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Don’t Sit Still! Interactive Books 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



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.

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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!

More FREE online stories about starting school:

Clark the SharkMaria Had a Little LlamaTeacher CatHow to Get Your Teacher Ready for SchoolEmilySchoolAreYouReadyForSchool

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Printables, crafts & more about starting school:

Berenstain Bears Back to School PrintableBuffalo Ready for Kindergarten Printable

An indyPL reading program for you:

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!

You can do it and we can help! How to participate in the 1,000 Books by Kindergarten Program

Books about starting school:

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The Berenstain Bears Go to SchoolCurious George First Day of SchoolA Day at SchoolEdward Almost Goes to SchoolFranklin Goes to SchoolSnuffy Goes to SchoolAmelia Bedelia First Day of SchoolPinkalicious School RulesBiscuit Goes to SchoolMittens at SchoolMorris Goes to School


Books Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services


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.

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MaisyMorningFresh From the FarmFarm Tractors at Work

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Printables, crafts & more about farms:

Farm TracerH Horse TracerI Love the Farm Mini Bookfarm_animal_booklet_handwriting


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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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Read Right Now! JULY 4th

Everybody Brings NoodlesIn Everybody Brings Noodles a little girl has worked hard to organize a neighborhood block party for the Fourth of July. Her neighbors bring many interesting dishes for the pitch-in: pesto pasta, sesame noodles, orzo salad, kugel and zaro soba. As Carrie’s Dad says, “You could take your stomach on a world tour!” And they do. So can you! This book includes the  recipes for each kind of noodle dish. Trying them all would be a lot of fun for the little foodies in your family. Kids love noodles! The author has also written Everybody Cooks Rice, Everybody Bakes Bread, and Everybody Serves Soup. These titles are all e-books you can check out with your IndyPL library card – no trip to the library necessary, you can read them on your device right now!

I Pledge Allegiance

I Pledge Allegiance is the story of two people learning to say the pledge for the first time, one because she is a little girl and one because she is a new citizen. Libby will say the pledge at school and her great aunt Lobo will say it for her U.S. citizenship ceremony.

Below you will find printable activities, links to free online e-books and links to more e-books and print books you can check out with your IndyPL library card. Learn about the Fourth of July holiday, the flag, the National Anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, fireworks and more!

FREE Online E-books about July 4th:

Fourth of JulyCan You Make a Flag?

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Fourth of July MiceJulyJuly JittersJulyThe Night Before the Fourth of July
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Feliz Cuatro de JulioDiscover Fireworks

Printables, Crafts & More:

Crayola Flag Coloring PageStatue of LibertyFireworks TracerCapital and Flag


Print Books:

America the BeautifulApple Pie Fourth of JulyDaniel's First FireworksEloise and the Big ParadeEnzo and the Fourth of July RacesFireworks for AllGod Bless Our CountryHats Off for the Fourth of JulyI Am AmericaLooking for Uncle Louie on the Fourth of JulyThe Explosive Story of FireworksFlags Over AmericaFourth of July FireworksHappy Birthday AmericaHappy Birthday America 2Independence DayLearn to Draw American LandmarksMy Country Tis of TheePaper Crafts for the Fourth of JulyListen to Patriotic MusicThe Pledge of AllegianceProud to be an AmericanRed White and BoomThe Rocket's Red GlareThe Star Spangled BannerThe Star Spangled BannerWe Are AmericaWhat Is the Fourth of July