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The Science of Forecasting: It’s the Shadow Not the Hog

Groundhog's Runaway Shadow Men in top hats gathering around a burrow and luring a large rodent out to see if he casts a shadow to make a weather prediction is an unusual tradition! Odder still is that a sunny day, which will cast a shadow, means MORE winter, not less. That seems backwards!

Checking on one’s shadow is not a very scientific way to predict the weather, but Groundhog Day is a perfect time to talk about the science of shadows! Listed below are books and activities to help you explore shadows with your child.

FREE Online eBooks:

Show Me a Shadow

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Printables, Crafts & More:

Clifford Shadow MatchCount the GroundhogsG is for Groundhog

eBooks:

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A Garden for a GroundhogCaptain Hook's ShadowGroundhog DayHand Shadow FunSubstitute GroundhogThe Groundhog Day Book of Facts and FunShadow

Print Books:

Follow It Learn About ShadowsGeorge and His ShadowGroundhog's Day OffGroundhog's DilemmaGroundhog's Runaway ShadowHortense and the ShadowMe and My Shadow a Book about LightMy ShadowPunxsutawney PhyllisShadow ChasersSmoot a Rebellious ShadowThe Shape of Me and Other StuffThe Wolf and His ShadowWhat is a Forecast?What Is Groundhog Day?What Will the Weather Be?Who's There, BewareWill Spring Be Early of Will Spring Be Late

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Read Right Now: Sesame Street

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? We can! Listed below are several free eBooks and online activities for kids that feature their favorite characters from Sesame Street: Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster and more! There is even a Sesame Street eBook iPad app you can use with your indyPL Library Card. All of your child’s favorite Sesame Street friends in eBooks – they are never overdue and you can read them as many times as you want! If you don’t have an iPad you can use your computer to read them too!

FREE Online Dr. Seuss eBooks:

Elmo's Tricky Tongue TwistersWe're Amazing 1 2 3Sesame Street CelebrateSesame Street Directions on a Computer


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Sesame Street Printables, Crafts & More:

Sesame Street A is for Acorn Coloring SheetSesame Street Seven Kites Coloring SheetElmo's Garden Connect the dotsSesame Street Finger Puppets

eBooks:

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Big Bird SaysThe Biggest Cookie in the WorldSesame Street the Together BookHappy Sad Grouchy GladThe Monsters on the Bus

Print Books:

Cookie CountdownI Can Do It Treasury of StoriesJust One YouThe Messy Alphabet BookThe Monster at the End of This Book

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Read Right Now! WINTER & SNOW

It’s cold! I know, stating the obvious! A good day to remember this famous storybook quote:

“The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house all that cold, cold, wet day.”

It would be a good day for a visit from The Cat in the Hat to change things up and make a big fun mess!

Since The Cat in the Hat won’t really stop by, here are some books that might help you figure out how to have some fun together on a cold day, and later in the week, on a snowy day!

FREE Online eBooks about Snow:

Friendly Frosty MonstersThe MittenIsItColdOutsideA Blanket of SnowIts WinterBrave Irene

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SnowThomasSnowTobySnowWillowSnowSkateSnowChillSnowFrosty2SnowFallSnowBerty

eAudiobooks:

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SnowBiggestSnowSnowDaySnowZachSnowBlowSnowMarley

Printables, Crafts & More about Snow:

Winter FrostyWinter Ice SkateWinter Color HatsWinter Let It Snow

Books:

Oliver and Amanda and the Big SnowSnowThe Jacket I Wear in the SnowLemonade in WinterCliffords First Snow DaySnowFrostySnowflake BentleyKaty and the Big SnowSnowLadybugThe Snowy DayFroggy Gets Dressed

Winter & Snow Non-Fiction:

SnowCreatingSnowKnowSnowWeKnowSnowFortsBuild Your Own Fort IglooThe Kids Winter Fun Book

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Eight Nights of Bedtime Stories for Hanukkah

There are so many great Hanukkah books you can read more than one each night! Here are two about clever girls problem solving their way out of Hanukkah trouble.

