Does your child need additional practice with literacy skills? Or are you looking for an additional resource to add some entertainment to your child’s day? If so, TumbleBooks may be a great option for your family. TumbleBooks are animated picture books that highlight sentences as they are read aloud. You can access them with your library card number through their website, or you can download the app to your device. There are unlimited copies of each title, and there are no limits to how many books you may access at a time. TumbleBooks users have access to storybooks, read-alongs, ebooks, graphic novels, non-fiction books, language learning, National Geographic videos, music, puzzles, games, and playlists. If you’re interested in reading, browse the individual book titles or take a look through the playlists. Playlists are a series of saved stories that are played one after another. You can use them as a storytime, or to group stories together surrounding a theme of interest. Create your own playlists, or choose from a selection that have already been created. You can browse playlists by a variety of time ranges and different themes. I will be highlighting a few of these below.
Here is a playlist to help your kids unwind at the end of the day. Included are the stories Go Back to Bed! by Ginger Foglesong Guy, Into the Tub! by Laura Beaver and Jill Nolen, and Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. You can choose to read one story, or all three for a total of 13 minutes. Go Back to Bed! Is a funny story of a boy that keeps finding excuses for getting out of bed. Each time he gets up, he finds his parents doing wild and fun things without him. Into the Tub! is a rhyming story of a little mouse that must be patiently persuaded by her mom to get ready for bed. Little Hoot is an adorable bedtime story about a little owl’s late bedtime. Little Hoot just wants to go to bed early like his friends do, but he must stay up late and play.
Listen to/read fun chicken stories and poems with this playlist. This is a longer playlist at 28 minutes long, so you may want to break it up for younger kids. Titles include: Chicken Big by Keith Graves, Chicken Scratches: Poultry Poetry and Rooster Rhymes by Lynn Brunelle and George Shannon, and Coriander the Contrary Hen by Dori Chaconas. Chicken Big is about a giant chicken that was born on a tiny farm. The other chickens try to make sense of what exactly he is through a series of silly events in this twist on the classic “Chicken Little” story. Chicken Scratches: Poultry Poetry and Rooster Rhymes is a collection of fun poems all about chickens. Coriander the Contrary Hen is the humorous story of a very stubborn hen. She plops herself in the middle of the road and refuses to move, causing a traffic jam. One character finally realizes that a bit of reverse psychology will do the trick, and gets her to move – even if she’s not doing it to cooperate.
This playlist has three picture books totaling 21 minutes of reading/listening. The stories are suitable for kids in kindergarten through grade 3 and include: Marsupial Sue by John Lithgow, Hello Sun by Hans Wilhelm, and The Three Silly Billies by Margie Palatini. Marsupial Sue is a rhyming story of a kangaroo who wants to be something else. She tries to be a variety of different animals but ultimately realizes she likes being herself the best. Hello Sun is the story of a young hedgehog who decides to build a treehouse so he can see the sun. He encounters a tricky fox that bets he can’t do it, but he cleverly finds a way by recruiting other animals to help. The Three Silly Billies is a fractured fairytale about various fairytale characters that want to cross a bridge that is guarded by a troll. They must work together to pay the toll to the troll in this silly story.