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Read Right Now! HANUKKAH

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Use IndyPL’s Read Right Now! pages to have fun at home doing the five things that build early reading skills: Reading, Playing, Writing, Singing & Talking. Find books to read, songs to listen to, games to play, crafts to make and more! Things you can do RIGHT NOW, at home – no waiting!


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Listen to Hanukkah in Alaska – A little girl describes the short, harsh days of winter in Alaska and her efforts to keep a moose from destroying trees and the swing in her back yard, which she finally succeeds in doing with the help of a Hanukkah treat. Includes facts about Hanukkah and the aurora borealis.

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Listen to The Story of Hanukkah – A little girl describes the short, harsh days of winter in Alaska and her efforts to keep a moose from destroying trees and the swing in her back yard, which she finally succeeds in doing with the help of a Hanukkah treat. Includes facts about Hanukkah and the aurora borealis.

More FREE Online Reading:


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Websites:

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How to Download Freegal Hanukkah Songs with Your Library Card.


Talking

The more words children hear, the more words they learn, the better prepared they are to read! Here are some tips for talking about letters:

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Hanukkah Books:

ChanukkahGuest How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Hanukkah HerschelGoblins Zigazak
Bear Sweets Eighth Hanukkah
Origami The Counts Hanukkah Countdown Esther EightWild
Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama Emanuel and the Hanukkah Rescue The Golem's Latkes We Celebrate Hanukkah in Winter
Latke the Lucky Dog Simon and the Bear The Dreidel That Wouldn't Spin Beautiful Yetta's Hanukkah Kitten
The Night Before Hanukkah Honeyky hanukah Hanukah Hanukkah Hanukkah 2
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel

Hanukkah eBooks:

Hunt EightGreat HanukkahOh HanukkahMama
EngineerAri DinoHanukkah HanukkahWorld HanukkahDragon
EightWinter MiracleJar

Books recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

Read Right Now! HALLOWEEN

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Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® is a program of the Association for Library Service to Children and Public Library Association, divisionsof the American Library Association. Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® is a registered trademark and is used with permission. Early literacy begins at home with the adults in a child’s life.

Use IndyPL’s Read Right Now! pages to have fun at home doing the five things that build early reading skills: Reading, Playing, Writing, Singing & Talking. Find books to read, songs to listen to, games to play, crafts to make and more! Things you can do RIGHT NOW, at home – no waiting!


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Listen to I Need My Monster Checking under the bed for his monster, Ethan discovers that he is gone fishing for a week, and realizing he can’t sleep without him tries to find a substitute monster.
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Free Digital Magazine Issue for kids Babybug, October, 2015 – Brightly illustrated stories and simple poems for Fall & Halloween. Age 6 months – 3 years. Zinio Directions
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Free Digital Magazine Issue for kids Highlights High Five, October, 2015 – For beginning readers! Stories and poems, crafts and recipes, puzzles and other activities about Fall and Halloween. Ages 2-6. Zinio Directions
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Free Digital Magazine Issue for kids Ladybug, October, 2015 – A mix of enchanting stories with colorful illustrations, ear-pleasing poems, lively songs, and crafts about Fall & Halloween. Pre-K-Grade 1. Zinio Directions

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Talking

The more words children hear, the more words they learn, the better prepared they are to read! Here are some tips for talking about letters:

Life_Cycle_of_a_Pumpkin.pub Printable Color Story Cards Life Cycle of a Pumpkin – Cut apart each stage in the life cycle of the pumpkin. Follow the diagram at the end of the book to put the cards in the correct order – Talk about each step. Ask questions: How big is the pumpkin? What color is the pumpkin? What comes first, a seed or seedling? Practice “telling” the story of a pumpkin seed.

More Ways to Practice Talking: Zero to Three: Tips on Learning to Talk


New Halloween Books:

A Halloween Scare in Indiana Shivery Shades of Halloween Dog and Bear Tricks and Treats Ladybug Girl and the Dress Up Dilemma
Ghosts Go Haunting Not Very Scary Ready Steady Ghost The Sweetest Witch Around
Penguin and Pumpkin Little Boo Jack O Lanterns Celebrate Halloween

Favorite Halloween Books:

Ten Trick or Treaters The 13 Nights of Halloween Alph Oops H is for Halloween Babymouse Monster Mash
Big Pumpkin Click Clack Boo Five Little Monkeys Trick or Treat The Hallo Wiener
Halloween Hunt Halloween Is Happy Haunting Amelia Bedelia It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
Little Goblins Ten Minerva Louis Halloween Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt National Geographic Halloween
Scaredy Cat Splat Space Case Three Bears Halloween Trick or Treat a Happy Haunter's Halloween

eBooks:

