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TumbleBook Library Story Books Spotlight

Apr 8, 2020

The Story Books section of TumbleBook Library contains books with a wide variety of subjects, styles, and reading levels.  These books are animated, narrated, and feature highlighted text as the story is read.  There are bestsellers, award winners, books by popular authors, and some less well-known books.  Here are just a few of the many books available through TumbleBook Library Story Books:


girl painting a giant orange dot

The Dot written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds: ‘The Dot’ is a charming invitation to self-expression. Vashti thinks she can’t draw. No, Vashti KNOWS she can’t draw! To prove her point, she jabs at a blank sheet of paper to make an unremarkable and angry mark. That one little dot marks the beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self-discovery.


pig in a pink car with a man driving

Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride written by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen: WINNER OF A THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL BEGINNING READER HONOR!

Mr. and Mrs. Watson’s porcine wonder, Mercy, loves nothing more than a ride in the car. It takes a fair amount of nudging and bribing and a “You are such a good sport, darling” to get the portly pig out of the driver’s seat, but once the convertible is on the road, Mercy loves the feel of the wind tickling her ears and the sun on her snout. One day the Watsons’ motoring ritual takes an unexpected turn, however, when their elderly neighbor Baby Lincoln pops up in the backseat in hopes of some “folly and adventure” — and in the chaos that ensues, an exuberant Mercy ends up behind the wheel! Soon there’s a policeman on her tail, a struggle for the brake, and a blissfully airborne Mercy. Of course, it’s nothing that an extra helping of buttered toast can’t fix!


girl holding a mooncake up to the moon

Round is a Mooncake written by Roseanne Thong, illustrated by Grace Lin: A little girl’s neighborhood becomes a discovery ground of things round, square and rectangular. Many of the objects are Asian in origin, other universal: round rice bowls and a found pebble, square dim sum and pizza boxes, rectangular Chinese lace and very special pencil case. Bright art accompanies this lively introduction to shapes and short glossary explains the cultural significance of the objects featured in the book. Perfect for read-alouds or one-on-one sharing.


the bottom half of a giant chicken standing in a field

Chicken Big written and illustrated by Keith Graves: On a teeny little farm, in an itty-bitty coop, a very small hen laid a big, giant egg. And out of this egg came one big, humongous . . . something. “It’s big!” clucked the little rooster. “It’s enormous!” clucked the small chicken. “It’s an elephant!” peeped the smallest chicken. “Run for your lives!” they cried. No matter how they try, these clueless chickens can’t make sense of the gigantic new member of their family until he saves the day. With wacky, laugh-out-loud humor and silliness to spare, this BIG twist on the classic Chicken Little story lends a whole new perspective to what it means to be chicken.


small penguin walking in the snow

A Penguin Story written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis: Edna the penguin only knows the three colors that surround her: white ice, black night, and blue sea. She is convinced there is something more out there. So she sets out on a quest—a quest for color. When she finally finds what she’s been looking for, it’s everything she hoped for and more. But that doesn’t mean she will ever stop looking.


You Are Stardust written by Elin Kelsey, illustrated by Soyeon Kim: You Are Stardust begins by introducing the idea that every tiny atom in our bodies came from a star that exploded long before we were born. From its opening pages, the book suggests that we are intimately connected to the natural world; it compares the way we learn to speak to the way baby birds learn to sing, and the growth of human bodies to the growth of forests. This innovative picture book aims to reintroduce children to their innate relationship with the world around them by sharing many of the surprising ways that we are all connected to the natural world.


a manatee hugging a boy

I’m a Manatee written by John Lithgow, illustrated by Ard Hoyt: Narrated by John Lithgow, himself!! “From time to time I dream that I’m a manatee, Undulating underneath the sea…” A little boy dreams of becoming a manatee, and what a dream it is! With his new gigan-atee manatee proportions, he sets off on an underwater adventure with his manatee friends.


Enjoy these story books and many others on TumbleBook Library!