Reading with your children is one of the best activities you can do together, especially as the weather turns colder. Sometimes, however, your voice might just need a break from reading their favorite tales over and over and over again.

That's where Narrated eBooks might help.

If you own a tablet or smartphone, you're probably familiar with our eBook services through OverDrive. (If you're not, talk to any librarian the next time you visit. We'd love to show you how it works!)

Until now, you've had to choose between downloading a print or audio copy of the book. Recently, OverDrive has started offering narrated eBooks available for download. These books include narration and even, sometimes, an embedded soundtrack to enhance the book, giving your voice a much needed rest.

Unfortunately, not every book has a narration option. To find narrated versions of books such as Curious George, Katy Duck, Franklin, and more, follow these steps.

  1. Go to http://henrico.lib.overdrive.com/.
  2. Visit the OverDrive for Kids eReading Room.
  3. Mouse over the yellow tab called "Collections", and select "Read Along Narrated eBooks".
  4. Make your selection and enjoy!