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5Jan/160

Read Right Now! WINTER & SNOW

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Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® is a program of the Association for Library Service to Children and Public Library Association, divisionsof the American Library Association. Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® is a registered trademark and is used with permission. Early literacy begins at home with the adults in a child's life.

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!

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!


Friendly Frosty Monsters SesameStSmall Read Friendly Frosty Monsters Elmo wakes up on a snowy morning, and runs outside to play with his Sesame Street friends.

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Listen to The Mitten - Several animals sleep snugly in Nicki's lost mitten until the bear sneezes. More Read Right Now! Books for Christmas

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 

Its Winter UniteForLiteracy75 Read It's Winter -  Choose to read the story in one of 13 languages!

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

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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


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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8Dec/150

Read Right Now! Pete the Cat Saves Christmas

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas Harper Collins Childrens 75
Read Pete the Cat Saves Christmas - When Santa falls ill and Christmas may have to be canceled, Pete the cat comes to the rescue.More Read Right Now! Books for Christmas

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Tips for Reading the Free Online Books:

  • iPad Users - Many eBooks and games require Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is not supported on iOS devices, including the iPad and iPad 2. If you want to view eBooks & games on an iPad you will need an app web browser that does support Flash. Some of these browsers are Puffin, Skyfire, Photon, iSwifter & Cloud Browse. They are very inexpensive - from 2.99 to 7.99.
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6Dec/150

Read Right Now! Maisy Makes Gingerbread

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Read Maisy Makes Gingerbread Maisy the mouse makes gingerbread cookies and shares them with her friends Charley and Tallulah.More Read Right Now! Books for Christmas

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Tips for Reading the Free Online Books:

  • iPad Users - Many eBooks and games require Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is not supported on iOS devices, including the iPad and iPad 2. If you want to view eBooks & games on an iPad you will need an app web browser that does support Flash. Some of these browsers are Puffin, Skyfire, Photon, iSwifter & Cloud Browse. They are very inexpensive - from 2.99 to 7.99.
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4Dec/150

Read Right Now! Llama Llama Holiday Drama

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Listen to Llama Llama Holiday DramaLlama Llama becomes overwhelmed as Christmas preparations progress, until his mother reminds him of the real gift the holiday brings.More Read Right Now! Books for Christmas

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Tips for Reading the Free Online Books:

  • iPad Users - Many eBooks and games require Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is not supported on iOS devices, including the iPad and iPad 2. If you want to view eBooks & games on an iPad you will need an app web browser that does support Flash. Some of these browsers are Puffin, Skyfire, Photon, iSwifter & Cloud Browse. They are very inexpensive - from 2.99 to 7.99.
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18Nov/150

Favorite Christmas Books

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

 

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18Nov/150

Read Right Now! CHRISTMAS

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Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® is a program of the Association for Library Service to Children and Public Library Association, divisionsof the American Library Association. Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® is a registered trademark and is used with permission. Early literacy begins at home with the adults in a child's life.

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!


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Read The Polar Express - A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus. Caldecott Medal winner, 1986

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Dateline Logo
Listen to Dateline's Keith Morrison Reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas The Grinch tries to stop Christmas from arriving by stealing all the presents and food from the village, but much to his surprise it comes anyway.

December UniteForLiteracy75
Read December - This book explores holiday sights, sounds, tastes and smells.

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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Read Bunbun's Christmas Counting Book Bunbun is getting ready for his favorite time of the year, Christmas. Little ones can count along with one of their favorite characters, Bunbun, as he prepares all the decorations for Christmas.

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Read A Christmas Journey - Two mice who have left home in search of food witness the birth of Christ.

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Read The Christmas Tree Ship - Every year Elsie, Pearl, and Hazel help their father gather Christmas trees to take to the big city on his ship. When the ship does not return one year, the girls and their mother know what they must do.

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Listen to Ho Ho Ho Tucker - Oh, no! Tucker loves Christmas, with all the trimmings — making a snowman for Santa, marking just the right tree, getting into all the boxes of decorations — but somehow he manages to burn his nose while baking cookies on Christmas Eve. When you-know-who spies that bright red nose through the window, however, Tucker makes a very special friend and takes the sleigh ride of a lifetime. Now the tuckered-out terrier is already dreaming of next year!

