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ONLINE STORYTIMES/BOOKS

Coronavirus E-Book: 'The Princess in Black and the Case of the Coronavirus' Shannon and Dean Hale, authors of The Princess in Black books, have released a free e-book featuring their superhero main character. 

#OperationReadAloud The project consists of videos, primarily of authors and illustrators reading from their own work, but also celebrities reading from their favorite children’s books, and posted in one place on social media, thus allowing easy access. 

Read-Along Mondays with Michelle Obama Every Monday beginning 4/20, read a favorite picture book with Michelle Obama on the PBS Kids YouTube channel.

19 Webcomics to Keep Kids and Teens Engaged SLJ has compiled a great list of free webcomics for kids and teens. Find your new favorite webcomic here!

Daily Schedule of Storytimes with Authors Every morning this blog posts a graphic listing all the live stream storytimes authors are doing for that day

PJ Library Storytimes and Resources PJ Library specializes in making free Jewish-themed books available to readers. They’re hosting storytime sessions three times a day on their Facebook page. In addition, the library’s resource page has free printable games and activities for kids.

Goodnight With Dolly Parton Starting April 2, Dolly Parton will host one bedtime read-aloud each week, with all archived episodes available on her YouTube channel

Circle Round Podcast Listen to folktales from around the world, adapted and produced for children

Drag Queen Story Hour Livestream Livestream videos of Drag Queen Story Hour from your home, and watch past videos via DQSH Facebook page

Read Together, Be Together Here’s a great landing page to show you how to find all the great #KidsLit storytimes, singalongs Instagram each day, presented by authors, publishers, and educators

Storytime Station Check out this YouTube channel from the Edmonton Public Library that features engaging online storytime content straight from librarians

Storyline Online Watch videos of your favorite celebrities read their favorite picture books

#OperationStorytime Collection of videos of favorite authors reading their books aloud

Unite for Literacy Tons of great e-books with narration options in many different languages, including American Sign Language

Kid Lit TV Explore the world of children’s literature with videos of authors and illustrators reading aloud, behind-the-scenes videos on how books are made, fun facts about your favorite books, crafts and educational activities, and more

Brightly Storytime Presented by Brightly, this YouTube channel presents virtual storytime, featuring some of your favorite books

Audible Audible launches audible stories for children and teens while school is out

ABDO Digital Bookshelf For a limited time, ABDO has opened its entire ebook library for kids to read and browse online. Books can be searched by title, subject, or grade level, with hundreds of books in Spanish as well

Free eBooks from MidAmerica Books FREE access to all of our eBooks and databases through June, 2020.

Tumblebooks a curated database of children’s e-books

 

FUN, EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

The Covid nineTEEN Project A team of teen mentors leading FREE live streams of activities and tutoring for elementary school students during the pandemic

Netflix Free Documentary Series Netflix has released a series of documentaries that will stream for free on YouTube. Additionally, find educational resources to coincide with each film.

First Aid for Feelings: A Workbook to Help Kids Cope During the Coronavirus Scholastic and Yale teamed up to make a great printable, .PDF worksheet for elementary-aged kids to help manage anxiety and process emotions during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Chickasaw Kids Online Curriculum Chickasaw Nation has made online curricula available for free, for a wide age range. Curricula includes Chickasaw history, Chickasaw language basics, culture and humanities, and more.

And make sure you check out the interactive and engaging portal just for kids, called Chickasaw Kids. Play games, meet Chickasaw characters, download coloring pages, cook traditional Chickasaw recipes, and much more.

20 Great Writing Prompts for Kids Have you found yourself “homeschooling” your elementary or middle schooler? Book Riot has compiled a list of 20 fantastic writing prompts that will get your child’s imaginative juices flowing and will help to improve their writing.

Lonely Planet Bear Grylls has 100 'indoor survival challenges' for kids under isolation

DK Find Out This is a totally kid-centric encyclopedia website with high quality photos, videos, and information on all sorts of interesting topics

SCBWI Digital Directory for Remote Learning Resources Split into categories, find tons of free, online learning resources. Arts & Crafts, Educational Videos, Storytimes, & resources for emotional and mental well-being

9 Fun Sight Word Games for New Readers Here’s a nice list from Book Riot of some at-home sight word games you can play with your emerging reader

Ready Set Kindergarten! Brooklyn Public Library has curated a YouTube playlist of videos in multiple languages to help get your preschooler Kindergarten ready 

63 Science Experiments Using Only Household Materials Tons of science inspiration using items you already have

Time for Kids Time Magazine hosts this page full of articles and pictures about the world around us, broken up into age-appropriate sections

National Geographic Kids This landing page leads you and your child to tons of educational & environment-focused videos, articles, games, quizzes and more

Red Ted Art Cute, fun, kid-friendly craft and at-home project ideas

Scholastic Kids Learn at Home Daily learn-at-home journeys include videos, quizzes, comprehension activities, and more

AWE Free Printables AWE Learning has provided a list of great early learning printables

Raddish Easy-to-follow, healthy digital recipes for the whole family

Switch Zoo Educational animal games

Funbrain Free and engaging online learning games for kids of all ages

Wonderopolis Nature-based educational videos, fast facts, articles, and more

PBS Learning Media A nonprofit online resource offering interactive lesson plans for students from pre-K through high school. Videos, websites, audio, lesson plans, and more.

Starfall Education This colorful and kid-friendly website is designed for preschoolers through 3rd grade. The educational activities and games are arranged by discipline, season, or curricular topic.

The Nonfiction Minute Kids can read a quick, 400-word essay on tons of different topics, or can listen to the audio versions.  Learn something new, and access quick links for more info on each topic: maps, images, and more.

