sheltering in place

updated 19 April 2020 [note: still working on the page layout]

Illustration by Isabelle Arsenault, from Amy Novesky’s Cloth Lullaby

I’ve decided to make a place to aggregate resources–Not all of which are only for children, e.g. cooking, operas, drawing, museums…

The categories are:

Activity Pages & Kits  | Articles | Crafts | Drawing | Exercise | Learn

Miscellaneous | Read-Alouds | Singalongs/Concerts | Visits | Writing

I will try to provide a gauge on the intended audience, but I confess that even I (with my only child nearly 20) listen to Oliver Jeffers’ and Mac Barnett’s story times.

Many of the resources are accessed via Instagram, YouTube, or Facebook.

A lot of publishers, educators, and artists are proving generous during this strange time. Be sure to let them know they are appreciated.


Dav Pilkey At Home #DoGood The free online video series will be streamed every Friday morning beginning at 8 a.m. The Captain Underpants and Dog Man creator is offering drawing lessons and read-alouds with young readers.

Dan Santat’sSurvival School for the Pandemic” on Instagram : “Dreading the thought of being quarantined at home with your family? I’ve created a new fun online learning program for kids and parents to hopefully help fix that anxiety. I call it the SANTAT ONLINE SURVIVAL SCHOOL FOR THE PANDEMIC. Earn Badges. Learn skills. Don’t panic!”

Fender is offering 3-months of guitar lessons for FREE

Kazu Kibuishi character from Amulet vol 8:  Supernova

“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.” here.

RealGirls “is a coloring book, featuring a collection of illustrated girls, which were created by many different artists with one mission: to provide girls with images they can identify with, so that they might feel empowered to remain proud and confident. RealGirls celebrates, on every page, all levels of difference as beautiful, in an effort to let every girl know she is valued for the unique and beautiful person that she is.” They are generously allowing us to download their color book pages for free! Add these to your hoard of pages for your all your children.

Doreen Cronin activities page. yes, please.

Aaron Becker‘s The Journey Trilogy Activity KIT via Candlewick

A Piglet Named Mercy KIT (Kate DiCamillo, Chris VanDusen, & Candlewick Press) the book is for 3+, the kit 5+?

Picture book author Josh Funk has activity kits, coloring pages, songs, character cards….

grades 1-5: Captain Underpants‘ Reading Gives You Super Powers KIT (Dav Pilkey, Graphix, Scholastic)

Children’s Book Week has coloring pages featuring the artwork of the 23 illustrators from their 2020 theme Read. Dream. Share. here. An inspiration for some poster-making?

KidLit TV: Book Crafts & Activities page.

New York Academy of Medicine has some coloring pages to share.

Penguin Random House in partnership with Parents Magazine has launched Read Together. Be Together have printables.

Illustration by Dan Santat from Aaron Reynolds’ Carnivores

7 Guiding Principles for Parents Teaching from Home” authored by Edutopia. “Messy doesn’t have to mean inadequate, nor does it have to be a permanent condition. […] Here are some basic principles, grounded in research and science, that provide an overarching structure to your approach and make the learning more productive and long-lasting—whatever the learning materials in your home.”

Hank Green of the Vlog Brothers and CrashCourse, etc. posted “11 Little Tips for a Better Video Chat (for Teachers…and Everybody Else)“. so good.

PSA Safe Grocery Shopping in COVID-19 Pandemic video on YouTube

10 Tips for Hosting a Digital Book Club on Bustle.

Refinery 29 writes about “How To Take Your Book Club Online While Practicing Social Distancing

Huffpost shares “Sample Schedules For Kids Home From School During Coronavirus Outbreak” “A ton of parents, the world over, are now in the position where they effectively have to homeschool their kids, in most cases while dealing with their own adult responsibilities. […] And the most important component, experts say, is a schedule.”

A Mighty Girl shares “50 Ways to Keep Kids Engaged.”

How to talk to kids about Corona Virus, with Daniel Tiger. includes a Spanish version.

