National Children’s Book Week: Digital Stories to Read at Home

Christian County Library Staff Kids, News

The Library is celebrating Children’s Book Week from May 4th-10th. For this national initiative celebrating the importance of literature for children, we are encouraging our patrons to check out some suggested titles cultivated by our Youth Services Staff. Let’s get reading, Christian County!

TumbleBook Library

TumbleBooks is the “book and cassette tape pack” for the modern age. The collection includes picture books, early readers, and early chapter books. Words light up as the narrator reads to help children follow along, making this an especially excellent resource for children who are learning to read or who are struggling with reading.

The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Brigette Barrager

The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Brigette Barrager
Recommended by Alyssa

Reminiscent of Disney and Little Golden Books legend, Mary Blair, Barrager lights up the pages of this refreshed fairy tale with vivid and lively illustrations. Children will laugh to hear the princesses snore, and be wowed by the bright colors and expressive characters.


Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Recommended by Shay

This sweet story about a little pea and his parents puts a silly twist on children eating all their dinner in order to be allowed dessert.


Purple, Green, and Yellow by Robert Munsch

Purple, Green, and Yellow by Robert Munsch
Recommended by Nikki

Kids love markers. This is a humorous story that shows how one particular girl uses all her powers of persuasion to get markers and let her creativity loose.


The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
Recommended by Dana

This modern classic has roots in traditional fairy tales and provides a different kind of happily-ever-after. Featuring a princess, a dragon, and an ungrateful prince named Ronald, this story is sure to entertain the whole family!


I’m a Manatee by John Lithgow

I’m a Manatee by John Lithgow
Recommended by Lia

Featuring cute illustrations and funny rhymes, this short book is an amusing look into the dream of a small boy who wants to be a manatee. He does all the things manatees do, such as eating raisin bran-atee and looking like a banana-tee.


Hoopla Digital Library

Fondly known as the “Netflix of the library,” Hoopla offers a variety of quality streaming media, including audiobooks, e-books, comics, music, movies, and TV shows for all ages.

The Green Ember series by S.D. Smith

The Green Ember series by S.D. Smith
Recommended by Alyssa

This expertly crafted series is thrilling, thought-provoking, and inspiring. When discussing his books, author S.D. Smith often references “stories that make us brave.” These are such stories. Though written for a middle grade audience, (ages 8-13), the series has something to say to all ages above this target group as well.


 Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
Recommended by Shay

Andreae’s story reminds readers that it is okay to be different and encourages children that if they can find music that they love, anyone can dance.


The Ghost of Popcorn Hill by Betty Ren Wright

The Ghost of Popcorn Hill by Betty Ren Wright
Recommended by Nikki

This is a heartwarming story about two brothers who want a dog, even if it’s the wrong kind of dog. Readers are sure to enjoy the wonderful characters and sweet message of this ghostly tale.


The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne

The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
Recommended by Dana

The narrator’s gentle storytelling and background nature sounds are the perfect accompaniment to the adventures of our favorite bear and friends. All four of the beloved “Pooh” books are currently “bonus borrows!”


Watership Down by Richard Adams

Watership Down by Richard Adams
Recommended by Lia

Fans of Call of the Wild will enjoy this exciting story of courage and survival in a world that is exceedingly dangerous. A prevalent theme of hope in the face of adversity will cheer all who read this tale.