Read Right Now! Little Cooks in the Kitchen

When the little red hen wanted to bake bread, no one wanted to help her. Not so with children! Kids love to help in the kitchen, especially when it is time to lick the spoon! In Carla’s Sandwich, Carla loves to make her own lunch, even if her recipes sound weird to everyone else. (Potato chips on a sandwich? Yes, please!) When her friend at school forgets his lunch, Carla comes to his rescue, showing him that sometimes, you just have to trust the cook and try something new! You can watch Carl’s story with your little cook right now, read to you by Allison Janney. More stories follow about kids in the kitchen, cafeteria, restaurant, or bakery.

A kitchen is a great place to welcome “I want to help!” Join us at the Library this summer for our Easy Cooking Class for Kids!

Farmer’s Pantry – Easy Cooking Class for Kids: Children ages 6 – 11 are invited to join the Marion County Health Department for a hands-on look at cooking and tasting everyday food items such as corn and green beans.

You can start reading about kids in the kitchen with these free eBooks & online activities. Listed below are even MORE books – eBooks and printed books you can check out with your indyPL Library card.

More FREE Online Reading:

Wash Your HandsStir Sift SliceChef's SurpriseMaisy Makes Lemonade

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eBooks:

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The Little Red HenThe Great Dragon Bake OffFroggy Bakes a CakeTony's BreadBaker Baker Cookie MakerA Cake to BakeThe Doughnut Chef

Books:

So You Want to Be a ChefBake Mice BakeHappy Harry's CafeWalter the BakerA Chef's JobA Chef's ToolsAmelia Bedelia's First Apple PieChefs and What They DoEasy as PieElla Takes the CakeFood TrucksIf an Armadillo Went to a RestaurantMeet My Neighbor the ChefMonster ChefsMr. Cookie BakerOlivia Cooks Up a SurpriseSamson the Piranha Who Went to DinnerThe Boy Who Wanted to CookThe Little Bitty BakeryThis Bunny Can BakeTools We Use ChefsTyler Makes SpaghettiStanley's Diner

Get Growing! Garden to Table for Kids

Grow Your Own Sandwich shows you how to plant and care for tomatoes so you can make a delicious cheese and tomato sandwich. Making a connection between gardening and food is an important skill for small children. Where does food come from BEFORE it is in the grocery store? Below are several books and activities that will help you start a conversation around the dinner table about food. We can help you get started learning about where food comes from by reading these free eBooks & online activities about gardens and food. Listed below are even MORE books – eBooks and printed books you can check out with your indyPL Library card.

Join us at the Library this summer for our Easy Cooking Class for Kids! Garden Buddy Art Class: Use found objects to create their own yard or garden buddy.

FREE eBooks:

What Colors Do You Eat?Where Do They Grow?Fresh From the Farm

Printables, Crafts & More:

 


eBooks:

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Curious George from Farm to TableApple Trees to Cider PleaseA Green Green GardenLola Plants a GardenPooh's Secret GardenRainbow Stew

Books:

Farmer Will AllenGrow Your Own LettuceGrow Your Own PotatoesGrow Your Own TomatoesGrow Your Own SoupHow Did This Get In My Lunchbox?So You Want to Grow a PizzaSo You Want to Grow a SaladSo You Want to Grow a TacoWhere Does My Garden Grow?Community Soup

Read Right Now! July 4th

I Pledge Allegiance

I Pledge Allegiance is the story of two people learning to say the pledge for the first time, one because she is a little girl and one because she is a new citizen. Libby will say the pledge at school and her great aunt Lobo will say it for her U.S. citizenship ceremony.

Below you will find printable activities, links to free online eBooks and links to eBooks and print books you can check out with your IndyPL library card. Learn about the Fourth of July holiday, the flag, the National Anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, fireworks and more!

FREE Online eBooks about July 4th:

Fourth of JulyCan You Make a Flag?

