The TumbleBookLibrary is located on the Youth webpage on the library’s website, and can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection, whether at the library, at school, or at home. More than 200 books are available, and include current favorites as well as classic fairy tales like Jack and the Beanstalk. Modern popular titles include How I Became a Pirate, Diary of a Worm, and much more. Children who are more interested in reading about real animals, people or places may explore the selection of nonfiction books that are available.
The books are particularly helpful for new readers, reluctant readers, or ESL (English as a Second Language) readers. Children may read along as the story is read to them, or they can mute the sound and read at their own pace. Puzzles and games that relate to the stories add an interactive element to the books and increase the fun!
More-advanced readers may enjoy the Read-Alongs or downloadable e-books and audiobooks, which include classic chapter-books like Black Beauty, Peter Pan, and The Wizard of Oz. Students who participate in the Accelerated Reader program for school will be able to find the reading level and point value for each book on the Read-Along book’s information page. Accelerated Reader points are not available for e-books or audiobooks.
TumbleBookLibrary includes a growing number of books available in Spanish and French. Some of the titles are available in the bilingual format, allowing the user to read the book in two languages. A language drop-down menu on the TumbleBookLibrary homepage enables users to view the entire website in Spanish or French. Once the specific language is selected, instructions, details, and descriptions of books all appear in Spanish or French.
To access the TumbleBookLibrary, start at the library’s webpage, www.fortbend.lib.tx.us , and click on the “Youth and Teens” link on the left-hand side. Select “Links for Kids”and “Audio/electronic books,” and then click on the TumbleBooks link. You do not need to register or log in.
For more information on the TumbleBookLibrary, ask about it at any of the Children’s departments at Fort Bend County Libraries.