1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Beginning on September 1st, pick up a folder that will include all you and your child will need to begin this self-paced, free, fun, and rewarding program from the Harrisburg District Library!

Why read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten? You are your child’s first teacher, and sharing books together creates memories and wonderful bonding experiences. Reading out loud to your child builds the pre-literacy skills needed to learn to read. These skills include vocabulary, background knowledge, and knowing the sounds that letters make.

Reading 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten can be accomplished in a number of ways:

1 book a day x 365 days = 365 books

1 book a day x 3 years = 1095 books

3 books a day x 365 days = 1095 books

So many ways to reach 1,000!

Read any 1,000 books with your child (repeating books is welcome because we know how often “Everybody Poops” can be requested at bedtime;)) and checkmark/X/dot/stamp/or/sticker on the logs provided for each 100. Check in at the library with your child so that we can cheer you on at each 100 books read. Small prizes will be rewarded.

Welcome to Miss Emily’s Virtual Story Time Room!

What is a Virtual Story Time Room? This virtual room offers options for more extended fun after story time ends. It also includes a link to click to rewatch the story time through our YouTube channel, anytime! (Story time videos will get deleted from our Facebook page but will always be available here!) There are links to watch other YouTube videos related to the topic or theme each week (letter song, or other movement video). Each room will feature book covers that take you to the library catalog to request the specific book.

Click the links to open up a new page! Links will be available after story time has occurred.

Hello, Friends and Letter A for September 2nd, 2020

Teddy Bears and Letter B for September 9th, 2020

Pirate and Letter C for September 16th, 2020

Dinosaurs and Letter D for September 23rd, 2020

Shapes and Letter E for September 30th, 2020

Apples and Letter F for October 7th, 2020

Pumpkins and Letter G for October 14th, 2020

Fall Leaves and Letter Hfor October 21st, 2020

Slightly Spooky and Letter I for October 28th, 2020

My Feelings and Letter J for November 4th, 2020

Counting and Letter K for November, 11th 2020

Let’s Eat and Letter L for November 18th, 2020

Let It Snow and Letter M for December 2nd, 2020

Animals in Winter and Letter N for December 9th, 2020

Yeti Story time and Letter O for December 16th, 2020

Happy New Year and Letter P for December 30th, 2020

Dragons and Letter Q for January 6th, 2021

Soup-er Story Time and Letter R for January 13th, 2021

Pete the Cat and Letter S for January 20th, 2021

Things that Go and Letter T for January 27th, 2021

Elephant and Piggie and Letter U for February 3rd, 2021

Love and Letter V for February 10th, 2021

Healthy Teeth and Letter W for February 24th, 2021

Story Time and Letter X for March 3rd, 2021

Story Time and Letter Y for March 10th, 2021

Story Time and Letter Z for March 17th, 2021

Chapter Book Genre Fiction Lists

Sometimes it can be overwhelming to walk in the library to see stacks of books organized by author. You aren’t sure where to look for a book to read! Introducing: genre fiction lists. These lists are organized by topic and feature 15 books that can all be found in the Harrisburg District Library.

Click the links to open up a new page and view each book list!

Action & Adventure Fiction: This sheet is updated to include whether the item is available as an e-resource, the AR level and points, and clickable book covers to take you directly to request the item through the library.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Read Alikes: This sheet is updated to include whether the item is available as an e-resource, the AR level and points, and clickable book covers to take you directly to request the item through the library.

Family Fiction : This sheet is updated to include whether the item is available as an e-resource, the AR level and points, and clickable book covers to take you directly to request the item through the library.

Fantasy & Science Fiction: This sheet is updated to include whether the item is available as an e-resource, the AR level and points, and clickable book covers to take you directly to request the item through the library.

Friendship Fiction  : This sheet is updated to include whether the item is available as an e-resource, the AR level and points, and clickable book covers to take you directly to request the item through the library.

Historical Fiction :This sheet is updated to include whether the item is available as an e-resource, the AR level and points, and clickable book covers to take you directly to request the item through the library.

Laugh Out Loud Fiction: This sheet is updated to include whether the item is available as an e-resource, the AR level and points, and clickable book covers to take you directly to request the item through the library.

Magic Fiction : This sheet is updated to include whether the item is available as an e-resource, the AR level and points, and clickable book covers to take you directly to request the item through the library.

Mystery Fiction: This sheet is updated to include whether the item is available as an e-resource, the AR level and points, and clickable book covers to take you directly to request the item through the library.

#OwnVoices: List coming soon!

Scary Fiction : This sheet is updated to include whether the item is available as an e-resource, the AR level and points, and clickable book covers to take you directly to request the item through the library.

Superhero Fiction : This sheet is updated to include whether the item is available as an e-resource, the AR level and points, and clickable book covers to take you directly to request the item through the library.

Survival Fiction: This sheet is updated to include whether the item is available as an e-resource, the AR level and points, and clickable book covers to take you directly to request the item through the library.

Video Games Fiction: This sheet is updated to include whether the item is available as an e-resource, the AR level and points, and clickable book covers to take you directly to request the item through the library.

Monarch Award

The Monarch Award is the Illinois K-3 Readers’ Choice Award. Book nominations are accepted statewide from school library media specialists, teachers, public librarians, and students.  Books are both fiction and non-fiction and include a range of interest and reading levels for students K-3. Come check out an Illinois Monarch Award winner today!

Harrisburg District Library has copies of Monarch Book Award winners for 2020 and 2021. Links below will open PDF documents for each year!

2020Monarch

2021Monarch

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Bluestem Award

The Bluestem Award is the Illinois Readers’ Choice Award for Grades 3-5. Bluestem books are fiction and non-fiction , ranging interests and reading levels. Come check out a Bluestem Award book today!

