Read Right Now! STARTING SCHOOL

Going to school for the first time is exciting…and maybe a little scary! In Llama Llama Misses Mama, little Llama is like a lot of children, anxious about the first day of school. When he is finally in the classroom without his mama, little Llama really MISSES her!

You can listen to Anna Dewdney herself read aloud Llama Llama Misses Mama. Find out what little llama does when he misses his Mama that helps him have a fun day at school anyway!

 

In, I am Too Absolutely Small for School, Lola is not happy about having to go to school. When her older brother Charlie tells her about all the fun things that go on there, Lola becomes less nervous and starts looking forward to attending her first day.

Start a reading tradition in your family like this one from Shellie Rich, Public Services Librarian at Central Library:

“I love this book so much…I am pretty sure it is the best kindergarten book ever. And we still call my twelve-year-old’s school uniform her schooliform because of this book.”

Mama llama helped by taking little llama to school early to see the classroom and visit with the teacher. Charlie helped Lola think about the fun new things she would be able to try at school. These are all great strategies. Another great idea is reading books about other kids and favorite characters who are also worried about the first day of school. Stories featuring the Berenstain Bears, Amelia Bedelia, Curious George and more can help your child practice what it might feel like to be anxious about school and learn great strategies for having fun instead!

More picture book ideas about school:

FREE Online eBooks about Starting School:

School ToolsSchool HelpersWhat Good Is a LineEmilySchoolAreYouReadyForSchool

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An indyPL Reading Program for You:

Daily reading to infants, toddlers and preschoolers is the best way to establish a habit that will benefit them for a lifetime,” according to Abby Brown, IndyPL’s Early Literacy Specialist. “If a parent reads one book a night to a child for three years, they will have read 1,095 books!

You can do it and we can help! How to participate in the 1,000 Books by Kindergarten Program


eBooks:

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Alice Miranda at SchoolBack to School RulesThe Berenstain Bears and the Homework HassleThe Berenstain Bears Go to SchoolThe Berenstain Bears Trouble at SchoolBoomer Goes to SchoolCurious George First Day of SchoolDancing Dinos Go to SchoolA Day at SchoolEdward Almost Goes to SchoolFirst Day JittersFirst Year LettersFranklin Goes to SchoolKindergarten CountdownLate for SchoolMax Goes to SchoolOllie's School DayRufus and Friends School DaySammy Spider First Day of SchoolSchool Day MathSnuffy Goes to SchoolWe Love Our School

eAudiobooks:

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Amelia Bedelia First Day of SchoolPinkalicious School RulesBiscuit Goes to SchoolMittens at SchoolMorris Goes to School

Books Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services


Printables, Crafts & More about Starting School:

Berenstain Bears Back to School PrintableBuffalo Ready for Kindergarten Printable

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Read Right Now! FARM

Farmer DuckPoor Farmer Duck! He is wiped out from having to do all the work for a lazy farmer. No need to worry, the farmyard animals have the duck’s back and come up with a plan to rescue him from his endless chores and to teach that farmer a lesson! Loyalty is sweet! This story is a funny rural twist on the old favorite, The Little Red Hen.

Listed below are online activities and even MORE farm books – eBooks and printed books you can check out with your indyPL library card.

FREE Online eBooks:

MaisyMorningFresh From the FarmFarm Tractors at Work

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Printables, Crafts & More:

Farm TracerH Horse TracerI Love the Farm Mini Bookfarm_animal_booklet_handwriting

eBooks:

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BooCowChickenBigChicksStepCluckyHenCowsCakeFarmDogHurryHurryLlamaLambMooMooOldMacEmberJollyBarnyardLittleLambToughChicksSilverstreetFarm

eAudiobooks:

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Thump Quack MooGiggleQuackTroubleChickens

Printed Books:

Amelia Bedelia's First Field TripAn Edible AlphabetBiscuit's Day at the FarmFarm AnimalsFarmFarms Around the WorldGoing to a FarmOld Macdonald Had Her FarmOn the Farm at the MarketOtisOur FarmShapes on the Farm

Every Child Ready to Read

Read Right Now! SHARING

The Bear Who SharedIn The Bear Who Shared, Norris the bear has been waiting for the last ripe fruit to fall from the tree. When it does he decides to share it with his two new friends. Norris is patient and kind and makes two new friends as a result. The stories listed below are a great way to start talking about sharing. Sharing is a skill even the smallest children can learn. They know how great it is when someone shares with THEM. They can also learn how great it feels to share with someone else!

FREE eBooks:

CleoShareViolet Divides

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Printables, Crafts & More:


eBooks:

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SharingYouLearn to Share

Print Books:

All For Me and None For AllThe Bear Who SharedClark the Shark Dares to ShareElmer and the HipposGossiePete's Big LunchShould I Share My Ice CreamShareMy Friend FredPardon Me!The PeanutKaty and the Puppy Next DoorLlamaShareMine!Bears on ChairsThe Doorbell RangI'll Never Share You Blackboard BearPeanut and Fifi Have a Ball

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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.

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