Animated, Talking Picture Books!

Welcome to TumbleBooks! 
TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love.
*TumbleBooks are now available for iPads. TumbleBooks were created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. 

The Language Learning Section includes a growing selection of books in Spanish and French. Many are bilingual titles which allow the user to read the book in two languages. 

There are also Puzzles & Games and don't forget to check out Tumble TV!

The TumbleBookLibrary has a wide selection of children's story books... old time favorites (such as "The Paper Bag Princess" by Robert Munsch) and new titles. There are also read-alongs and non fiction titles .

Morton Library is happy to provide TumbleBooks to our patrons. There are many ways to learn and many ways to encourage the enjoyment of reading!


"Find a Book" - a Free Search Tool

You can help your child select books appropriate for their reading level with “Find a Book - Illinois” - a free, online book search that allows you to quickly and easily select books that will match your child’s reading level and interests. 

Here are the five easy steps to get you started:

  1. Click here to visit the "Find a Book - Illinois" website 
  2. Enter a child's Lexile measure
  3. If you do not know the child’s Lexile measure, you can search for books based on his or her comfort with grade-level materials.
  4. Have children pick interest categories
  5. View and refine the search results.
  6. As you browse books, click the “Find in a Library” button next to the book titles to check its availability at your public library.
  7. Add books to a child’s reading list
  8. You can print or email the child’s custom book list.

Use this free search tool to build custom lists for readers at all ability levels, and then locate your selections at the local public library. Helping your child find age appropriate books will contribute to his/her happy and successful summer of reading!


2013 Caldecott & Newbery Medal Winners

The 2013 Caldecott Medal winner is This Is Not My Hat, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen, published by Candlewick Press. Go to ALA's Caldecott webpage for more information about this year's Caldecott Winner and Honor books.

The 2013 Newbery Medal winner is The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, published by HarperCollins Children's Books. Go to ALA's Newbery webpage for more information about this year's Newbery Winner and Honor books.


What is Playaway View┬«?

Morton Public Library was honored to receive $1,100 toward the purchase of  Playaway View® portable video devices & travel DVDs for preschool and elementary school children from the Morton Community Foundation in 2012. Our collection continues to grow. 

What are they? Education meets entertainment with the first self-playing, pre-loaded, all-in-one video player, exclusive to libraries. Playaway View® is pre-loaded with multiple videos, offering the best in award-winning programs, popular television episodes, animated picture books and curriculum based learning. Kids will love the content and parents will approve. This unique device is not available in the consumer marketplace.

Visit our display in the Children's area or ask a librarian for more information.

 Playaway View® is: 

  • Portable
    Includes a head-phone jack and speakers
  • Convenient
    Pre-loaded content; no internet or downloads needed
  • Durable and Scratch-Resistant
    Made with kids in mind
  • Multiple Videos
    Each View holds hours of great content
  • Chargeable
    Simply use the included standard AC Adaptor

Some sample titles are:

Caps for Sale and Other Storybook Classics
Dinosaur Train - Ocean Adventures!
Liberty's Kids - Revolutionary Beginnings
New Classics from Annick Press
American History: Things You Should Know
Be a Scientist!
Draw Me A Story: Cinderella and Other Classic Tales. 

Each Playaway View® has multiple stories on each device.


Fun at the Library

There are many things to do at the library...

  1. Play Wii at the library. Families are invited to register for a time slot to play Wii at the library. Choose a game from Wii Sports or try Wii Fit for fun. Call and register for a 20-minute time slot.
  2. New large puzzles are available from 40-100 pieces in the juvenile area.
  3. Children may bring books in good condition and swap them for books from the Children's Swap Box located near the Children's desk.
  4. Make a craft at the Craft Table.
  5. Checkers and board games are available to play in the juvenile area. Challenge Mrs. Snoke to a game of BLINK!
  6. Find a treasure in our Book Sale.

 Bring the whole family and enjoy opportunities for fun at the library!