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The Whittier Public Library offers free downloadable eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, and online books.
Sharing Screen Time With Your Child
Here are some simple things to help provide the “full read-aloud benefit” from a digital picture book for your toddler or preschooler:
- Choose digital books in a format that is as simple as possible. If your goal is to read to your child, use books without all the extra bells and whistles. Search for classic picture books in a digital format.
- Turn off the narration. Especially during the first few times with a new digital book, read the book in your own voice, pause, ask questions and fully engage in the wonderful parent-child conversation that makes the read-aloud experience so rich for young children. Just as with traditional books, children will learn to “read” them independently. Encourage them to do this without the narration and to tell the story as they remember it by looking at the pictures.
- Use the manual instead of auto setting. This allows you and your child to move through the book at a comfortable pace and to turn back a page or two whenever your child wants to.
The convenience and novelty of e-readers for young children can provide entertainment and access to a huge collection of books.
It’s crucial to remember, however, that it’s an adult who can help make this experience more complete by adding a warm lap and lots of conversation.
Axis 360 eBooks
Axis 360 offers eBooks especially for children (infants through middle school). Browse the Magic Wall for picture books, beginning readers, chapter books, information books and biographies.
TumbleBooks offers animated, talking picture books that you read from your personal computer.