How Read-Along Books Help Early Readers

Expand your young reader's literacy experience with read-along books. Read-along books provide audio narration in tandem with the illustrations and words on a page. Reading along with audio narration has shown to improve reading fluency, as young readers can follow along with their fingers by pointing to the words while listening to the audio narration of a story. This allows readers to decode the words on a page while improving reading comprehension.

San Mateo County Libraries offers a wide array of online read-along resources that users can access from anywhere. Some of our favorites include Tumblebook Library, Bookflix, Weston Woods Plus and Book Connections.

TumbleBook Library , opens a new window

TumbleBook Library provides a collection of eBooks, videos and talking books with fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels and foreign language learning titles. This resource also includes videos and puzzles/games. TumbleBook Library is also available in Spanish. Requires 29041, 29731 or 29735 library card.

Bookflix , opens a new window

BookFlix is exclusive to Empower Card users. Explore videos of picture books and read-along eBooks for young readers.

Weston Woods Plus, opens a new window

Using Weston Woods Plus, children can immerse themselves in this interactive streaming video book collection. Parents and teachers are encouraged to use the lesson plans and the key vocabulary words chosen carefully from each book. There are even some bilingual titles available in Spanish and Mandarin. Requires 29041, 29731 or 29735 library card.

Book Connections, opens a new window

Book Connections provides users exclusive audio recordings and movies from authors and illustrators, 18,705 read-along audiobook performances, and 2,555 complete book readings. Book Connections is also available in Spanish.

In addition to online resources, San Mateo County Libraries offers high-interest picture books, opens a new window and nonfiction books, opens a new window with an attached audio reader. These, along with read-along picture books with audiobook CDs, opens a new window, are available for check out at your local community library.