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Read Right Now! APPLES

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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
Apple Trees and the Seasons Apple Trees and the Seasons
Read or Print Apple Trees & the Seasons – A printable easy non-fiction book about what happens to an apple tree during each season of the year.
Made for iPad 50 or computer.
Investigate Apples Scholastic Logo
Read or Print Investigate Apples (Investiga las manzanas) – Students learn some about the properties of apples, and read a diagram showing the growth process of an apple.
Made for iPad 50 or computer.
Apple Annie UniteForLiteracy75
Read Apple Annie – A young girl and her Aunt make a doll out of a dried apple. Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!
Made for iPad 50 or computer.
Who Was Johnny Appleseed Scholastic Logo
Read Who Was Johnny Appleseed? – A young girl and her Aunt make a doll out of a dried apple. Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!
Made for iPad 50 or computer.

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Pinterest LogoIndyPL Ready to Read Pinterest Board: Apples – activities, online games, printables, crafts & more!

Apple Orchards to Visit in Central Indiana:
FocusOnIndianaSmall


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A is for Apple Printable 150 Apple Dot to Dot A is for Apple 2 Trace the Letter A

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Free Freegal Apple Song Music Downloads
with your IndyPL Library Card! Details

Freegal Notes 200

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


eBooks:

Apples Apples The Apple  Trees Discovery A Visit to the Apple Orchard
ApplesOut ApplesLife ApplesSeasons ApplesSeed
ApplesShoot ApplesFarmer ApplesCycle ApplesCrisp
Apple Cider Making Days

Apple Books:

Apples and Butterflies ApplesRiddle The Apple The Apple Trees Discovery
Curious George: Apple Harvest ApplesBiggest ApplesApplesauce ApplesCider
ApplesPumpkins The Apple Apples Galore Tap the Magic Tree

Apple Non-Fiction:

ApplesArnold ApplesGibbons ApplesFruit ApplesSeasons
We Harvest Apples in the Fall ApplesCrisp Apples A to Z Eating Apples
ApplesCook

Read Right Now! July 4th

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

Fourth of July UniteForLiteracy75 Read Fourth of July – You can read this one in several languages – including Spanish. Choose from the list on the left.

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Read Our Flag This is a book about the American flag’s origins published in 1896

More FREE Online Reading:

New Fourth of July Books:

We Celebrate Independence Day in Summer July Fourth of July mice! Happy Fourth of July!

Recommendations by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

Read Right Now! Father’s Day

June 21st, Father’s Day, is just two weeks away. This is the perfect time to find some great books about Dads and Grandpas and to find the perfect craft that will show Dad how much fun he is!

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


My Father Runs an Excavator StarfallLogo
Read My Father Runs an Excavator – A little girl talks about the big machines her Dad and his team use at work – and the same machines she uses in the sandbox.

When Will Daddy Come Home Storyplace
Read When Will Daddy Come Home? – Sophie and Sam wait patiently for their Daddy to get home.

Shopping With Dad Cebeebies 75
Read Shopping With Dad – Venture to the supermarket with this father-daughter duo on a very lively shopping trip. As their trolley swings down the aisles, a minor calamity occurs.

Blue Ribbon Dad ReadingRainbow
Watch Blue-Ribbon Dad – Squirrels dad is coming home soon and squirrel is making hisdad a blueribbon surprise because he is the best dad!

More FREE Online Reading:


Websites:

New Father’s Day Books:

If my Dad were an animal Me and My Dad I Want my Daddy Big Enough to Help How to Surprise a Dad
Tad and Dad Just Like Daddy Franklin’s Day with Dad A Special Day with Dad

More Father’s Day Books:

Always Daddy’s Princess Because I’m Your Dad Big Brave Daddy Daddies Do It Different Giddy-Up Daddy!
Hug a Bull: An Ode to Animal Dads I Love My Daddy My Dad! My Dad is Big and Strong, but -- My Dad Thinks He is Funny
Saturday is Dadurday Saturday With Daddy When a Dad Says “I Love You” When Dads Don’t Grow Up Grandpa’s Tractor
How to Babysit a Grandpa My grandpa

Selected by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

Report Reveals Reading Bad for Kids Before Age Five

April Fools!

Of course!

Reading is GREAT for kids before age five. The BEST.

Plenty of reports show it, like these:

And lots of fun to be had:

Books:

Barnyard Fun April Fool, Phyllis! Zelda and Ivy: Keeping Secrets Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day April Fool!  Watch Out at School!
April Foolishness Michael le Souffle and the April Fool April Fools!

Books Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

Holiday Gift Picks for Kids from IndyPL Librarians

Picture Book Picks:

The Book With No PicturesKaren Perry,
Franklin Road
Panda Bear Panda Bear What Do You SeeEmilie Lynn,
East 38th Street
NocturneShellie Rich,
Central Library
Stop Snoring BernardJoe Fox,
Irvington
The Going to Sleep BookEmilie Lynn,
East 38th Street
Professor Whiskerton Presents Steampunk ABCCindy Childers,
Garfield Park
The Twelve Days of Christmas Pop-UpSusan Barhan,
Southport
This Book Just Ate My DogKaren Perry,
Franklin Road
Take Away the ACarrie Waterson,
IT
Sam and Dave Dig a HoleJanet Spaulding,
Selection Services
Mr FrankCarrie Waterson,
IT
The Twelve Days of Christmas in IndianaCarrie Waterson,
IT
Good Night IndianaLaura Dixon,
Outreach
Go to Sleep Little FarmShellie Rich,
Central Library
TelephoneKaren Perry,
Franklin Road
Circle Square MooseJanet Spaulding,
Selection Services

Chapter Book Picks:

