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12Jun/130

Read Right Now! Doctor DeSoto & A Trip to the Dentist

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The Read Right Now! books below you can read online, right now, with no waiting! Also don't miss the Early Readers Club - your child can pick up a free book at participating IndyPL branches from Sep. - May each year until age six. Really! Books to Keep! Details.

More Read Right Now! Free eBooks for Kids

Read Right Now:

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Watch Doctor DeSoto - Doctor De Soto, a mouse dentist, faces a complex decision when his enemy, the fox, comes to him with a severe toothache. Try these activities at home:


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Read A Trip to the Dentist - Sarah and Josh go to the dentist and learn how to keep their teeth clean.

Want to read more without ever leaving home? Use your indyPL library card to download eBooks and audiobooks. Click on a book jacket to choose a book to download.

Downloadable eBooks:

BeholdCavities BerenstainDentist MaxDentist ToothFairy
BuddyTeeth

Downloadable Audiobooks:

DrDeSoto Silverlicious
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11Jun/130

Read Right Now! RHYMING Dog Wants to Play

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The Read Right Now! books below you can read online, right now, with no waiting! Also don't miss the Early Readers Club - your child can pick up a free book at participating IndyPL branches from Sep. - May each year until age six. Really! Books to Keep! Details.

More Read Right Now! Free eBooks for Kids


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Read Dog Wants to Play - Dog wants to play. When? Today!But no one will play with Dog. Not the chick or the lamb, the calf or the pig. Poor Dog! Isn't there one playmate who will play with Dog all day long? With its structure of rhyme and repetition, this is the perfect book to prepare children for reading, and Jeff Mack's exuberant and funny pictures will keep them turning the pages to enjoy the fun. Try these activities at home:

Want to read more without ever leaving home? Use your indyPL library card to download eBooks and audiobooks. Click on a book jacket to choose a book to download.

Downloadable eBooks:

RhymeTime BeMine ItsyBitsy OtherGoose
SwallowedChick
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7Jun/130

Read Right Now! FARM Maisy’s Morning On the Farm, Otis & See How They Grow: Lambs

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The Read Right Now! books below you can read online, right now, with no waiting! Also don't miss the Early Readers Club - your child can pick up a free book at participating IndyPL branches from Sep. - May each year until age six. Really! Books to Keep! Details.

More Read Right Now! Free eBooks for Kids


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Read Maisy's Morning on the Farm - Morning is a busy time on Maisy's farm. There are chickens and pigs to feed, and the cow to milk. Moo! After the chores are finished, there's just one more thing to do--eat a yummy breakfast.Try these activities at home:


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Read See How They Grow: Lambs - Follow an adorable pony on its path from newborn to adult in this fun and informative picture book. See How They Grow introduces the fascinating world of animals and how they develop, step-by-step.Read More! See How They Grow:


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Listen to All Pigs are Beautiful - Whimsical ull-color illustrations enhance a close-up look at pigs, celebrating them in all their glory as they build nests, roll in mud, and have their backs scratched.

Want to read more without ever leaving home? Use your indyPL library card to download eBooks and audiobooks. Click on a book jacket to choose a book to download.

Downloadable eBooks:

BooCow ChickenBig ChicksStep CluckyHen
CowsCake FarmDog HurryHurry LlamaLamb
MaxFarm MooMoo OldMacEmber OldMacOwen
OnlyCows SallyFarm JollyBarnyard LittleLamb
ToughChicks SilverstreetFarm YouBaby

Downloadable Audiobooks:

GiggleQuack TroubleChickens

CritterChats

 

Children and families are invited to meet an animal face-to-face and spend time getting to know about it. Presented by Animalia, this program will allow attendees to ask questions about the animal they see. This program is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Critter Chat programs made possible by The Kroger Co. Schedule

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4Jun/130

Read Right Now! ALPHABET Elmo’s ABC, A Apple Pie & M is for Monster

EarlyReadersClub100Naming 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" and "B is for Ball" are only the beginning? There are several online games, eBooks, activities and library books that make practicing the alphabet FUN. The Read Right Now! books below you can read online, right now, with no waiting! Also don't miss the Early Readers Club - your child can pick up a free book at participating IndyPL branches from Sep. - May each year until age six. Really! Books to Keep! Details. Plus: More Read Right Now! Free eBooks for Kids

For more Alphabet Book & Activity ideas ideas see:


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Read Elmo's ABC - Elmo the little monster cannot decide which is his favorite letter of the alphabet, because he has favorite things for almost every letter.

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Read A Apple Pie - This book introduces the letters A to Z while following the fortunes of an apple pie.