Child Mind Institute offers a How to talk to kids about Corona Virus, too.

And here’s a helpful & appealing video/transcript from BrainPOP

Guide/Resources/Response related to Anti-Asian Racism & COVID. “Since the beginning of the new coronavirus, there has been a rise in xenophobic and racist attacks on Asian-Americans. Author and PW reviewer Daphne Benedis-Grab has created a guide with trusted sources for news on the issue, intended for use by educators with high school students and advanced middle school students.”

Illustration by Oliver Jeffers from Drew Daywalt’s The Day the Crayons Came Back

Good Housekeeping offers “50 Fun Activities for Kids” “These fun activities for kids are easy, DIY, and can mostly be done with everyday items that you have around the house. “

Martha Stewart with “30 Kids Crafts that are Fun for the Entire Family

Parents Magazine has a great collection of easy craft ideas/videos. and here is their “Arts & Crafts” page that are more project-based.

Mommy Poppins out of NYC has 100 Awesome Kids Crafts for Home Fun

!! @mothercould is a fantastic resource! among the many crafts, schedule ideas, etc. here’s  “30 Doable At-Home Activities” and “sensory play” and even posts for Adults: “What About the Adults: 10 Opportunities During Social Distancing

other Instagram accounts to consider:

! Inspire My Play: Creative play & learning 🍎 Early years trained teacher 🇬🇧

7 Days of Play Playful Learning • Crafts • Sensory Fun

Learn Through Play : Art, Activities, Sensory Play, Ages 0-7, Activities Require Adult Supervision

Recycle and Play: Sharing the best recycled crafts and activities for kids!

Happy Toddler Playtime : Sensory Bins • Crafts • Early Learning

Illustration from Florette by Anna Walker

all ages: Sarah Brannan with the Greater Boston Illustrators’ Group came up with #StoryMarch: “Make a piece of art every day. Any medium: pencil, crayon, marker, ink, paint, photography, sculpture… anything! Use the words on the list below (you can change the order) or create your own list, but it’s fun when everyone interprets the same word on the same day.”

Miximal Mondays! with Ben Clanton (Narwhal & Jelly) ! Every Monday on Instagram Live at 9:30 a.m. Pacific. “Stuck at home? Want to draw with me and talk about waffles and mermicorns?” the videos stay up 24 hours.

Tony DiTerlizzi !! draws daily at 10 a.m. Pacific here.

all ages: Carson Ellis‘ Quarantine Art Club (#quarantineartclub). “I’ll be posting art assignments here every weekday morning when I can. They’ll be designed for kids and grownups alike.”

toddlers! : Author/Illustrator E.B. Goodale is hosting Drawing with Toddlers on Tuesdays & Thursdays 830 a.m. pacific (they are on eastern time…) Goodale takes requests for what to draw live, “or you can just sit back and watch the chaos.”

#HowTuesDraw with Molly Idle !! “”Do you love to draw? I love to draw too! Every Tuesday I’m going to post step by step instructions for #HowTuesDraw something new!”

all ages: Illustoria Mag : “We have been so inspired to see our community come together to provide easy art projects for families during this mandated stay-at-home-time! In that spirit, all week will be sharing easy DIYs from past and upcoming issues.” these are fantastic!!

7+? Draw Everyday with JJK (aka author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka) He’s on YouTube, live daily at 2 p.m., but the videos are posted. I heard a rumor that he’ll teach us how to draw baby yoda…

IG users: Danielle Krysa aka The Jealous Curator (on IG) hosts a 30-day Art Challenge, it’s open-ended. “Paint, draw, photograph, sculpt, collage… whatever you like.” they’re using the hashtag: #30dayartquarantine

all ages: Jarrett Lerner provides Blank Comic Pages, Incomplete Comics to Finish, and Writing/Drawing Prompts! (for education/private use, of course). They are brilliant.

all ages: Wendy MacNaughton‘s Daily Drawing Class. the offerings are via Instagram Live, so if you can’t make the set time, it will be on her Instagram story for only 24 hours. You can use the hashtag #drawtogether to find her content.

tween+: Illustrator Sarah Beth Morgan’s #DrawFromADistance : take what you will from these prompts & illustrate as you please, when you please. no rules! just have fun!

ages 7+ Stephan Pastis draws Timmy Failure and other characters.

