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1May/150

Read Right Now! MOTHER’S DAY

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


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Read Helping My Mom - A story about all of the things children do to help Mom out from folding socks to feeding the fish.

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Read Happy Mother's Day Dear Dragon

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New Mother's Day Books:

My mommy is magic Mom School Me and Mom I Love Mom Mom’s the Word
Davy Loves His Mommy A Mom for Umande Mom’s Are the Best!

Mother's Day Books:

I Love ewe: An Ode to Animal Moms Oh, the Things My Mom Will Do…Because She Loves Me What Not to Give Your Mom on Mother’s Day Hero Mom I Want My Mom!
Where’s My Mommy? We Love Our Mom! Take Your Mama to Work Today There’s No One I Love Like You I Love You
Mama and Me Max and Zoe Celebrate Mother’s Day Gus Makes a Gift The Night Before Mother’s Day Mother’s Day Surprise
Hello, Mommy ZooBorns

Book recommendations by: Janet Spaulding, Selections Services

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14Apr/150

Staff Pick: Shark vs. Train

Shark vs. Train

A shark and a train compete in a series of contests on a seesaw, in hot air balloons, bowling, shooting baskets, playing hide-and-seek, and more.

Two boys choose their favorite toys from the toy box: a shark and a train. Now it's time for them to do battle-but who will win? It depends on the challenge. Eating pies? Shooting baskets? Playing a video game? It turns out that sharks and trains are good at very different things! Younger children will enjoy the detailed illustrations and simple text, while older children will laugh at the witty banter as the shark and the train battle with each other.

Recommended by: Casey O'Leary - Outreach

 

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13Apr/150

April: Autism Awareness Month

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Websites:

Books:

Since We’re Friends David’s World Tomas Loves Every Turtle Counts My Autism Counts
Anthony Best I See Things Differently: A First Look at Autism Armond Goes to a Party Russel's World I Know Someone With Autism
My Brother Sammy is Special

Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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11Apr/150

Nuts About Books

There are over 250 different species of squirrels worldwide, which fall into three types – tree squirrels, ground squirrels, and flying squirrels.  Here are some squirrel reads to go nuts over!

New Books:

The Secret Life of Squirrels Aw, Nuts! Squirrel’s Busy Day The Winter Train The Squirrel and the Moon
Miss You Like Crazy Nutkin on the Run! Bob, Rob, Corn on the Cob Bruno and Lulu's Playground Adventure Bedtime at the Nut House

Other titles:

Scaredy Squirrel Ol’ Mama Squirrel Those Darn Squirrels fly south The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin

Books Recommended By: Janet Spaulding - Selection Services

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7Apr/150

Raising Lifelong Readers

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Boys Read - Developing a new generation of literate men. It's not that boys can't read, it's that boys won't read. Their mission: transform boys into lifelong readers.

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Brightly: Helping Parents Grow Lifelong Readers - Connects kids with the right books at the right time to keep them engaged with reading as they grow.

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Digital Storytime - A site to help parents and educators find picture book apps for iPad. Detailed ratings and information are included for every app reviewed.

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FirstBook - First Book provides access to new books for children in need. Start reading and sharing beautiful stories with the children in your life with FirstBooks literacy partner WeGiveBooks at their free online library.

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Guys Read - Helping boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers - recommend books that guys have told them they like. "Our idea is to help guys become readers by helping them find texts they want to read."

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In the Middle Books - Find series and online resources for kids ages 5-9, 7-10, and 8-12. Choose books by age or theme, get chapter excerpts, printable acitivity pages, videos, and more! From Simon & Schuster Publishing.

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IndyPL Kids' Blog - Chapter to read next and homework help.

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IndyPL Read Right Now! eReading Room for Kids - Free online reading for kids, no waiting!

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IndyPL Ready to Read Blog - Book suggestions and reading practice ideas for parents of children ages 0-5.

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James Patterson's Read Kiddo Read - Helps parents and educators connect their children with the books that will turn them into lifelong readers.

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Jumpstart - Working toward the day every child in America enters Kindergarten prepared to succeed.

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KidsReads - Ever craved a good book and just not been inspired by anything you see? Or wished you had a place to discover new books? KidsReads can help figure out what to read next.

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Little eLit - Little eLit is a crowd-sourced, grass-roots learning network that works to develop promising practices for the incorporation of new media (eBooks, apps, video, etc.) into library collections, services and programs for families with young children.

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Little Free Library - Little Free Library's are "take a book, return a book" places where neighbors share their favorite books - anyone may stop by and pick up a book and bring back another book to share. This site provides a map of the US showing where registered little libraries are located.

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A Mighty Girl - Over 2,000 girl-empowering books starring stellar Mighty Girl characters.

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Reach Out and Read - Reach Out and Read is an organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by integrating children's books and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud into well-child visits.

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Reading is Fundamental (RIF) - Their vision is a literate America in which all children have access to books and discover the joys and value of reading, to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life.

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Reading Rockets - Reading Rockets is a national literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.

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The Stacks - Book and author news, games, videos and more from Scholastic Kids.

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Too Small to Fail or Pequeños y Valiosos - Activities to improve the health and well-being of children ages zero to five to help them prepare to succeed.

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Unite for Literacy - Over 120 free picture books narrated in: Arabic, ASL, Burmese, Cherokee, Chinese, Cup'ik, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Karen, Karenni, Kekchi, Korean, Mopan, Navajo, Polish, Portuguese, Q'anjob'al, Russian, Swetswana, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish & Vietnamese.

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United Through Reading - One of the most difficult things a child can experience is having a parent deployed to a war zone for an indeterminate period of time. United Through Reading helps ease the stress of separation for military families by having deployed parents read children’s books aloud via DVD for their child to watch at home.

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WeGiveBooks - We Give Books makes digital books available in an online library. Some books are available in español.

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7Apr/150

Staff Pick: Monkey Colors

Monkey Colors

Meet twelve monkeys from around the world in this playful introduction to colors. Some monkeys are brown and some are red. Some have orange feet. One monkey even has a blue face, yellow cheeks, a red tail, and a white moustache.

This book has it all. It's a great nonfiction book with fantastic pictures, and sharing loads of colors and different kinds of monkeys. On the pages throughout the story the name of each type is given, then at the end of the book there is a glossary of sorts filled with more information about each one. This book is great as a read-aloud with younger children or those who are beginning to read on their own.

Recommended by: Mary Wirt - Pike Branch Library

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3Apr/150

Staff Pick: Is There a Dog In This Book?

Can cats and dogs share the same turf? Revisit the age-old dilemma with a hide-and-seek romp among furry friends.

Is there a dog in this book review? Yes and three cats. Little red cat and blue cat are happy to welcome you to their book, but big yellow cat smells something else in the book. Could it be a dog? That would be the worst because dogs hate cats. Sure enough, a small purple dog is behind the sofa and the cats run and hide wherever they can – first the piano, then the closet. Little red cat is curious about the dog and reaches out to pet it. Love abounds and the other cats find the little dog is nice after all. The real trouble begins when you, the reader, are invited to hug the dog. Then it is the dog that is hiding. You must help the cats find their new friend. This interactive book has many creative flaps for the reader to manipulate and makes for a wonderful read aloud.

Recommended by:  Will Smither, Decatur Library

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2Apr/150

Staff Pick: Here Comes the Easter Cat

Here Comes the Easter Cat

When Cat tries to replace the Easter Bunny, he soon learns that the job is much harder than he expected--and does not allow time for naps.

Why is Cat so grumpy? Is he jealous of the Easter Bunny?! Well, maybe Cat could be the Easter Cat. Would he like that? Great! But what could he bring for the children? No, Cat, not hairballs! Using funny expressions and posters to convey his thoughts, Cat figures out how he could not only be the Easter Cat, but also maybe be a friend to the Easter Bunny. Could this go too well, though? Ho, ho….meow? Oh, cat.

Recommended by: Melissa Wooten - Glendale Branch Library

 

 

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1Apr/150

Report Reveals Reading Bad for Kids Before Age Five

April Fools!

Of course!

Reading is GREAT for kids before age five. The BEST.

Plenty of reports show it, like these:

And lots of fun to be had:

Books:

Barnyard Fun April Fool, Phyllis! Zelda and Ivy: Keeping Secrets Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day April Fool!  Watch Out at School!
April Foolishness Michael le Souffle and the April Fool April Fools!

Books Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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31Mar/150

Staff Pick: Mr. Ball Makes a To Do List

Mr. Ball Makes a To Do List

Mr. Ball loves to make to-do lists but never finishes his tasks, until one day he makes a list so simple it seems he cannot possibly fail.

Mr. Ball, literally an animated yellow ball, LOVES to make to-do lists! But this Walmart Smiley Face-on-Steroids NEVER finishes anything. Will the easiest to-do list EVER help Mr. Ball break his long-running streak of failures? Read along as Mr. Ball tackles angry bees, stinky skunks and a lot of tomato sauce in his quest to finally check-off EVERYTHING on his to-do list. Lots of slapstick humor and a graphic novel format make this a fun and easy read for the younger crowd, ages 4-8, but I confess I enjoyed it too. Not surprising, really, as SpongeBob is also a personal favorite! I look forward to reading the sequel: Mr. Ball an Egg-cellent Adventure.

Recommended by: Nancy Poppleton - Glendale Branch Library

 

 

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