Happy Halloween Humbug Witch Ten Creepy Monsters Trick or Treat
Druscillas Halloween Shivery Shades of Halloween Monster Needs a Costume MarleyPumpkin
FranklinHalloween HalloweenGeorge HalloweenMice HalloweenGus
HalloweenHarriet HalloweenOllie GeorgeCostume RottenTrick
BooCow HauntedParty MarthaHaunted NotAfraid

eAudio:

HalloweenMittens DirkBones OldLadyOver Scaredy Cat Splat
By the Light of the Halloween Moon Little Goblins Ten

Books Selected By: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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

Holiday Gift Picks for Kids from IndyPL Librarians

Picture Book Picks:

The Book With No PicturesKaren Perry,
Franklin Road
Panda Bear Panda Bear What Do You SeeEmilie Lynn,
East 38th Street
NocturneShellie Rich,
Central Library
Stop Snoring BernardJoe Fox,
Irvington
The Going to Sleep BookEmilie Lynn,
East 38th Street
Professor Whiskerton Presents Steampunk ABCCindy Childers,
Garfield Park
The Twelve Days of Christmas Pop-UpSusan Barhan,
Southport
This Book Just Ate My DogKaren Perry,
Franklin Road
Take Away the ACarrie Waterson,
IT
Sam and Dave Dig a HoleJanet Spaulding,
Selection Services
Mr FrankCarrie Waterson,
IT
The Twelve Days of Christmas in IndianaCarrie Waterson,
IT
Good Night IndianaLaura Dixon,
Outreach
Go to Sleep Little FarmShellie Rich,
Central Library
TelephoneKaren Perry,
Franklin Road
Circle Square MooseJanet Spaulding,
Selection Services

Chapter Book Picks:

The Mysterious HowlingRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
The Magic ThiefRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
The Mysterious Benedict SocietyRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
The Squires TaleRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
Wildwood ChroniclesRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
SidekickedCarrie Waterson,
IT
El DeafoJanet Spaulding,
Selection Services
Greenglass HouseShellie Rich,
Central Library
The Chicken SquadJanet Spaulding,
Selection Services
The Case of the Weird Blue ChickenJanet Spaulding,
Selection Services

Technology Toy Picks:

SpheroRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
kano2Raylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve
3doodlerRaylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve

App Picks:

FingerpaintWithSoundsFingerpaint with Sound

Raylene Jordan,
The Learning Curve

Best Books of 2014:

Links provided by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

Best Apps of 2014:

Free Apps:

  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Story Apps for Kids (includes links to several FREE book apps)
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Apps for Kids (includes links to several FREE apps)

Easter

This year, Easter is on March 31, 2013. On this Sunday families will gather to attend church, eat, hunt for Easter Eggs and many other family traditions. Here in the Indianapolis area there are several Easter activities for families including a trip to the library for your favorite Easter stories. Or, try a new one – there are a lot this year!

Favorite Books for Easter:

He Is Risen Rechenka's Eggs The Golden Egg Book The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

Websites

Indianapolis Area Easter Egg Hunts:

Springtime in Indianapolis is a really beautiful time. This year, Easter is a little early so the weather could go either way. But cold weather or not, your kids are going to want to participate in an Easter egg hunt or two. Many local churches, parks and non-profit organizations host Easter egg hunts. If you aren’t sure where to take the kids, this list may come in handy.

New Easter Books for 2013:

Chester’s Colorful eggs The Bad Easter Bunny Easter Bunny on the Loose! Marley and the Great East Egg Hunt The Little Gray Bunny
Chick’s Work of Art Happy Easter! Easter Egg Haunt Wake Up, It’s Easter! The Easter Bunny’s Assistant
Piggy Bunny Lily’s Easter Party God Gave Us Easter Benjamin’s Box The Legend of the Sand Dollar
Easter Sweets and Treats Easter Origami Lily’s Easter Party Decorating Eggs Simon and the Easter Miracle
Easter Paper Crafts for Easter Emma’s Easter

Easter eBooks:

Easter Downloadable Audio:

Books Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passover

Passover Celebrating Now Remembering Then

Passover this year is from March 25 – April 2, 2013. During Passover Jewish people remember how their ancestors left slavery behind them when they were led out of Egypt by Moses. The Passover celebration lasts for seven or eight days, depending on where you live.

