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

Brush Those Teeth and Letter W for February 24th, 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!

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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

Bedtime for Sweet Creatures by Nikki Grimes

This book is available at our library

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

Nikki Grimes, Coretta Scott King Award winning author, and acclaimed illustrator Elizabeth Zunon’s latest children’s masterpiece creates an imagination-fueled and animal-filled journey to bedtime.

“[A] rhythmic, playful romp through a restless child’s bedtime routine… a loving, effective lullaby.”―Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

It’s bedtime. But Mommy’s little one is not sleepy.

He growls like a bear, he questions like an owl, he tosses his mane like a lion. He hunts for water like a sly wolf, and hides like a snake.

Mommy needs to wrangle her sweet creature in bed so that the whole family can sleep. From tigers to squirrels to snakes, the little boy dodges around his bedtime, until he is tired enough to finally sleep. His imaginative animal friends weave their way through the illustrations, eventually joining him in curling up for the night.

“The mother’s loving understanding is demonstrated by how she works with her child’s rich imagination, never slipping into admonishment. As such, children will engage with the pajama-clad tot’s antics and be soothed by the book’s positive tone. A fabulous interpretation of an everyday battle.”―Booklist, STARRED review

Ms. Emily’s Pick of the Month

Ms. Emily’s Non-fiction Book Pick

A Family Guide to Terrariums for Kids: Imagination-inspiring Projects to Grow a World in Glass – Build a mini ecosystem

Available at our library and as an ebook on the Hoopla

This book was purchased with the Back 2 Books grant and will be on display in the Children’s Room

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads below

Design, plant, and grow a world of your very own—inside a terrarium! Including 15 unique, imagination-inspiring project plans, each accompanied by adorable, full-color photographs, kids and their grown-ups will discover how easy terrariums are to plant and grow. 

Kids love to create, imagine, and have fun. Nothing fulfills all three of those desires quite like designing and planting a terrarium. With the step-by-step project instructions found in A Family Guide to Terrariums for Kids, the results are beautiful, inspiring, and confidence-building. Making these little landscapes develops motor skillsspacial awareness, and provides a wealth of sensory input. The science behind the art is included with quick and simple lessons on ecosystem functions, the water cycle, and plant nutrition. But for kids, it’s all about being active and building something cool! Plus, when the project is complete, there’s a piece of living art to share with family and friends or display on a bedroom shelf.

With the terrarium plans found in A Family Guide to Terrariums for Kids, everyone in the family can tap their inner “science geek” to:
Use multi-colored sand and succulents to craft a desert terrarium
Plant, trim, and tend a terrarium bonsai tree
Build a peat bog filled with carnivorous plants

Make an aquatic terrarium, complete with a marimo moss ball “pet”
Design a prehistoric garden of air plants
Create a plant-filled habitat for a praying mantisGrow a Japanese garden with living rocks
With information on selecting the best terrarium container, growing materials, decorative elements, tools, and plants, readers are primed for success that lasts long after the terrarium has been built. Terrariums combine imagination and creativity with a dash of hands-on science. And you get to play in the dirt! What could be better than that?

Miss Emily’s Chapter Book Pick 

Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park

Available at our library and as an ebook and audiobook on the Cloud Library

Check out the Goodreads synopsis below

Prairie Lotus is a book about a girl determined to fit in and realize her dreams: getting an education, becoming a dressmaker in her father’s shop, and making at least one friend. Hanna, a half-Asian girl in a small town in America’s heartland, lives in 1880. Hanna’s adjustment to her new surroundings, and the townspeople’s prejudice against Asians, is at the heart of the story.

Ms. Krys’s Pick of the Month

What’s Cooking at 10 Garden Street by Felicita Sala Available at our library

Available at our library

Find out more with this synopsis from Goodreads below

Something smells good at 10 Pomegranate Street! Delicious, actually!

In each apartment, someone is preparing a special dish to share with their neighbours. Mr. Singh is making coconut dahl with his daughter while Maria mashes some avocados for her guacamole. Will everything be ready on time?

Written and magnificently illustrated by Felicita Sala, this glorious celebration of community is filled with recipes from all over the world and simple instructions perfect for young chefs.  Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street is a visual feast to share and delight in.

Ms. Lisa’s Pick of the Month

Ecclesiastes by Cynthia Rylant

Available at our library

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads below

In the spirit of her acclaimed Dog Heaven and Cat Heaven, Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant illustrates verses from the King James Bible chapter of Ecclesiastes in a simple yet powerful folk art style.

Cynthia Rylant takes the familiar text of the third chapter of Ecclesiastes, as told in the King James Bible, and lovingly illustrates it in her simple but bold style that has been called “stunning” by School Library Journal. As she did with the creation story, Rylant has created a sublime take on a classic story that will appeal to readers of all ages.

Ms. Makenzie’s Pick of the Month

Sewing for Kids by Alexa Ward

Available at our library

This book was purchased with the Back 2 Books grant and will be on display in the Children’s Room

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads below

Get crafty with super fun sewing projects for kids

From an adorable Needle House to an awesome Pizza Pencil Case, there are so many awesome things that can be sewn with just a needle and thread. Packed with beginner techniques for hand and machine sewing, Sewing for Kids takes you stitch-by-stitch from threading a needle to making your own Fingerless Gloves.

Get started with the ins and outs of hand-sewing, like how to tie a knot or sew a whipstitch, and before you know it, you’ll be sewing on a sewing machine! Wow your friends with your own handmade Fruit Purse—then, take your sewing up a notch with magical machine-sewing projects, like a Winter Beanie and Shark Tail Blanket.

Sewing for Kids includes:

Needlework newbies—Start stitching with easy-to-understand techniques, safety rules, basic stitches to build on, and tips for filling your sewing kit. Something for everyone—These fun and funky hand-sewing and machine-sewing projects increase in difficulty so you can get comfortable sewing and then practice your skills. That’s sew you!—Have a blast sewing handmade goods, like a Sloth Backpack Charm, a Tic-Tac-Toe Pillow, and a Beanbag Chair—or customize your crafts with tips to make it your own.

With Sewing for Kids, you’ll have stitches of fun and a special skill you can feel proud of for a lifetime.