnight snuggles and kisses. Perfect for bedtime sharing, each kiss is coupled with an animal noise - cheep kisses, peep kisses, maaaa kisses and moo kisses to make the story fun to share. Goodnight kisses are more fun if you can imagine what a moo kiss is and what it might sound like!  Author: Nancy Tafuri

More bedtime stories that feature the best kinds of kisses:

The Biggest Kiss The Best Kind of Kiss Kisses for Daddy Won't You Be My Kissaroo? Mommy's Best Kisses
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