Online Books for Little Readers

With all the news about e-books, it’s easy to overlook an online reading resource always available with any internet connection – no downloading necessary! Through the Glen Ellyn Public Library Kids webpage, we have a few alternative ways for your child to read with you, or independently. BookFlix and the TumbleBookLibrary are two options for your child to read and watch books come to life from the computer.  Both services are available in the library or at home. BookFlix requires a Glen Ellyn library card number for home use.

TumbleBooks provide you with a collection of animated picture books that feature audio and visual delights that get children excited about reading. The selection features many popular picture books and accommodates different reading proficiencies, including read-along text and the options for manual or automatic page turning.  If you are having trouble picking out just one book, TumbleBooks provides preselected playlists of books to be played in succession along with the opportunity to create your own. Each book description gives the reading level, and our library is also subscribed to the next step for readers: TumbleReadables, for those who are ready to read alone and start beginner chapter books. Both of these products feature titles compatible with iPad.

With the Scholastic BookFlix database you choose your subject of interest followed by a pair of books to watch and read. The child watches an animated video of one of their favorite stories followed by a separate nonfiction book on the same subject. Each of these books features the option of highlighted text that progresses with the audio. After the two books, your child can participate in several story-related games and activities that all contribute to their growing literacy skills. In addition to all of these features, the child is also provided with fun facts about the author and web links related to the story subject. BookFlix are a great resource for at the library, at home, or even on the go.

Both of these options provide your young reader with bilingual or alternate language choices. Explore our web page, or ask a librarian to take advantage of these great services today!

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