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3Aug/150

NEW 2015 Back to School Books

You might also like Read Right Now! Starting School - books you can read online FREE without waiting plus eBooks and eAudio you can check out with your indyPL Library Card.

New Books:

Monkey Not Ready for Kindergarten Rosie Goes to Preschool Not This Bear ABC School's for Me
Daddys Back to School Shopping Adventure Ready for School Murphy Birdies First Day of School Ally-Saurus and the First Day of School
Mouses First Night at Moonlight School Dads First Day Goose Goes to School First Grade Here I Come
Ready Set Kindergarten Stanley at School Kindergarten Luck The Humongous Hamster Goes to School
Eva and Sadie and the Best Classroom Ever Maple and Willow Apart Im New Here Ginny Louise and the School Showdown
Five Little Ducklings Go to School A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School
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29Jul/150

Staff Pick: Return of the Library Dragon

Return of the Library Dragon

Miss Lotta Scales, a dragon also known as Miss Lotty the librarian, wants to retire from taking care of the school's library but will not willingly stand by and see her beloved books replaced by computers.

If you loved The Library Dragon, you will be happy to learn that Miss Lotty has surfaced again in Return of the Library Dragon, written by Carmen Agra Deedy. In this sequel, Miss Lotty is about to retire as the school librarian when she learns that the books are being replaced with electronic devices. Her scales reappear as she staunchly defends her position to return the printed books back to the library. Fortunately, the new in-coming librarian, Miss Molly, agrees with Miss Lotty that children need to unplug from technology and Miss Lotty happily sails off to retirement.

Recommended by: Lisa Loepker - Eagle Branch Library

 

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5Jan/150

Read Right Now! WINTER & SNOW

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." ~The Cat in the Hat

It would be a good time 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, snowy day!


Read Right Now!:

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

IsItColdOutside UniteForLiteracy75
Read Is It Cold Outside? Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!

A Blanket of Snow UniteForLiteracy75
Read A Blanket of Snow 

Brave Irene StorylineLogoSmall
Listen to Al Gore read Brave Irene Brave Irene is Irene Bobbin, the dressmaker's daughter. Her mother, Mrs. Bobbin, isn't feeling so well and can't possibly deliver the beautiful ball gown she's made for the duchess to wear that very evening. So plucky Irene volunteers to get the gown to the palace on time, in spite of the fierce snowstorm that's brewing-- quite an errand for a little girl.

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Favorite Winter & Snow Stories:

Oliver and Amanda and the Big Snow Snow The Jacket I Wear in the Snow Lemonade in Winter
Cliffords First Snow Day SnowFrosty Snowflake Bentley Katy and the Big Snow
SnowLadybug The Snowy Day Froggy Gets Dressed

New Winter & Snow Stories:

The Snowman and the Snowdog Skippyjon Jones Snow What Mimi and Bear in the Snow The First Snowfall
An Amazing Snowman Snowy Blast What Happens in Winter Sugar White Snow and Evergreens
Blizzard The Wonderful Gifts of Winter Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear The Winter Train
Earmuffs for Everyone

Winter & Snow Non-Fiction:

SnowCreating SnowKnow SnowWeKnow SnowForts
Build Your Own Fort Igloo The Kids Winter Fun Book

Snow eBooks:

SnowThomas SnowToby SnowWillow SnowSkate
SnowChill SnowFrosty2 SnowFall SnowBerty

Snow eAudiobooks:

SnowBiggest SnowSnowDay SnowZach SnowBlow
SnowMarley

Books Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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1Dec/140

Christmas Books & CDs: Favorites & New

December is a great time to share favorite stories; there are just so many old holiday favorites to choose from to get your family into the holiday spirit.

Favorite Christmas Books:

Authur's Christmas How the Grinch Stole Christmas Book Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas The Twelve Days of Christmas The Story of Holly and Ivy The Nutcracker
Scared Squirrel Prepares for Christmas The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree The Christmas Story the Brick Bible The Night Before Christmas
The Polar Express Santa's Book of Names

Favorite Christmas CDs:

A Charlie Brown Christmas Max and Ruby and the Nutcracker Suite Christmas with the Chipmunks How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Putumay A Family Christmas

New Christmas Books:

How Many Sleeps Til Christmas And Then Comes Christmas Chick n Pug Christmas Twelve Days of Christmas in Indiana
Animals' Santa A Cookie for Santa Monster Needs a Christmas Tree Be Joyful
Memoirs of an Elf My Pen Pal Santa

Books & CDs recommended by: Janet Spaulding & Jessica Lawrence, Selection Services

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24Oct/140

Read Right Now! HALLOWEEN

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

Read Right Now!

I Need My Monster StorylineLogoSmall
Listen to I Need My Monster Checking under the bed for his monster, Ethan discovers that he is gone fishing for a week, and realizing he can't sleep without him tries to find a substitute monster.

