The Read Right Now! books below you can read online, right now, with no waiting! Also don't miss the Early Readers Club - your child can pick up a free book at participating IndyPL branches from Sep. - May each year until age six. Really! Books to Keep! Details.
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||Read Ruby Scores a Goal - Ruby is learning how to score a soccer goal while Max plays with his wind-up robots on the sidelines. Time and time again, Max's robots get in Ruby's way and prevent her from scoring.Try these activities at home:
||Read Robot & Mr. Mole - A beginning reader featuring the long "O" sound. Try these activities at home:|
|Read Wall-e the Movie Storybook - A little robot named WALL-E cleans up the big mess people have left behind on Earth. When a mysterious visitor arrives, WALL-E rejects his programming and takes off across the galaxy on the most amazing adventure of his life. Disney Digital Books are ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card. See books below for more downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks.|
|Read Burn-e the Fit It Bot - BURN-E fixes the spaceship. SUPPLY-R gives him the tools. Together, they make sure the Axiom stays in tip-top condidtion! Disney Digital Books are ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card. See books below for more downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks.|
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.
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.
- Comprehension - understanding the meaning of the pictures
- A book is understood from left to right
- Stories have a sequence
- Inferring meaning - understanding what has just happened based on the picture, for example, a facial expression.
- Predicting what will happen next
- 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!
- 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:
Classic Wordless Books:
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Zoo keeper, Amos McGee loved working at the zoo and visiting his friends the elephant, tortoise, penguin, rhinoceros, and owl. Until one day he woke up not feeling well and had to take the day off. Of course his friends wondered where he was and decided to take matters in their own hands to see about their friend. They make a surprise visit to see Amos and cheer him up on his sick day as he would do for them. In this wonderfully illustrated picture book children will learn the lessons of compassion and friendship.
Recommended by: Denyce Malone - Flanner House Library
- Amazon Look Inside: A Sick Day for Amos Magee
- GoodReads: A Sick Day for Amos Magee
- GoogleBooks: A Sick Day for Amos Magee
- More Staff Recommends
More books about sick days and the people who show up to help out:
In this world of ever changing technology it is nice to come across the simplest style of interactive entertainment in a small book that children of all ages can enjoy. The book Press Here by Herv’e Tullet needs no plugs, no accessories, no “apps” for that. All it requires is a willing reader. It will make you smile, it will make you laugh, it will amuse you as you follow along with the instructions printed on every page.
Recommended by: Susan G. Barhan - Southport Branch
More Staff Recommends
Here are some more stories that encourage you to play along as you read:
Memorial Day Closing
All Indianapolis Public Library locations will be closed May 25 - 27 for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, except for the InfoZone which will be open each day from 10am - 5pm.
That lovable little red puppy who grew up and became Clifford the BIG RED DOG is coming to town! Clifford will appear in the 2013 Indy 500 Festival Parade with library staff making sure he doesn't take any wrong turns or float away!
Made possible by The Indianapolis Public Library Staff Association and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.
Here are some websites and books that will help you know all the fun details of Clifford's BIG adventures with Emily Elizabeth.
- Clifford's Official Website
- Clifford: Activities & Printables
- PBS: Clifford
- NPR’s 2012 Norman Bridwell Interview on the occasion of Clifford’s 50th birthday. Did you know Norman was from Kokomo, Indiana?
- Indy 500 Festival Parade
- SLJ’s Interview with Norman Bridwell
- Clifford the Big Red Dog
- Clifford Takes a Trip
- Clifford at the Circus
- Clifford’s Birthday Party
- Clifford’s Good Deeds
- Clifford’s Pals
- Clifford’s Happy Easter
- Clifford’s Christmas
Books Recommended By: Janet Spaulding - Selection ServicesPrint This Post
We can all make friends with someone different than us. Frogs and mice come together over music in this picture book in which mice hear beautiful music rising from the city. They investigate to find out the music is coming from frogs, ribbiting at the moon. When the mice visit, the frogs send them away because they are different. In the end, the two groups unite over song and everyone is friends. Author: Chisato Tashiro
- PBS Kids: Music
- Spoonful: Make Music & Instruments
- Dallas Symphony Orchestra: Kids
- New York Philharmonic: Kids
- San Francisco Symphony: Kids
- More Staff Recommends
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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.
Favorite Passover Books:
New Passover Books:
- Dinosaur on Passover
- Grover and Big Bird’s Passover Celebration
- Sammy Spider’s First Passover
- Only Nine Chairs
- Too Many Cooks
Book Recommendations By Janet Spaulding, Selection ServicesPrint This Post
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!
- National Geographic Kids: Tiny Frogs Ring in Spring
- Martha Stewart: Kids Spring Crafts
- The Children's Museum of Indianapolis: Egg Balancing Myths and the Vernal Equinox
- TO DO: Indianapolis Zoo/Hilbert Conservatory: Butterfly Kaleidoscope Opens March 22, 2013! See over 40 species of butterflies!
- TO DO: White River State Park: Flight of the Butterflies 3D Downtown Indy IMAX movie follows the year-long annual migration cycle of monarch butterflies. Hundreds of millions of monarchs flying their migratory routes from Canada, across the U.S. and into Mexico.
- TO DO: Holliday Park, Indianapolis April and May 2013 Calendar of Events
Favorite Books about Spring
New Spring Stories for 2013
New Spring Non-Fiction for 2013
Book Recommendations By: Janet Spaulding, Selection ServicesPrint This Post
Most kid friendships start with one kid asking: "Want to play?" When the other kid is a robot, the answer is "Affirmative!" Boy and Bot have a great day until Bot's power switch gets bumped and he turns off. The boy asks, "Are you sick?" When Bot doesn't answer the Boy takes Bot home and does the things humans do to help each other feel better - a snack, a story, and a nap!
Boy takes a nap too. While he does, Bot's switch gets turned back on. Bot talks to Boy but Boy doesn't answer. "Did-you-malfunction?" Bot asks. And Bot does what robots do to fix each other - oil, reading the instruction manual, and a new battery!
FINALLY, Boy wakes up and Bot is powered up at the same time! Good times! Author: Ame Dyckman
Where's My Teddy? 93140
Knuffle Bunny Too: a Case of Mistaken Identity 1114786
Blueberries for Sal 373542
- Google Look Inside: Boy + Bot
- Google Preview: Boy + Bot
- GoodReads: Boy + Bot
- Official Website: Author Ame Dyckman
- Official Website: Illustrator: Dan Yaccarino
More books about robot friendships and adventures:
Wumbers is a story created with letters and numbers. Letters and numbers are used together to make words and sentences 4 kids 2 figure out! It's a great book for kids interested in word puzzles. The clues are letters and numbers. The pictures help too. Here is what the story looks like:
Don't you just love making 4ts?! (Don't you just love making forts?!)
I Like 10ts, 2! (I like tents, 2!)
It's fun.One of my favorite books growing up was CDB! (See the Bee) by William Steig. It does the same thing! In fact, Wumbers is dedicated to William Steig. The author of Wumbers liked CDB! too! L8er allig8or! Author: Amy Rosenthal
- Amazon Look Inside: Wumbers
- GoodReads: Wumbers
- GoogleBooks: Wumbers
- Official Website: Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal
- Official Website: Illustrator Tom Lichtenheld