Little Red Ruthie is the story of a little girl who sets out with a basket full of goodies to help her Bubbe Basha make latkes for Hanukkah. Like the other Little Red you know, she meets a big scary wolf while walking in the woods and the wolf declares, “I am going to eat you up!” Will she be able to convince the wolf that latkes taste a whole lot better than she does?

Hanukkah in Alaska

You can listen to the video read aloud Hanukkah in Alaska right now. Just click on the book jacket to listen to the story read aloud by Molly Ephraim. It is the story of what Hanukkah is like for a little girl living during a long, cold Alaskan winter. For her, daylight only lasts for five hours and she doesn’t have squirrels or rabbits in her backyard, she has a moose! Can she convince the moose to leave her trees and her swing alone?

Listed below are even more Hanukkah stories you can check out with your library card.


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Printables, Crafts & More about Hanukkah:

Tracer MenorahTracer DreidelHanukkah Crossword

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eBooks:

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ABC Hanukkah HuntBoris and StellaDaddy Christmas and Hanukkah MamaDear Santa Love Rachel RosensteinEight Wild NightsHanukkah Around the WorldHanukkah BearHappy Hanukkah Curious GeorgeIt's Hanukkah TimeSammy Spider's First HanukkahThe Count's Hanukkah CountdownThe Miracle Jar

Print Books:

DuskElijah's AngelEmanuel and the Hanukkah RescueGracie's NightHanukkah Sweets and TreatsHershel and the Hanukkah GoblinsHoneyky HanukkahI Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a DreidelLatke the Lucky DogOskar and the Eight BlessingsPotatoes at Turtle RockQueen of the Hanukkah DosasShmelf the Hanukkah ElfSimon and the BearThe Dreidel That Wouldn't SpinThe Golem's LatkesThe Missing LettersThe Parakeet Named DreidelThe Trees of the Dancing GoatsWay Too Many LatkesYitzi and the Giant Menorah

Books recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services


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Don’t Sit Still! Interactive Book Gifts for Active Little Readers

Tap to PlayPrint books that include simple interactive entertainment are a childhood favorite. Traditional examples include pop-up books or Where’s Waldo style search and find books. There are some unique ones too, like Wonders of the USA, which utilizes a flashlight to make images appear. In other interactive books, like  Tap to Play!, children decide when to turn the page or shout directions to a book character. These books are commonly very funny and are especially wonderful for children who find it difficult to sit still and respond well to interspersed movement and talking rather than long stretches of quiet listening. These books make wonderful gifts that just might result in a “thank you!” as well as a “read it again!” To get an idea what sharing one of these books might be like, you can try one of them right now. Listen to the author B.J. Novak read his uncommonly plain but hilarious story, The Book With No Pictures:


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Don't Touch This BookHuff and PuffLots of DotsSearch and Spot Go

Print Books:

Andy and Sam Hide and SeekBunny SlopesCan You Make a Scary Face?Cat SecretsColor CamouflageEach Peach Pear PlumFind MeFollow the LinesGo Away Big Green MonsterHello Red FoxHide and Seek FarmI Spy LettersI Spy Under the SeaIs Everyone Ready for FunIs Your Buffalo Ready for KindergartenLittle Blue and Little YellowOne is Not a PairOneOpen This Little BookPeek a Boo ZooPerfect SquarePress HereSpot a Lot Vehicle AdventureSpot the Mummy at the MuseumTap the Magic TreeTap to PlayThe Book With No PicturesThe Find It BookThe Monster at the End of This BookThe Other RabbitThere Is No Such Thing As LittleTouch the Brightest StarUndercoverWe Are In a BookWhat In the World a Closer LookWhere Is Curious GeorgeWhere's the PairWhere's WaldoWho What Where

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