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New Halloween Books:

A Halloween Scare in Indiana Shivery Shades of Halloween Dog and Bear Tricks and Treats Ladybug Girl and the Dress Up Dilemma
Ghosts Go Haunting Not Very Scary Ready Steady Ghost The Sweetest Witch Around
Penguin and Pumpkin Little Boo Jack O Lanterns Celebrate Halloween

Favorite Halloween Books:

Ten Trick or Treaters The 13 Nights of Halloween Alph Oops H is for Halloween Babymouse Monster Mash
Big Pumpkin Click Clack Boo Five Little Monkeys Trick or Treat The Hallo Wiener
Halloween Hunt Halloween Is Happy Haunting Amelia Bedelia It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
Little Goblins Ten Minerva Louis Halloween Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt National Geographic Halloween
Scaredy Cat Splat Space Case Three Bears Halloween Trick or Treat a Happy Haunter's Halloween

eBooks:

Happy Halloween Humbug Witch Ten Creepy Monsters Trick or Treat
Druscillas Halloween Shivery Shades of Halloween Monster Needs a Costume MarleyPumpkin
FranklinHalloween HalloweenGeorge HalloweenMice HalloweenGus
HalloweenHarriet HalloweenOllie GeorgeCostume RottenTrick
BooCow HauntedParty MarthaHaunted NotAfraid

eAudio:

HalloweenMittens DirkBones OldLadyOver Scaredy Cat Splat
By the Light of the Halloween Moon Little Goblins Ten

Books Selected By: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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1Oct/140

Read Right Now! PUMPKINS

Going to the pumpkin patch or orchard is often a favorite Halloween activity for small children. Here are some Sesame Street videos to introduce visiting a pumpkin patch and carving a jack 'o lantern.
Read Right Now! books you can read online, right now, with no waiting!


Pumpkin Pumpkin StarfallLogo Read Pumpkin, Pumpkin

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Websites:


Pumpkin eBooks:

PrizePumpkin FindPumpkin SeedsPumpkin PumpkinPiggies
PickPumpkin FallPumpkins PumpkinTime PumpkinsFarmer
DoraPumpkin PumpkinsNelson MarleyPumpkin PumpkinParable
PumpkinPrayer

Favorite Pumpkin Books:

The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin Big Pumpkin The Biggest Pumpkin Ever Into the Pumpkin
It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Pumpkin Trouble Pumpkinhead Grow Your Own Soup
How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow How did That Get To My Table Pumpkin Pie The Pumpkin Book Pumpkin Light
Pumpkins Ready for Pumpkins The Story of the Jack O Lantern We Harvest Pumpkins in Fall
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20Sep/140

Free App – Goodnight Safari

GoodnightSafari

Help the giraffe eat her dinner, the monkey climb to bed, and the elephant kiss goodnight. iTunes Preview

App Features:

  • Free
  • Made for Ages 5 and Under
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5
  • Help the animals prepare for bedtime through seven interactive scenes.
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Skill Apps for Kids
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Story Apps for Kids
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24Aug/140

Read Right Now! OPPOSITES

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


Packy and Trip WeGiveBooksSmall
Read Packy & Trip a Country Mouse and a City Mouse - Packy loves living in the country. Frip loves his city life. What happens when these two opposites meet? Can a city mouse be happy in the country? Can a country mouse live in the city? Packy and Frip find out. This is a Common Core-aligned book for Grade 1.

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Watch Opposites Bunny -  Video segments from Between the Lions. An animated superhero bunny saves the day through the use of opposites.

BigAndLittle UniteForLiteracy75
Read Big and Little Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!

LoudAndQuiet UniteForLiteracy75
Read Loud and Quiet Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!

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Opposites Videos:

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:

InsideOutside GeorgeOpposites ElmerOpposites OldHatNewHat

Books:

ExactlyOpposite IsItBig Contrarios UpDuck
MaisyBig MaisyGrande GoodNews HockeyOpposites
opuestos HeavyLight SmoothRough HighLow
BackFront OctopusOpposites BigDog RalphOpposites
BigLittle OpositesPark
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19Aug/140

Staff Pick: This Is Not My Hat

This Is Not My Hat

Understanding the narrative is an important skill your toddler needs to learn to read, but sometimes talking about the book as you read it can be a challenge.  How do you ask questions without interrupting the flow of the story?  How do you encourage your child to guess what happens next?  Don’t worry, I am here to help!

Check out these two books by Jon Klassen; This is Not My Hat and I Want My Hat Back.  There’s an obvious underlying hat theme going on, and what kid doesn’t love hats?  In the first story, a little fish has stolen a big fish’s hat.  In the second one, a bear searches for his lost hat.  Both stories have important lessons about stealing, and they’re both amusing (I checked with my nephews, the books are definitely funny), but the best part is how easy it is to talk about the narrative.  Every page is an opportunity for questions.  Both books are written in a conversational style that’s very engaging.   The illustrations are eye-catching.  Both books are open-ended, which allows your preschooler to tell you what happens!  Your child will be guessing what happens next long before you turn the last page.

I Want My Hat Back
Recommended by:  Emilie Lynn, East 38th Street Branch Library

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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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