Print 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:
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.
Poor 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.
In 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 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!