Random House Children’s Books has a new how-to drawing series led by illustrators called Art School. Join them on Instagram via @RandomHouseKids

Chris Riddell posts on Instagram daily “drawings from bed” that are mesmerizing. Adults may enjoy his sketchbooks.

all ages: The Kennedy Center is hosting Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems (love him). Follow along live on YouTube at 10 a.m. Pacific, or catch the videos when you can.

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Illustration from Flora & the Flamingo by Molly Idle

Rockettes are providing free weekly Dance Lessons Live on Instagram.

Cosmic Kids Yoga channel. Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation for kids. Interactive adventures which build strength, balance and confidence – and get kids into yoga and mindfulness early!

Kate Scherrer via YouTube  “Stories, Songs, and Stretches!® video classes guide preschool and early elementary children and their grownups through mindful movement and stillness experience.”

GoNoodle® engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are!

25 Exercise Games and Indoor Activities to Get Kids Moving” via Mommy Poppins.

tween+: “In this first of a three-part series on caring for yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually during the COVID19 pandemic, we offer resources and thoughts on taking care of the Body.” Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls offers “just a smattering of what’s available online to help you take care of your body” in list form. A few highlights:

CorePower Yoga: is offering free streaming live classes for members daily, and providing free access to a limited collection of online classes available weekly.

Lululemon will be hosting free Instagram Live sessions that feature yoga, do-anywhere workouts, meditation, and self-care tips.

Yoga with Adriene: A popular free online library of yoga classes organized by type of yoga and length of time, very accessible for everyone, everywhere.

305 FitnessThis dance-cardio party is one of NYC’s most popular workout classes and is now offering free cardio dance live streams twice a day on YouTube at noon and 6PM EST.

24 Hour FitnessEveryone can access the 24 Hour Fitness app on-demand workouts and premium content for free during this timewhich includes Les Mills classes and audio coaching.

Peloton is now offering a 90-day free trial of their yoga, meditation, strength, cycling, running, and other fitness classes to anyone for use, even if you don’t own the bike itself.

YMCA: A new free online community program, YMCA 360, offers on-demand programs and digital coaching, including boot camp, barre, yoga, and low impact programs for seniors.

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Illustration by Adam Rex from Neil Gaiman’s Chu’s Day

All the things:

CrashCourse on YouTube. LOVE THESE. grown people. CrashCourse Kids

Sesame Street on YouTube. Also video messaging and activities on their website.

Stimola Live: is a “website of live stream events for kids, tweens, and teens by professional authors and illustrators represented by Stimola Literary Studio. Events will be streamed live from a variety of platforms and archived on the Stimola Live YouTube Channel.” Content is for kids of all ages and will include read-alouds, crafts, journaling, math, yoga, and drawing lessons.

Friends Art Lab Preschool on Instagram: 🍎Creating and Learning With Our Preschoolers 🎨Sharing Our (Very) Artsy, Joyful, Messy Days

A (particular) Art or in general…:

tween+? Sarah Urist Green (& PBS) host The Art Assignment “We explore art and art history through the lens of things happening today. Check for new episodes every other Thursday!”

The Guggenheim Museum in New York has just made more than 200 books about modern art available online. Not only can you read them online, but you can download them in PDF or ePub formats—for free—at the Internet Archive.

Visit the Smithsonian and create Art. “Inviting young readers into the Smithsonian’s online library, Jon Scieszka & Steven Weinberg have created a free brochure for download called “How to Make a COLLAGASAURUS!” The brochure guides children through the Smithsonian’s archive in search of material that helps them create their own collage.

