A lot of adults love to read e-books but do you know that e-books/e-audio available for kids too?  This blog will focus on items that can be checked out at your local Harris County Public Library branch or as an e-book through TumbleBooksTumbleBooks can be both an e-book and e-audio at the same time. As the book opens, children will not only see the words on the page, but the program will highlight the words as it reads the story to them.  Best of all this is a free service available to anyone who owns a H.C.P.L library card. You will also need internet to which is available at any of our locations.

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Miss Malarkey Doesn't Live in Room 10 Judy Finchler

I know my teacher, Miss Malarkey, lives in our classroom, Room 10. She's there all the time. In fact, all the teachers live at school. They eat dinner in the cafeteria and sleep in the teachers' lounge. I'm sure of it! So why is Miss Malarkey moving into my apartment house'... What could be more surprising than finding out your teacher has a life outside school? 

Boomer Goes To School Constance W. McGeorge

Like many new students, Boomer finds that going to school can be a bit confusing . . . at first. But in the end, he discovers that school is a great place for friends, learning, and fun!

How I Became a Pirate.  Melinda Long 

Jeremy Jacob, a boy who joins Captain Braid Beard and his crew in this witty look at the finer points of pirate life by the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator David Shannon and the storyteller Melinda Long. Jeremy learns how to say "scurvy dog," sing sea chanteys, and throw food . . . but he also learns that there are no books or good night kisses on board: "Pirates don't tuck." A swashbuckling adventure with fantastically silly, richly textured illustrations that suit the story to a T.

Marsupial Sue Presents The Runaway Pancake.  John Lithgow

"I'm too fast, you're too slow. Pan, pan, patty-cake pan, I can get away from you, I can!" The much-loved story of the Runaway Pancake who pops out of the oven and is sure he can escape all who want to eat him, is given a new spin when Marsupial Sue and her friends put on a play version for their neighborhood. This has all of the wit and whimsy of Marsupial Sue and again features lively illustrations by Jack E. Davis. From the friends' preparations behind the scenes to the actors' final bows, readers will be inspired by the production.

Dinosaurs Roar, Butterflies Soar!  by Bob Barner.

Butterflies are as light as a feather and as old as the dinosaurs. Wherever dinosaurs roamed, butterflies were not far behind. Long after the dinosaurs disappeared, butterflies are still bringing joy and beauty to our world.

Tops and Bottoms. Adapted by Janet Stevens.

Hare solves his family's problems by tricking rich and lazy Bear in this funny, energetic version of an old slave story. With roots in American slave tales, Tops & Bottoms celebrates the trickster tradition of using one's wits to overcome hardship.