- Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Digital Directory for Remote Learning Activities
SCBWI Connects is an information hub for virtual readings, lessons, craft projects, and more. To date, 350 listings of digital author events and lessons, including bilingual lessons, are included. The list is updated every Monday.
- Penguin Random House Virtual Storytime
Penguin Random House and Parents Magazine have expedited their launch of a national family reading movement program called Read Together, Be Together. Weekly virtual story times will be hosted by authors and actors. The schedule for weekly events is available at Read Together, Be Together. As part of the program, PRH has also donated 750,000 books to the literacy non-profit First Book
- Familius 30-day Free Trial
Familius has partnered with Vooks to offer a 30-day free trial of Familius read-aloud videos. The publisher is also making teaching guides and other resources available upon request.
- School Zone Publishing Activities and Books
School Zone Publishing is offering one month of full access to the company’s Anywhere Teacher App when the code ATHOME is used at sign-up prior to March 31. The app provides access to more than 2,000 activities including books, video games, and worksheets for children ages two to eight.
- Read. Dream. Share Coloring Book
In honor of Children’s Book Week, the Children’s Book Council has made a 23-page coloring book available in individual pages and as a full download for free. Each page celebrates this year’s theme for Children’s Book Week, which is Read. Dream. Share. Drawings include works by Jessica Love (r.), Sarah Jung, Marcos Navarro, Katie O’Neill, Greg Pizzoli, and others.
- Young Writers’ Blueprint
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, which can be accessed here.
- Sourcebooks Videos and Online Stories
Sourcebooks has made access to online storytimes free. In addition, P for Pterodactyl author Raj Haldar created a video for Nick Jr. showing kids how to sneeze into their elbows—a video that is receiving renewed interest. DJ Corchin, author of the forthcoming picture book A Thousand No’s (Sourcebooks, Aug.) is hosting a daily drawing hour at 10:30 a.m. CT on his Facebook page.
- Holiday House Resources for Distance Learning
Holiday House’s newly launched resources page offers teaching and reading resources for teachers, parents, librarians and educators. The site includes more than 300 reading guides, activities, storytime kits, flashcards, and more.
- Storytimes and Video Guides from PRH Canada/Tundra Books
PRH Canada/Tundra Books is making all guides, event kids, and extras of book content available for [free download]. https://tundrabooks.com/book-extras/ The press is also including activity box kits with books in its e-newsletter, including works on finger puppet-making and kazoo-making. In addition, Tundra authors and illustrators are doing virtual storytimes and singalongs. Among the contributors are Narwhal & Jelly author Ben Clanton and Studio author Emily Arrow.
- Reading Apart Together
House of Anansi and Groundwood Books is encouraging readers to share with others by reading the same book at the same time. When customers purchase an e-book from the publisher’s website they can enter the name of a friend in the notes section of their order and that friend will receive a free e-book copy of the same book.
- Simon & Schuster Children’s Education & Library
Simon & Schuster is making resources available to educators, booksellers, and librarians via their online hub, The Book Pantry Users can use the site to conduct livestreams and post readings of S&S children’s titles for students and customers.
- HarperCollins Children’s Books
HarperCollins Children’s Books is making online reading of all its titles available for free to teachers, librarians, and booksellers through May 31.
- Harper at Home
HarperCollins Children’s Books is using social media to share daily story times, learning materials, and activities with readers. Authors, illustrators, and Harper staff will participate, with social media channels available for different age groups. HarperKids is on Instagram for little readers, the YouTube channel Shelf Stuff is for middle grade readers, the Epic Reads Twitter feed is for teens, and HarperStacks—also on Twitter—has resources for educators, parents, and caregivers.
- Ideal Exhibitions at Home
Picture book creator Hervé Tullet’s colorful and interactive Ideal Exhibitions have been shown worldwide in museums and galleries, but with those spaces closing around the world, Tullet is inviting teachers and children to participate in creating a version of his exhibitions from home and encouraging them to share. More information is available at lexpoideale.com/en/ or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Harry Potter Alliance Digital Book Con. The Harry Potter Alliance is hosting a virtual con, starting March 23rd and lasting through Saturday, April 4th.
- Math Snacks Smart educational animations, games, and interactive tools that help mid-school learners better understand math concepts
- eXit Space School of Dance Free online dance classes
- Good Housekeeping List of 25+ Fitness Studios and Gyms Offering Free Live-Stream Workouts
Workouts include high intensity, toning and dancing, yoga, and celebrity trainer