Debbie Ridpath Ohi has an awesome YouTube channel with videos called “Let’s Make Art” and more.

most ages: Listen to Laurel Snyder‘s new story and help her illustrated it. check it out

Picture book creator Hervé Tullet’s colorful and interactive Ideal Exhibitions invite teachers and children to participate in creating a version of his exhibitions from home and encouraging them to share.

The New Victory Theater is hosting “New Victory Arts Break” “an opportunity for you and your family to discover new skills from the comfort of your own home.”

Sewing Classes for Kids from The Fashion Class: Easy and fun sewing projects perfect for kids ages 6+, with parent supervision. Projects assume sewing knowledge and can be created using hand sewing or machine sewing methods. via Poppins@home.

all ages: Trisha Zemp has made her Stop Motion Art Camp free! “I believe that creating stop motion videos is a form of creative magic making! It’s tedious, and time consuming, and because of all that effort, it’s so rewarding! I am hoping that by offering this resource, it can distill some of the worry that many of us are feeling. (And keep kiddos busy with creative play!) The camp is for kids of all ages! Yes! That means grown ups too!”


tween+ “I will give online cooking classes from la Salle A Manger (SAM). I will show you easy recipes to make while you are confined at home and answer to all your questions.” Chef Lucien Zeyen is offering cooking classes on his IG live, but he’ll post necessary ingredients ahead of time in preparation. Here are the archived classes.

tween+ Massimo Bottura, Chef patron of Osteria Francescana, is hosting Instagram Live cooking lessons titled “Quarantine Kitchen

cause I find them entertaining Bon Appétit Test Kitchen run by “a highly opinionated food brand that wants everyone to love cooking and eating as much as we do.”

Actor Natalie Portman shares recipes (+ usual content) on Instagram


Spanish Classes for the little ones. Ms. Denise (Lingua Garden) is excellent!

other subjects:

National Geographic Kids: Games, videos and educational tools for kids about their favorite animals.  here

PBS LearningMedia pre-k through 12, a lot of good resources, cause PBS.

all ages: Code Academy: scholarships available for ‘pro’. “From building websites to analyzing data, the choice is yours. No matter your experience level, you’ll be writing real, working code in minutes.”

ages 5-7 ScratchJr.Coding is the new literacy! With ScratchJr, young children can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer. FREE

k-12+caregivers: Khan Academy : “Created by experts, Khan Academy’s library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons covers math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more. It’s all free for learners and teachers.”

NeoK12: Educational videos, lessons, quizzes and games for K-12 students in various subject areas such as science, math, health, social studies and English. here.

HippoCampus: Educational video tutorials for middle school and high school students.

Math Games: k-8: Math games and skill practice

Marshmallow Games: Interactive and dynamic educational apps featuring math and science lessons.

Mystery Science: offering free courses. “Open-and-go lessons that inspire kids love of science!”

#ScienceStory: “Here’s your chance to creatively share your cool science with kids and have some fun!”

tween+ SciShow (on Youtube): “explores the unexpected. Seven days a week, Hank Green, Michael Aranda, and Olivia Gordon delve into the scientific subjects that defy our expectations and make us even more curious!” there is SciShow Space and SciShow Psych, too.

SciShow Kids : “explores all those curious topics that make us ask “why?” Every Tuesday and Thursday, Jessi and her robot rat Squeaks answer your questions and explain fun, complex science concepts for young, curious minds.”

Space Racers: NASA-sponsored space-themed kids TV shows, games, and educational activities. here.

NASA Kids Club: learn about NASA and its missions.

Oceans Initiative has decided to launch a (very) informal, impromptu, virtual marine biology camp which takes place on Mondays and Thursdays at 11 am Pacific on Instagram or Facebook

Heidi Stemple is for the young bird lovers, videos and activities.

Audubon for Kids: “aims to bring together activities from across Audubon’s national network of environmental educators, including the classroom curriculum Audubon Adventures, plus related DIY activities and content from Audubon’s editors. These activities can be done at home or in a yard or park, sometimes with the help of a computer.”

