Youth Services librarians complied their favorite online resources for students and families. All resources listed are free at this time, thanks to companies waiving their usage fees during the current public health situation.
Check back, we’re always adding new links!
- Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) - The Association of Specialized Government and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA) has compiled a list resources about COVID-19 to help provide guidance for children and teens.
- Authors and Illustrators - Delve into digital content from some of our favorite authors and illustrators.
- Literacy – Educational websites that support core literacy skills — phonics, fluency, vocabulary, spelling, comprehension, and writing.
- Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums - Explore museum, zoo, and aquarium destinations around the world without leaving home.
- S.T.E.A.M. - Explore a variety of science, technology, engineering, art, and math subjects.
- Virtual Storytimes - Read along with your favorite authors, actors and educators in this collection of virtual storytimes.
Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
- KidsHealth from Nemours - KidsHealth has information on COVID-19 for children in English and Spanish and available in audio. Other sections of their website have information for parent.
- LittlePuddins Blog - Little Puddins Blog has a nice, English language “Coronavirus Social Story.”
- BrainPOP - Coronavirus – BrainPOP is a surprisingly entertaining, at time humorous, basic explanation of COVID-19 and needed precautions for elementary age children and young teens.
- NPR’s Goats and Soda - Basic information for youth in a graphic format that can be read in the Blog or downloaded and folded into a zine.
Authors and Illustrators
Delve into digital content featuring some of our favorite authors and illustrators.
- Kwame Alexander
- Mac Barnett
- Kate DiCamillo
- Dan Gutman
- Oliver Jeffers
- Grace Lin
- Kate Messner & Friends
- Debbie Ridpath Ohi
- Christine Platt
- Peter H Reynolds
- Dan Santat
- Bob Shea
- Keri Smith
- Monique Gray Smith
- Mo Willems
This section includes educational websites that support core literacy skills — phonics, fluency, vocabulary, spelling, comprehension, and writing.
- Arcademics - Boost student engagement & fact fluency with our free multiplayer educational games, math games, language arts games, and more!
- Beanstalk - Join class anytime, from anywhere! With countless themes and class types you and your little ones will grow together. For families with children 2 to 6 years old.
- Board Maker - Boardmaker is a complete special education platform that supports education, communication, access and social/emotional needs of more than six million students in 51 countries.
- FunBrain - Funbrain offers hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy. For Pre-K through 8th grade.
- Harper at Home - The team at HarperKids will hold a storytime with read-alouds and activities for pure entertainment every day at noon (EST). Available on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube every weekday at noon. For families with children 5 to 12 years old.
- National Geographic for Kids - Find amazing facts about animals, science, history, and geography, along with fun competitions, games and more. For children 5 to 12 years old.
- News in Levels - World news for students of English. For English language learners ages 5 to 18 years old.
- News Literacy Project - The News Literacy Project works with educators and journalists to give students the skills they need to discern fact from fiction and to know what to trust. For students 11 to 18 years old.
- PebbleGo - Discover the go-to curriculum-connected research tool specifically for elementary school educators and students. For families with children 3 to 8 years old.
- Quill - Quill provides free writing and grammar activities for elementary, middle, and high school students.
- Scholasitc Learn at Home - Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. For Pre-K through 9th grade.
- TumbleBook Library - Over 1100 titles for grades K-6, and includes animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features Graphic Novels – a student favorite!
- TumbleBook Teen Library - Over 1000 titles, including Graphic Novels, enhanced e-books with full audio narration and highlighted text, classic literature, national geographic videos, and more!
- TumbleBook eAudiobook Library - Over 1200 titles, including dozens of genres and interest levels. The collection includes popular literature, classics, children’s and teen books, mystery, sci-fi, history, biography, and more!
- Wonderopolis - Wonderopolis is a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages.
Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums
Here are links to museums, zoos, and aquariums from around the world.
- American Natural History Museum – One of the world’s largest natural history museums offers virtual tours, quizzes, games, videos, teaching curricula, and more.
- Cincinnati Zoo – The home of the celebrated Fiona the hippo offers a Home Safari everyday on Facebook live at 12 p.m. PST, and an archive of all past safaris on YouTube.
- Dallas Zoo – Enjoy videos of animals, lessons from zoologists, and more with the zoo’s Facebook #BringTheZooToYou campaign.
- Louvre – Take a virtual trip to Paris for a tour of exhibits at one of the world’s most famous mesuems.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art:
- Monterey Bay Aquarium – Live camera feeds featuring Sharks, Otters, Penguins, and Open Sea video
- National Zoo – Live camera feeds featuring Naked Mole Rats, Lions, Giant Pandas, and Elephants
- San Diego Zoo – Engage with the animals and learn from staff through videos, games, activities, and more.
- Seattle Aquarium – Live camera feeds featuring Seattle’s Harbor Seals and Sea Otters
- Shedd Aquarium – Follow the penguins at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium as their keepers allow them to explore all of the exhibits and meet the rest of the animals that live there!
- Smithsonian – Color the collections, play games, and explore all of the incredible offerings of our national museum system.
- Yellowstone National Park – One of America’s cherished national parks comes to you with virtual tours of several noteworthy attractions and natural wonders.
S. T. E. A. M.
Explore a variety of science, technology, engineering, art and math subjects.
- America’s Test Kitchen - The kitchen is a great place for kids to experiment and explore! Discover kid-
tested recipes, cooking experiments, & videos that will excite young chefs. For kids 5 years old and up.
- Chrome Music Lab - Create music and learn how sounds, colors and science relate to music.
- Code - Learn computer programming, from building block lessons for preschoolers to complex coding projects for advanced programmers.
- Cool Math Games - A brain-training site, for everyone, where logic, thinking and math meets fun and games.
- CSI Web Adventures - Based on the CSI television show, find out if you have what it takes to be a forensic scientist. For children in grades 4 and up.
- Kahn Academy - Learn about any math topic. Expert-created content and resources for every course and level.
- NASA Kids - Brings you the latest images, videos and news from America’s space agency.
- Ranger Rick - Engage with wildlife through games, videos and articles (free through June).
- Scratch - A free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations.
- Time for Kids - Brings news and current events to young people and provides teachers with valuable resources for the classroom. Free through the end of the school year.
- TumbleMath -A collection of math stories in the TumbleBook format which combines animation, narration and sound to create a compelling and enticing story book for students of all ages.
Read along with your favorite authors and actors in this collection of virtual storytimes.
- Cool Progeny - A curated list of featured authors, illustrators, and educators reading stories on social media channels.
- KidLit TV - Watch videos centered on stories and literacy designed for young readers.
- LivBits - A comprehensive list of featured authors, illustrators, and educators reading stories on social media channels.
- Penguin Kids - Recorded and live stories from Penguin’s artists and illustrators.
- Reading Connects Us - Archive and subscription link for a daily newsletter featuring a schedule of the day’s online live readings and activities.
- Romper - A curated list of featured authors, illustrators, and educators reading stories on social media channels.
- Save with Stories - Picture books and other stories, read by entertainers, creators, actors, and artists.
- Storyline Online: Stories read by Screen Actors Guild members.
- Story Time from Space - Recording videos of astronauts reading stories. From outer space!
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