Category Archives: Pre-Reading Skills

Don’t Sit Still! Interactive Picture Books for Active Little Readers

Tap to PlayPrint books that include simple interactive entertainment are a childhood favorite. Traditional examples include pop-up books or Where’s Waldo style search and find books. There are some unique ones too, like Wonders of the USA, which utilizes a flashlight to make images appear. In other interactive books, like  Tap to Play!, children decide when to turn the page or shout directions to a book character. These books are commonly very funny and are especially wonderful for children who find it difficult to sit still and respond well to interspersed movement and talking rather than long stretches of quiet listening. These books make wonderful gifts that just might result in a “thank you!” as well as a “read it again!” To get an idea what sharing one of these books might be like, you can try one of them right now. Listen to the author B.J. Novak read his uncommonly plain but hilarious story, The Book With No Pictures:


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Don't Touch This BookHuff and PuffLots of DotsSearch and Spot GoAndy and Sam Hide and SeekBunny SlopesCan You Make a Scary Face?Cat SecretsColor CamouflageEach Peach Pear PlumFind MeFollow the LinesGo Away Big Green MonsterHello Red FoxHide and Seek FarmI Spy LettersI Spy Under the SeaIs Everyone Ready for FunIs Your Buffalo Ready for KindergartenLittle Blue and Little YellowOne is Not a PairOneOpen This Little BookPeek a Boo ZooPerfect SquarePress HereSpot a Lot Vehicle AdventureSpot the Mummy at the MuseumTap the Magic TreeTap to PlayThe Book With No PicturesThe Find It BookThe Monster at the End of This BookThe Other RabbitThere Is No Such Thing As LittleTouch the Brightest StarUndercoverWe Are In a BookWhat In the World a Closer LookWhere Is Curious GeorgeWhere's the PairWhere's the PenguinWhere's WaldoWho What Where

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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.

FREE Online eBooks about Opposites:

HoppositesBigAndLittleLoudAndQuietOppositesLoud and Quiet

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BigDogInsideOutsideGeorgeOppositesElmerOppositesOldHatNewHatDrive a Look at Roadside Opposites Book JacketBig 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

Z is for Moose

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  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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Where Do You See Letters?AAppleAlphabetFun

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Animal AlphabetChicka Chicka Boom BoomA ArmadilloPizza Starts with P

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Dr. Seuss's ABCOn Beyond ZebraOnce Upon an Alphabet Book JacketThe Sleepy Little AlphabetThe Alphabet BookMy First Bob BooksCurious George Learns the AlphabetAnimal ABCsABC YogaA is for Musk OxHooper Humperdink Not Him!AnimaliaChicka Chicka Boom BoomSuperhero ABCThe Handmade AlphabetAlpha CityArtist's AlphabetAlphabetter Book JacketThe Z was ZappedOld Black FlyAlphaoopsAlphabet MysteryEating the AlphabetE-mergencyI Stink!If Rocks Could SingShiver Me LettersABC Pasta Book JacketAn Alphabet in BloomD is for Dress Up Book JacketLMNOPquelStar Wars ABC-3PO Book JacketFraidyZoo

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Reading Programs All Year Long

Below are several reading programs you can participate in at home to encourage year-round reading and even earn prizes. Start with the indyPL Summer Reading Program!

You can visit any IndyPL library location to checkout books or you can Read Right Now! by visiting Download and Stream for Kids– free eBooks you can check out with your library card or read from your device at home, no waiting!


Paladium Pals Reading InitiativePaladium Pals Book Club

  • All Year
  • Earn a Free Student Ticket to a show at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.

World Read Aloud DayWorld Read Aloud Day

  • Feburary 1, 2019
  • Every year World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories.
  • Download Community Packet and en Español

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

  • Check back next summer for the 2019 program.
  • Free online reading program for children.
  • Virtual badges, stories, games, book lists, activities & prizes.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Reading Program

  • Check back next summer for the 2019 program.
  • Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal (en Español).
  • Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store.
  • Choose a FREE BOOK.

Feed Your Brain LogoHalf Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program

  • Check back next summer for the 2019 program.
  • Read for at least 15 minutes each day in the months of June and July.
  • Once you’ve read 300 minutes, turn in your complete log to earn FREE Bookworm Bucks for each month.
  • Printable Reading Log

Book It Summer Reading

  • Check back next summer for the 2019 program.

Chuck E. Cheese Reading RewardsChuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards Calendar

  • Check back next summer for the 2019 program.
  • Print the Reading Rewards calendar, mark it for reading every day for 2 weeks.
  • Take it to a Chuck E. Cheese location to get 10 FREE tokens. Child(ren) must be present to redeem. Only at participating locations. Food purchase is required.
  • Printable Calendar or en Español

Sylvan Book AdventureSylvan Book Adventure

  • Ongoing
  • Read, click, and win with Book Adventure – a free, motivational reading program available to children in grades K-8.
  • Register Now

Book It! Celebrate the Season with Reading 2018 Give Me 20 Fall Reading Challenge

  • Fall 2019 TBA
  • Eight-week challenge. Read to your child/children at least 20 minutes per day, five days per week and you can enter for a chance to win prizes.

Star Wars Reads Month Each October

  • Annually in October
  • Star Wars fans, authors, and artists come together to celebrate reading and Star Wars.

Jump Start Read for the Record

  • October 25, 2018
  • Read for the Record mobilizes millions of children and adults to celebrate literacy by participating in the largest shared reading experience. On this day people across the country united to read a children’s book.

RAA Cat n Hat Logo_Feb 2014Read Across America Day

  • March 2, 2018
  • The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America. Now in its 18th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.
  • Take the Read Across America Pledge

World Book Day 2016World Book Day

  • April 23, 2018
  • To help make World Book Day special – and to encourage reading for the rest of the year too – there are a whole range of resources including lesson plans, activity sheets, discussion guides and free eBooks.

Give Me 20Book It! Spring Give Me 20

  • Fall 2018 TBA
  • Eight-week challenge. Read to your child/children at least 20 minutes per day, five days per week and you can enter for a chance to win prizes.

Drop Everything and ReadD.E.A.R. Drop Everything And Read

  • April 12th in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday (but can by anytime!)
  •  D.E.A.R. stands for “Drop Everything and Read,” a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives. Because, what’s more fun(damental) than reading, really?

Free Comic Book DayFree Comic Book Day

  • May 5, 2018
  • Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America (including IndyPL Library Locations!) and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops!

Teaching Kids to Look for Words Every Day

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!” when looking around his or her world.

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)

To help your child learn about print awareness…read to them (of course!) and look for print words in their world. Here are some books that will help you and your child find words as you go through your day together.

Books:

Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Click on a book jacket below to request a book or download it. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

Backseat ABCI Read SignsCity SignsPut It On the ListSigns in Our World