Starting with existing picture books, TumbleBooks adds animation, sound, music, and storytelling to create electronic stories that kids can read or be read to. There are currently over 250 animated and talking picture books available, including chapters to read, non-fiction selections, and books in Spanish and French. There are also games and puzzles, math stories that promote basic math skills, and even graphic novels.
âIt’s a great resource,â said Leigh Wilkinson, Youth Services Coordinator for SCLS. âGo to the library website, look under Go to your library, click eBooks and eAudiobooks, and scroll down to TumbleBooks. You can instantly browse the books and start listening. No need to sign in, create an account, download or put books on hold. Everything is broadcast instantly. It’s great for little kids because it’s so visual. They can choose a book cover that looks attractive and in two someone clicks to read them the story. The animation and sound are so appealing, the text highlighted as the narrator reads is totally immersive. It’s like secret literacy. “
In addition to 24/7 access via the Sussex County Library website, a TumbleBooks app is available for Android and Apple devices. Users must have an SCLS library card to log in the first time, but no account creation or password is required.
To start your TumbleBooks adventure, visit sussexcountylibrary.org/ebooks-and-eaudiobooks/ to browse or get the app.