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eBooks:

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Fourth of July MiceJulyJuly JittersJulyThe Night Before the Fourth of July

Printables, Crafts & More:

Crayola Flag Coloring PageStatue of LibertyFireworks TracerCapital and Flag

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Print Books:

America the BeautifulApple Pie Fourth of JulyDaniel's First FireworksEloise and the Big ParadeEnzo and the Fourth of July RacesFireworks for AllGod Bless Our CountryHats Off for the Fourth of JulyI Am AmericaLooking for Uncle Louie on the Fourth of JulyThe Explosive Story of FireworksFlags Over America Fourth of July FireworksHappy Birthday AmericaHappy Birthday America 2Independence DayLearn to Draw American LandmarksMy Country Tis of TheePaper Crafts for the Fourth of JulyThe Pledge of AllegianceProud to be an AmericanRed White and BoomThe Rocket's Red GlareThe Star Spangled BannerThe Star Spangled BannerWe Are AmericaWhat Is the Fourth of July

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20 Books to Outsmart Picky Eaters

Green Eggs and HamKids are notorious picky eaters. Their first rejections are often vegetables…broccoli, asparagus or brussels sprouts. One of the best strategies for diffusing kid-powered stubbornness, is humor! Many picky eater stories are just plain funny. In Gregory the Terrible Eater, Gregory the Terrible EaterGregory the goat’s parents are upset because he won’t eat trash! He wants to eat junk, like fruits…and vegetables! This kind of opposite silliness is appealing to kids. It also helps them see their food rejection from another point of view.

D.W. the Picky Eater is the story of a child only wanting to eat certain things. When D.W. FINALLY tries something new and D.W. the Picky Eaterdeclares it delicious, she finds out something she doesn’t like is in it! (Watch PBS Arthur Video: D.W. the Picky Eater.) The look on D.W.’s face when she discovers this will get a laugh!  This classic scenario, finding out you DO actually like something once you try it, also happens to Sam, in Green Eggs and Ham. He is a lot like D.W. He does not want to try anything new…until he does…and he likes it! You can also watch this classic Dr. Seuss story right now, read aloud by Rachel Ray. More great picky eater books are listed below.

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eBooks:

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Green Eggs and HamLittle Pea

Print Books:

I Really Like Slop!Bread and Jam for FrancesBear Likes JamD.W. the Picky EaterGregory the Terrible EaterEat Your Veggies GoldilocksHow Martha Saved Her Parents from Green BeansI Will Never Not Ever Eat a TomatoJake Goes PeanutsNight of the Veggie MonsterPeanut Butter and BrainsPete Won't EatThe Picky Little WitchThe Prince's BreakfastThe Seven Silly EatersSylvia's SpinachTony Baroni Loves MacaroniYou Are What You Eat and Other Mealtime Hazards

Not Too Little To Help! Raising Socially Conscious Kids

Can We Help?“Can I help?” is one of the most often repeated sentences of small children. Toddlers and preschoolers are typically curious and eager to learn, willing volunteers to be included in the projects and jobs they see going on around them.

Young children understand the concept of support, assistance, and teamwork. When everyone helps out, “many hands make light work.” To help within their own family, kids can pick up toys, select items from a low shelf to add to a shopping cart, or feed the dog. The books listed below will help you take helping out to a new level. Even small children can contribute to their community, the bigger world outside their own home. “Can I help?” Yes, you CAN!

You can find more books & activities about helping out at home at Read Right Right Now! Helping.

Your family can get started helping in the community by donating to the Gleaners Food Bank right here in Indianapolis. Donate non-perishable food items at any Library branch and earn 20 points for the Read It and Eat Summer Reading Program. (Limit 20 points per point card.)


eBooks:

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Just Critters Who CareMiss Fox's Class Goes GreenThe Berenstain Bears Get InvolvedCurious George Plants a TreeOne LoveThese Seas Count

Print Books:

How Can I Help? A Book About CaringA is for ActivistJoey and the Giant BoxMr. Tweed's Good DeedsMy Heart Will Not Sit DownOk GoRaising a HeroThe Berenstain Bears Go GreenThe Can Do ThanksgivingSomething BeautifulGood Deed Scouts Help Their NeighborsGood Deed Scounts to the RescueOlivia Helps Mother Nature