Category Archives: Picture Book

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

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


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Read Beautiful Birds Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!

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Read The Birds I’ll See Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!

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Favorite Bird Books:

BirdsHenkes BirdsHome BirdsLunch BirdsRobin
BirdsGeorge

eBooks:

BirdsLowly

Read Right Now! ELEPHANTS

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


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Read Just Like Me – Visit the Denver Zoo’s Elephant enclosure and see  how animals are sometimes just like us! Try these activities at home:


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Favorite Elephant Books:

ElephantElla ElephantsBabar ElephantsElmer ElephantsHorton
ElephantsPhil

eBooks:

ElephantOllie

Picture Book Biographies

Picture book biographies are great for young kids interested in science, presidents, sports, art and history. They like to read about the “growing up” stories of famous people. It’s fun to learn that these grown ups were also kids; kids who were driven to follow their dreams and make them come true.

Balloons Over Broadway Barreling Over Niagara Falls Becoming Babe Ruth Daredevil
Etched in Clay Fly High! Flying Solo Helen Keller’s Best Friend
Louisa May’s Battle Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist Mary Walker Wears the Pants Miss Moore Thought Otherwise
Nelson Mandela On a Beam of Light A Picture Book of Daniel Boone Snowflake Bentley
Thank You Sarah Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library When the Beat Was Born When Marian Sang
Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors Wilma Unlimited You Never Heard of Willie Mays?

Book recommendations by Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

Read Right Now! BUGS

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


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Read The Busiest Bugs I Know Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!

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Read Do You Like Bugs? Read and hear the story in English. Hear the story in Spanish or one of 13 other languages!

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Favorite Bug Books:

Bugs Galore Grasshopper and the Ants I Love Bugs Bug Patrol
Yoo-Hoo Ladybug

 

Super Catarina y los Super Insectos – Leer por internet ahora mismo

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Super Catarina y los Super Insectos – Lulú está muy emocionada por la llegada del EnglishIconEscuadrón de Insectos para jugar y tiene toda clase de cosas planeadas para comer los pastelitos con ellos. Los pastelitos son especiales porque cada uno tiene una vela y Lulú piensa que todos deben soplarlos exactamente al mismo tiempo. Pero cuando las cosas no salen tal y como Lulú lo planeó, los sentimientos se hieren y son necesarias las disculpas. Suena como un trabajo para la Mariquita, que sabe cómo ser valiente y decir que lo siente, aún cuando esto no sea fácil.

 

Staff Pick: Please Papa

Please Papa

Alice learns the importance of saying “please” as well as that this magical word will not lead to everything she wants.

Please, Papa by Kate Banks, illustrated by Gabi Swiatokowska and Wait! Wait! By Hatsue Nakawaki , illustrated by Komako Sakai are two charming new picture books that celebrate imaginative play and playful interactions between young children and parents. Please , Papa even gently encourages good manners.

Wait WaitBoth books have large text, and simple, evocative language that invites the most important feature of read aloud time – conversation about the stories. Children and adults will certainly want to talk about the slightly surreal, stylized illustrations in Please, Papa. The images of the little Alice and her parents look like paper dolls cut out from a turn of the century prints and on one page a small dog, a bat on what might be an owl, hang upside down from the top of the page. Alice is pretending to have a farm and is reminded to say “please” as she requests various animals. When Papa is tired of being her horse, a frowning Alice is convinced to give her horse a rest when he in turn, uses the magic word please.

Wait! Wait! follows a small child as he encounters various neighborhood animals on the sidewalk – a butterfly, a lizard, pigeons, cats – they all fly, wiggle or leap away. But when he is scooped up and placed on his father’s shoulders, the exploration of the park continues. “Here we go!”

Recommended by: Mary Sullivan, Decatur Branch

Staff Pick: What Is Part This, Part That?

What Is Part This Part That?

Song-like rhyming text invites readers to guess what different components add up to. For example, a secret’s part whisper, part keeping mum, and a certain kind of fruit is part peach and part plum (a nectarine).

A book that combines rhyme with reason, shapes with colors, and with great word play? That is hard to find. This picture book also has surprise fold-out parts! The description in the inner cover describes it this way: “Just like dancing is part step and part swing, when you put parts together you get a new thing!” This book also offers plenty of opportunities for an interactive storytime.

Recommended by: Joseph Fox, Wayne Branch Library