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Chapter Book Read Alouds for Preschoolers

AmeliaBedeliaMed Amelia Bedelia – A literal-minded housekeeper causes a ruckus in the household when she attempts to make sense of some instructions.
AnnaHibiscusMed Anna Hibiscus – Anna lives in amazing Africa with her mother, her father, her baby twin brothers, and lots and lots of her family. Join her as she splashes in the sea, prepares for a party, sells oranges, and hopes to see sweet, sweet snow!
BeezusRamona Beezus & Ramona – Beezus’ biggest problem is her 4-year-old sister Ramona. Even though Beezus knows sisters are supposed to love each other, with a sister like Ramona, it seems impossible.
BoxcarChildren The Boxcar Children – Because they do not want to be separated, four orphaned children run away and live in an old abandoned boxcar.
Bunnicula Bunnicula – When the Monroes go to see the movie Dracula, Toby finds a baby rabbit he takes home and names Bunnicula. Chester the cat soon decides that there is something odd about the newcomer. For one thing, he seems to have fangs. And the odd markings on his back look like a cape. Also, Bunnicula sleeps from sunup to sundown and is awake only at night. Is Bunnicula really a vampire?
CamDiamonds Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds – When Jennifer “Cam” Jansen and her friend Eric are at the mall, they witness a robbery at the jewelry store! Can Cam’s amazing photographic memory help catch a thief?
Catwings Catwings – Four young cats with wings leave the city slums in search of a safe place to live, finally meeting two children with kind hands.
Clementine Clementine – While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.
CricketTimes A Cricket in Times Square – The adventures of a country cricket who unintentionally arrives in New York and is befriended by Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat.
DaysFrogToad Days With Frog and Toad – Frog and Toad spend their days together, but find sometimes it’s nice to be alone.
DinosaursDark Dinosaurs Before Dark – A tree house that travels through time? Not possible, says Jack. But he has to admit — when he and his younger sister, Annie, start running into dinosaurs — that they’re not in Frog Creek, PA, anymore.
EnormousCrocodile The Enormous Crocodile – The enormous crocodile devises secret plans and a few clever tricks to secure his lunch only to have them foiled by his neighbors.
FreckleJuice Freckle Juice – Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon’s freckle recipe for fifty cents.
FrogToadYear Frog and Toad All Year – Five enchanting tales about the friendship of Frog and Toad depict the lovable creatures engaging in varied activities throughout the seasons of the year.
FrogToadFriends Frog and Toad are Friends – From writing letters to going swimming, telling stories to finding lost buttons, Frog and Toad are always there for each other–just as best friends should be.
FrogToadTogether Frog and Toad Together – Frog and Toad are best friends — they do everything together. When Toad admires the flowers in Frog’s garden, Frog gives him seeds to grow a garden of his own. When Toad bakes cookies, Frog helps him eat them. And when both Frog and Toad are scared, they are brave together.
AwayLake Gone Away Lake – Portia and her cousin Julian discover adventure in a hidden colony of forgotten summer houses on the shores of a swampy lake.
GooneyBird Gooney Bird Greene – A most unusual new student who loves to be the center of attention entertains her teacher and fellow second graders by telling absolutely true stories about herself, including how she got her name.
HomerPrice Homer Price – Six episodes in the life of Homer Price including one in which he and his pet skunk capture four bandits and another about a donut machine on the rampage.
IvyBean Ivy & Bean – When seven-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected.
JamesPeach James and the Giant Peach – A young boy escapes from two wicked aunts and embarks on a series of adventures with six giant insects he meets inside a giant peach.
JudyMoody Judy Moody – Third grader Judy Moody is in a first day of school bad mood until she gets an assignment to create a collage all about herself and begins creating her masterpiece, the Me collage.
JunieBus Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus – In her own words, a young girl describes her feelings about starting kindergarten and what she does when she decides not to ride the bus home.
MercyRescue Mercy Watson to the Rescue – After Mercy the pig snuggles to sleep with the Watsons, all three awaken with the bed teetering on the edge of a big hole in the floor.
MouseMotorcycle The Mouse and the Motorcycle – A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.
MrPopper Mr. Popper’s Penguins – The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions.
PiggleWiggle Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle – From her upside-down house, the eccentric Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle issues to parents her marvelous cures for such common children’s diseases as Won’t-Put-Away-Toys-itis, Answerbackism, and Fighter-Quarrelitis.
SarahPlain Sarah, Plain and Tall – The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions.
Saturdays The Saturdays – Four New York City siblings decide to pool their resources so that each can do a special thing on the Saturday that is his turn to receive the combined allowance.
SophieAwesome Sophie the Awesome – Sophie feels average, but wants to stand out from the crowd, so she changes her name to Sophie the Awesome and tries to find something to prove she is awesome.
TrumpetSwan The Trumpet of the Swan – Knowing how to read and write is not enough for Louis, a voiceless Trumpeter Swan; his determination to learn to play a stolen trumpet takes him far from his wilderness home.
WaterHorse The Water Horse – In 1930, on the coast of Scotland, eight-year-old Kirstie finds a large egg which hatches into an unusual sea creature, and as he grows her family must decide what to do with him.
Humphrey The World According to Humphrey – Humphrey, pet hamster at Longfellow School, learns that he has an important role to play in helping his classmates and teacher.

