Nobody should be mean! That’s an important skill to pass on to small children. Even very young children can learn to be kind. Important teachable moments happen every day. A teacher, parent or other adult can help children find ways to understand their own frustrations and feelings, which will help them be kinder to others. Remind them that everyone is different. Not better or worse. Just different. The books listed below can help children learn how to be kind to their friends or help them learn how to survive being bullied themselves.
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.
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!
Going to school for the first time is exciting…and maybe a little scary! In I am Too Absolutely Small for School, Lola is not happy about having to go to school. When her older brother Charlie tells her about all the fun things that go on there, Lola becomes less nervous and starts looking forward to attending her first day. Shellie Rich, Public Services Librarian at Central Library, says this story is a family favorite at her house. “I love this book so much…I am pretty sure it is the best kindergarten book ever. And we still call my twelve-year-old’s school uniform her schooliform because of this book.”
In Llama Llama Misses Mama, little Llama is like a lot of children, anxious about the first day of school. When he is finally in the classroom without his mama, little Llama really MISSES her!
You can listen to Anna Dewdney herself read aloud Llama Llama Misses Mama. Find out what little llama does when he misses his Mama that helps him have a fun day at school anyway! Mama llama helped by taking little llama to school early to see the classroom and visit with the teacher. Charlie helped Lola think about the fun new things she would be able to try at school. These are all great strategies when a child is nervous about the first day of school.
Another great idea is reading books about other kids and favorite characters who are ALSO worried about the first day of school. Stories featuring the Berenstain Bears, Amelia Bedelia, Curious George and more can help your child practice what it might feel like to be anxious about school and learn great strategies for having fun instead!
“Daily reading to infants, toddlers and preschoolers is the best way to establish a habit that will benefit them for a lifetime,” according to Abby Brown, IndyPL’s Early Literacy Specialist. “If a parent reads one book a night to a child for three years, they will have read 1,095 books!”
Visit any of our locations to check out books or use your indyPL Library Card online to check out e-books and e-audiobooks on your device. Click on a book jacket & enter your Library Card number to begin reading.
“Can I help?” is one of the most often repeated sentences of small children. Toddlers and preschoolers are typically curious and eager to learn, willing volunteers to be included in the projects and jobs they see going on around them. This is a great time of year to talk about helping!
Young children understand the concept of support, assistance, and teamwork. When everyone helps out, “many hands make light work.” To help within their own family, kids can pick up toys, select items from a low shelf to add to a shopping cart, or feed the dog. The books listed below will help you take helping out to a new level. Even small children can contribute to their community, the bigger world outside their own home. “Can I help?” Yes, you CAN!
Super Deeds – Be a Force for Good! This summer, your family can get started taking action right now! Help the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Department of Child Services and IndyPL provide children in foster care with a backpack filled with 25 books. Use your reading points to select and donate prize books, or donate new and gently used books from home.
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