Digital Resources on Library Websites for Kids

As a librarian at Deschutes Public Library, we recently added “Apps and Digital Reading” to our kids page online.

dpls app digital pageThe kid’s page includes a note about screen time for ages 0-2, tumble books, storyline, recently purchased eBooks for children, digital resources, app review sites and a featured app of the month.   This month our featured app is Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester created by Oceanhouse Media.

photo-2I explored other library websites and discovered many great resources.

The New York Public Library, where I worked many years ago, has a fabulous new kid’s page with eBooks featured right on the front page.

photo-4The eBooks page features Children’s eBooks and Audio Books, Tumblebooks, Bookflix, Trueflix, Freedomflix, Story Place, Clifford the Big Red Dog, The Rosetta Project, International Children’s Digital Library, and Book Hive.

Even if the library does not have a digital page for kids, most libraries have a small eBook section at the bottom of the kids page. For example: Seattle Public Library. Explore Children Audiences and then scroll down to the bottom of the page, Read Books Online

More library websites with digital content for kids/parents:

Does your library have a digital feature on your kid’s page? Do you have plans to add one? We would love to hear from you, please add your library website link to the comments below or email me at

Blog post by Paige Bentley-Flannery
Children’s / Community Librarian
Deschutes Public Library
ALSC Chair Digital Content Task Force


  1. Angela Reynolds

    Thanks for these examples! I’ve been thinking of doing something similar, but for now I just have this link in our “Parents” section. Might start an “app of the month” on the main page of the kids’ section.

    1. Paige

      Hi Angela,
      Thank you for sharing your website. If you have questions about book apps, please let me know.

  2. Laura

    Hennepin County Library subscribes to Tumblebooks (the English and Spanish versions).

  3. KathyK

    The Note to Parents is a meaningful and opportune contribution toward educating and advocating for children’s needs from birth to 5. After all, if not us, who? Thank you.

  4. Ashley Waring

    Thanks for sharing this! I created a similar page for our website a few months ago and it has been very popular. I really like your language to parents around screen time. Another site we link to is the International Children’s Digital Library for books online in a wide variety of languages and representing a wide range of cultural backgrounds.

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