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Spotlight on OverDrive Kids eReading Room

November 15, 2014

You may have noticed a new image on our Kids’ Brain page.  econtentKidsClicking on this takes you to a special “reading room” that features items for juvenile and young teen readers.  When kids search this collection, the results are mostly limited to eBooks and eAudiobooks that are published for readers through sixth grade- similar to being in the children’s area of the physical library.

All titles in the eReading Room are also cataloged by reading level and interest level to help in selecting the title that is best for each reader.  For example, using the refine level search option, you can limit the search to reading level -grade 4 and interest level -middle grades (MG 4-8) and get a list of junior fiction titles.

You can also browse by subject, collections and levels as well as use the advance search mode to narrow your specific search. Both fiction and nonfiction are included in our digital collection.

As with all eBooks in our full collection, titles can be sampled in OverDrive Read prior to borrowing or placing a hold.

overdrive for kidsiconClicking on the OverDrive Kids icon from our digital materials page, will also take you to the Kids eReading room.  When you click on it you get to the main page with recently added eBooks for kids shown below.

 

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Download books with a Plano Public Library card whenever you want to read- even when the library is closed! And since the titles are automatically returned on the due date- you won’t have any late fees!

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Leo Loves Baby Time

July 15, 2014

1leoLeo Loves Baby Time    written by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Ruth Hearson

Bright, culturally diverse, colorful illustrations and simple text make this a pleasure to share with very young children.  It brings them through the day’s events of sharing singing, clapping, and a variety of movements they can easily identify with.  A great bonding book for parent and child.

 

Vera (Schimelpfenig Library)

 

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Recommended App of the Week

July 12, 2014

1billnyemainBill Nye the Science Guy

Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Price:Free

Recommended for ages 7-10.

“Disney recently released an app called Bill Nye the Science Guy.  When you first open the app a voice over by Bill Nye exclaims, “You’ve arrived at my desk!” and a desk full of objects is shown.  Users can choose from objects on the desk, such as a rocket, a robot or a sundial, and the app will bring users into a different lesson. There is a huge variety of options to learn from such as: games designed to teach users about the solar system as you take pictures from a rocket, learning about planet Earth’s geological history while digging up a backyard, and cool optical illusions woven into a storyline about alien invasion.

In addition to games, there is also a book of do-it-yourself experiments and the six science experiments require nothing more than everyday household items. Be sure to check out the bobble head. It has interesting science facts to share.” From a review on Mrs. Yollis’ Classroom Blog.

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Rainstack!

July 1, 2014

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Rainstack by Onur Tukel.

This delightful story with charming illustrations will appeal to children of all ages.  Although the animals of the jungle solve a variety of problems by working together as a team using both brains and brawn, one team member with a penchant for inventing, decides they can be replaced by technology.  When technology alone goes awry, they are all pleasantly surprised to find they can work in conjunction with technology to accomplish their goals.

 

Vera M. (Schimelpfenig Library)

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Recommended App of the Week

June 21, 2014

a starfallreadStarfall Learn to Read

Compatible with iPhone, iPodTouch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire.

Price: $2.99

This app is phonics based.  In the “Play” section, there are interactive games for a child to make words- the narrator announces “make a word with -an to match the picture.”  Then a picture appears and the narrator pronounces the word- for example, a picture of a fan appears and the narrator says “fan”. The child has 4 letters to choose from.  If the wrong letter is chosen and dragged in front of -an to make the word, the letter moves back to its original place accompanied by a sound to indicate it is the wrong letter. When the correct letter is chosen and dragged in front of the -an, the letter stays in place and the word is pronounced.

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A matching game shows a picture on one card and a word on the other. When you match them correctly, the narrator pronounces the word.

The picture hunt game shows a drawing in black and white and when you find the word asked for, that image turns to color while the word is sounded out.

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“Starfall Learn to Read is an app version of the stellar learn-to-read website, Starfall. The app has the same content as the “Learn to Read” section of the site. There are 15 mini-books, each focusing on a specific vowel, along with videos and activities to enhance literacy learning. As with other Starfall apps, the thorough and careful design keeps kids focused on learning.” From Common Sense Media Review.

Recommended for preschool children.

Donna C. (Schimelpfenig Library)

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Recommended App of the Week

March 8, 2014

 

moosemathnewiconMoose Math (Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android) iOS 5.1 or later; Android 2.3. and up. $1.99.

