A growing collection of online resources to help families keep reading and learning.

[Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Podcast]Audiobooks & eBooks

Curriculum & Teaching

Learning Languages

Podcasts

Storytimes & Read Alouds

Webcasts with Authors, Illustrators, etc.

Talking with Children about COVID-19

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Audiobooks & eBooks

Audible Stories
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/]

cloudLibrary
The library building is closed, but you can still use your library card to download 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/]

2020-21 Maine Student Book Award Nominees
Teachers and librarians nominate the books. 4th – 8th graders read, then vote for their favorite story. The 2020-21 nominees below are available to download through the cloudLibrary. Many are available as ebooks and audiobooks. [https://curtislibrary.com/get-a-jump-on-the-2020-21-maine-student-book-award-nominees/]

TumbleBooks
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.]

19 Webcomics to Keep Kids and Teens Engaged
Looking for ways to keep your comics-loving kids and teens occupied? These free webcomics promise to eat up hours of time. [https://www.slj.com/?detailStory=webcomics-teens-tweens-free-middle-grade-YA]

Curriculum & Teaching

Khan Academy
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]

Scholastic
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. The site requires users to enter an email address for free access to materials. [https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html]

Learning Languages

Duolingo
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/]

Rosette Stone
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/]

Podcasts

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls
Fascinating tales of extraordinary women, from Greta Thunberg to Madame C. J. Walker. Presenters range from Jamela Jamil to Melinda Gates. [https://www.rebelgirls.com/pages/podcast]

The Story Seeds Podcast
Kids with intriguing story ideas are paired with notable authors to grow those seeds into stories. Lots of inspiring ideas for budding authors and illustrators. Current and upcoming authors include Jason Reynolds, Veera Hiranandani, and Chris Grabenstein. [https://www.storyseedspodcast.com/listen]

Storytimes & Read Alouds

Chris Van Dusen Reads
Missing Mr. McGee and Dee? Maine author Chris Van Dusen reads aloud from his home in Camden. 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/]

Story Time from Space
From Ada Twist, Scientist to Max Goes to Mars, real astronauts read aloud aboard the International Space Station. [storytimefromspace.com]

Storyline Online
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]

Webcasts with Musicians, Authors, Illustrators, etc.

At Home with Emily Arrow (30 episodes)
Sing along with musician and author Emily Arrow.  Lots of fun music, ukulele playing, and guest visits with picture authors and illustrators. Episodes are from 20-50 minutes long. [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]

Laurie Berkner: Berkner Breaks (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:00AM)
“We are the dinosaurs. What do you think of that?” Children’s musician Laurie Berkner is as energetic as her songs! Join her for singing and stories. During each episode, there is an opportunity to donate to organizations helping people cope with COVID-19. Episodes are about 35-40 minutes and are archived on her YouTube Channel. [https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrcfJyLiLpoa-l78PP__ZbV_fn05cW5Ay]

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems / Thank-o-Rama (Periodic espisodes)
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. All of the episodes are archived for viewing anytime. [https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/]

Science Online (3:30pm Wednesdays)
Hang out and do science with Chris Dorman, STEM Specialist at the Maine State Libraries. Fun projects, simple materials. [https://www.facebook.com/MaineStateLibrary/videos/260282588464059/]

Talking with Children about coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

Here are some guiding words from the CDC.
[https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html]

Coronavirus: A Book for Children
An online picture book with simple, straightforward explanations of COVID-19, how germs spread, and why we’re practicing physical isolation right now. [https://nosycrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Coronavirus_INSwith-cover.pdf]

A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus
A printable comic answering common questions kids may have may have. Available in Chinese and Spanish. Its information is based on interviews with Tara Powell at the University of Illinois School of Social Work, Joy Osofsky at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, and Krystal Lewis at the National Institute of Mental Health. [https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus]

 

This page was updated on 5/25/2020.