Read-Along Books

Read-Along and Vox Books

Read-along books combine outstanding picture books and non-fiction titles with audio recordings for an all-in-one read-along. Children simply push a button to listen and read. Our collection currently contains picture books and juvenile non-fiction titles.

No Fuss Technology

These hardcover books come with an embedded audio reader and a jack for users to plug in headphones. The audio reader runs on a battery that can be recharged with the included charger. Users can open the book, press “play,” and follow along with the words in the book.

Narrators are lively and will keep readers engaged. Families can use read-along books to help early or struggling readers learn to pronounce words, hold a book and turn pages, and practice tracking text from left to right.

Donated by the Friends of the Parkland Community Library.

Read-along books are located below the parenting section in the Barclay Family Children’s Wing.

Using a read-along book is simple. Each book has a list of instructions on the inside cover. Press the power button to launch the recording.


  • Volume control
  • Headphone jack
  • Ability to skip forward and back

The all-in-one design means that read-along books are fully portable. No CDs, batteries, computer, device, or internet connection are required. Readers simply push a button to listen and read.

Read about the benefits of using bi-lingual Vox books.

Read-Along with Libby

Have you tried digital media? 

Libby is the library’s reading app by OverDrive, loved by millions of readers worldwide! Borrow read-along books, eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more for free!

Read-Along features with Libby:

  • Text highlighted as the narrator reads (highlighting varies by publisher)
  • Well-known narrators, including Randy Travis, John Lithgow, Robert Munsch, and Ray Charles
  • Soundtracks with sound effects (available for some titles)
  • Compatibility with two-page illustrated titles, with every word and picture displayed just like the print book.
  • Availability on any device with an internet connection and a modern web browser
  • Automatic page turning
  • Rewind and pause options
  • Volume and speed control

Read-Along with hoopla

Free at-home streaming courtesy of your library for Parkland School District and Northwestern residents only!

Hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics, and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later.

Download the hoopla app to get started, or contact the reference desk if you need help at 610-298-1361 ext.106 or

Please note these limits: Patrons can have up to five borrows per month. Items listed as “bonus borrows” do not count toward the monthly limit.


Launchpads are Secure Learning Tablets available to borrow FREE with your library card.