Albie’s First Word : A Tale Inspired by Albert Einstein’s Childhood written by Jacqueline Tourville and illustrated by Wynne Evans. When Albert Einstein was a young child, his parents worried because he didn’t talk. His younger sister Maya chattered away but Albie said nothing. He actively engaged in many activities and he observed but didn’t comment. According to the author’s note at the end of this title, Einstein has acknowledged his parents’ concern and the fact that they contacted a doctor. In this story the doctor makes several suggestions that he hopes will cause Albie to utter his first word but nothing works until Albie’s wonder at the universe inspires him. The illustrations include details that bring us back to the late 19th century of Einstein’s childhood, while also demonstrating that Albie is unique. The image of preschooler Albie at a university lecture shows him standing on the chair as he focuses his gaze at the speaker. A great introduction to Albert Einstein.
You may have noticed a new image on our Kids’ Brain page. Clicking 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.
Clicking 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.
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!
Leo 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)
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
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.
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)
Compatible with iPhone, iPodTouch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire.
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.
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.
“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)
Moose 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
Recommended for kindergarten and first grade students.
Donna C (Schimelpfenig Library)
Fly 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.
Interest level- K-3rd
Reading level- 2nd-3rd
Recommended by Donna C (Schimelpfenig Library)
Alpha 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.
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)
Martha’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.
During 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.
In 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)