“The Flora and Fauna of Your Place: A Book Only You Can Make” video with Loree Burns.

Mommy Poppins has “63 Easy Science Experiments” too. “These 63 science experiments for kids are super-easy and a lot of fun to boot, as kids are exposed to a wide variety of scientific concepts. It’s a great way to spend quality time together as a family and who knows, mom and dad may end up learning a new thing or two, too.”

BrainPOP is here to help you and your curious learners stay informed and on-track with free access during school closures.

Scholastic has opened up its extensive library of digital curricular resources for free through a new website, Scholastic Learn at Home which“allows open access to daily learning journeys divided into four grade spans—Pre-K–K, Grades 1–2, Grades 3–5, and Grades 6–9+, covering ELA, STEM, Science, Social Studies, and Social-Emotional Learning.”

Alex Lemonade Stand:  Home activities and resources for character building and practicing academic skills. here

Kids Activity Blog boasts: “Here’s The Entire List of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings

illustration from Another by Christian Robinson

both the random and links to varied content.

Brian Pickings has offered access to The Universe in Verse (2019). “An evening of poems, music, and stories about eclipses, relativity, spacetime, and Einstein’s legacy, featuring readings by musicians David ByrneRegina SpektorAmanda PalmerEmily Wells, and Josh Groban, astrophysicists Janna Levin and Natalie Batalha, poets Elizabeth Alexander and Marilyn Nelson, actor Natascha McElhone, theoretical cosmologist and jazz saxophonist Stephon Alexander, comedian Chuck Nice, choreographer Bill T. JonesOn Being host Krista Tippett, and the inimitable Neil Gaiman reading an original poem generously composed for the occasion.”

Escape into your imagination with the Hogwarts Digital Escape Room created by the geniuses at the Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, Pennsylvania.

ages 0-6: Circle Time Fun: Dynamic and interactive yoga, sing-alongs, cooking classes, sensory tactile activities, & storytime sessions available on demand or live.

DK has created a Stay Home Hub: Explore all the learning resources, activities, ideas and inspiration you need for your time at home! We will be constantly updating the Hub with new content, to keep you, your children, and your students as connected and as curious as ever. They have a hub oHome Activities for Adults and a hub of Home Learning for Kids

Library Thing is now free! Catalog, categorize, and organize your reading life to your heart’s content.

SCRIBD: Read free for 30 Days. Magazines, books, audiobooks, documents.

International Children’s Digital Library: A digital library with free access to high-quality children’s books from around the world in different languages including Arabic, Afrikaans, English, Farsi and more. Books hosted are suitable for kids aged 3-5, 6-9, and 10-13.

varied: 14+?  Neil Gaiman created a page with links to his writing and audio-recordings.

Dark Horse Comics is releasing more than 80 first issue comics + a handful of full graphic novels for FREE on Dark Horse Digital.

Author Kate Messner is a gathering place for Author & Illustrator resources under the banner Read, Wonder, and Learn! “you’ll find a growing collection of resources that include everything from first-chapter and picture book read-alouds (all shared with permission!) to drawing and writing mini-lessons. Be sure to check back often, as new resources will be added every day.”

Lynda Mullaly Hunt videos and activities

At Home with AW,” Albert Whitman books offers video content and activities for young readers each week. The Mindful Me post may be particularly relevant.

Capstone Publishing keeps a site with games, crafts, puzzles, contests, etc. called Capstone Kids

Charlesbridge has launched two new sites to support remote learning and engagement for kids, parents, and educators. A Remote Author Page has author readings, book talks, lessons and activities while a new Activities and Downloadables Page has activity kits, educator guides, coloring sheets, and puzzles.

Chicken House Books is sharing their resources via #CoopedUpKids on Instagram. our home for all the bookish tools you’ll need to let imaginations fly! From readings and events from our AWESOME authors to creative printables, we’ve got this lockdown situ covered. Keep your eyes on our Story this afternoon for a little bit of design-led fun …

Cinco Puntos Press is also offering free teaching guides for early reader books on their website, including activities for kids and reading questions.

