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100+ Free Video Read Alouds

The Elves and the ShoemakerWhen you are on vacation, running errands or just away from home, read along stories are a great way to fill what can be hours of waiting into a lot of fun! Listed below are more than 100 video read alongs from old favorites like Where the Wild Things Are or newer favorite characters like Little Jumbo.

Our newest story is The Elves and the Shoemaker read by Chrissy Metz. In this story a poor shoemaker becomes successful with the help of two elves who finish his shoes during the night. This read aloud video is brought to you by Storyline Online, an organization committed to helping you raise children who love to read, just like us!

Click even more book jackets below to here another video read aloud! Your child will have enough stories to get them through the longest doctor’s appointment wait, oil change or holiday dinner with too many adults! Plus, this listening library is available every day for returning to old favorites. “Read it again!” has never been easier!

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More Read Aloud Videos:

AbiyoyoAlexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day Arnie the DoughnutAs Fast As Words Could FlyBaby BrainsA Bad Case of StripesBalloons Over BroadwayThe Bear Ate Your SandwichBear Snores OnForgetMannersBerenstain Bears Stage FrightBerenstain Bears Learn about StrangersBilly the Goats Big BreakfastBing DressedThe Book With No PicturesBraveIreneBrown Bear Brown Bearcarlas-sandwichThe Case of the Missing Carrot CakeCharlieChestersWayChicken Soup With RiceThe Christmas PuppyClark the Sharkthe-coal-thiefCock-a-Doodle OopsDr Seuss on the LooseDuck Rabbitdylan-the-villainElm's Tricky Tongue TwistersThe Elves and the Shoemaker"EmmaEnemyPieBonjourFarmerDuckFreddy Frogcaster and the Huge HurricaneThe Gingerbread ManGobble Gobble Moo Tractor BookGoldilocks and the Three BearsThe Goodbye BookGoodnight GoonHarryGoodnight MangerGreenEggsGujiHanukkah in AlaskaHarryDirtyDog150Here Comes Teacher CatHere Comes the Garbage Bargehey-thats-my-monsterHildie Bitterpickles Needs Her SleepHole in the Bottom of the SeaHoorayHoot and PeepThe House That Jane BuiltHow Do Penguins Play?how-i-learned-geographyHow the Grinch Stole ChristmasHow to Cheer Up DadHow to Get Your Teacher ReadyThe Hueys in the New JumperHugo the Hares Rainy DayMyMonsterIf I Ran for Presidentim-a-ballerinaIshIs Your Mama a LlamaIt's Okay to Make MistakesJust a SecretKissMissedKissing HandKnotsLadybugBeachLibraryLionLittle Elliot Big CityLittle ExcavatorLittle Red Riding HoodLlama Llama Loves t ReadLlama Llama Mad at MamaLlama Llama Misses MamaThe LoraxLost for WordsLouise Loves ArtMaria Had a Little LlamaMarvelous CorneliusMax and the Won't Go to Bed ShowCatMice TwiceMiss Maple's SeedsThe MittenMonster Needs a PartyMy Friend MaggieMy Little Golden Book About SharksRottenNat the Cats Sunny SmileThe Night Before St. Patrick's DayThe Night Before Valentine's DayFollowedNo Mirrors in My Nana's HouseNo More Noisy NightsNoahOliviaOwlBabiesPeg+ Cat The Pizza ProblemPenguin2Pete the Cat and His Magic SunglassesPete the Cat and the New GuyPlease Please the BeesPolarExpressthe-princess-and-the-peaPrincess Penelope and the Runaway KittenGuanaQuackenstein Hatches a FamilyR is for RocketRainbowFishRent Party JazzRobot RumpusRomeowSeaver the WeaverRollerSuzySix Little ChicksSmashCrashSnappsy the AlligatorThe Snowy DaySomeDoHatchSophieSplishSplashStellalunaStregaSupertruckSwap!Sylvester and the Magic PebbleThe Tale of Peter RabbitA Tale of Two BeastsTales From Winnie the PoohTek the Modern Cave BoyTen Magic ButterfliesThank You Mr FalkerThere Was an Old Dragon That Swallowed a KnightTheres an Alligator Under My BedHouseThomas to the RescueDrumTheToothThe True Story of the Three Little PigsTurkey TroubleUni the UnicornVery Hungry CaterpillarWaiting for the BiblioburroWe're Amazing 1, 2, 3What Pet Should I Get?PigassoWhere Are You Blue KangarooWheres My TeddyWhere's Walrus and PenguinWhiteSocksWilfridwith-any-luck-ill-drive-a-truckWolfie the BunnyFavorites

These Video Read Alouds are brought to you by some of our awesome literacy partners:

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Read Right Now! Little Cooks in the Kitchen

When the little red hen wanted to bake bread, no one wanted to help her. Not so with children! Kids love to help in the kitchen, especially when it is time to lick the spoon! In Carla’s Sandwich, Carla loves to make her own lunch, even if her recipes sound weird to everyone else. Potato chips on a sandwich? Yes, please! When her friend at school forgets his lunch Carla comes to his rescue, showing him that sometimes you just have to trust the cook and try something new! You can watch Carla’s story with your little cook right now, read to you by Allison Janney. Maybe Carla and her friend will  inspire your child to give that Thanksgiving stuffing a try!

