Read Right Now! OPPOSITES

In Marta Big & Small, Marta  encounters animals and gives a one word description of them in Spanish. Little listeners can figure out the meaning of the Spanish word by listening carefully to the English that follows.

To a turtle, Marta is rápida. Fast, very fast.

It is a two for one book! Opposites and spanish words both!

Listed below are books, activities and printables to help you your child learn more about opposites.

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Big Bear Small Mouse Book JacketBig Bot Small Bot Book JacketBill and Dizzy Opposite Day Book JacketDinosaur Opposites Book JacketDouble Take Book JacketMarta Big and SmallThe Huey's What's the Opposite Book JacketWe Love You Rosie Book JacketExactlyOppositeIsItBigContrariosMaisyGrandeGoodNewsHockeyOppositesopuestosBackFrontOctopusOpposites

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Read Right Now! ALPHABET

Naming the letters of the alphabet and knowing the sounds each letter makes is a critical pre-reading skill. Did you know that singing the alphabet song and books like “A is for Apple” are only the beginning? There are several online games,  activities and Library books that make practicing the alphabet FUN, books like Z is for Moose. In this story Zebra thinks the alphabet should be simple and orderly. A is for Apple. B is for Ball. Easy! Zebra is impatient and can’t wait for his turn. He interrupts. He barges in. It is such a long time to M! But when M isn’t for Moose, it is for Mouse instead, Zebra is crushed! Can Zebra find a place for Moose that isn’t M? He can! Can you figure out where his place is before Moose does?


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Curious George ABCDr. Seuss's ABCOn Beyond ZebraOnce Upon an Alphabet Book JacketThe Sleepy Little AlphabetThe Alphabet BookMy First Bob BooksCurious George Learns the AlphabetAnimal ABCsABC YogaToday I Feel Book JacketP is for Pirate

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A is for Musk OxHooper Humperdink Not Him!AnimaliaChicka Chicka Boom BoomSuperhero ABCThe Handmade AlphabetAlpha CityArtist's AlphabetAlphabetter Book JacketThe Z was ZappedOld Black FlyAlphaoopsThe Alphabet BookAlphabet MysteryEating the AlphabetE-mergencyI Stink!If Rocks Could SingLMNO PeasShiver Me LettersABC Pasta Book JacketAn Alphabet in BloomD is for Dress Up Book JacketLMNOPquelStar Wars ABC-3PO Book JacketFraidyZooI Stink!

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Empathy, Friendship & Respecting Others

Empathy is the ability to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from the other person’s point of view. It is imagining how someone else is thinking or feeling as well as understanding that other people have feelings and those feelings count. By mastering empathy children develop compassion and the ability to make friends.

We often ask children to think about “walking in someone else’s shoes” to help them learn to consider the feelings and experiences of others – like being polite to others, even when you are in a bad mood. Picture books are a great way to help children develop empathy. Through them, children can live the experiences of someone else. Anna Dewdney, author of the Llama Llama books, is well know for speaking about the role picture books can play in the development of empathy in children.

When we open a book, and share our voice and imagination with a child, that child learns to see the world through someone else’s eyes.” ~ Anna Dewdney, The Wall Street Journal: How Books Can Teach Your Child to Care

Listed below are several picture books that celebrate the differences of others and highlight the experience of empathy as well as the friendships and strength of community that result from it.

 

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All Kinds of FamiliesAll Kinds of Families – Families of all shapes, sizes, and colors, including celery stalks and buttons, are presented in this colorful picture book celebrating the diversity, familiarity, and importance of togetherness.


Beryl a Pig's TaleBeryl: a Pig’s Tale – Tired of being mistreated and cooped up, Beryl the piglet escapes her farm and meets a group of wild pigs, whose settlement splits up over the decision of whether to let her stay, and with her new “family” she sets out to find a new home.


The Chickens Build a WallThe Chickens Build a Wall – When a friendly hedgehog visits the farm, the chickens build an enormous wall to keep out “prickly invaders.


The Colors of UsThe Colors of Us – Seven-year-old Lena and her mother observe the variations in the color of their friends’ skin, viewed in terms of foods and things found in nature.


Freedom SummerFreedom Summer – In 1964, Joe is pleased that a new law will allow his best friend John Henry, who is black, to share the town pool and other public places with him, but he is dismayed to find that prejudice still exists.


Hello My Name is OcticornHello My Name is Octicorn – The octicorn– half octopus and half unicorn– introduces himself and tells readers why, though strange and unique, octicorns make great friends.


June and AugustJune and August – Two animals who share a love of the night sky meet in the daylight and are surprised to discover how different they are.


Let's Talk About RaceLet’s Talk about Race – The author introduces the concept of race as only one component in an individual’s or nation’s “story.”


The Little Bit Scary PeopleThe Little Bit Scary People – Some people are a little bit strange or a little too loud, and just a little bit scary. But I bet, if you knew them, and knew their favorite things, you’d think that maybe, (probably) most people aren’t so scary after all.


Little Sweet PotatoLittle Sweet Potato – A sweet potato, lost and trying to get back home, rolls down the road looking for other vegetable and flower patches, trying to fit in. Told repeatedly he’s lumpy and bumpy and doesn’t belong, Little Sweet Potato finally finds acceptance at the “hodge-podge patch” (a garden).


Looking After LouisLooking After Louis – When a new boy with autism joins their classroom, the children try to understand his world and to include him in theirs.


