eBooks - TumbleBooks - free for WIS community

Tumblebooks is a collection of online "talking" ebooks in English, French and Spanish aimed at PreSchool to grade 3. Choose your language from their home page. Books include picture books, early readers and chapter books. There are also excellent videos from National Geographic and other publishers in Spanish and French. (username: wis , password: books)

2017 Summer Reading - Reading Without Walls

We are so excited about this year's summer reading program, which advances the WIS school-wide goal of promoting diversity and inclusion.

WIS will participate in the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature's program, Reading Without Walls. We're asking our students to be intentional and thoughtful in their reading this summer, and deliberately choose 1) a book about a character who looks and/or lives differently than themselves, 2) a book on a topic new to them, and 3) a book in a format they don't usually read. This is about reading in a way that expands their horizons.

You can download our packet here. The page for students to draw on is at the end.

Students, post a photo of yourself reading this summer! Our Padlet (online bulletin board) is at (password: read)

and can be accessed on a device by scanning this:

Spanish and French at local Public Libraries

The public libraries below have children’s books available for borrowing in French and Spanish, even to residents in the DC area living outside their borders. Their online catalogs do not represent their language collections well so we recommend going into the branches detailed below to browse and ask for help. 

If you are looking for French then we recommend 1) Montgomery County Public Libraries' Bethesda branch (7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda, MD) and 2) DC Public Library's MLK Jr. branch (901 G St, NW), Georgetown branch (3260 R St, NW) and Cleveland Park branch (3310 Connecticut Ave, NW).

If you are looking for Spanish then we recommend 1) Montgomery County Public Libraries' Bethesda branch (7400 Arlington Rd, Bethesda, MD), 2) DC Public Library's MLK Jr. branch (901 G St, NW) and Mt. Pleasant branch (3160 16th St, NW) and 3) Arlington Public Library's Central library (1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, VA).

Book Recommendations

We encourage children to explore new titles and choose their own reading, particularly during summer. If children can make their own reading choices then they will be more motivated readers. If a child would like suggestions for good books, here are some recommendations:

Book Reviews

Book reviews are a wonderful way to share recommendations within a community. WIS students can write book reviews in the library and often in their classrooms. We can also share them via our online catalog. If you'd like to read book reviews written by students outside of WIS and perhaps even write your own, visit Scholastic's "Share What You're Reading."

Updated June 9, 2017

External Sources of eBooks

International Children's Digital Library

A free source of eBooks from around the world, in our WIS languages. Give it a try on a rainy day!

Public Libraries

Our local public libraries offer free eBook and audiobooks to their residents. Here are a few:

Fundación Leer

Free Spanish ebooks are available from this Argentinian non-profit (parent registration is required).

Subscription Services like Epic

Parents, you may want to subscribe to a service. There are lots of them, one aimed at children is:  
Epic! (with books in English and Spanish).

TOON Book Reader

Clever and creative, these graphic novels for different stages of reading ability are offered as eBooks in English, French, Spanish, Russian and Chinese. An optional "read to me" feature is offered.

Encouraging Reading

Reading Rockets is a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.