Electronic resources for bored kids

Right now at Christchurch City Libraries we have gone through a period of  massive electronic resource expansion.  You may have already heard of these, but if not:

TumbleBook Library is an online collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to  existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.  The pause button  stops the story at any time in order to practice story prediction, interpret pictures, discuss new vocabulary words or encourage problem solving.

Quick Tips?

TumbleGames: A collection of concentration games, spelling games, and ‘fill-in-the blanks’ games to see what kids have learnt from the book!

Language Learning: A growing selection of books in Spanish, French, Italian and a few in Russian and Chinese.  Many are bilingual titles which allow the user to read the book in two languages. A great way to practice if learning a  new language!


Intrepica is a high-quality play-based literacy resource with more than 10,000 activities online for children of all ages and ability. Children and parents can select from activities focusing on pre-reading skills, phonics, reading, spelling, vocabulary, grammar and comprehension in a fun, exciting and safe online environment.

Users progress through progressively harder tests earning trophies and coins for completing games which they can then “spend” dressing their avatar up in outfits and costumes!

Quick Tips?

Users need an up to date version of Flash on their computers for this to work.  They also need to keep the email they were sent when they signed up as this contains the username and password that they need to sign in with!

Colleen Finnerty
Serials & Preservation

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