You can start reading about kids in the kitchen with these free eBooks & online activities. Listed below are even MORE books – eBooks and printed books you can check out with your indyPL Library card.

More FREE Online Reading:

Green Eggs and HamMaisy Makes LemonadeStir Sift SliceChef's SurpriseLet's Make a Snack

Printables, Crafts & More:

Chef Cookie Monster 10 CupcakesLittle Red Hen Mini BookMaisy Cooks

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.

The Great Dragon Bake OffFroggy Bakes a CakeTony's BreadBaker Baker Cookie MakerThe Doughnut ChefSo You Want to Be a ChefBake Mice BakeHappy Harry's CafeWalter the BakerAmelia Bedelia's First Apple PieChefs and What They DoEasy as PieFood TrucksIf an Armadillo Went to a RestaurantMonster ChefsOlivia Cooks Up a SurpriseSamson the Piranha Who Went to DinnerThe Little Bitty BakeryTyler Makes SpaghettiStanley's Diner

Every Child Ready to Read

Read Right Now! Pumpkins

StumpkinStumpkin is round. Stumpkin is orange. Stumpkin is a pumpkin with no stem! In the days leading up to Halloween Stumpkin dreams of becoming a jack-o-lantern, but is passed over as shoppers choose all shapes and sizes of other pumpkins, even a gourd, but not him. Will anyone come by and give Stumpkin a chance?

Stumpkin is a lovely, simple story about perceived flaws that are not flaws at all! The endearing Stumpkin might just inspire your kids to choose differently at the pumpkin patch this year. They also might like the fact that Stumpkin’s story doesn’t take place in a pumpkin patch or on a farm. Stumpkin is a city pumpkin:

“It was a few days before Halloween. Outside a little shop in a big city, a shopkeeper placed some pumpkins on the shelves.”

It is always fun to see your own experience in a picture book. The illustrations of jack-o-lanterns in the city are a refreshing change to pumpkin stories that are typically set in the country. Stumpkin is a great addition to fall story time! Choosing a pumpkin at a store, pumpkin patch or orchard is a favorite Halloween activity for small children. Here are some free online books, printables & activities about pumpkins, visiting a pumpkin patch and carving a jack ‘o lantern.

FREE Online e-Books:

It's FallPumpkin Pumpkin

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Websites, Activities & Printables:

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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.

I Pick Fall PumpkinsPete the Cat Five Little PumpkinsTen Orange PumpkinsFindPumpkinSeedsPumpkinDoraPumpkinPumpkinsNelsonMarleyPumpkinThe Berenstain Bears and the Prize PumpkinBig PumpkinThe Biggest Pumpkin EverInto the PumpkinIt's the Great Pumpkin Charlie BrownPumpkin TroublePumpkinheadGrow Your Own SoupHow Big Could Your Pumpkin GrowHow did That Get To My Table Pumpkin PieThe Pumpkin BookPumpkin LightPumpkinsReady for PumpkinsThe Story of the Jack O LanternWe Harvest Pumpkins in Fall

Recommended By: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services


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Introducing Kids to a Second Language

El Gato EnsombreradoLearning 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!

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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!

e-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.

Easy Spanish Phrases for KidsMy First Chinese WordsDino Lingo French for KidsThe Kids Way to Learn GermanLet's Learn ItalianLittle Pim Arabic for Kids Let's EatDino Lingo Spanish for Kids ColoresSpanish on the Move for Kids

Books:

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.

Cat in the Gat in RussianAbran a los Patitoslily-y-su-bolso-de-plastico-moradose-venden-gorrasLola en la BibliotecaEl Pinguino Takyclifford-el-gran-perro-coloradojorge-el-curiosola-llama-llama-rojo-pijamaVe Perro VeWhere the Wild Things Are ChineseMax et lex MaximonstresUn Bolsillo Para CorduroyHarold et le Crayon VioletSplat the Cat Whale of a Tale RussianDia de MudanzaLa Pequena Locomotora Que Si PudoBonsoir LuneBrown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See in ArabicBrown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See in Portuguese

Read Right Now! Missing Mommy

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 on Vimeo.

FREE Online e-Books:

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Printables, Crafts & More:


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.

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