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6Jun/130

Read Right Now! HELPING The Little Red Hen, Baby Max Cleans Up, Farmer Duck & More

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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.

More Read Right Now! Free eBooks for Kids


The Little Red Hen's friends are lazy and don't want to do any work to make the cake they want to eat...kind of like children sometimes! Books are a great way to help children understand what it means to help out and be a part of a team that gets things done. Sometimes, the thing that needs done is keeping the toys picked up and the house clean. Sometimes, the thing is setting the table so the family can eat. Sometimes the thing is simply saying thank you.

Read Right Now!

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Watch The Little Red Hen or Read Along with PBS Kids Between the Lions - The Little Red Hen finds none of her lazy friends willing to help her plant, harvest, or grind wheat into flour, but all are eager to eat the cake she makes from it. Try these activities at home:


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Watch Farmer Duck - A kind and hardworking duck suffers at the hands of a lazy farmer. When he nearly collapses from overwork, the rest of the animals come to his aid. Try these activities at home:


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Read Baby Max Cleans Up - Baby Max and Ruby put away the toys! Blocks in the block box. Trucks in the bin. Baby Max and Ruby are picking up their toys.Try these activities at home:


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Read Pooh Helps - Winnie the Pooh doesn't have a thing to do. It's a nothing kind of day for the round little bear, until he decides to do a little something to help each of his friends. It isn't long before Pooh finds himself lending a helping paw with cleaning, dusting, putting away, and gardening. At the end of his busy day, Pooh discovers that a little helping goes a long way toward turning a nothing day into something special! Disney Digital Books are ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card. See books below for more downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks. Try these activities at home:

 


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Read Dumbo Happy to Help - Dumbo helps his circus friends solve their problems. 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.

Downloadable eBooks:

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BearsMessy LittleOink CleanRoom BeeBimBop
DinoDont BearThank HippoSays MouseSorry
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Downloadable Audiobooks:

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5Jun/130

Read Right Now! ROBOTS Ruby Scores a Goal & Robot and Mr. Mole

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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.

More Read Right Now! Free eBooks for Kids


Read Right Now!

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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:


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Read Robot & Mr. Mole - A beginning reader featuring the long "O" sound. Try these activities at home:


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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.

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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.

Downloadable eBooks:

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4Jun/130

Wordless Picture Books

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.

  1. Comprehension - understanding the meaning of the pictures
  2. A book is understood from left to right
  3. Stories have a sequence
  4. Inferring meaning - understanding what has just happened based on the picture, for example, a facial expression.
  5. Predicting what will happen next
  6. 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!
  7. 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:

A Ball for Daisy Bee & Bird The Birthday Cake Mystery Bluebird The Boy & the Airplane
Chalk Mirror Rainstorm The Shadow The Treasure Bath
The Umbrella Waterloo & Trafalgar Welcome to the Zoo Where’s Walrus?

Classic Wordless Books:

Anno's Journey Carl Goes to Day Care Do You Want to Be My Friend? Flotsam Free Fall
The Lion and the Mouse One Frog Too Many Pancakes for Breakfast Polo and Lily Robot Dreams
Snow Day Time Flies Truck Wave

Selected by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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23May/130

A Sick Day for Amos McGee – Staff Recommend

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

More books about sick days and the people who show up to help out:

Llama Llama Home With Mama Sick Day Bear Feels Sick Mr. Large in Charge
Rooster Can't Cock-a-Doodle-Doo Dr. Squash the Doll Doctor
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14May/130

Press Here – Staff Recommend

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:

Open This Little Book The Monster at the End of This Book Can You Make a Scary Face? Is Everyone Ready for Fun?
Go Away Big Green Monster We are in a Book! Huff and Puff Each Peach Pear Plum
Andy and Sam Hide and Seek Follow the Line Perfect Square One
Little Blue and Little Yellow Lots of Dots Hello, red fox Lights out, Nights Out
Leon and the Place Between Look Book Spot It Find the Hidden Creatures I Spy Under the Sea
Color Camouflage I Spy Letters Where's Waldo Hide and Seek Farm
Where Is Curious George? Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?
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3May/130

Clifford the Big Red Dog 500 Festival Parade Balloon

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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.

Books:

Clifford the Big Red Dog Clifford at the Circus Clifford Gets a Job Clifford Takes a Trip Clifford’s Good Deeds
Clifford’s Good Deeds The Clifford Collection Clifford the Small Red Puppy Clifford’s Puppy Days Clifford, We Love You

Clifford DVDs:

Clifford the Big Red Dog Big, big Collection Dog Days of Summer

Downloadable Audiobooks:

Books Recommended By: Janet Spaulding - Selection Services

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29Mar/130

Five Nice Mice – Staff Recommend

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

Recommended by: Joe Fox, Wayne Branch

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22Mar/130

Passover

Passover Celebrating Now Remembering Then

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.

Websites:

Favorite Passover Books:

Passover Celebrating Now Remembering Then Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah Private Joel and the Sewell Mountain Seder Passover! The Matzo Ball Boy
Wonders and Miracles a Passover Companion Matzah Man a Passover Story Miriam's Cup Matzah That Papa Brought Home

New Passover Books:

The Longest Night: A Passover Story Grover and Big Bird’s Passover Celebration The Passover Lamb Jodie’s Passover Adventure Izzy the Whiz and Passover
A Sweet Passover The Elijah Door The Passover Zoo Seder Hoppy Passover! Tale of Two Seders
Sarah’s Passover Passover

Passover eBooks:

Book Recommendations By Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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20Mar/130

And Then It’s Spring!

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!

Websites

Favorite Books about Spring

My Spring Robin Clifford’s Spring Clean-up Spring, An Alphabet Acrostic Spring Thaw Splish Splash, Spring
The Search for Spring It’s Spring! Wake Up, It’s Spring! Mouse’s First Spring

New Spring Stories for 2013

Oh So Tiny Bunny Mama Hen’s Big Day Peep and Ducky Rabbit’s Spring Adventure And then it’s Spring
I See Spring Rain! Rain, Rain, Smurf Away It’s Raining, It’s Pouring!

New Spring Non-Fiction for 2013

Signs of Spring Spring Blossoms Plants in Spring Weather in Spring People in Spring
Animals in Spring How do you know it’s spring? Spring colors Exploring Spring Why is it spring

Book Recommendations By: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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12Mar/130

Boy + Bot

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

More books about robot friendships and adventures:

Rabbit and Robot Robot Zombie Frankenstein The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot Cookiebot Wodney Wat's Wobot
Clink The Twelve Bots of Christmas Oh No! Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World Wendell's Workshop The Trouble With Robots and Sisters
Robot Zot! R Robot Saves the Day Watch Out for Wolfgang Baby Brains and Robomom Hello Robots
Rolie Polie Olie Robobots If I Had a Robot
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