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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.

Audible Stories
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.

Help at Home
Lerner Publishing offers students free, interactive ebooks through June 30, 2020. Lerner’s distance Learning Library is available for grades PreK-5 and Grades 6-12.

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.

TumbleBook Library
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.

Visit with Children’s Authors and Illustrators

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 invites you into his studio every day for his Lunch Doodle. 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. New episodes will be posted at 1 p.m. ET each weekday.

Pete the Cat Club
Author James Dean reads a Pete the Cat book weekdays at 1 p.m. ET on Instagram Live.

Stay at Home Story Time with Oliver Jeffers
Author Oliver Jeffers will be reading one of his books weekdays at 2 p.m. ET on Instagram Live. The videos are also on his website.

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 interactive puppet shows from the safety and comfort of home. All you need is an internet connection to join the show in the Zoom room. Live streaming on Facebook begins March 19.

Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari
The Cincinnati Zoo takes kids on a Home Safari each weekday at 3 p.m. ET on Facebook Live until April 11. Videos will also be posted on their website and YouTube channel shortly after Facebook Live ends.

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.