Category Archives: Picture Book

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

 

Free App – Goodnight Safari

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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

Read Right Now! OPPOSITES

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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!


FREE Online eBooks about Opposites:

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Opposite eBooks & eAudiobooks to Check out with your Library Card:

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Printables, Crafts & More about Opposites:


Favorite Opposties Books:

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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

Free App – Just Me and My Mom

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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

 

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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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

Free App – The Curious Reader

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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

Read Right Now! BIRDS

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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!


FREE Online eBooks about Birds:

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Bird eBooks & eAudiobooks to Check out with your Library Card:

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The Pigeon Finds a Hot DogThose Darn Squirrels Fly SouthChicken LittleCrow CallBear and BirdDuck and GooseJust Plain FancyNoisy Bird Sing AlongThe Best NestThe Little DuckBirdsLowly

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Printables, Crafts & More about Birds:

Read Right Now! ELEPHANTS

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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, divisions of the American Library Association.

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!


FREE Online eBooks about Elephants:

Just Like Me

Elephant eBooks & eAudiobooks to Check out with your Library Card:

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Use your indyPL Library Card number and PIN to check out FREE Online eBooks & eAudiobooks. Click on a book jacket & enter your Library Card number and PIN to borrow. What’s My PIN?
Uncle ElephantElla the Elegant ElephantHorton Hatches the EggHorton Hears a WhoOllie the Purple ElephantSmall Elephants BathtimeThe Saggy Baggy ElephantUncle Elephant 2

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Printables, Crafts & More about Elephants:

Favorite Elephant Books:

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