This happy face, that’s the goal, right?! This page will help you find good books to check out when your child is a very beginning reader and ready to begin to read by herself. An early reader book looks like this on the inside:
The dog ran.
These books have colorful pictures and feature subjects children are interested in like dogs, farm animals, trains, soccer, etc. The books also often star characters children love like Dora, Cinderella, Lightning McQueen, Dr. Seuss, Buzz and Woody.
Use this page to find the very easiest readers. In the library, these books have a “jZ” sticker on the spine. The “jZ” stands for “juvenile easy.” They are in order on the shelf by the author’s last name.
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Easy jZ Series to Try:
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?
FREE Online Alphabet eBooks:
More FREE Online Reading:
Alphabet Printables, Crafts & More:
- Video: Patti LaBelle Sings the Alphabet Song
- Video: Sesame Street – the Alphabet in Street Signs
- Online Game: Clifford’s Letter Match
- Printable: Jan Brett ABC Tracers
- Printable: Jan Brett’s ABC Coloring Pages
- Printable: Crayola Alphabet Coloring Pages A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z
- IndyPL Pinterest Board: Alphabet Play
- IndyPL Pinterest Board: Writing Practice
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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 Book Club
- All Year
- Earn a Free Student Ticket to a show at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.
- Books-a-Million Summer Reading Challenge
- Summer 2017
- Read 4 books and have a parent or guardian sign and verify the completed form.
- Return the form to your local Books-a-Million store to receive a FREE Maze Runner Series Water Bottle.
- Printable Books-a-Million Reading Journal
- Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards Calendar
- Summer 2017, Offer expires 12/31/17
- 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
- Star Wars Reads Day 2017
- October, 2017
- Star Wars fans, authors, and artists come together to celebrate reading and Star Wars.
- Jump Start Read for the Record
- October 19, 2017
- 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.
- Read 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
- 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.
- Book 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.
- D.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 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!