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Read Right Now! Alphabet

09/02/2021 | Online Storytime, Reading Ready

Naming the letters of the alphabet and knowing the sounds each letter makes is a critical pre-reading skill. Did you know that singing the alphabet song and books that say things like "a is for apple" are only the beginning? There are several picture books that make practicing the alphabet fun! One of them is R is for Rocket, by Tad Hills. Listen along with Tad as Rocket the dog, Bella the squirrel, Owl, and other friends read about alphabet letters and the sounds they make from acorns to angry alligators!

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After listening to the story, talk about some of the things that happened in it.

  • What are the names of some of Rocket's friends?
  • What is your favorite letter of the alphabet? Think of a word that starts with that letter and draw a picture of it.
  • R is for Rocket. Make a list of all the words you can think of that begin with the letter "R."

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Click on one of the book covers below and listen to more alphabet stories read aloud.

Chicka Chicka Boom BoomChicka Chicka Bum BumAnimalphabetR is for RocketWhere Do You See Letters?AAppleAlphabetFun

Find more FREE online reading at 100+ Free Video Read Alouds or try storytime at home!

You can use your IndyPL library card to check out e-books, audiobooks, and other streaming content about the alphabet from home, right to your device. See our digital alphabet collection from Axis 360 Kids and OverDrive Kids, or come visit us!

Need help? Ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text or email Ask-a-Librarian.

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Sing the ABC's with Little i and all of his friends!

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Find some crayons or makers to color a picture, practice writing the letters, or see if you can follow your way through a maze without getting stuck.

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Take a walk and read a story as you go! We invite you to visit StoryWalk® in Ruckle Street Park at 3025 Ruckle Street. Stroll through the park and read a book displayed in mounted frames. Or Skip. Or gallop!

  • Dance along to Usher's ABC Song. This alphabet song will have you on your feet and moving your body!

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Extraordinary Alphabet Stories

These are not your average alphabet books: Behold the best picture books to spin entire stories out of the ABCs. Check out the charming and clever narratives! Marvel at the magnificent manifestations of metafiction! There's fun for kids of all ages in these pages. #indyplkids IndyPL_KatieW