Learning at Home: Wonderbooks

MCFL librarians are thrilled to announce a new literacy learning tool - Wonderbooks! We now have over 100 Wonderbook titles to choose from in the children's collection.

Wonderbooks, opens a new window* are print books with a pre-loaded audiobook permanently bound to the inside cover. Kids press play to read along with the story and then switch to learning mode for fun and literacy learning if desired.


  • One-touch power and reset buttons
  • Easy-to-use play controls for kids (how-to instructions are on the inside cover)
  • Outside-facing speaker for high-quality audio
  • Headphone jack for independent listening
  • Micro-USB charging port, compatible with iOS and Android devices
  • Two modes are available: Read-along and Learning Mode


Picture books


Thank You, Omu!

Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise

Call Me Tree

Early reader books


Huff and Puff and the New Train

Penny and Her Doll

Goes to the Museum




Nothing Stopped Sophie

Nat Geo


Easy Chapter books


Imagination According to Humphrey

Two Dogs in A Trench Coat Go to School

Big Nate Strikes Again

Browse all picture books, Early Readers, Easy Chapters, and Spanish-language books in our current collection of Wonderbooks, opens a new window to request now!


What are the educational benefits of Wonderbooks?

Hearing and seeing words at the same time strengthens reading development, opens a new window by building vocabulary, phonics, comprehension, and fluency.

What is Learning Mode?

The narrator-led question and answer session promotes reading comprehension. It also gives parents examples of ways to talk to their children about what they read.

How do I know if a Wonderbook is charged? 

A solid green light on the bottom of the device means Wonderbook is charged and ready to play. A flashing red light signals a low battery and less than 1 hour of playtime left.

How do I charge Wonderbooks?

A micro USB cord will charge Android or iOS devices. Plug it into the port on the bottom of the device. Each Wonderbook charges completely in 1 hour and averages 16 - 20 hours of play once fully charged.

For further assistance, please call Talk with a Librarian 415-473-2272  Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat 9-3, Sun 1-4

*Wonderbooks are from Playaway® Audio, opens a new window. Browse our Playaway audiobook collection, opens a new window of over 1,000 titles for children.

Photos from Playaway.com/Wonderbooks

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