Happy spring, everyone! 2020 is well underway, and with social distancing regulations and stay-at-home orders, there’s no better time to download some entertaining and informative eBooks for young readers learning at home. From adorable picture books and hilarious illustrated chapter books, to Spanish editions of some of your favorite About… series titles and brand-new middle grade and YA, this list of digital books has all your e-reading needs covered! Check out the full list, and let us know which titles you can’t wait to download first!
A lost egg has been blown out of its nest, but before the others dinosaurs can reunite the egg with its family, they must first discover what kind of dinosaur lies inside. What does that egg look like inside its shell? Surely, there must be a way to tell! This fun and unique story of community and family featuring Alex Latimer’s signature bold art style will keep dinosaur lovers and fans of Are You My Mother? enthusiastically following along and guessing who is inside the shell.
Down home is Granny’s house. Down home is where Lil Alan and his parents and sister will join great-grandparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Down home is where Lil Alan will hear stories of the ancestors and visit the land that has meant so much to all of them. And down home is where all of the children will find their special way to pay tribute to family history, but what will Lil Alan do? This rich and moving celebration of history, culture, and ritual features Kelly Starling Lyons’ eloquent text and s tunning illustrations by Coretta Scott King Honor-winner Daniel Minter that together explore the power of family traditions.
Lula loves living by the beach, but her family must leave their home to make way for a new highway. Before the move, Lula walks along the beach and discovers a small sea monster that she names Bean. Each day Lula returns to the beach to feed him. And each day Bean grows bigger and bigger. But what will happen to Lula’s new friend once she moves away? From popular children’s book author-illustrator Alex Latimer comes this delightfully odd and moving story of friendship and bravery.
Download Lula and the Sea Monster today from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google, Scribd, or Kobo, or request it from your local library through Hoopla or Overdrive.
This addition to the acclaimed About… series offers a first glimpse into the diverse and natural world of mammals. Educator and author Cathryn Sill uses easy-to-understand language to teach children about mammals, and wildlife illustrator John Sill provides beautifully detailed, realistic paintings to introduce readers to the huge variety of mammals, from the tiny White-footed Deermouse to the large American Bison. An afterword provides details on the animals featured and inspires readers to learn more.
TIn this addition to the acclaimed About… series, educator and author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what birds are, what they do, and how they live. Noted wildlife illustrator John Sill introduces readers to the natural world of birds with beautifully detailed, realistic paintings. An afterword provides further details on the birds featured and inspires young readers to learn more.
Download Sobre los pájaros today from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google, Scribd, or Kobo, or request it from your local library through Hoopla or Overdrive.
Illustrated Chapter eBooks
Claude and his best friend, Sir Bobblysock, pack their bags and go on vacation to the beach. They rescue a man from a shark, win a sandcastle-building competition, and hunt for pirate treasure. Of course, they make it back home just before Mr. and Mrs. Shinyshoes come home from work. Quirky, delightfully odd, and positively surreal, Alex T. Smith’s illustrated early chapter book series promises giggle-filled bedtime reading and a laugh-out-loud option for readers transitioning from picture books to chapter books.
Thor has been accused of wrecking Mr. Gary’s yard—knocking over trash cans, eating the vegetables out of the garden, and pooping. But King and Kayla, with the help of some other neighbors, are determined to clear his name, using a wide variety of familiar and new detecting skills. With simple, straightforward language and great verbal and visual humor, the King & Kayla series from Geisel Honor Award-winning team Dori Hillestad Butler and Nancy Meyers is perfect for newly independent readers.
Middle Grade eBooks
Step right up and learn all about the lively participants in the Amphibian Acrobat show! These show-stopping creatures shape-shift and sky dive, balance and climb. Come along and get to know all about these lively denizens with this entertaining collection of science verses. Author Leslie Bulion includes a science glossary, notes on poetry forms, and resources for information about these extraordinary animals. Witty drawings by Robert Meganck add another layer of fun to this humorous and informative exhibition.
Ever wonder which bird has the loudest voice? Which one builds the biggest nest or has the most feathers? Get to know all about the best and brightest―and smelliest!―denizens of the bird world with this collection of nonfiction science verses. You won’t need your binoculars to observe the superlative characteristics of these avian wonders. Author Leslie Bulion includes extra information about these extraordinary birds in the back of the book, and Robert Meganck’s illustrations add another layer of fun to this gallery of the world’s most accomplished birds.
Join author and illustrator team Leslie Bulion and Robert Meganck on this fun poetic tour through the leaf litter layer, and dig into the fascinating facts about the tiny critters who live there. Nineteen poems in a variety of verse forms with accompanying science notes take readers on a decomposer safari through the “brown food web,” from bacteria through tardigrades and on to rove beetle predators. Glossary, hands-on investigations, and resources are included in the back matter.
A long rainy stretch during spring break has Nina restless and hungry for a new project and aggravated with little sister Kavita’s embarrassing behavior, and a fresh pile of dirt at the neighbor’s house is too tempting to resist. Can Nina fix Kavita and create something amazing at the same time? Nina launches a grand engineering project—with unexpected consequences. From author Kashmira Sheth and illustrator Jenn Kocsmiersky comes another relatable adventure with everyone’s favorite scatter-brained middle grade pal.
Young Adult eBook
The last thing sixteen-year-old Maisie Martin thought she’d be doing over vacation is entering a beauty pageant, but Maisie’s got something to prove. As she writes down all the ways this vacation is going from bad to worse in her school-assignment journal, what starts as a homework torture-device might just end up being an account of how Maisie didn’t let anything, or anyone, hold her back. Jenna Guillame’s charming American debut about friendship and self-love features a relatable plus-size protagonist with a compelling, funny, and authentic narrative voice.