Learning to speak is a natural part of child development. The brain chemistry of small children is designed to acquire language skills. They easily learn by listening to the people around them every day.
In many homes children hear two languages, but even if your home is not bi-lingual you can introduce your kids to a second language when they are very young. Since kids’ brains have the advantage, wired as they are to absorb new information, the rule of thumb is start young and practice often! The younger a child starts, the easier it is to become fluent in a language!
We can help you introduce a new language to your child:
- Try Mango Languages, a language learning computer module – all you need is a computer or mobile device and your Indianapolis Public Library Library card. There are over 70 languages to choose from!
- Check out e-books, e-audiobooks and streaming videos. Try one from the list below! To check one out, click on a book or video in the list & enter your Library Card number to borrow.
- Check out print books at any of our locations! A fun way to take a first look at a new language is by looking at a familiar story in new language.
- IndyPL Ready to Read: Leer por Internet Ahora Mismo: Historias en Español
- International Children’s Literature Database: Los Libros en Español
- Uniteforliteracy: Choose stories in more than 40 languages
- Free App for kids Duolingo – Over 30 languages to choose from – all completely free!
Use your indyPL Library Card number to check out e-books, e-audiobooks and streaming videos. Click on a book jacket & enter your Library Card number to borrow.
Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations. Click on a book jacket below to request the book. You will be notified when it is available for you to pick up. 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.
In Owl Babies, three baby owls panic when they awaken one night and find their mother gone. They worry about what has happened to her, feel scared about being in the dark and wonder if she is going to come back.
Like the baby owls, most kids get homesick at one time or another or suffer from separation anxiety. A child might be worried about going to bed alone, getting picked up from daycare, going to school, or sleeping over for the first time. The beginning of a new school year is a prime time for kids to experience fears like these. The ability to act independently is an important skill for preschoolers to learn and some of their favorite book characters can show them how it’s done! Listen below as Martin Waddell reads aloud his story, Owl Babies.
Listed below are more reassuring books for kids suffering from separation anxiety. For children nervous about starting school for the first time, try Read Right Now! Starting School. On this page you can hear a story about a little llama who gets to school and REALLY misses his mama!
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
from Candlewick Press
FREE Online eBooks about Missing Mommy:
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Printables, Crafts & More about Missing Mommy: