The children’s literature community is offering many free, online learning opportunities while kids are home from school due to the coronavirus. Check out Homework Help for more library resources and recommended websites.
Learning Resources Available for a Limited Time
ABDO Digital Bookshelf
Educational publisher ABDO is offering ABDO Digital Bookshelf free through May 31. Digital books are available for beginner, elementary, middle grade, and high school readers.
For as long as schools are closed, kids everywhere can instantly stream a collection of stories in categories like Littlest Listeners, Elementary, Tween, Teen, and Literary Classics. Content is available in six languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese.
Crabtree Complete eLibrary
Crabtree Publishing is offering free access to their eLibrary through June 30, 2020. Access over 2000 nonfiction and fiction ebooks to support the PreK-9+ curriculum.
Gale Cengage Resources
Gale is offering temporary open access to some of their most comprehensive resources to help with at-home learning. Some of the resources available are:
Miss Humblebee’s Academy is an interactive kindergarten-readiness program that introduces children ages three to six to key concepts in math, science, social studies, language and literacy, art, and music.
Kids InfoBits introduces elementary school students to database searching with easy-to-use resources.
Gale In Context: Middle School combines reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and more for students in middle grades.
Gale In Context: High School provides grades 9–12 with content aligned to national and state curriculum standards to help with papers, projects, and presentations
Kennedy Space Center
The Kennedy Space Center is having presentations on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays on Facebook Live at 9:30 a.m. ET for younger children and 1 p.m. for young adults.
Read Together, Be Together
Penguin Random House and Parents Magazine offer weekday digital story times for kids. The schedule for weekly events is available at Read Together, Be Together.
Scholastic’s Learn at Home
This free resource provides 20 days of exciting articles and stories, videos, fun learning challenges, and virtual field trips. Activities are divided into four sections based on grade level and provide about three hours of learning per day. The website is accessible on any device that has internet access. No sign up is required.
TED-Ed, TED’s youth and education initiative, offers original, animated video lessons to watch online. To get free daily lesson plans, sign up for the TED-Ed@Home newsletter. The lessons are tagged by grade level and cover the arts, literature, math, science and more.
TumbleBook Library is a collection for kids in grades K-6. It includes story books, read alongs, chapter books, non-fiction titles, books in Spanish, graphic novels, math stories, and National Geographic videos. TumbleBooks can be viewed in your browser or the TumbleBooks app. (Internet connection required.)
AudioBookCloud from TumbleBooks
TumbleBooks is making its family of online libraries available for free until August 31. AudioBookCloud is an online streaming audiobook collection. You’ll find books for children, teens and adults.
TeenBookCloud from TumbleBooks
TumbleBooks is making its family of online libraries available for free until August 31. TeenBookCloud includes graphic novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, audiobooks, and educator resources suitable for grades 7-12.
TumbleMath from TumbleBooks
TumbleBooks is making its family of online libraries available for free until August 31. TumbleMath teaches math concepts by using stories and literature. It’s for kids in grades K-6. Supplementary lesson plans and quizzes are available, too.
WHRO Digital Learning Courses
WHRO offers a variety of SOL aligned courses to help middle and high school students. Courses include algebra, geometry, English, biology, chemistry, physics and more. Course materials will be available through June 19.
Visit with Children’s Authors and Illustrators
Dav Pilkey at Home
Each Friday Dave posts a new video and fun activities.
Draw Every Day with JJK
Children’s book author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka offers daily, 20-minute drawing episodes at 2 p.m. on his YouTube channel. Previous episodes are also available to view.
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems!
Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems hosted Lunch Doodles for three weeks, beginning March 16. All 15 episodes and their downloadable activities are available on the Kennedy Center website and YouTube. Grab some paper and pencils and join Mo to explore some new ways of writing and making together. If you post your art to social media, be sure to hashtag it with #MoLunchDoodles.
Mac’s Book Club Show
Author Mac Barnett is hosting read alouds each weekday at 3 p.m. ET on Instagram Live. Past book club meetings (read alouds) are archived on IGTV for a limited time.
Pete the Cat Club
Author James Dean reads a Pete the Cat book weekdays at 1 p.m. ET on Instagram Live.
Read Alouds with Neil Gaiman
Listen to read alouds of The Graveyard Book and Coraline with author Neil Gaiman and some of his friends.
Read & Learn with Simon Kids
Publisher Simon & Schuster offers fun learning resources for kids. Enjoy live read-alouds and activities at Snack & Read on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 2 p.m. ET on Facebook. Enjoy storytimes, sing-alongs, and more with Simon & Schuster authors on YouTube.
Weird Read-A-Loud with Dan Gutman
Check out the videos on author Dan Gutman’s Facebook page. He has been reading aloud on Facebook Live at 2 p.m. each weekday. Each week he reads a My Weird School book.
Fun (and educational) Resources Available for a Limited Time
Center for Puppetry Arts @ Home
Enjoy a variety of puppet shows, workshops, museum tours, and a daily visit with King Raisin - all from the safety and comfort of home. Free content is available on their Facebook page.
Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari
The Cincinnati Zoo takes kids on a Home Safari each weekday at 3 p.m. ET on Facebook Live. Videos will also be posted on their website and YouTube channel shortly after Facebook Live ends.
GWR at Home
Kids can explore the stories of people who have set world records and try breaking some of their own at the Guinness Book of World Records at Home.
Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
Enjoy a variety of entertaining and educational resources at home. Take a virtual tour, experience live demonstrations, explore the people of early Virginia, and more.
Virginia Living Museum
The Museum offers Natural Education Virtual Learning all day long. Meet amazing animals, discover the night skies, enjoy a bedtime story, and more.
Activities for Kids
Andrews McMeel Publishing Kids
Art, creative writing, and STEM activities are available for kids. Parents can download teaching guides, too.
Lonely Planet Kids
Get excited about the world around you with these creative and educational activities.