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30Aug/140

Clark the Shark Dares to Share

Clark the Shark Dares to Share

 

In Clark the Shark Dares to Share, Clark learns that sharing is caring--but sometimes the lesson is a little confusing. Clark shares his funky shark dance with the class, but Mrs. Inkydink tells him he has to wait his turn. Clark shares his reef-hockey skills, but his teammates would rather Clark share the puck. With help from his friends and with his trademark lively rhythms and rhymes, Clark learns how to share in this follow-up to Clark the Shark.

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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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14Oct/130

Not Your Typical Dragon

Not Your Typical Dragon

Crispin Blaze is a dragon, just like his parents and his sister. Dragons breath fire when they turn seven, did you know that? On Crispin's seventh birthday he feels a tingling in his tummy and is very excited to light his own birthday cake candles for the very first time. But when Crispin opens his mouth, fire doesn't come out!  Will he decide he is not a very good dragon or learn to love all the things that DO come out when he opens his own unique dragon-y mouth?

More Read Right Now! Free eBooks for Kids

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Read Not Your Typical Dragon - When Crispin Blaze turns seven, he's expected to breathe fire like all the other dragons. But instead of fire, he breathes a host of unusual things.

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:

Fluffy BigBunny ChickenBig Spotty
TackyPenguin MeBook YouCan ICan
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Downloadable Audiobooks:

Chrysanthemum
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1Oct/1315

Early Readers Club

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Questions about the Early Readers Club can be directed to Abby Brown at abrown@indypl.org or 317 275-4096.

Read Right Now!

You can also read FREE eBooks and listen to FREE online stories with your early reader....right now!...No waiting!

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Reading Milestones:

Alphabet: Max's ABC & Elmo's ABC
Colors: Pinkalicious & Tangled: Kingdom of Color
Counting: Beakley Counts 1 to 10 & Thumper Counts to 10
Opposites: Opposites Bunny
Rhyming: Dog Wants to Play
Shapes: Skippyjon Jones Shape Up & Thumper's Shapes

Behavior & Skill Milestones:

Babysitters: Roo's New Babysitter
Bad Day: Alexander & the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day & Where the Wild Things Are
Bathtime: Time to Come Clean & Baby Bathtime
Bedtime: Llama Llama Red Pajama & Goodnight Thumper
Dentist: Doctor DeSoto & Doctor Maisy
Doctor: Doctor Maisy, Doctor Daisy MD & Pooh Goes to the Doctor
Dressing: My Dress Up Box
First Day of School: Time for School Pooh & Emily Elizabeth Goes to School
Helping: The Little Red Hen & Baby Max Cleans Up
Individuality: Not Your Typical Dragon & Stellaluna
Manners: Please and Thank You & The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners
Missing Mommy: Llama Llama Misses Mama & Owl Babies
Night Fright: There's an Alligator Under My Bed & The Thing Under the Bed
Patience: This Monster Cannot Wait!
Sharing: Cleo's Fair Shair & Somebody Won't Share
Sick: Madeline
Telling the Truth: Henry's Amazing Imagination
Time: Telling Time

Favorite Subjects:

Babies: Our New Baby & All of Baby Nose to Toes
Baseball: Baseball ABC
Camp: Arthur Goes to Camp, Pooh Let's Go Camping & Mickey's Campout
Cats: Millions of Cats, Axle the Freeway Cat & Disney's Marie
Dinosaurs: Let's Look Dinosaurs & Quincy and the Dinosaurs
Dogs: Clifford the Big Red Dog, Harry the Dirty Dog & Martha Stories
Ducks: Make Way for Ducklings & The Ugly Duckling
Fairy Tales: Rapunzel & Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
Farm: Maisy's Morning on the Farm & See How They Grow
Food: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie & Green Eggs and Ham
Music: Zin Zin Zin a Violin
Nature: Blueberries for Sal & Between the Lions Nature Stories
Ocean: Look into a Tide Pool, Sea Creatures & Disney: Ocean Rescue
The Park: Rusty and Stretch a Day at the Park & In the Park
Pirates: Pooh's Pirate Adventure
Policemen : Officer Buckle and Gloria & Police Officer
Robots: Ruby Scores a Goal! & Robot and Mr. Mole
Sharks: Shark Attack & Surprising Sharks
Space: Mickey & His Spaceship & The Moon and His Cap
Sports: The Big Game & The Berenstain Bears Soccer Star
Trains: The Polar Express
Trucks: Trucks and Diggers, Smash Crash & Tonka Chuck and Friends
Vacation: Larry Gets Lost, Froggy Goes to Hawaii and Family Vacation
Wild Animals: Watch Me Grow - Ape
Wishing: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble & Little Star's Wish