“Covers early math skills in a fun build-your-own-world environment. Every detail, from the kid-friendly narration to hints, is designed with young kids in mind. Parents can see reports of their kids’ progress. Parental control swipe screens keep kids from wandering into the reports or other app sections.  Kids enter Moose Juice, the smoothie shop, to practice counting, addition, and subtraction. They go to the Pet Shop to play Pet Bingo, where they work more on counting, addition, and subtraction or to play Paint Pet, where they’ll match animals by counting dots. Then they can visit the Lost & Found store, sort shapes and colors, and work on geometry, or they can play dot-to-dot, where they count by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s. As they complete each level, they get to add another feature to their town.” From Common Sense Media

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Recommended for kindergarten and first grade students.

Donna C (Schimelpfenig Library)

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Fly Guy Presents Space

February 6, 2014

fly guy spacefly guy spacefly guy spaceFly Guy Presents Space by Tedd Arnold

Fly Guy learns about space from his friend Buzz in this fact-filled but funny title.   Photographs of space and some of the people who have been important in space exploration are combined with illustrations of Buzz and Fly Guy.  Imagine Fly Guy in an astronaut suit in front of an actual image showing part of the universe. Buzz explains what he and Fly Guy are seeing at the Space Museum. Buzz also takes notes which are shown throughout the book. In addition to being entertained by Buzz and Fly Guy’s adventure, I learned something I didn’t know- the first creatures sent into space were fruit flies in 1947.  Fly Guy was quite excited about that fact.

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Interest level- K-3rd

Reading level- 2nd-3rd

Recommended by Donna C (Schimelpfenig Library)

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Recommended App of the Week

February 1, 2014

alpha totsAlpha Tots is an interactive way to introduce the alphabet to young children.  In one section, when  a letter is chosen, a voice says the name of the letter and the sound that letter makes. Then you play a game related to the letter.  For example with the letter B, children build a robot by dragging the parts into the correct places. When the child is finished the robot says “Congratulations your robot is complete”. Then the letter C appears on the right side and the child can continue.

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If you tap on the musical notes in the right corner of the main page, the letters of the alphabet appear on the screen as the alphabet song is sung. Another area shows the upper and lower case versions of each letter. When you tap on a letter, a voice says the name of the letter.

Common Sense Media chose this app as one of the best of 2013. Read their review here.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD.

Price: $1.99.  For children ages 2-5.

Donna C (Schimelpfenig Library)

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Recommended App of the Week

January 11, 2014

dogpartyiconMartha’s Dog Party offers kids a fun way to learn vocabulary words with the character originally created in the book Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh and now starring in the PBS Kids TV series of the same name.

 

 

sprintDuring the game “Martha Says”, you tap the screen to make different dogs walk, run or sit. As the game progresses, Martha uses synonyms for those words and explains that they mean the same thing.  For example, instead of using the word run, Martha will say sprint and then explain that sprint means to run.

 

 

 

 

 

 

chow timeIn the game “Chow Time” 3 plates are presented and Martha asks which one is a certain color, shape or has a certain design.  When the correct plate is tapped Martha defines the descriptive word.  For example, she asks which is the plate with the vehicles on it and when the correct plate is chosen, she explains what vehicles are. Then the plate is filled with dog food and the child slides a finger across the plate which brings out the dog’s tongue to lick the plate clean.

In “Doggie Dress Up”  kids are introduced to words such as accessory, stylish and fashionable as they have fun choosing hats and collars to add to a variety of dogs.  Another game choice is “Pop Quiz” which gives you 2 balloons, each with a different word. Martha asks which word means the same as the word she tells you. If you answer correctly the balloon pops with confetti inside. If you answer incorrectly, she defines the correct word. The words used in this game are all from the previous games to reinforce the vocabulary.

Recommended for children ages 4-7.

Compatibility: Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. $.99.

Donna C (Schimelpfenig Library)

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Recommended App of the Week

January 4, 2014

nasa appNASA created this app and it is full of amazing images and information. The Missions home screen shows all the current missions.  When you tap on a specific mission, you are shown details about that mission including images and videos.

On the images home screen you can choose a photo from the Astronomy Picture of the Day, the NASA image of the day and another collection of NASA images.  When you tap on an image, you get a larger view of that image-tap again and get information about the image.  You can also bookmark an image to get back to it easily.

Another area features NASA videos. Some of the videos are actually filmed in space while others are simulated to explain certain astronomy concepts.   New content is frequently added so you won’t run out of things that fascinate.

The images will be enjoyed by all while the other content will be better understood by students who are upper elementary and older.

This app is free and is available for both Android and Apple products.

Donna C (Schimelpfenig Library)

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