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
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.
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.
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 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 on Instagram Live. Past book club meetings (read alouds) are archived on IGTV for a limited time.
Pete the Cat Club
The Pete the Cat Club is now on YouTube. Author and creator James Dean releases a new drawing lesson each week and a read aloud story time with Pet the Cat author Kimberly Dean.
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 Wednesdays 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 website. He has read and recorded 20 books from his My Weird School series.
Fun (and educational) Resources Available for a Limited Time
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 a variety of educational resources for kids.
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.