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Recommended Reading: TumbleBook and TumbleMath

Updated: May 23, 2020

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Ready for something NEW and FUN?

Are your kids getting tired of the books you have available? Try out TumbleBooks, available for a limited time on the library website. From the library home page, choose Resources, then select “Digital Resources for Kids.” TumbleBook is one of the options.

There are so many possibilities with TumbleBooks, it can feel a bit overwhelming. Here are a few simple tips for getting started. There is more information in “How to Tumble” in the blue navigation bar at the top of the page.

Animated, narrated picture books are at the heart of TumbleBook's collection, but there are many choices of presentation. These colorful e-books are great for quiet time, reading practice time, or travel time.

Let's Begin!

To get started, click on one of the colored tabs (on a phone this is the “hamburger” menu), such as Story Books or NonFiction, OR choose the TumbleSearch icon above the blue navigation bar. With Search, you can specify the subject, reading level (either Accelerated Reader/AR or Lexile), length, title, or author.

The colored tabs (“hamburger” menu on a phone) let you select whether or not the book can be transformed from a narrated story with automatic page turns to an independent reader with no narration. “Story Books” are narrated. “Read Alongs” have two options: with or without narration. “EBooks” are text-only and include more complex chapter books and classics like “Black Beauty” and “The Wind in the Willows.”

Habla Ud. Español? Parlez-vous français?

TumbleBooks are available in several languages. Use the Language button at the top of the screen. Looking for a reading activity that takes 20, 30, or even 40 minutes? Try a Playlist! There are over 100 pre-made playlists featuring two or more books. You can also make your own by choosing “Add to Playlist” for any title. Add books and videos to make a perfect storytime. Your playlists and favorites will display in the blue navigation bar at the top of the page. The colored Playlist tab on the Tabs Bar lists the pre-made lists. Playlists may not be available on the phone version.

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Tumble … Math?

That’s right, the same cute animated, narrated e-books are available in titles that support learning math concepts! Whether your student is just starting to add and subtract, or if they’re diving deep into the mysteries of place value, there are books in TumbleMath that will help them understand what to do next. There are books based on fifteen different math concepts are available to choose from.

TumbleMath e-books can be presented as narrated, automatic page-turn stories, or in “manual” mode (allowing the student to read the text and turn the page when s/he is ready).

Are you inspired to try out something new? Get out there and Tumble! The Caldwell Public Library is appreciative of TumbleBooks publishers, as they have made these valuable resources available free of cost to libraries across the country during the corona-virus crisis.

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