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What is TumbleBooks?

TumbleBooks provides animated picture books online for children and anyone who is learning to read and understand English.

Special Features

  • Playlists Students, teachers, librarians and parents can preload a number of TumbleBooks in an online player in order to be played one after another. The TumblePlayer works just like an online music player.
  • Favorites Add your favorite title(s) to the My Favorites section for easy access at any time. This feature is cookied onto individual computers.
  • My Cloud If you create an account on my cloud, you will be able to access your Favorites on multiple computers and devices.
  • Reading Level Find books by Accelerated Reader, Lexile, or grade level.
  • Core Curriculum Find Informational Texts, Foundational Skills, and Reading Literature for K-3.
  • Interface Language In the right corner you can choose Spanish or French for the interface.

Accessing TumbleBooks

  • To find TumbleBooks click here. (You can also find the link by clicking Research at the top of any DCL web page, clicking Online Resources by Category and selecting the Multimedia section or by choosing TumbleBooks from the alphabetical list of online resources.)
  • If you are accessing TumbleBooks from outside the library, you will be asked to provide your DCL library card number.
  • If you are using your smartphone or tablet, you will be asked whether or not you want to use the mobile version.

The Main Screen

The main TumbleBooks screen features six option to choose from.

  • Storybooks: Animated stories for younger children
  • Read-Alongs: Read-along chapter books with narration & word highlighting
  • Videos: Videos from National Geographic that support Core Curriculum Standards
  • Puzzles & Games: Games and puzzles based on specific picture books
  • Language Learning: eBooks and audiobooks in a few foreign languages
  • Non Fiction Books: Explore stories about real animals, people or places

Inside the Books

In automatic mode, the pages turn by themselves and are narrated.

In manual mode, the narration and animation continue, but children turn the pages at their own speed. A flashing arrow appears at the end of each page prompting the reader to turn the page.

The sound off/on button allows the student to mute the narration and read to themselves.

The Pause Button: Both the student and teacher can use the pause button to stop the story at any time in order to practice story prediction, interpret pictures, discuss new vocabulary words, empathize with a character, discuss possible consequences of actions, encourage problem solving, or provide historical, geographical, or other perspectives.

The story books section also includes pre-set playlists for your convenience which play various books in sequence! No need to choose books and add them to your favorites or playlist as we’ve already done this for you! Also, check out our TumbleTV episodes which features a zany host, Tommy Tumble, introducing various TumbleBooks.