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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!


How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow WeGiveBooksSmall Read How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? - Every year, giant pumpkin contests take place at fairs across the country—the 2012 record-holder weighed over a ton! The latest craze is to carve the most enormous pumpkins into racing boats. But what’s next? Why not think really big? Award-winning artist Wendell Minor does just that as he imagines larger-than-life pumpkins decorating some of America’s favorite places—as immense as the Capitol dome, Mount Rushmore, the Brooklyn Bridge, even the Grand Canyon! This celebration of famous landmarks and landscapes plays with concepts of size and scale and is full of fun facts.

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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!


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

Skippyjon Jones Up and Down WeGiveBooksSmall
Read Skippyjon Jones Up and Down - Little ones will learn all the ins and outs with Skippyjon Jones. He goes up and down, back and forth, and over and under. At the end of the day, he's ready to begin again. Opposites have never been so loco!

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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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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21Jul/140

Free App – Just Me and My Mom

MeMyMom

Join Little Critter in this interactive book app as he spends the day in the city with his mom. Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. From the train station to the museum, how will Little Critter do in the big city? 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
  • Highlighted narration
  • Learn new vocabulary with tappable words and pictures
  • Record yourself reading
  • Play two find-the-creature mini games! Can you can find all of the spiders and grasshoppers within the story?
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Skill Apps for Kids
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Story Apps for Kids

 

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14Jul/140

Free App – Cinderella

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Cinderella - A Princess Storybook for iPad and iPhone from One Hundred Robots on Vimeo.

Turn a pumpkin into a coach, change 3 mice into horses, transform a ragged dress into a magnificent gown, and help an old pair of shoes become glass slippers! Touch objects on each page to discover hidden sounds. You will feel like Cinderella — being graced by a fairy godmother, transforming into the radiant beauty of the ball, and becoming a princess! This interactive book includes 40 storybook scenes. iTunes Preview

 

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7Jul/140

Free App – Toy Story Read Along

ToyStoryReadAlong

Meet Woody, a cowboy doll that comes to life when humans aren’t around. When his owner Andy receives a Buzz Lightyear space ranger for his birthday, Woody and the other toys fear they’ll be replaced. Woody’s plan to get rid of Buzz backfires and he ends up lost outside the world of Andy’s room, with Buzz as his only companion! The toys work together to find their way back to Andy and discover the meaning of true friendship along the way. iTunes Preview

App Features:

  • Free
  • Rated 4+
  • Compatible with iPad
  • Words light up as each is read
  • Record your own voice reading the story! (Great for Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa!)
  • Additional games and activities
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Skill Apps for Kids
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Story Apps for Kids

ToyStoryPainting

 

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30Jun/140

Free App – Spatter & Spark

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Starring Spark an inventor fox and her friend Spatter an artistic porcupine, Spatter & Spark invites children to invent, learn, and create. 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
  • "Read Alone" or "Read to Me" Option
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9Jun/140

Free App – The Curious Reader

TheCuriousReader

CuriousGeorgeEnjoy this classic story of the newly-captured monkey who gets himself into considerable trouble! George is taken from the jungle by the man in the yellow hat to live in a new home, and though trying to be good, George is still very curious and takes a swim in the ocean, escapes from jail, and goes for a flying ride on a bunch of balloons. iTunes Preview

App Features:

  • The book "Curious George" is Free. Several other Curious George titles are available for in app purchase
  • Compatible with iPad
  • Rated 4+
  • "Read to Me" or "Read to Myself" Options
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Skill Apps for Kids
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Story Apps for Kids
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