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Read Jingle All the Way Free Kindle Download: Jingle All the Way is the tale of a lovable, obedient pup who wants nothing more than a place to call home for the holidays.

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Read Maisy Makes Gingerbread - Maisy the mouse makes gingerbread cookies and shares them with her friends Charley and Tallulah.

The Night Before Christmas ReadingRainbow
Listen to The Night Before Christmas Curl up next to the fire with your family and enjoy this classic holiday story, 'The Night Before Christmas', read aloud by LeVar Burton. Share this story about St. Nick with new and old readers while you ring in the holiday cheer!

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Listen to The Night Before Christmas - Presents the well-known poem about an important Christmas visitor.

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Read Schnitzel's First Christmas - In this holiday frolic with a touching surprise ending, a rambunctious puppy laments that "no one has any time for me" as Christmas approaches; Santa does, however, as he provides the perfect present.

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Read Sesame Street Celebrate - English and Español.

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Read Waldo's Christmas Surprise - When Waldo's friend Emily writes a letter to Santa Claus everyone gets a surprise!

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IndyPL Ready to Read Pinterest Board: Christmas Crafts

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Listen to all of Raffi's Christmas Albumon his YouTube Channel!

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IndyPL Ready to Read Pinterest Board: Holiday Music

Download or Stream Music Free w/Library Card Directions

Pinterest Christmas Music


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:

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5Nov/150

November – National Adoption Month

National Adoption Month 2015

Books for Kids About Adoption:

Bunny-Roo, I Love You A Place in My Heart Mei Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles You Were Always in my Heart
The Mulberry Bird I’m Adopted! Sweet Moon Baby Porcupette Finds a Family
Ten Days and Nine Nights Star of the Week God Found Us You The Best Family in the World
I Wished for you Made in China Every Year on Your Birthday The Red Thread
We Belong Together Forever Fingerprints My Mei Mie

Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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1Nov/150

November – Picture Book Month

2015 Picture Book Month

The 2015 Picture Book Month Champions are:2015 Picture Book Month Flier 500

  • Nov. 1: Trisha Speed Shaskan
  • Nov. 2: Deb Lund
  • Nov. 3: Matthew Gollub
  • Nov. 4: LeUyen Pham
  • Nov. 5: Sudipta Bardan-Quallen
  • Nov. 6: Mo Willems
  • Nov. 7: Penny Parker Klostermann
  • Nov. 8: Julie Hedlund
  • Nov. 9: Anne Marie Pace
  • Nov. 10: Paulette Bogan
  • Nov. 11: Molly Idle
  • Nov. 12: David Biedrzycki
  • Nov. 13: Kathryn Otoshi
  • Nov. 14: Whitney Stewart
  • Nov. 15: Julie Gribble
  • Nov. 16: Rukhsana Khan
  • Nov. 17: Mike Curato
  • Nov. 18: Robin Newman
  • Nov. 19: Stephen Shaskan
  • Nov. 20: Loren Long
  • Nov. 21: Carter Highins
  • Nov. 22: Jennifer Gray Olson
  • Nov. 23: Paula Yoo
  • Nov. 24: Joe Kulka
  • Nov. 25: Matthew Winner
  • Nov. 26: Holly Stone-Barker
  • Nov. 27: Eric Litwin
  • Nov. 28: TJ Shay
  • Nov. 29: Matt Phelan
  • Nov. 30: Natasha Wing

What an amazing list of authors, illustrators, and movers & shakers in the kidlit industry!

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13Oct/150

Read Right Now! Pete the Cat

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Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® is a program of the Association for Library Service to Children and Public Library Association, divisionsof the American Library Association. Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® is a registered trademark and is used with permission. Early literacy begins at home with the adults in a child's life.

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!