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Read M is for Monster - Hey, It's Me, Mike! Forget all those other alphabet books where A is for apple and B is for ball. This is the best ABC book ever--because it's written by me. Eye guarantee you'll love it. ALWAYS AVAILABLE for checkout with your IndyPL Library Card. See books below for more downloadable alphabet eBooks and Audiobooks.

Alphabet Activities to try at home:

Want to read more without ever leaving home? Use your indyPL library card to download eBooks and audiobooks. Click on a book jacket to choose a book to download.

Downloadable eBooks:

eBookAlexanderAct eBookAlligator eBookAlphabet Soup eBookAlphabetBook
eBookBBooks eBookBooABC eBookBugABC eBookCConstruction
eBookCuriousGeorgeABC eBookCuriousGeorgeLearns eBookEmergency ShiverLetters
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1Feb/131

a is for musk ox

a is for musk ox

A confident, cheeky musk ox takes over the whole alphabet, convincing Zebra that musk ox actually belong on every single letter page, not just on the "m" page, stuck in the middle where nobody remembers.

"I didn't ruin your book. I saved it. Every other alphabet book starts with "A is for apple." That's sooo boring. I think you should do something different. How about this: a is for musk ox."

Zebra shouts in exasperation "But musk ox does not start with A!"

Ahh, but it DOES, and with many other letters too. Read on to find out how (but pay careful attention to m, p, t and z.)

A laugh out loud alphabet book with a sassy narrator and wonderful illustrations. If you can paint attitude, Matthew Myers does. Author Erin Cabatingan

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Here are some books that use the letters of the alphabet to tell a story...or a joke. These books make naming the letters and practicing with the sounds the letters make fun...just like musk ox and zebra!

A is for Salad Alphaoops
The Alphabet Book Alpha City The Alphabet from A to Y
Alphabet Mystery Animalia Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Eating the Alphabet E-mergency Gone Wild
The Graphic Alphabet The Handmade Alphabet Hooper Humperdink Not Him!
I Stink! If Rocks Could Sing LMNO Peas
Miss Spider's ABC Museum ABC Old Black Fly
Peanut Butty and Jellyfishes Shiver Me Letters So Many Bunnies
Superhero ABC A Apple Pie Z is for Moose>
The Z was Zapped

 

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20Dec/120

Z is for Moose

Helping kids learn the letters of the alphabet can get kind of dull after awhile! A is for Apple. B is for Ball. Meh. The only interesting part is looking to see what the author came up with for "Q" and "X".

This alphabet boredom is true for kids too! To keep their attention (and yours!) give them a fun twist on the usual alphabet book. Read one with an alphabet surprise in it.

In Z is for Moose Moose gets impatient and bossy when he can't wait his turn for the letter "M" page. Watch Moose shove other animals out of the way, cross words out and generally make a nuisance of himself...so much so that MOUSE is chosen for M, which doesn't improve Moose's behavior AT ALL. Moose is in tears until his clever friend Zebra shows him that even Z isn't too late for a Moose.

If you like Z is for Moose and the idea of an alphabet book that makes talking about the letters fun, try one of these. It's one thing to name a letter and say a word that begins with that letter. It's a step more challenging to point out an alphabet mistake. What kid doesn't like pointing out the mistakes other people make!

A Isn't for Fox Alphaoops Alphoops Halloween
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3Nov/120

Pre-Reading Skill – Print Awareness

As soon as a child can hold a crayon or pencil, he or she naturally wants to put marks on paper (or anything else!). By watching adults write children understand very early that the squiggly lines on a paper mean something. Young children will pretend "write" on a paper and ask, "what does this say?"

Understanding that printed words have meaning is an important reading skill. This skill is called "print awareness." Print awareness is when a child realizes, "I see letters!" and then "I see words!"

Some important print awareness skills are:

  • print provides the reader with information
  • print is read from left to right
  • print is read from top to bottom
  • letters are used to form words
  • spaces appear between words
  • words are on paper, in books and on many things in our everyday environment (like signs and menus)

Here is a video that helps explain print awareness:

To help your child learn about print awareness...read to them. (of course!) But there are other ways to help them learn print awareness. You are probably already teaching your child print awareness and you don't even know it. Here are some ideas:

  • Draw attention to environmental print (posters, signs, labels)
  • Try to label object in your children’s area (shelf, chair, computer, table, door, etc.)
  • Explain and demonstrate how print works on the written page (title page, cover page, reading from left to right etc.)
  • Model that all spoken words can be written or read
  • Introduce some other forms of print such as a newspapers, magazine, mail etc.
  • More ideas on the Pinterest Ready to Read Board: Practice - Reading & Letters

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