Harrisburg District Library has copies of the books in the Bluestem Award lists for 2020 and 2021. Click the links below to open PDF documents.

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2021Bluestem

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Accelerated Reader Bookfinder:

Search for books to find the AR Level and points value. If the book is on this website, there is an AR test for it at your school!

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Cloud Library

The 3M Cloud Library app is available for Harrisburg District Library patrons to download e-books and e-audiobooks for free! All you need is your Harrisburg District Library card number and 4-digit PIN. The app is available for free download to iOS and Android devices. The Cloud Library has fiction and non-fiction for kids, teens, and adults.

https://www.yourcloudlibrary.com/

*Choose Illinois Heartland Library System when prompted to “Find Your Local Library.”

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Hoopla

The Hoopla app is available for Harrisburg District Library patrons to download e-books, e-audiobooks, movies, TV shows, and music for free! All you need is your Harrisburg District Library card number and 4-digit PIN. The app is available for free download to iOS and Android devices. There are items available for all ages, with no wait times. Download the item immediately for easy access or stream online.

www.hoopladigital.com

*Sign up with an email and password, choose your library, accept the terms and conditions, then enter your library card number and 4 digit PIN

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TumbleBooks

TumbleBooks is a fun and interactive library of books available right at your fingertips. It allows you to read along with an animated book or read on your own. TumbleBooks are created by taking story books and adding animation, sound, music, and movement to create an e-book. Find picture books, chapter books, non-fiction, videos, and more for children of all ages on TumbleBooks today!

Click to access TumbleBooks

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Kids InfoBits

Kids InfoBits is a database perfect for primary and elementary school learners. It features information on topics such as health, sports, plants, science, and literature. Click the photo to access with either your Harrisburg District Library card number and 4-digit PIN, or using har16592

Click to access Kids InfoBits

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ABCmouse

Children can visit Harrisburg District Library for free access to ABC Mouse. ABC Mouse

offers activities to improve math, reading, and art skills. Visit the classroom, the zoo, the farm, and more! Access is only available in-house at the library.

Ms. Emily’s Pick of the Month

Ms. Emily’s Picture Book Pick

Sumo Kitty By David Biedrzycki

This book is available at our library

Find out more about this book with this synopsis from Goodreads below

A stray kitty gets a job in a sumo stable, chasing mice in exchange for food. But when eating like a sumo wrestler slows our feline hero down, he realizes he must train like a wrestler, too. Through hard work and perseverance–and with a little help from a big buddy–SumoKitty is born!

Ms. Emily’s Pick of the Month

Miss Emily’s Chapter Book Pick 

Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter

Available at our library and as an ebook on Cloud Library and Hoopla

Check out the Goodreads synopsis below

When 11-year-old April joins a group of kids living at Winterborne Home she doesn’t expect to be there for very long. But she soon learns that this home isn’t like any of the others – especially when she unearths the secret of the missing-and-presumed-dead billionaire, Gabriel Winterborne, who is neither missing nor dead but is actually living in a basement lair, sharpening his swords and looking for vengeance.

Now that April knows Gabriel Winterborne is alive, she must turn to the other orphans to keep him that way. As a looming new danger threatens to take Gabriel down once and for all, they must use their individual talents to find a way to make sure this home for misfits isn’t lost to them for ever.

Because at the Winterborne Home, nothing is what it seems, no one is who they say they are and nowhere is safe. And now a ragtag group of orphans must unravel the riddle of a missing heir, a supposed phantom and a secret key, all without alerting the adults of Winterborne House that trouble is afoot.

Ms. Krys’s Pick of the Month

Fairy Floss: The Sweet Story of Cotton Candy by Ann Ingalls, Migy Blanco

Available at our library.

Find out more with this synopsis from Goodreads below

The 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri, was an exhibition like none other. It had huge buildings for displaying all sorts of inventions and machines, exhibits from all around the world, and vendors selling new foods, including something called Fairy Floss, which we now call cotton candy.

In this book, a young girl named Lily and her Aunt Mae are told all about Fairy Floss by John Wharton, one of the inventors. Lily can’t wait to go to the Fair and see how it’s made. While there, she even makes a batch for herself!

Readers will get a glimpse of the excitement and innovation of the Fair through the descriptive text and the detailed illustrations in this beautiful historical fiction picture book

Ms. Zoey’s Pick of the Month

How do Dinosaurs Stay Safe by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague

Available at our library

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads below

From crossing the street with Mama to encountering a stranger, the playful but careful antics of America’s favorite dinosaurs will make readers laugh aloud — and prompt discussion of safety issues.

Few things in childhood are as important as learning how to behave safely, and the topic deserves discussion in every family. Now Jane Yolen and Mark Teague deftly approach this critical subject with warmth, humor, and hilarity.

The wildly funny contrast between Teague’s massive dinosaur children and their human-sized surroundings makes this subject especially appealing and funny. Where a book about safety for children might be potentially frightening, the antics of immense dinosaurs jumping on the bed or learning how to dial 9-1-1 on Mama’s tiny phone will keep readers laughing from start to finish.

Parents, children, teachers, and other caregivers need a comfortable way to discuss safety, and this book provides just that. And as children learn invaluable rules about safe behavior, they’ll beg to read it again and again for the wildly appealing silliness on each page. Here is a book that belongs in every household!

Ms. Evan’s Pick of the Month

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

Available at our library and as an ebook on the Hoopla

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads below

This scrumptious New York Times bestseller has a whole lot of kick!

Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You’re in red-hot trouble.

The award-winning team behind Those Darn Squirrels! has created an unforgettable, laugh-until-salsa-comes-out-of-your-nose tale of new friends and the perfect snack.