Holidays & Seasons

Apples: An Apple Grows & From Tree to You
Christmas: Llama, Llama Holiday Drama &  More!
Fall: Thumper's Autumn Adventure
Halloween: Pooh's Happy Halloween, Sweet & Spooky Halloween & Mater and the Ghost Light
Pumpkins: A Pumpkin for Pooh, Farmer Duck's Pumpkin Patch & Pooh's Halloween Pumpkin
Thanksgiving: Pilgrim Village 

Tips for Reading the Free Online Books:

  • iPad users - Many of these eBooks and games require Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is not supported on iOS devices, including the iPad and iPad 2. If you want to view these eBooks & games on an iPad you will need an app web browser that does support Flash. Some of these browsers are Puffin, Skyfire, Photon, iSwifter & Cloud Browse. They are very inexpensive - from 2.99 to 7.99.
  • WeGiveBooks eBooks - To view these books set up a Free Username & Password.
  • Disney Free Downloadables - You will need your IndyPL Library Card and Password to Login. If you don't live in Indianapolis - check with your library, they may have the Disney Collection too!
  • Find even more free online reading at “More Free Digital Books”.
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28Sep/130

I Don’t Want to Go to the Hospital & Kevin Goes to the Hospital

I Don't Want to Go to the Hospital

Going to the doctor can make kids a little nervous. Going to the hospital can be just plain scary. Stories are a great way to introduce kids to the doctor's office or hospital BEFORE they actually need to go. If you've visited the doctor'sKevin Goes to the Hospital office first with Pooh, it's a lot less scary when you have to go yourself! You can Read Right Now! several of the books listed below. They are available for you to read online for free. New to check out for 2013 is I Don't Want to Go to the Hospital!, in which the Princess tries to hide instead of going to the hospital, is eventually found, goes there, and finds out that at the hospital...they treat you like a princess! Also new to check out for 2013 is Kevin Goes to the Hospital  "I am Kevin. I fell and hurt myself. Mom gives me a kiss to feel better. Then she takes me to the hospital. What's it going to be like there?" You can also try these printables and online games to help your little one get used to the idea of seeing a doctor.

Madeline WeGiveBooksSmall Read Right Now! Madeline - Madeline, smallest and naughtiest of the twelve little charges of Miss Clavel, wakes up one night with an attack of appendicitis.
DrMaisy FriendMaisy Read Right Now! Doctor Maisy - It's Doctor Maisy and Nurse Tallulah, and they're playing hospital. Poor Panda is sick, but Maisy takes good care of him. Then it's Maisy's turn to need the help--and Nurse Tallulah comes to the rescue!
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Read Right Now! Doctor Daisy MD - Mickey and his friends know that if Daisy is going to get her 'pretend-doctor' sticker, she's going to need the help of some special Mouseketools! Join Daisy on her lighthearted quest to become the best pretend doctor in the world! Choose the right Mousketool to help Daisy cure boo-boos, tummy aches, and even a mystery patient. Disney Digital Books are ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card.
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Read Right Now! Monsters Get Scared of Doctors Too - Want to hear a secret? Monsters get scared of doctors, too. And believe it or not, they are afraid of the same things as human kids. The Monsters show you that it is okay to get scared, and they offer you simple advice on how to deal with your fears. Disney Digital Books are ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card.
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Read Right Now! Pooh Gets a Checkup - It's time for Winnie the Pooh to get his annual checkup. Visit 'Dr. Owl' with Pooh for this yearly event. Disney Digital Books are ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card.

