Kids got cabin fever? Try Tumblebook
by Denise Dillow, BCPL youth services supervisor
This has been a tough winter so far – the past few weeks have been full of snow, ice, and water shortages. And it’s not over yet.
If you have little ones, then chances are they’ve been home way more than they’ve been at school since the Christmas break, and cabin fever has likely set in, big time. Coming up with creative ways to spend your kids’ time can be a challenge.
It’s important that they keep up on their school work, including reading. Maybe you encouraged your young one to read his or her AR book, only to hear “I forgot it at school.”
Well, don’t despair! At Boyd County Public Library, we can help solve that problem. With a BCPL card, you can go to the library without leaving your home!
An abundance of ematerials (books, audio books) are available for children through this website. Just click here to get started. It’s super easy to download to any device – iPad, Kindle, Nook, and other devices and smartphones, using the OverDrive collection online. Directions are also available on the site.
But another great resource I want to focus on here is called Tumblebook Library. Tumblebook contains animated, talking picture books and chapter books for children to capture your child’s attention and imagination.
Each book shows the AR level, the grade level, the lexile level, the number of AR points it is worth, and the number for the AR quiz! Your child can listen to the audio of the story or turn the audio off. But I suggest to keep it on – the narration and the sound effects throughout the stories are excellent and help keep your child focused. The story can be paused, and there are also puzzles and games to check for comprehension.
Books truly do come alive with Tumblebook Library! Kids, parents, and teachers who have used it tell us they love it. Students who are struggling with reading or students who are learning English as a second language can find Tumblebook Library very helpful. There are also stories in different languages such as French, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian.
Tumblebook Library also contains math stories and graphic novels. If you have a child who does not like to read, this site is a sure bet to help them learn about the joys of reading in a format that they will love. If your child particularly enjoys a certain story, you can easily click on the author’s name to find titles of other books that they have written.
There’s plenty of great non-fiction, too. Tumblebook Library contains a large assortment of titles about animals and nature, space and technology, geography, history, biology, science, and social studies.
With just a little bit of help from you, your child can easily navigate through Tumblebook Library and read some wonderful books and watch some wonderful videos. They will have so much fun they won’t realize how much they are learning!