Children’s Online Reading Resources

ABC Mouse

Interactive books and educational games for children ages 2-6.

  • 8,500+ individual learning activities.
  • 850+ lessons.
  • Reading, math, science, and social studies.

Only available at Palo Alto City Library

Beanstack

Find great books and apps for your child.

  • Handpicked by librarians.
  • Matched to your child's reading level and interests.
  • Track reading and earn badges.

Bookflix Library Card Required.

Watch and read kids' eBooks.

  • Pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction.
  • Animals and Nature, Family and Community, Celebrations.
  • Read Along with word-by-word highlighting.
  • Need Adobe Flash to use on desktop.

Bookletters

Sign up to get book recommendations in your email box.

  • eNewsletter curated by Palo Alto City Librarians.
  • For adults, teens, and children.
  • Browse award winning, subject, and best selling lists.
  • New book notifications.

Enki Library Library Card Required.

Enki Library is an eBooks platform created by libraries in California with great content from indie publishers.

Downloadable eBooks in Enki are compatible with most eReading devices, PCs & Macs.

Check out Enki FAQs if you need help.

Hoopla Library Card Required.

Download and stream digital content to your computer or device:

  • Streaming movies & TV.
  • eBooks
  • eAudiobooks
  • graphic novels
  • Music albums

Limit 5 checkouts per month per library card.

Learning Express

Exam preparation and online learning, including:

  • Exam Prep (SAT, ACT, GED, GRE, etc.)
  • Occupation Examp Prep (Cosmetology, Civil Service, Law, Fire, etc.)
  • Reading, Writing and Math Skills

Users must register and log in to take tests, access tutorials or get eBooks.

Novelist K-8 Plus

Book recommendation service for K-8 readers:

  • Notification services
  • Fiction and non-fiction recommendations
  • Mood-based recommendations
  • Core Curriculum recommendations

OverDrive Library Card Required.

Overdrive is a platform for eBooks and audiobooks.

  • Almost 3000 eBooks
  • Over 3600 audiobooks
  • For Windows 10+, download Window's app
  • For iOS and Android, click "View available apps" below

Check out Overdrive FAQs if you need help.

Storyplay*r Library Card Required.

Picture books in French and in English for kids 3 to 10.

  • Read at your own pace, or listen to an audio narration
  • Use the built-in audio recorder function to record yourself reading
  • Share the recording, synchronized with images of the book, by e-mail link

Tumblebook Library

Tumblebook Library is an online collection of eBooks for kids. It requires Flash player.

  • Animated, talking picture books
  • Reading comprehension quizzes
  • Educational games
  • Teacher resources

 

Library Card Required. *Requires a library card

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