The COVID-19 pandemic has led to school closures to keep teachers, staff, and students safe. Authors and publishers are providing educators and parents with a variety of tools for engaging with kids—everything from storytime hours to art lessons.
Scholastic offers projects for growth and engagement for kids from pre-k through sixth grade.
PebbleGo is offering free resources for remote learning.
Break out the crayons and print out these free coloring pages from Every Child a Reader.
Storyline Online is a children’s literacy website that features videos of actors reading children’s books.
Author Oliver Jeffers is reading books every day at 2pm EST on Instagram.
Brooklyn Public Library is streaming storytime online.
Author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka is hosting drawing lessons on Youtube.
Penguin Kids will have authors and illustrators drop in for Story Time! every day at 11am EST.
Everywhere Book Fest is a virtual two-day kid lit book festival happening on May 1. Find more info here.
Penguin Random House is offering educators, librarians, and booksellers an open license for access to live readings, storytime videos, and more.
Save the Children, NoKidHungry, and Scholastic have partnered to create #SaveWithStories, where actors read children’s books to raise money for kids affected by school closures.
KidLit TV offers crafts, activities, podcasts, reading resources, and more.
Harper at Home has activities for readers of all ages, plus resources for teachers, librarians, and parents.
Hervé Tullet is encouraging creatives to make their own Ideal Exhibition.
Stimola Literary Studio is releasing videos about journaling, crafts, yoga, illustration lessons, read-alouds, and more.
Author and former teacher Kate Messner is compiling resources from fellow authors to make virtual learning easy.
Penguin Random House Audio added a Listen at Home section of free downloads to their Volumes app that includes The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, narrated by Brooke Shields with Paul Rudd; Grimm’s Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm, narrated by a full cast; and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, narrated by John Lee. Books are available to download until April 30.
Audible is offering free audiobooks for children.
Simon & Schuster’s The Book Pantry has curriculum and reading group guides.
Charlesbridge is offering virtual videos of author readings, activities, and more now through June 30.