What Are Tumblebooks for Children?

Tumblebooks are pre-existing picture books in e-reader format that have added animation effects, narrated story and dialogue, enhanced sounds and music appropriate to the story. This content engages children and encourages them as they learn to read. Adults and children can read the books or have them read by the program.

Tumblebooks are licensed to schools and libraries, allowing teachers, students and other educational professionals to access the Tumblebook library from any computer in the facility with an Internet connection. Home access is available by using a direct link set up on the facility's website. Tablet users with platforms that support Adobe Flash 8.0 or above are also capable of accessing Tumblebooks.

Tumblebooks currently includes 237 storybooks and 24 chapter books in its collection. The storybooks include "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Caillou Tidies His Toys" and "A Pocketful of Kisses." Chapter books offered include "The Wizard of Oz," "Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew #1: Sleepover Sleuths" and "Max-a-Million: Max the Mighty Superhero." Tumblebooks also offers 59 language-learning books.

In addition to the books offered by a Tumblebooks license, subscribers also receive access to video content, games and Common Core Portals for English and Math.

Licensing is on a yearly basis, with schools and libraries paying $799 per year. Discounts are available for volume licenses and multi-year subscriptions.