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4Jun/130

Wordless Picture 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 an 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.

  1. Comprehension - understanding the meaning of the pictures
  2. A book is understood from left to right
  3. Stories have a sequence
  4. Inferring meaning - understanding what has just happened based on the picture, for example, a facial expression.
  5. Predicting what will happen next
  6. Vocabulary - yes, even without words a wordless picture book helps build vocabulary because the reader comes up with their 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!
  7. Lastly, what great books for kids who have trouble with letters and words!

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!

New Wordless Picture Books:

A Ball for Daisy Bee & Bird The Birthday Cake Mystery Bluebird The Boy & the Airplane
Chalk Mirror Rainstorm The Shadow The Treasure Bath
The Umbrella Waterloo & Trafalgar Welcome to the Zoo Where’s Walrus?

Classic Wordless Books:

Anno's Journey Carl Goes to Day Care Do You Want to Be My Friend? Flotsam Free Fall
The Lion and the Mouse One Frog Too Many Pancakes for Breakfast Polo and Lily Robot Dreams
Snow Day Time Flies Truck Wave

Selected by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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24Mar/130

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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22Mar/130

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

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20Mar/130

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

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

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22Jan/130

Fun on a Cold Winter Day

It's cold! I know, stating the obvious! A good day to remember this famous storybook quote:

"The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house all that cold, cold, wet day."

It would be a good day for a visit from The Cat in the Hat to change things up and make a big fun mess!

Since The Cat in the Hat won't really stop by, here are some websites and books that might help you figure out how to have some fun together on a cold day, and later in the week, on a snowy day!

 

New Winter Books:

Charley’s First Night Little Bea and the Snowy Day Cold Snap Henry Goes Skating I See Winter
No Two Alike Olivia Builds a Snowlady A Perfect Day The Reader Snow Day for Mouse
Snow Joe Snowboy 1,2,3 Snowman Magic Snowmen at Work A Snowy Day in Bugland
Build Your Own Fort, Igloo, and Other Hangouts How Do You Know It’s Winter? The Kid’s Winter Fun Book Why is it Winter Winter
Winter Winter Colors
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