On the night before Passover starts, there is a special meal called a Seder. Families read the story of how the Israelites fled from Egypt from a book called the Haggadah. An extra cup is on the table and the door is left open for Elijah. Jews believe that the prophet Elijah will reappear to announce the coming of the Messiah.

The books and websites on this page can be enjoyed by families celebrating Passover themselves or by families who would like to learn about the Passover traditions of their friends and neighbors.

Websites:

Favorite Passover Books:

Passover Celebrating Now Remembering Then Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah Private Joel and the Sewell Mountain Seder Passover! The Matzo Ball Boy
Wonders and Miracles a Passover Companion Matzah Man a Passover Story Miriam's Cup Matzah That Papa Brought Home

New Passover Books:

The Longest Night: A Passover Story Grover and Big Bird’s Passover Celebration The Passover Lamb Jodie’s Passover Adventure Izzy the Whiz and Passover
A Sweet Passover The Elijah Door The Passover Zoo Seder Hoppy Passover! Tale of Two Seders
Sarah’s Passover Passover

Passover eBooks:

Book Recommendations By Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa – Classics & New

 

December is a great time to share favorite stories; there are just so many old holiday favorites to choose from to get your family into the holiday spirit. On this page you will find Chistmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa classics as well as brand new 2012s that just might be classics in the making.

Favorite Christmas Stories:

Arthur's Christmas The Best Christmas Pageant Ever How the Grinch Stole Christmas Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree
Night Before Christmas Nutcracker Polar Express Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Santa's Book of Names The Story of Holly and Ivy The Twelve Days of Christmas Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree

Favorite Hanukkah Stories:

Chanukkah Guest Eight Wild Nights Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins Zigazak! A Magical Hanukkah Night

NoTimeForFlashcards Blog: Picture Books About Hanukkah

Favorite Kwanzaa Stories:

Seven Candles for Kwanzaa Seven Spools of Thread

New Christmas Books:

A Bit of Applause for Mrs. Claus The Birds of Bethlehem Christmas Parade The Christmas Quiet Book The Christmas Story: The Brick Bible for Kids
The Christmas Tugboat Christmas Wombat Christmastime Cowboy Christmas Dinosaur vs. Santa
The Friendly Beasts The Christmas Crisis How Do Dinosaurs say Merry Christmas Just Right for Christmas The Night Before Christmas, Deep Under the Sea
The Night Santa Got Lost Peppa Pig and the Lost Christmas List Pete the Cat Saves Christmas Santa from Cincinnati Santa on the Loose!
Santa Retires The Santa Trap Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas Together at Christmas Tom the Christmas Elf
Turkey Claus Who Built the Stable?

New Hanukkah Books:

Caleb’s Hanukkah The Count’s Hanukkah Countdown Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama Emanuel and the Hanukkah Rescue Engineer Ari and the Hanukkah Mishap
The Golem's Latkes The Hanukkah Hop How do Dinosaurs say Happy Chanukah? Jeremy’s Dreidel Maccabee Meals
Nathan Blows Out the Hanukkah Candles

New Kwanzaa Books

Kwanzaa Kwanzaa Kwanzaa Kwanzaa: Count and Celebrate! Kevin’s Kwanzaa
Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa

Thanksgiving

Balloons Over BroadwayEven the smallest of us know that it is a good thing to always remember to say “thank you!”

Thanksgiving stories are a great way to remember together the many things we can be thankful for…for one thing…we can be glad SOMEBODY REMEMBERED TO MAKE DINNER. (See: Thanksgiving at the Tappletons’)

Listed below are some new Thanksgiving titles for 2012 and some favorites that qualify for “read it again!” Librarian’s favorite? Balloons Over Broadway. Who can resist learning about those big balloons?

Websites

Books

NEW Thanksgiving Books for 2012:

Bear Says Thank You Grace's Thanksgiving Let's Throw a Thanksgiving Party Sarah Gives Thanks Splat Says Thank-You
Thanksgiving What Is Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Origami Paper Crafts for Thanksgiving

Don’t Miss These Thanksgiving Favorites:

10 Fat Turkeys Arthur's Thanksgiving I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Run Turkey Run
Thanks for Thanksgiving Thanksgiving at the Tappletons' Thanksgiving Day Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks Thanksgiving Mice!
Turkey Pox

Books recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services