HarperCollins Children’s Books is using social media to share daily story times, learning materials, and activities with readers.

 HarperKids is on Instagram for little readers. Check out their channel.

YouTube channel Shelf Stuff is for middle grade readers

the Epic Reads Twitter feed for teens

HarperStacks on Twitter with resources for educators, parents, and caregivers.

Holiday House Books shares  “teaching and reading resources for teachers, parents, librarians and educators. The site includes more than 300 reading guides, activities, storytime kits, flashcards, and more.”

Twice a day until April 6, Kids Can Press authors and illustrators are participating in a reading relay. Each one is taking to Twitter and Instagram to read from their new book or offer a drawing demonstration before passing the baton by tagging and signal-boosting another author or illustrator.

MacKids (Macmillan publishers): includes teacher guides and a plethora of resources, such as activity and discussion guides, book recommendations and presentations, author interviews, and more!

Penguin Random House (PRH) : using #BooksConnectUs “we’re staying connected with each other and the stories and authors who inspire us. We’re compiling the virtual Penguin Random House book events, author Q&A’s and more that are happening each week (EST), and will be updating this page daily. Even if you miss an event streaming live, please check back here and watch the recordings.”

PRH Canada/Tundra Books is making all guides, event kids, and extras of book content available

The Andrea Brown Literary Agency (aka ABLA Reads) has a really great way of organizing the book recommendations 

Mommy Poppins (NYC) has a lot of resources. and they’ve launched Poppins@home to help you find free or low-cost virtual classes for kids.

Storey Home Projects via FacebookInstagramTwitter, and Pinterest will share live author demos and projects kids can do at home with parents. Activities are drawn from Storey books and include kitchen pantry science experiments, stitching projects, baking demos, designing animal masks, and even ways for kids to help out with chores at home.

WB Kids Go: videos, games, downloads. Also DC Kids

DC Kids Camp on Instagram: DC has launched a series of virtual activities featuring the publisher’s middle grade authors and illustrators.

HBO is making almost 500 hours of programming available to stream for free for a limited time on HBO Now and HBO Go — without a subscription — starting this Friday, April 3.

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Illustration from Big Sister Little Sister by LeUyen Pham

Audible: “For as long as schools are closed, we’re open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title and start listening. It’s that easy.”

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Returning April 30th and continuing 13 weeks until July 29,  SYNC gives participants two thematically paired audiobooks a week.

Julie Andrews has founded a podcast called Julie’s Library. Aimed at audiences age 4–10, the book readings will be mixed with conversation with guests and vocabulary words selected by children.  “Each story will take us on a grand adventure,” Andrews said.

Mac Barnett‘s Book Club Show Book Club meets daily at Noon Pacific time via Instagram Live. If you can’t make the set time, it will be on his Instagram story for only 24 hours. Wear a hat if you have one and submit jokes for joke corner. He also has special guests.

Mac Barnett has also written Chapter books and he will be hosting: Chapter Books After Dark: reading a chapter a night from Mac B. Kid Spy #1. New chapters go up about 5:00 California time and they’ll stay up on my IGTV til the end of the “school year.”

Sophie Blackall will read and talk about her work (Hello Lighthouse, Ivy+Bean). You can follow along on Instagram, but the videos are also up on YouTube.

Brightly hosts Brightly Storytime, our read-aloud video series for kids.”  on their instagram @readbrightly

!! LeVar Burton Reads !! check-out his podcast LeVar Burton Reads, but he’s also hosting readings for 3 different age groups: kids on Mondays (9 a.m. PT), YA on Wednesdays (3 p.m. PT), and Adults on Friday (6 p.m. PT) on Twitter.

Cinco Puntos Press is sharing bilingual storytelling videos via twitter

! Drag Queen Story Hour ! are live-streaming via Facebook.  While you our queens’ gift for reading our favorite stories aloud, consider tipping them as a form of  gratitude and support.