Encantos Learning Hub Learn about the world with Tiny Travelers’ fun and educational resources on geography, language, culture, and history, or teach your little one bilingual learning with Canticos to understand both English and Spanish at a young age.

REBEL GIRLS AT HOME During this period of increased shelter at home, Rebel Girls is dedicated to making your family time fun and inspiring. We've collected our best activities and podcast episodes to keep your family engaged.

Coloring Book Pages As a celebration of the 2020 Children’s Book Week we’re presenting the book art of 23 artists! These beloved children’s book illustrators below have contributed their beautiful and inspiring artwork to help us celebrate our 2020 theme, Read. Dream. Share.

123 Homeschool 4 Me Access thousands of free educational printable worksheets and activities here, organized by subject and grade level

26 Best Podcasts for Kids from Pre-K Through High School Here’s a great list compiled by We Are Teachers with links to fun and educational podcasts created for (and by) kids of all ages

Mystery Science Browse science lessons by grade, including videos, lesson plans, and writing prompts

Discovery #MINDBLOWN Discovery Channel hosts this kid-centric site with science videos, games, and experiment ideas

The Learning Station This YouTube channel for toddlers and preschoolers hosts over 300 videos: songs, dances, and participatory learning. Some Spanish and ESL videos are included

ABDO Zoom Research Database A free database with research about animals, biographies and steam activities.

 

STRAIGHT FROM YOUR FAVORITE AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATORS 

Dav Pilkey at Home Dav Pilkey at Home is a weekly free online video series hosted and created by Dog Man author Dav Pilkey. New videos are posted each Friday and include drawing lessons and read-alouds from Pilkey.

Magic Tree House Home Adventures Love the Magic Tree House Series? Each week, check out videos from Mary Pope Osborne, activities and challenges based on your favorite books, themed recipes, craft ideas, and more.

Podcast: Julie’s Library  Julie Andrews and her daughter have decided on an early release date for their new storytelling podcast for children aged 4-10. The first episode will be released April 29, with a new episode each week. Book readings will be mixed with conversations with guest authors like Mac Barnett, Kai Cheng Thom, Meg Medina, and others. 

Video Series from Jason Reynolds Amplifies Children's Imaginations 

Chronicle Kids COLLAGASAURUS Authors Jon Scieszka and Steven Weinberg have created a free brochure for download that  guides children through the Smithsonian’s archive in search of material that helps them create their own collage

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems Author and illustrator of Pigeon and Elephant & Piggie books has pledged to present a daily drawing lesson for all ages on his YouTube channel

Read, Wonder, & Learn with Kate Messner Children’s book author Kate Messner compiled a page that gives you access to videos of your favorite authors reading their books, presenting drawing lessons and writing prompts, and more

Draw Every Day with Jarret J. Krosoczka Author and Illustrator of Jedi Academy, Lunch Lady, and many more invites you to draw with him as he offers a drawing lesson each day on his YouTube channel
https://www.youtube.com/user/studiojjk

HarperKids on YouTube Virtual storytimes from Harper Kids on this YouTube channel

Ideal Exhibition with Hervé Tullet? The Ideal Exhibition with Hervé Tullet invites young and old to unleash their creativity!

At Home With Kwame Alexander Learn how to write with award-winning author of The Crossover, Kwame Alexander. Alexander will continue to upload video tutorials with special guests periodically

 

JUST FOR FUN

Red Yarn Facebook Live Shows Local favorite kids’ performer Red Yarn features several free, live performances on their Facebook page per week. 

DC Kids Camp DC Comics launched an at-home kids camp on both their Instagram and Twitter pages. Free downloadable activities, challenges, and videos from favorite superheroes and DC authors and illustrators, Twitter: @dccomicskids & Instagram:@dckids

Meri Cherry Art Studio 50+ process-based art activities for kids— enjoy the process!

Central Florida Zoo: The Zoo to You Daily Live Stream Every weekday at 2pm EST, the Central Florida Zoo will offer a free live stream on their Facebook page, featuring educational content about the animals living at the zoo. Watch previous days’ videos as well.

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden: Home Safari Daily Livestream Every weekday at 3pm EST, the Cincinnati Zoo will offer a free live stream on their Facebook page, highlighting some favorite animals (like Fiona the hippo!) and providing viewers with at-home activities like quizzes and crafts. Watch previous days’ videos as well.

2020 City Nature Challenge Cities around the world will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the 2020 City Nature Challenge.

Cosmic Kids Yoga Yoga, mindfulness, and relaxation videos designed specially for preschool and elementary-aged kids. Plus, these videos are wonderfully produced, colorful, fun, and engaging.

Prodigies Music Lessons For younger kids: learn to sing, play your first instrument, and grasp music basics with this colorful and engaging video series

Art For Kids Hub  This YouTube channel offers video tutorials in lots of different mediums and for kids of all ages

Virtual Field Trips Visit over 30 new places without leaving the house. This site links to live cameras at zoos, museums, and even Mar

Hello Kids Step-by-step drawing lessons, and craft tutorials, and video activities

 

FUN WITH FOOD

Homemade Rhubarb Freezer Jam Make this easy, delicious jam, no canning required

Homemade Farmer’s Cheese Make your own cheese! This simple recipe calls for just three ingredients

Homemade Soft Pretzels Delicious, soft pretzels that you can now enjoy in the comfort of your home. They’re easier to make than you’d think

 

LIBRARY RESOURCES

Don't forget that with your library card, you can always access e-resources for kids, including:
-Kids infobits
-Gale
-Natgeo
-Kanopy unlimited kids views
-Creative bug
-Kahn Academy