My Grandma's a NinjaMy Grandma’s a Ninja – When Ethan’s grandma suggests they take a zip line to school, Ethan realizes that his grandma is a little different. In fact, she’s a ninja! Ethan is soon the hit of the school when his grandma drops from the ceiling at show-and-tell, and teaches the kids karate moves and how to do backflips in slow motion. But when his grandma deflates his team’s soccer ball, everyone is upset–including Ethan. Why can’t he just have a regular grandma? But when Ethan tries out his new karate moves during the championship game, he’s happy that his grandma isn’t ordinary.


The Name JarThe Name Jar – After Unhei moves from Korea to the United States, her new classmates help her decide what her name should be.


Once Green AppleOne Green Apple – While on a school field trip to an orchard to make cider, a young immigrant named Farah gains self-confidence when the green apple she picks perfectly complements the other students’ red apples.


The Other BearsThe Other Bears – Mother and Father Koala are suspicious of the ‘other’ bears. They don’t like the panda bears and they don’t trust the polar bears. But their grumpiness melts away as they watch their little Koalas play together with ‘other’ bears.


The Other SideThe Other Side – Two girls, one white and one black, gradually get to know each other as they sit on the fence that divides their town. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2004-2005, K-3 Nominee.


The Peace BookThe Peace Book – Describes peace as making new friends, sharing a meal, feeling good about yourself, and more.


Some Monsters are DifferentSome Monsters are Different – A warmhearted celebration of individuality describes the many differences found among monsters, from beasts who are picky or will eat anything to creatures who chatter or remain quiet, explaining that all monsters are wonderful just the way they are.


The SneetchesThe Sneetches – The Star-Belly Sneetches think they are the best, and look down upon Sneetches without stars. The Plain-Belly Sneetches remain depressed and oppressed, prohibited from associating with their star-bellied counterparts, until Sylvester McMonkey McBean comes along & begins to give stars to the Plain-Belly Sneetches. The original Star-Belly Sneetches are angry at no longer being different and special, so they get Sylvester to remove all their stars. This continues back and forth until no one can remember which Sneetches were originally what, and an epiphany strikes them all at once: that it really doesn’t matter whether a Sneetch has a star belly or not – they are all really the same, and can coexist and be friends with one another.


Shades of People – Explores the many different shades of human skin, and points out that skin is just a covering that does not reveal what someone is like inside.


SplashdanceSplashdance – Ursula, a bear, and Ricardo, a human, are preparing for the water ballet competition. But a new regulation at the community pool–no bears–leaves Ursula cut from the contest. Luckily, she encounters a group of undaunted animal swimmers at a local pond, and Ursula and her new team figure out a way to participate in the competition and make sure everyone is welcome at the pool once and for all.


Strictly No ElephantsStrictly No Elephants – A boy is excluded from joining his friends’ pet club because of his unusual pet.


Tilt Your Head Rosie RedTilt Your Head, Rosie Red – Classmate Fadimata is teased because of her hijab until Rosie a high-energy child who wears a red cape, listens carefully and always tries to see things “from every angle,” finds a way to celebrate Fadimata’s unique head covering, inspiring others to follow suit.


We Came to AmericaWe Came to America – Celebrates United States immigration and the country’s diverse immigrant heritage.


Who We AreWho We Are – Join Nellie, Gus, baby Jake, and their parents at Funland as they go on rides, watch performers, and play games along with many other children and grown-ups. As they enjoy their excursion, they notice that people are the same as one another in lots of ways, and different in lots of ways too. Helps children realize why it’s important to treat others the way they want to be treated whether a person is a lot like you or different from you, a good friend or someone you have just met or seen for the first time.


Whoever You AreWhoever You Are – Despite the differences between people around the world, there are similarities that join us together, such as pain, joy, and love.


You and Me TogetherYou and Me Together: Moms, Dads, and Kids Around the World – From a festival in India to a bus in Germany, from a park in China to a campfire in Australia, loving moms, dads, and kids share their lives.


Yo YesYo! Yes? – Two lonely characters, one black and one white, meet on the street and become friends.

 

 

 

StoryWalk® in Ruckle Street Park – Pete the Cat

Take a walk and read a story as you go! The Indianapolis Public Library invites you to visit StoryWalk. Stroll through the park and read a book displayed in mounted frames. Stories will be rotated on a monthly basis. Families are encouraged to post photos of their visit on social media: twitter.com/indylibrary & www.facebook.com/indypl


Now appearing on StoryWalk® in Ruckle Street Park 3025 Ruckle Street:

Unwind after a day getting used to a new school year. Walk, read and take a snack break at Ruckle Street Park! This month’s story is Pete the Cat Rocking in My New School Shoes by Eric Litwin – Pete the Cat is rocking in his school shoes. Pete discovers the library, the lunch room, the playground, and lots of other cool places at school. And no matter where he goes, Pete never stops moving and grooving and singing his song…because it’s all good.

This StoryWalk is made possible by Regions Bank through a gift to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

More Books about Pete the Cat can be found at: Read Right Now! Pete the Cat


Read Right Now! MISSING MOMMY

In Owl Babies, three baby owls panic when they awaken one night and find their mother gone. They worry about what has happened to her, feel scared about being in the dark and wonder if she is going to come back.

Like the baby owls, most kids get homesick at one time or another or suffer from separation anxiety. A child might be worried about going to bed alone, getting picked up from daycare, going to school, or sleeping over for the first time. The ability to act independently is an important skill for preschoolers to learn and some of their favorite book characters can show them how it’s done! Listen below as Martin Waddell reads aloud his story, Owl Babies.

Listed below or more reassuring books for kids suffering from separation anxiety. For children nervous about starting school for the first time, try Read Right Now! Starting School. On this page you can hear a story about a little llama who gets to school and REALLY misses his mama!

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell from Candlewick Press on Vimeo.

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