Children's Resources

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TumbleBooks for Children - K-6 children’s ebook database 

TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! Patrons can read as many books as they want, when they want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly.

Cricket Media

The eBook Cricket Media Collection includes more than 400 titles in eBook format and is suitable for Children grades Pre-K through 8th. Cricket is an internationally recognized education company with award-winning print content for children, families and educators. Cricket is focused on engage children in a wide variety of subjects and disciplines helping them explore and expand their worlds from Ebsco. Visit Cricket Media here!

Early World of Learning


Early World of Learning, World Book Online’s early childhood digital resource, is a child’s first encyclopedia, eBook, and introduction to core early concepts.  With read-aloud across all functions, the 60 stories in “World of Reading” and “Trek’s Travels” tie learning together through videos, games, and printable activities.  Twelve stories are available in both Spanish and English, and the worksheets also offer written instructions in Spanish.  Classic songs, nursery rhymes, and fairy tales complete the program, and are often included in the lesson plan for each story.




Explora provides access to thousands of e-books, magazine and journal articles, biographies and encyclopedia articles. Explora is divided by student age range.

Explora High School (grades 9 through 12)

Explora Middle School (grades 6 through 8) 

Explora Primary School (grades K through 5)

Elementary (Gale In Context)

Elementary Gale in Context

Elementary (Gale In Context) meets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. It features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

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Patrons of the Portsmouth Public Library now have access to a large collection of educational e-books designed for students and educators for grade kindergarten through high school.  The e-book database is courtesy of the Library of Virginia.  Access is provided to three collections of e-books.  The K-8 Collection consists of 13,000 e-books, the ebook High School Collection contains 10,000 e-books.  The ebook History Collection consists of 17,000 world history e-books.  The e-books are downloadable to both desktop computers and mobile devices. In order to use the e-books on a desktop a download of the Adobe Reader is necessary.  Mobile devices will need to have an e-book reader such as Blue fire downloaded to the device.  Search directly from the search box to the left.