The Mysterious HowlingRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
The Magic ThiefRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
The Mysterious Benedict SocietyRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
The Squires TaleRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
Wildwood ChroniclesRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
SidekickedCarrie Waterson,
IT
El DeafoJanet Spaulding,
Selection Services
Greenglass HouseShellie Rich,
Central Library
The Chicken SquadJanet Spaulding,
Selection Services
The Case of the Weird Blue ChickenJanet Spaulding,
Selection Services

Technology Toy Picks:

SpheroRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
kano2Raylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
3doodlerRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve

App Picks:

FingerpaintWithSoundsFingerpaint with Sound

Raylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve

Best Books of 2014:

Links provided by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

Best Apps of 2014:

Free Apps:

  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Story Apps for Kids (includes links to several FREE book apps)
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Apps for Kids (includes links to several FREE apps)

Easter

This year, Easter is on March 31, 2013. On this Sunday families will gather to attend church, eat, hunt for Easter Eggs and many other family traditions. Here in the Indianapolis area there are several Easter activities for families including a trip to the library for your favorite Easter stories. Or, try a new one – there are a lot this year!

Favorite Books for Easter:

He Is Risen Rechenka's Eggs The Golden Egg Book The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

Websites

Indianapolis Area Easter Egg Hunts:

Springtime in Indianapolis is a really beautiful time. This year, Easter is a little early so the weather could go either way. But cold weather or not, your kids are going to want to participate in an Easter egg hunt or two. Many local churches, parks and non-profit organizations host Easter egg hunts. If you aren’t sure where to take the kids, this list may come in handy.

New Easter Books for 2013:

Chester’s Colorful eggs The Bad Easter Bunny Easter Bunny on the Loose! Marley and the Great East Egg Hunt The Little Gray Bunny
Chick’s Work of Art Happy Easter! Easter Egg Haunt Wake Up, It’s Easter! The Easter Bunny’s Assistant
Piggy Bunny Lily’s Easter Party God Gave Us Easter Benjamin’s Box The Legend of the Sand Dollar
Easter Sweets and Treats Easter Origami Lily’s Easter Party Decorating Eggs Simon and the Easter Miracle
Easter Paper Crafts for Easter Emma’s Easter

Easter eBooks:

Easter Downloadable Audio:

Books Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passover

Passover Celebrating Now Remembering Then

Passover this year is from March 25 – April 2, 2013. During Passover Jewish people remember how their ancestors left slavery behind them when they were led out of Egypt by Moses. The Passover celebration lasts for seven or eight days, depending on where you live.

On the night before Passover starts, there is a special meal called a Seder. Families read the story of how the Israelites fled from Egypt from a book called the Haggadah. An extra cup is on the table and the door is left open for Elijah. Jews believe that the prophet Elijah will reappear to announce the coming of the Messiah.

The books and websites on this page can be enjoyed by families celebrating Passover themselves or by families who would like to learn about the Passover traditions of their friends and neighbors.

Websites:

Favorite Passover Books:

Passover Celebrating Now Remembering Then Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah Private Joel and the Sewell Mountain Seder Passover! The Matzo Ball Boy
Wonders and Miracles a Passover Companion Matzah Man a Passover Story Miriam's Cup Matzah That Papa Brought Home

New Passover Books:

The Longest Night: A Passover Story Grover and Big Bird’s Passover Celebration The Passover Lamb Jodie’s Passover Adventure Izzy the Whiz and Passover
A Sweet Passover The Elijah Door The Passover Zoo Seder Hoppy Passover! Tale of Two Seders
Sarah’s Passover Passover

Passover eBooks:

Book Recommendations By Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

And Then It’s Spring!

And then it IS Spring! Finally! TODAY, March 20th, the vernal equinox. This is the day that the sun moves from south of the equator to north of the equator. Spring is in our hemisphere! The days, which have been getting longer since the winter solstice on December 21st, are now the same length as the nights. Equinox is latin for “equal nights.”

When small children think of Spring, they think of lambs, chicks, ducklings, flowers and playing outside. There are a lot of books at the library to celebrate Spring: stories about baby animals and planting gardens getting outside again. Pulling a wagon to the library and filling it up with books is a great way to spend a pretty day!

You know what else is a sign of spring? Caterpillars. That means butterflies and moths are coming! Who better to usher in Spring than Eric Carle himself reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar for today, March 20th, the First Day of Spring as well as The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day, 2013!

Websites

  • National Geographic Kids: Tiny Frogs Ring in Spring
  • Martha Stewart: Kids Spring Crafts
  • TO DO: Indianapolis Zoo/Hilbert Conservatory: Butterfly Kaleidoscope Opens March 22, 2013! See over 40 species of butterflies!
  • TO DO: White River State Park: Flight of the Butterflies 3D Downtown Indy IMAX movie follows the year-long annual migration cycle of monarch butterflies. Hundreds of millions of monarchs flying their migratory routes from Canada, across the U.S. and into Mexico.
  • TO DO: Holliday Park, Indianapolis April and May 2013 Calendar of Events

Favorite Books about Spring

My Spring Robin Clifford’s Spring Clean-up Spring, An Alphabet Acrostic Spring Thaw Splish Splash, Spring
The Search for Spring It’s Spring! Wake Up, It’s Spring! Mouse’s First Spring

New Spring Stories for 2013

Oh So Tiny Bunny Mama Hen’s Big Day Peep and Ducky Rabbit’s Spring Adventure And then it’s Spring
I See Spring Rain! Rain, Rain, Smurf Away It’s Raining, It’s Pouring!

New Spring Non-Fiction for 2013

Signs of Spring Spring Blossoms Plants in Spring Weather in Spring People in Spring
Animals in Spring How do you know it’s spring? Spring colors Exploring Spring Why is it spring

Book Recommendations By: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services