A growing collection of online resources to help families keep reading and learning.
Audible is offering lots of books for free listening, from classics like Winnie-the-Pooh to newer titles like the Mystwick School of Musicraft. There’s even a Minecraft Adventure. Stories are available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese. Stream on a desktop, laptop, phone, or tablet. [https://stories.audible.com/]
The library is closed, but you can still use your library card to dowlnoad audiobooks and ebooks. New titles continue to be added throughout the library closure. You may borrow up to three books at a time and place holds on books that are currently checked out. Need a library card? You may apply for one online. [http://curtislibrary.com/cloudlibrary-ebooks-audiobooks/]
Animated talking picture books and read-along chapter books, in English, French, and Spanish. Online eBooks including classics, graphic novels, and non-fiction are also available. Stream online, no downloading needed. [TumbleBooks is offering library patrons free access.]
Always free, Khan Academy offers of tons of standards-aligned lessons covering kindergarten through early college math, grammar, science, history, AP® courses, SAT® preparation, and more. Students can practice skills with exercises, quizzes, and mastery challenges and get immediate feedback and support. Available in 40 languages. [https://www.khanacademy.org/about/blog/post/611770255064350720/remote-learning-with-khan-academy-during-school]
Each day Scholastic provides four separate learning experiences, each built around a meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own or with their families. Lessons are broken down by age groups from pre-K to 9th grade. [https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html]
Uncluttered instruction on in many languages, from Spanish to Hawaiian. (The fictional language of Klingon is also offered.) Choose to learn one language or many. Kids earn points and rewards as they progress. (Native language) reading and typing skills are helpful for completing lessons. Parents may register one child per email address. Free accounts include adds. [https://www.duolingo.com/]
Rosetta Stone is offering up to 250 hours of language learning in 24 languages free to all K-12 students for three months. Excellent immersion program of reading, writing, listening and speaking exercises. Lessons can be worked online or downloaded for offline use. (Native language) reading and typing skills are helpful for completing lessons. Choose one language to learn when registering. Parents may register one child per email address. [https://www.rosettastone.com/freeforstudents/]
Chris Van Dusen Reads
Missing Mr. McGee and Dee? Maine author Chris Van Dusen read aloud from his home in Camden each day until the end March. All of the stories are available on his Facebook page. Most are also posted on YouTube.
Dan Gutman Reads (2pm weekdays)
The author of the My Weird School series is reading aloud from one of his books every day until kids go back to school. First book up is his brand new book, Miss Blake is a Flake. Scroll down the page to find previous episodes. [https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Author/Dan-Gutman-60020139122/]
Award-winning children’s literacy program. Celebrated actors and actresses read children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Lily Tomlin, James Earl Jones, Betty White, and dozens more! [storylineonline.net]
At Home with Emily Arrow (1pm weekdays)
Sing along with musician and author Emily Arrow every weekday. Lots of fun music, ukulele playing, and guest visits with picture authors and illustrators. Episodes are from 20-50 minutes long and past visits are available anytime. [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF3fmzbEwONd0Trjrhqeauw/videos]
Dav Pilkey at Home (new videos posted 8AM on Fridays)
Join the creator of Dog Man and Captain Underpants for drawing activities and other fun tidbits. Catch it when it drops at 8am, or watch it when you need a break. Lots of activities are available while you wait for the next video: Learn to draw Dog Man, make your own character, or write a new adventure. [https://kids.scholastic.com/kids/books/dav-pilkey-at-home/]
Draw Every Day with J. J. K. (2pm weekdays)
Draw comics with J. J. Krosoczka New York Times bestselling-author of Punk Farm, Lunch Lady, Jedi Academy, and Hey, Kiddo. Get a pencil and paper and learn to draw each weekday at 2pm. Past episodes are available anytime. [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCObbZ-lkhRQ203mtX9ZmgtA]
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems (1pm weekdays)
Doodle and draw along with Award-winning author and Illustrator Mo Willems, known for his Elephant & Piggie early readers, Knuffle Bunny, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, and so many others. Grab a pen and join him each weekday at 1pm for a live broadcast. Past episodes are available anytime. [https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/]
Looking for more live webcasts for kids? The Deschutes Public Library has compiled a great list of Instagram, FaceTime Live, YouTube Live, and other events. [https://dpl.bibliocommons.com/list/share/350640561_dplpaigeone/1603278909_dpl_childrens_authors_-_read_alouds_and_other_facetime_live_events?page=1.]
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