My Weird Read Aloud” with Dan Gutman who will read to you, everyday from one of his many chapter books, 11 am Pacific (on FB).

Not so much reading a book, but telling stories: Joe Hayes on YouTube (Cinco Puntos Press)

Oliver JeffersStay at Home Story Time. “For all you folks stuck at home in the coming weeks due to COVID, I will be reading one of my books every weekday, and talking about some of the things that went into making it. We are all at home, but none of us are alone. Let’s be bored together.” The link is for the recordings, you can catch him live on Instagram 11 a.m. Pacific M,W,F. Check his IG to see if any supplies will be needed for occasional activities.

KidLit TV Read Out Loud, Storymakers, etc.

Gail Carson Levine, starting April 7th on Facebook at 11am EST, will be reading aloud from Ella Enchanted! a chapter a day, every day.

Jbrary is keeping a list of Libraries Live Streaming story times (around US & Australia)…maybe pair with conversations on geography…

Scott Magoon hosts a weekly storytime on his site. “Join me each week from my studio where I’ll read, draw—and answer your questions!”

Debbie Ridpath Ohi has an awesome YouTube channel with Read Alouds and more.

PJ Library, which specializes in making free Jewish-themed books available to readers, is hosting a story time session three times a day at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. ET on the library’s Facebook pages + free printable games and activities for kids.

kids Winging it with Erica S. Perl: read-alouds, writing prompts, and occasional shakings of a tail feather. Tuesdays, 11 Pacific time.

Standby Book Club hosted by Greg Pizzoli live from his studio on Instagram for books, making art and answering questions!

Penguin Random House in partnership with Parents Magazine has launched Read Together. Be Together and are offering Live picture book readings, weekdays 1pm Pacific, led by Favorite authors & celebrities. see site or their instagram for schedule and locations.

Peter Reynolds is taking to his Facebook page daily for read alouds, etc.

#savewithstories coordinated with Save the Children is led by a solid number of celebrities who are here to read and raise money/awareness.

Storyline Online: Videos of famous celebrities reading your favorite children’s stories.

Story Time from Space: ‘Astronauts on the Space Station read stories to and conduct science experiments for the children of Earth as the world rotates below.’

Tundra Books story times and singalongs! scheduled here.

My page of some recommended books to read aloud.

A Mighty Girl‘s list of Books Starring Mighty Girls

Illustration by David Roberts from The Dumpster Diver by Janet S. Wong

Alina Celeste : Parents Choice Gold Award Winner Alina Celeste makes videos for kids, their grownups, and educators. Sing-Alongs, Storytimes, nursery rhymes, puppet shows and read alongs and sometimes, in Spanish and English. There is a new video every Tuesday!

Emily Arrow  is an award-winning children’s songwriter with 10+ years of experience working with children in music education.

Bounce Patrol channel : Catchy kids songs and nursery rhymes to get children up and bouncing! Learn colors, numbers, alphabet, animals and more as you move, groove and sing along with us! a channel en espanol:

Lisa Loeb‘s silly singalongs. check her channel for the occasional live/video for kids.

Jbrary keeps a list of YouTube Playlists for story time songs. !! “We’ve organized all of our songs into thematic lists. These lists range from the very general (Preschool Storytime) to the very specific (Transportation Storytime). If you have an idea for a playlist, be sure to let us know!”

Check out these songs in 12+ languages from Storyblocks.

When life gives you social isolation, make social isolation videos! (That way we can all sing along.) GRAMMY winner Dan Zanes and his multi-talented wife Claudia post daily videos.

Tundra Books story times and singalongs! scheduled here.

Amelia Robinson of Mil’s Trills, a Brooklyn-based children’s music project, has worked with her kindie music colleagues to put together a schedule of of live streaming children’s concerts around the globe. see here

NPR is trying to keep track of Live Concerts, the when and where

Austin City Limits (PBS) opens their Archive for free streaming.

Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab for Cutie and Postal Service) daily concerts 4pm pacific on YouTube. Sundays are covers only. We really enjoy him.

The Met is streaming Operas nightly!

Opera Wire collects “A Comprehensive List of All Opera Offering Free Streaming Services Right Now”

illustration by Jon Klassen

Virtually Tour 1200+ of the World’s Most Famous Museums thanks to Google Arts & Culture

Discovery (Channel) Education offers Virtual Field Trips. “Join us live for our new Virtual Field Trips or watch them on demand later. Each no-cost Virtual Field Trip comes with a companion guide packed with standards-aligned, hands-on learning activities!”

The National Park Service has webcams you can use to watch nature in real time.

Aquariums & Zoos:

Cincinatti Zoo & Aquarium hosts a Live daily episode  thru 4/11 at 3pm of Home Safari where they visit a different animal and have activities.

Streaming live feeds:

Tembe Elephant Park (Emangusi, South Africa)

Atlanta Zoo: (pandas)

 Georgia Aquarium (jellyfish, beluga whales, sea lions, and African penguins)

Houston Zoo (giraffes, gorillas, elephants, leafcutter ants, and rhinos)

Monterrey Bay Aquarium:  (both underwater and oceanside cameras)

New England Aquarium: Join us for live presentations, new videos, and activities to try from home.

San Diego Zoo: (orangutans, tigers, condors, and koalas)

7 Live Birdcams: 3 in U.S., others in Germany, Poland, UK, Netherlands.

Cover illustration by Yuyi Morales from The Wild Book by Margarita Engle

NaNoWrimo create StayHomeWrimo: each day writers can participate by visiting the StayHomeWriMo website or its social media channels for a daily checklist of four activities. A writing prompt provides structure and guidance for creative work; three other activities promote social, mental, and physical well-being. Related livestreams offer cheerleading and a chance to socialize and check in about StayHomeWriMo progress.

Teaching Poetry Online“: The Poetry Foundation is offering resources for all ages, levels, and their educators

#writewithkate Writing Tips from Kate DiCamillo 

#StoryMarchWrite is a spin-off of the drawing prompt project (see above) for writers: “Your writing can include the day’s word or be inspired by it. The only other rule is that each day’s piece of writing needs to connect to the previous day’s piece in some way.”

Kids Ask Authors podcast with Grace Lin (3x a wk): “Want a way to motivate your kids to write? Have them submit their book review, poem, short story or joke to Kids Ask Authors podcast.”

tween+ Underlined : on-line community and resourcefor writers–especially the younger set.

teens: Kelly Yang is giving FREE writing classes online for teens on her Instagram Live at 12pm-12:30 PST.  every M/W/F

tweens+: Jacqueline West reads from her books and gives writing prompts/activities, here.

Victoria Coe (Fenway and Hattie series) has a collection of writing videos for young writers.

Christina Farley (Gilded series) with “tips, resources and ideas to help writers enhance their craft.” here.

Veera Hiranandani ( The Night Diary, The Whole Story of Half a Girl) “offers a diary writing prompt to help you get to know your characters and create an inspired story!”

ages 6-10: For budding young writers, Children’s Book Insider is making its Young Writer’s Blueprint writing course available for free. The step-by-step course is the creation of children’s and young adult author Alice Kuipers. The course is designed for children ages six to 10 but is also appropriate for teens. An adult must sign up for the course

Newbery-winning Author Meg Medina shares a writing lesson on Creating Tension.

Madelyn Rosen shares writing prompts

Poet Laura Shovan has some mini poetry lessons 

Joyce Sidman has a good collection of Poetry ideas.

Mini-video lessons from a Non-fiction author, Melissa Stewart here.

all ages: Join Amy Ludwig VanDerwater in “KEEPING A NOTEBOOK, a series of brief daily writing talks that began on March 16, 2020 and will continue into the foreseeable future. These talks are for everyone, and if you are very young, you might wish to write with an older person you love. Writing together is a gift.”



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