eBooks - free for WIS community (ask Library staff for passwords)

Storyplay'r (French and English) NEW for 2018-2019!


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. 

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. Ask a children's librarian to help you select more from their catalog and the books can be brought to you at your branch of choice.  

If you are looking for French then we recommend 1) Montgomery County Public Libraries' Bethesda branch (7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda, MD) and Rockville branch (2100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD) and 2) DC Public Library's Georgetown branch (3260 R St, NW) and Cleveland Park branch (re-opening June 16, 3310 Connecticut Ave, NW). And although it's not a public library, Alliance Française makes available its library collection to its members. 

If you are looking for Spanish then we recommend 1) Montgomery County Public Libraries' Bethesda branch (7400 Arlington Rd, Bethesda, MD) and Rockville branch (2100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD) and 2) DC Public Library's 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 September 4, 2018 

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!

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.

Public Libraries

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

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.