Tumblebooks are fun, free online books for kids

With nearly 100 animated story books by well-known authors and illustrators, Tumblebooks is a free, fun way for kids to enjoy books online. They’re available to Champaign library card holders.

  • Kids will also like the book-related puzzles and games. Parents will like the fact that Tumblebooks is completely commercial-free.
  • Most of the story books are appropriate for grades pre-K to 3.
  • Children can choose a book based on its cover picture. For parents, there‘s a story summary and reading level shown for each book.
  • Children can read the text and turn the pages at their own pace (in manual mode), or listen and have the pages advance automatically.
  • Some books feature “Word Helper,” allowing kids to click on words and hear them sounded out.

How it works

Tumblebooks work on most PCs or Macs, and there’s no access code required. You’ll need the Flash 6 plug-in on your computer; Tumblebooks will alert you if you don’t have it and lead you to a free download.

There’s no downloading; click on the “View Online” button beside a book, and it opens right up.

Click to enter Tumblebooks


Tumblebooks are animated, talking books to use online anytime. They’re free to Champaign library card holders, and there’s no special software to download.