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:

BerenstainDoctor MaxDoctor BarbieDoctor DoctorDan
ElmoAchoo CatchCold HospitalZoo GeorgeHospital
DinosaursWell
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25Sep/130

Doug Unplugged

Doug plugs in to download everything he needs to know because Doug is a robot. When a pigeon flying outside his window distracts him from his studies, Doug leans toward the window to get a better look. His cord stretches...and Doug unplugs! No longer attached to a power source Doug lets his curiosity free, exploring his city for the first time gathering real experiences to add to facts he's downloaded. The best place to discover? The park! You just can't download everything you need, especially having fun with a friend! Author: Dan Yaccarino

Read Right Now! - Free Online eBooks about Robots for Kids:

  • More Read Right Now! Free eBooks for Kids
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Read Robomop - A robotic mop, assigned to clean a basement restroom, yearns to feel the sunshine, see the world, and more, but when he is finally outside, he discovers that what he needs most of all is a friend.Try these activities at home:


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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.

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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:

Boy + Bot Rabbit and Robot
Frank'nStan Robot Dreams
You Can Draw Robots Robomop
BeepBah
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22Sep/130

Round is a Tortilla – Shapes

In Round is a Tortilla a little girl looks around her home and neighborhood to find things that are round, square, and rectangular. A simple glossary at the end helps with the Spanish words that might be new. Try these activities at home to help practice learning shapes:

Read Right Now! - Free Online Books:

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Watch Skippyjon Jones Shapes Up - Skippyjon has an overactive imagination. And he is pretty active himself. Here he shapes up with shapes: he runs in a circle, tap-dances on a square, orbits an oval. And then the great sword fighter shows his muscles.

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Read Thumper's Shapes - Circles & Squares, Everywhere! Thumper and his sisters love to play in the forest. From a spiderweb triangle to a square made of twigs, they soon discover that shapes are everywhere they turn. 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 The Story of Shapes - Guess the shape and say its name.

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:

ShapesMonkey BabyShapes BugShapes
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6Sep/130

Read Right Now! BE YOURSELF Not Your Typical Dragon & Stellaluna

EarlyReadersClub100 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!

More Read Right Now! Free eBooks for Kids

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Read Not Your Typical Dragon - When Crispin Blaze turns seven, he's expected to breathe fire like all the other dragons. But instead of fire, he breathes a host of unusual things.

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Watch Stellaluna - After she falls headfirst into a bird's nest, a baby bat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother. Try these activities at home:

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. Here are some more animals who use their unique qualities to show that being yourself is the best way to be!

Books:

Crictor Pretzel SnakeBlake JohnJensen
Chrysanthemum

Downloadable eBooks:

Fluffy BigBunny ChickenBig Spotty
TackyPenguin MeBook

Downloadable Audiobooks:

Chrysanthemum
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14Aug/130

Let’s Build a Playground

What's your child's dream playground? When two hundred kids and grown-ups at the Andrew Academy Charter School in Indianapolis got together to build the playground in this book -- they started with their dreams on a piece of paper. This playground is one of over two thousand that KaBOOM! has helped create. Weeks of planning came before the construction of the playground. Follow along and watch a play space come to life!

You might also like to try:

Read Right Now! Free Online Stories about Parks & Playgrounds:

More Read Right Now! Free eBooks for Kids

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Read Rusty and Stretch a Day at the Park - Handy Manny's friendly tools spend a day at the park. Try these activities at home:


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Read In the Park - This lively narrative shows all the fun things that young children can do at a park, including playground rides, riding bicycles, flying kites, playing with a ball and watching ducks in the pond.

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:

PlaygroundDay DadPlayground
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