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100+ Free Video Read Alouds

When you are on 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 to book character heroes like Little Jumbo who might be new to you. Listen below to hear Little Jumbo’s story and then click on a book jacket to here another one! Your child will have enough stories to get them through the longest doctor’s appointment wait or oil change. Plus, this listening library is available every day for returning to old favorites. “Read it again!” has never been easier!

Waiting for the BiblioburroOur newest story is Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown. When a man brings to a remote village two burros, Alfa and Beto, loaded with books the children can borrow, Ana’s excitement leads her to write a book of her own as she waits for the BibliBurro to return. The book includes a glossary of Spanish terms and a note on the true story of Columbia’s BiblioBurro and mobile libraries in other countries. This read aloud video is brought to you by Brightly, an organization committed to helping you raise children who love to read, just like us!

More Read Aloud Videos:

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

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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!


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.
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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.

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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 eBooks about Missing Mommy:


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Use your indyPL Library Card number and PIN to check out FREE Online eBooks. Click on a book jacket & enter your Library Card number and PIN to borrow. What’s My PIN?

Printables, Crafts & More about Missing Mommy:


Read Right Now! FARM

Farmer DuckPoor Farmer Duck! He is wiped out from having to do all the work for a lazy farmer. No need to worry, the farmyard animals have the duck’s back and come up with a plan to rescue him from his endless chores and to teach that farmer a lesson! Loyalty is sweet! This story is a funny rural twist on the old favorite, The Little Red Hen.

Listed below are online activities and even MORE farm books – eBooks and printed books you can check out with your indyPL library card.

More FREE online stories about farms:

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Printables, crafts & more about farms:

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Use your indyPL Library Card number and PIN to check out FREE Online eBooks. Click on a book jacket & enter your Library Card number and PIN to borrow. What’s My PIN?
BooCowCowsCakeFarmDogHurryHurryLlamaLambMooMooOldMacEmberJollyBarnyardToughChicksSilverstreetFarmThump Quack MooGiggleQuackTroubleChickensAmelia Bedelia's First Field TripBiscuit's Day at the FarmFarm AnimalsFarmFarms Around the WorldGoing to a FarmOld Macdonald Had Her FarmOn the Farm at the MarketOtisOur FarmShapes on the Farm

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Everyday Superheroes

Rescue SquadIn Rescue Squad No. 9 first responders save a girl and her dog from their crashed sailboat during a storm.

Listed below are more early readers and picture books (both print and e-books) about people going the extra mile to help out other that you can check out with your IndyPL library card. The characters do amazing and heroic things, but they do them without super strength or the ability to fly. Sometimes it is a person’s job to help people or perform rescues, but sometimes, people are heroes just caring about and taking care of the people around them. They are regular everyday heroes, just like you!

More FREE Online Reading:


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A Sick Day for Amos McGeeMadeline's RescueBrave Irene

Print Books:

A Castle on Viola StreetAlbert the Fix-It ManAngeloAwesome DawsonBe KindBlizzardBronzeville Boys and GirlsDaddy is My HeroDear Mr. RosenwaldGrace for GusHeroes of the SurfMy Dad My HeroNimoshom and His BusSheila Rae the BraveSidewalk Patrol

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