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26Aug/140

Milestones of Early Literacy

A great chart from Reach Out and Read: http://www.reachoutandread.org/

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25Aug/140

Read Right Now! RHYMING

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), rhyming and poetry are important ways parents can promote early brain development and boost vocabulary in their young children. Many books written for babies and toddlers use similar sounds and speech patterns that help them learn new words. But rhymes are also learned directly from parents and caregivers, and then passed down by word of mouth from generation to generation.

The AAP recommends that parents share rhymes with their children—either by reciting memorized nursery rhymes or reading books in rhyme—and work in some fun and snuggling, too. By playing simple games, like clapping to the rhythm in a poem or rhyming words to the names of everyday objects, parents can encourage creative thinking in their children and create wonderful memories that can be passed down to future generations.

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


Red Truck WeGiveBooksSmall Read Red TruckCan Red Truck make it up the hill? Red Truck can! Red Truck will! ZOOOM!Truck fans of all ages, but especially the littlest ones, will love cheering on the hardworking red tow truck that stars in this high energy picture book. Mighty Red Truck splashes and zooms through mud and rain to rescue a stalled school bus on the side of the road, and becomes the hero of a rainy day. Eye-popping quirky illustrations and the fast-paced rhyming text will make this truck story a fast favorite.

LlamaRed WeGiveBooksSmall Read Llama Llama Red Pajama - In this rhyming read-aloud, Baby Llama starts worrying when Mama goes downstairs after tucking him into bed. But just in time, Mama returns to set things right.

RhymeTimeApp AppleLogoThumb Free App Rhyme Time -  In this application, children will be presented with a variety of different rhyming activities and games. The best way to play this game with a child is to sit down with them and have them explain to you the reason / thinking of why two items should go together. This way, the game can act as a wonderful interactive tool to develop both language and critical thinking skills.

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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
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13Aug/140

Free App – Little Finder ABC

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App Features:

  • Free
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
  • Rated 4+
  • Each letter name or sound is pronounced clearly which makes it easy for kids to first hear, and then find the letter
  • Choose upper or lower case letters
  • Add letters on the game board to adjust difficulty
  • Two kids can sit across from each other for 2 player mode to see who can find the letters the fastest
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Skill Apps for Kids
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Story Apps for Kids
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21Jul/140

Free App – Just Me and My Mom

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Join Little Critter in this interactive book app as he spends the day in the city with his mom. Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. From the train station to the museum, how will Little Critter do in the big city? iTunes Preview

App Features:

  • Free
  • Made for Ages 5 and Under
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5
  • Highlighted narration
  • Learn new vocabulary with tappable words and pictures
  • Record yourself reading
  • Play two find-the-creature mini games! Can you can find all of the spiders and grasshoppers within the story?
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Skill Apps for Kids
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Story Apps for Kids

 

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14Jul/140

Free App – Cinderella

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Cinderella - A Princess Storybook for iPad and iPhone from One Hundred Robots on Vimeo.

Turn a pumpkin into a coach, change 3 mice into horses, transform a ragged dress into a magnificent gown, and help an old pair of shoes become glass slippers! Touch objects on each page to discover hidden sounds. You will feel like Cinderella — being graced by a fairy godmother, transforming into the radiant beauty of the ball, and becoming a princess! This interactive book includes 40 storybook scenes. iTunes Preview

 

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7Jul/140

Free App – Toy Story Read Along

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Meet Woody, a cowboy doll that comes to life when humans aren’t around. When his owner Andy receives a Buzz Lightyear space ranger for his birthday, Woody and the other toys fear they’ll be replaced. Woody’s plan to get rid of Buzz backfires and he ends up lost outside the world of Andy’s room, with Buzz as his only companion! The toys work together to find their way back to Andy and discover the meaning of true friendship along the way. iTunes Preview

App Features:

  • Free
  • Rated 4+
  • Compatible with iPad
  • Words light up as each is read
  • Record your own voice reading the story! (Great for Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa!)
  • Additional games and activities
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Skill Apps for Kids
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Story Apps for Kids

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30Jun/140

Free App – Spatter & Spark

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Starring Spark an inventor fox and her friend Spatter an artistic porcupine, Spatter & Spark invites children to invent, learn, and create. iTunes Preview

App Features:

  • Free
  • Made for Ages 5 and Under
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5
  • "Read Alone" or "Read to Me" Option
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18Jun/140

Free App – Little Finder

LittleFinder

App Features:

  • Free
  • iTunes Preview
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
  • Turn audio on or off - turn it off if you would like your child to practice reading.
  • Adjustable field size - while 20 hidden objects is the default, you can go down all the way to just 4 (great for toddlers) or all the way to 56 hidden objects for the ultimate challenge.
  • Select the categories you want to display
  • Update the spelling and audio to your own voice and your own language.
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Skill Apps for Kids
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Story Apps for Kids

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17Jun/140

Free App – Jellytoons Bobo’s Birthday

JellytoonsShapesIt's Bobo's birthday today! Before he can receive his presents, Bobo's friends would like to play six fun games to help kids with reading and motor skills.

App Features:

  • Free
  • Rated 4+
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
  • Shape and color matching
  • Fine motor skills
  • Counting from 1 to 10
  • Logic and observation
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Skill Apps for Kids
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Story Apps for Kids
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16Jun/140

Free App – DK Readers

DKReaders

App Features:

  • Download five of the e-books for Free: Preschool Level #1: Fishy Tales, Level #1: Animals at Home, Level #2: Emperor Penguins, Level #3: Ant Antics and Level #4: Secrets of the Mummies – one for each of the reading levels. In app purchases available for more.
  • Rated 4+; Made for Ages 6–8
  • Compatible with iPad & Android
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Skill Apps for Kids
  • IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Story Apps for Kids
FishyTales AnimalsHome EmperorPenguins AntAntics SecretsMummies
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