Kids - Books & Reading

Now Showing
on the Early Literacy HDTV

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”
Maya Angelou

For more information about the
Early Literacy HDTV in Children's Services,

Here are most of the programs now being shown on the HDTV for early learners:

Growing Readers:Teaching Your Preschooler to Love Reading
(Excerpts from Growing Readers, a video produced by the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library)

Growing Readers - 1
Growing Readers - 2

Growing Readers - 3

Growing Readers - 4

Growing Readers - 5

Early Learning PowerPoint Presentations

Alphabet Animals
Early Literacy - Colors

Early Literacy - Shapes

Early Literacy - Colors-2

Early Literacy - Letters - Beginning Sounds

IMAX HD Documentary Film Clips

The Living Sea (HD - 720p - slower download)
The Living Sea (low-resolution - 360p - faster download)

The Magic of Flight (HD - 720p - slower download)
The Magic of Flight (low-resolution - 360p - faster download)

TumbleBook Library

The TumbleBook Library is a collection of TumbleBooks (animated, talking picture books) TumblePuzzles, and TumbleQuizzes, as well as TumbleResources for teachers. TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books which we have licensed from children's book publishers. The Tumblebooks presented on the HDTV in the Children's Services delartment are drawn from this collection.

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The following TumbleBooks are presented on the Early Literacy HDTV in the Children's Services department on an ongoing basis, intermixed with other early learning programs.

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Tumblebook-Lola at the LibraryTumblebooksTumblebook-ook the Book
Tumblebook-AlwaysTumblebooks-Beautiful MoonTumblebooksTumblebooks-The Bumblebee QueenTumblebooksTumblebook-Duck! Rabbit!
Tumblebooks-Diary of a FlyTumblebooks-Diary of a SpiderTumblebook-Diary of a Worm

Tumblebook-Dinosaurs RoarTumblebook-The DotTumblebook-A Penguin Story
Tumbebook-The Mooon RingTublebooks-He Came with the CouchTumblebook-When Pigs FlyTumblebook-Little HootTumblebooks-Little OinkTumblebooks-Little Pea

5 things every family can do
to raise a reader

  1. Read out loud to or with your child at least once a day. Even if it's as little as 10 minutes and no matter how young the child, the sound of your voice, the example you set and the time you spend together will make a lasting impression.

  2. Visit the library at least once a month. Libraries have early literacy programs, books and materials to help you raise a reader. A visit to the library will be among your child's most treasured memories.

  3. Get your child a library card. A library card can open doors to knowledge and imagination and is an important tool for reading and educational success.

  4. Attend library story times and other programs for families and children. Story times are fun and educational for children and demonstrate reading strategies and give examples of great children’s literature for parents. Other programs and events at the library are a chance for you and your child to meet your neighbors, connect with your community and learn more about the world around you.

  5. Read. You are the most important teacher your child will ever have. Young children naturally want to be just like their parents. Readers raise readers.