Book Recommendations by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services For more great read-alouds check

20 Books to Outsmart Picky Eaters

Green Eggs and HamKids are notorious picky eaters. Their first rejections are often vegetables…broccoli, asparagus or brussels sprouts. One of the best strategies for diffusing kid-powered stubbornness, is humor! Many picky eater stories are just plain funny. In Gregory the Terrible Eater, Gregory the Terrible EaterGregory the goat’s parents are upset because he won’t eat trash! He wants to eat junk, like fruits…and vegetables! This kind of opposite silliness is appealing to kids. It also helps them see their food rejection from another point of view.

D.W. the Picky Eater is the story of a child only wanting to eat certain things. When D.W. FINALLY tries something new and D.W. the Picky Eaterdeclares it delicious, she finds out something she doesn’t like is in it! (Watch PBS Arthur Video: D.W. the Picky Eater.) The look on D.W.’s face when she discovers this will get a laugh!  This classic scenario, finding out you DO actually like something once you try it, also happens to Sam, in Green Eggs and Ham. He is a lot like D.W. He does not want to try anything new…until he does…and he likes it! You can also watch this classic Dr. Seuss story right now, read aloud by Rachel Ray. More great picky eater books are listed below.

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I Really Like Slop!Bread and Jam for FrancesBear Likes JamD.W. the Picky EaterGregory the Terrible EaterEat Your Veggies GoldilocksHow Martha Saved Her Parents from Green BeansI Will Never Not Ever Eat a TomatoJake Goes PeanutsNight of the Veggie MonsterPeanut Butter and BrainsPete Won't EatThe Picky Little WitchThe Prince's BreakfastThe Seven Silly EatersSylvia's SpinachTony Baroni Loves MacaroniYou Are What You Eat and Other Mealtime Hazards

Reading Programs All Year Long

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!



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  • Paladium Pals Book Club
  • All Year
  • Earn a Free Student Ticket to a show at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.



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Books a Million

  • 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

  • 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

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Star Wars Reads Day

  • 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.


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  • 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 2016

  • 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.

Give Me 20

  • 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.

Drop Everything and Read

  • 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

  • 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!

eBook Read Alongs from Overdrive

Read Along Stories play like a movie. They look like the sample shown here. The words to the story appear on the screen as it is being read aloud. As each word is pronounced, it is highlighted.

Read Along Stories are great reading practice! Plus, they are great for car trips because you can check out several to your device and change them out when you want new ones.

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Aladdin Read Along StorybookBambi Read Along StorybookBeauty and the Beast Read Along StorybookCars Read Along StorybookCatch CatwomanFrozen Read Along StorybookThe Good Dinosaur Read Along StorybookIf I Ran the ZooInside Out Read Aloud StorybookLady and the Tramp Read Along StorybookThe Lion King Read Along StorybookThe Little Mermaid Read Along StorybookMonsters Inc. Read Aloud StorybookPeter Pan Read Aloud StorybookR is for RocketRichard Scarry's Bedtime StoriesRiddle Me ThisScrambled Eggs SuperStar Wars a New Hope Read AlongThese Are the X-Men

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eAudiobooks:

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