Kids eBooks

For questions, local access setup, or problems, please contact kslc@library.ks.gov or 800-432-3919.  Notes on school use restrictions are at the bottom of this page.

If your library does not wish to provide individual links to each of these, you may always link to the State Library Kids page, where each have an icon alongside databases appropriate for kids:  http://kslib.info/kids

Britannica E-STAX
What is it?
Nonfiction ebooks for kids.  These titles have unlimited copies (all students in the same class may use the same book at the same time) and there is unlimited access per person (kids can use as many books as they like).  The collection contains about 500 titles, mostly of interest for PreK-grade 5, and some titles are also in Spanish. Books can be read online (most commonly used option) or downloaded if an offline copy is needed.  Please see this page for more notes on using BookFlix.

How can my library or school best access E-STAX?
No local statistics are available for E-STAX use.
  • Statewide Link - ask for the statewide link, which has geo-IP authentication.  It will work inside the library, but can also be posted on your website for at-home use.  If the patron's internet service provider registers as Kansas, they will be allowed in without login.  If they do not register as Kansas, they would be prompted to login with their Kansas Library eCard.
  • Direct In-House Access (preferred for schools) - provide the State Library with your IP address/range, and you will receive no login access at the school.  This is useful because the E-STAX MARC records' 856 links will work from your catalog and you could be able to directly link to a book if necessary.
MARC Records and a spreadsheet showing grade levels for each title are available.  Please see the Digital Books MARC page for more information, and note that the 856 links in these records will only work if you have the direct in-house access, and will not work outside the school/library. 

Scholastic BookFlix
What is it?
Video storybooks paired with a related nonfiction ebook.  The nonfiction ebook has optional audio, and each pair usually has web links, an author bio, and a puzzle.  There are about 90 pairs of books available and some have Spanish versions.

What are my library's options for providing BookFlix access?

Please note that there is no school or curriculum licensing for BookFlix.  Please see the School note section below for more information. 
  • Statewide Link (no stats) - ask for the statewide link, which has geo-IP authentication.  It will work inside the library, but can also be posted on your website for at-home use.  If the patron's internet service provider registers as Kansas, they will be allowed in without login.  If they do not register as Kansas, they would be prompted to login with their Kansas Library eCard. 
  • Local BookFlix Link (stats available, for library website) - let the State Library know you want this option, and we will collect your library information and have a local link made for you.  Patrons will be asked to enter their library card number to access. This option can also support libraries with EZ Proxy.
  • In-House Access (stats available, for in-library use) - send us your IP address/range, and patrons inside the library will not need to login at all.  Libraries are using this access link to create desktop icons or a favorite on their public access computers.  Please note this link cannot be used on your website for remote access, choose one of the above also.

MARC Records are available, please note that their 856 link will only in inside libraries using the in-house access option.  See the Digital Books MARC page for the records.

TumbleBooks Library
What is it?
Video storybooks, some chapterbooks with audio, pre-made playlists, short National Geographic videos, and games.  Approximately 590 titles (between all book types, playlists, videos) including some titles in Spanish and French (a few titles are also in German, Russian, Chinese or Korean).

What are my library's options for providing TumbleBooks access?
Please note that there is no school or curriculum licensing for TumbleBooks.  See the School note below. No local statistics are available for TumbleBooks. There are no MARC records.

  • Statewide Link - ask for the statewide link, which has geo-IP authentication.  It will work inside the library, but can also be posted on your website for at-home use.  If the patron's internet service provider registers as Kansas, they will be allowed in without login.  If they do not register as Kansas, they would be prompted to login with their Kansas Library eCard.
  • Remote Access - if you have the ability to place the TumbleBooks link on a secure page behind your library card login or use EZ Proxy, ask us about this option. For TumbleBooks, most libraries will be best served by the statewide link.

No School Licensing - TumbleBooks & Scholastic BookFlix
Kansas only has the public library licensing for these two products.  They cannot be used in a classroom or curriculum in any way.  This can be anything from showing the storybook on screen to whole class to assigning students to use the site or a book on it. 

What is allowed? Children may use either (from a page like http://kslib.info/kids) during their free reading time, as long as this is on their own and they are using it as a regular library patron, not as a lesson or assignment in any way from the teacher. It is just an option to fill their free time, like the books they can bring in from your school or public library or they can borrow from your classroom bookshelf for the same purpose.

What can teachers use in class? 
Britannica E-STAX allows any type of use, including teaching from their books, and allows schools direct access to the product.  See the E-STAX section at the top of this page for more information.