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Some stuff to pass the time – For Kids!

Yesterday we put up a post on our main page called Some stuff to pass the time. That was for grownups. This is for the really important people.

 Children’s Authors Doing Virtual Readings & Events:

Many children’s authors are grabbing their favorite books and phone and are recording themselves reading. Search the hashtag #OperationStoryTime on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube to find a beloved author or discover a new one! Also, Reading advocate Olivia Van Ledtje, has put together a Google Doc with links and information about new author read-alouds as they are being scheduled. Here are some:

  • Oliver Jeffers: will be reading books on Instagram Live.
  • Mo Willems: — in conjunction with The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts — is offering a daily Lunch Doodle from 1 PM – 1:20 PM through March 27. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Archives of previous sessions will be posted on the Kennedy Center’s Website HERE.

Other Read-Aloud & Story Resources

  • Audible Stories: from Audible offers free audiobooks for children & teens during the pandemic.
  • Storyline Online: produced SAG-AFTRA Foundation they have a treasure trove of celebrities reading several great books including: Arnie the Doughnut read by Chris O’Dowd, The Empty Pot read by Rami Malek, Harry the Dirty Dog read by Betty White, and much more. Videos are available on their YouTube page or through their app for IPad/IPhone.

Educational Resources for Learning at Home:

  • ABC Mouse: this educational website for children 2-8 is offering a free 30-day trial along with its sister site, Adventure Academy (for children 8-13). After the trial, these sites cost $9.99 per month.
  • CK-12 Foundation: provides free lessons and quizzes for math, science, and reading (including test-prep).
  • Dogo News: A student news site with articles that can be sorted by subject and interest levels from 3rd to 8th grade.
  • Khan Academy: this non-profit website offers free lessons online.
  • Mad Science At Home Experiments: Fun STEM activities to do at home.
  • Mystery Science: is offering free K-5 science lesson plans.
  • NYC Schools: List of links and tips for learning at home provided by NYC schools.
  • Scholastic Learn-at-Home: is offering free courses and educational materials for children.
  • TED Ed: Offers educational videos that can be sorted by grade level and subject.

Educational Podcasts for Kids

These are free to stream and some are free to download using a podcast player like Stitcher, Spotify, or Apple Podcasts.

  • Wow in the World: expand your knowledge with kid-friendly news stories and developments in science. For kids 5-12.
  • But Why: a Podcast of Curious Kids: a science and history podcast that answers kids’ questions such as “Why do the leaves change color?” and “Who invented words?”
  • Tumble Science Podcast for Kids: an informational podcast about science and technology told through creative stories . For kids 5+
  • Brain’s On: hosted by kid scientists each episode is a mini science lessons about topics that range from the history of boogers & farts to why sea turtles live so long. For kids 4+
  • Circle Round: folktales, fairytales, & myths from all around the world. For kids 5-10.
  • Noodle Loaf: a musical-themed podcast that also teaches kids about science in short episodes. For kids 4+
  • Book Club for Kids: episodes discuss popular chapter books for older readers. For kids 8 – young adult.
  • What If World Podcast: explores kid’s strange questions like; “what if I had a never-ending bowl of ice cream?” or “what if a tiny dragon lived in my closet?”. For kids 6+.

Educational Games