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Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses Harper Collins Childrens 75 Watch Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses - Pete the Cat wakes up feeling grumpy -- nothing seems to be going his way. But with the help of some rockin' magic sunglasses from Grumpy Toad, Pete learns that a good mood has been inside him all along. Groove and move with Pete as he helps Squirrel, Turtle, and Alligator discover that the sun is shining and everything's alright!
Pete the Cat and the New Guy Harper Collins Childrens 75 Watch Pete the Cat and the New Guy Pete the Cat and his animal friends welcome Gus the Platypus, who discovers his own special talent.

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Choose a printable for writing practice:

P Tracer Pete the Cat Maze Coloring With Pete the Cat

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*Instructions for Downloading the songs to your computer, scroll down to "Pete the Cat Free Downloads".


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


Pete the Cat Books:

A Pet for Pete Cool for School Pete at the Beach Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses
Pete the Cat and the Bad Banana Pete the Cat and the New Guy Pete's Big Lunch Play Ball
Train Trip
  • More Pete the Cat Books
  • Pete the Cat eAudio & eBooks:

Pete the Cat Pete at the Beach eBook, eAudio
Pete the Cat and the New Guy eBook, eAudio
Pete the Cat a Pet for Pete eBook, eAudio
Pete the Cat Pete's Big Lunch eBook, eAudio
Pete the Cat and the Bad Banana eBook, eAudio
Pete the Cat Play Ball eBook, eAudio
Pete the Cat Too Cool for School eBook, eAudio

 


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9Oct/150

A Scare-Free Halloween

FredRogers

"It can be fun to be scared, as many of us will recall from Halloweens past. But if we think back, we’ll probably agree that there were two things that made it possible for that scariness to be fun. First, that we knew we were safe because someone we loved was nearby. Second, we knew that whatever was scaring us was only pretend.” ~Fred Rogers

Smart words from Mr. Rogers! Many small children don't find Halloween fun at all!...the masks, the jumping out surprises and all the ghosts & vampires & scary looking pumpkins. Below are several stories that can help kids turn their Halloween fears into Halloween fun. If Arthur & Scaredy Squirrel can do it, so can your child!

Pirates RevengeAlso consider a trip to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Haunted Housebut go during lights ON hours. The volunteers go out of their way to be extra friendly as your child walks through.

 

 


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

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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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Scare-Free Stories:

HalSquaredySquirrel
Read Scaredy Squirrels Prepares for Halloween - Scaredy Squirrel puts together a collection of helpful safety tips and step-by-step instructions to guide you through common Halloween obstacles such as carnivorous plants, haunted houses and encountering the infamous Frankenstein.

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Read Me and My Dragon Scared of Halloween - A boy tries to find the perfect Halloween costume for his pet dragon, so they can go trick-or-treating together.

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Read Boo Bunny - Two small bunnies face their fears while trick-or-treating on Halloween night.

HalGoAway
Read Go Away Big Green Monster - A scary green monster begins to disappear, piece by piece and page by page, in a die-cut picture book that lets youngsters take control of the monsters in their lives.

HalOldLady
Read The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything - A brave little old lady who was not afraid of anything receives the scare of her life and comes up with an ingenious solution to conquer her fears.

HalArthur
Read Arthur’s Halloween - Arthur finds everything about Halloween scary, including his little sister's costume, his morning snack, and the big house on the corner.

HalNeverBoo
Read Never Say Boo - When Gordon, a ghost, moves to a new school, everyone is afraid of him until they learn that he is not as scary as they thought he was.

HalGeorgie
Read Georgie - Georgie the friendly ghost is happy living with the Whittakers, but then things change and he decides to find a new place to haunt.

HalWinifred
Read One Wish for Winifred Witch - In this rhyming story, little Winifred Witch is excited about enjoying Halloween night with the big witches, but she has one small problem--she is afraid of the dark. Her secret wish is never to be scared of the dark again. She asks her Aunt Broomhilda, who owns a shop of spells, to help. When magic fails, Broomhilda shows her another solution to her fears.

HalVunce
Read Vunce Upon a Time - A fearful, young vampire, who prefers candy to blood, bravely ventures into the human world on Halloween night to satisfy his sweet too.

HalHumbugWitch
Read Humbug Witch - A little girl tries unsuccessfully to do all the tricks of a witch.
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