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Wednesday, January 1

Black Art Picture Books

Learn about African American art history with curated lists from Culture Type, a website exploring art by and about people of African descent. Find gorgeous books about Jean-Michel Basquiat, fashion designer Ann Cole Lowe,  Jacob Lawrence and other great black artists on posts Black Art History: 10 Children’s Books Illuminate the Lives of Important African American Artists and Photographers and 10 Children’s Books Tell Uplifting Stories About the Lives and Work of Black Artists.

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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The Concious Kid

Learn about parenting and education through a critical race lens. Feature great recommendations for diverse books and smart graphics with easy-to-understand explanations and action items. Join their patreon for comprehensive book lists and in-depth, research-based guidance on anti-racist parenting.

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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Here Wee Read

Find great books recommendations in all sorts of diverse & inclusive categories, from Harlem Renaissance picture books to graphic novels to talking about race. Plus links to buy at bookshop.org, an alternative to amazon that supports independent bookstores.

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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Thursday, January 2

BRAINPOP

Watch short, well-written animated films on a variety of topics including antiracism& Black history, STEM, arts and the coronavirus, starring a very funny robot. Take quizzes and play games to test what you learned. Two editions, for ages K-3 or 4th -12th Grade (which can thoughtfully address some weighty topics, so monitor for wee ones).

Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+
FREE
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Monday, June 1

NEW YORK CITY CHILDREN’S THEATER

Lovely local kids theater company provides entertaining and enriching activities for little ones inspired by past productions including art projects, theater games, storytimes, downloadable activity books and video sing-alongs.

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 9
FREE
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Starfall

Learn letters, reading and math with untimed, sometimes silly interactive games for preschool through second grade. Includes letter recognition, games, stories, and animations that showcase letter sounds, short reading selections that emphasize vocabulary, and online books that provide fluency and comprehension practice. A favorite of our kids from an early age.

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 6
FREE
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FLOCABULARY

Learn about a range of subjects for grades K-12 though catchy, educational hip-hop songs. Watch videos about math, history, science and more, learn new words, take quizzes then (this is the coolest part) write short raps/songs using your new words and knowledge.

Suggested Ages: 5 to 14+
FREE
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KHAN ACADEMY

Watch short videos taught by excellent instructors with an electronic whiteboard in just about any subject for preschool through college.

The free Khan Academy Kids app (for ages 2-7) teaches reading, language, writing, math, social-emotional development, and more through open-ended activities and games like drawing, storytelling, and coloring guided by adorable animal characters.

Also make computer-generated drawings in their engaging Hour of Code program.

Suggested Ages: 2 to 14+, Adult Friendly
FREE
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SCHOLASTIC LEARN AT HOME

Find free online courses for pre-K to sixth grade+ with four separate learning experiences, each built around a  meaningful story or video.

Subjects include social studies; English language arts; STEM; science; and social-emotional learning.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 13
FREE
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BRAIN CHASE

Join an educational global treasure hunt with with animated adventures around the world. Complete weekly work in three subjects of your choice, including math, reading, typing, baking, art, coding, engineering and more, then solve clues to locate a real treasure worth $1,000. Designed for for K-12 students.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+
FREE
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ABC MOUSE

Complete cheery learning activities designed to follow a customized learning path. The curriculum runs deep with thousands of lessons in math, reading, social studies, science, art  and more. Kids can design their own avatar and earn points to shop for virtual rewards. A little overwhelming for some kids, a favorite of others. Try one month free at this link.

Designed for preschool – 2nd grade

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 8
FREE
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McNally Jackson for Kids

Find great, well-organized books and digital content for kids including author video storytimes and book-themed crafts on the website of beloved local indie bookstore McNally Jackson.

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 10
FREE
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STORY PIRATES UNIVERSITY

Get a one month free trial of the Story Pirate’s Creator Club Watch videos and livestream classes with members of an absurdist sketch comedy podcast based on stories written by kids. Story Pirates lead students through a collaborative writing exercise, which students can use as a model for their own writing along with provided tools
Submit your story to be brought to life in the podcast or a future live show.
Suggested Ages: 3 to 13
FREE
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 Storytime from Space

Watch astronauts on the International Space Station read space-themed picture books. Also see videos of educational science demonstrations like an exploration of Newton’s Law of Motion in space.

Suggested Ages: Babies to 11
FREE
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Epic!

Access over 40,000 digital books, learning videos, quizzes & more in a user-friendly digital library website & app for kids 12 & under. Read and/or listen to unlimited award-winning fiction, non-fiction, biographies, STEM, biographies, graphic novels, DIY & more. Helpful features include reading time logs and personalized libraries. Free 30-day trials available.

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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Brave Writer

Find extensive inspiration for writing at home with ages 5-18 including writing prompts for the whole family and guide to a 7-day writing blitz. Free ready-made lesson plans that incorporate video, crafts and at-home activities on topics such as mythical creatures and video games. Love their ideas for poetry teatime.

Ages 5-18.

Suggested Ages: 5 to 14+
FREE
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Goodnight with Dolly

Superstar Dolly Parton reads select books from her international book gifting program Imagination Library. Download activity sheets, parent reading tips and related book recommendations for each story

 

 

Suggested Ages: Babies to 8
FREE
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Outschool

Explore just about any interest from math to Minecraft to piano with passionate teachers over live video chat. Choose from over 15,000+ classes including Harry Potter and Star Wars-themed explorations of explore history, art, science and more.

Format include one-time drop-ins, weekly camps and semester classes.

For ages 3-18.

Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+
$10+
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Time for Kids

Read engaging articles on science, current events, money and more in  TIME for Kids weekly magazines in a digital library, temporarily free for all. Also find teaching materials with links to printable PDFS, quizzes, suggested activities and videos.

For grades K-8.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 12
FREE
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Story Pirates Podcast

This absurdist sketch comedy show based on stories written by kids features original music and celebrity special guests. Young listeners are invited to submit their own stories that might be brought to live in the podcast or a future live show.

Find comprehensive activity guides for each episode online with recipes, poetry lessons, and more.

Suggested Ages: 2 to 13
FREE
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Circle Round

Hear sound- and music-rich radio plays geared towards kids ages 4 to 10 based on folktales from around the world. Explore important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity with guest stage and screen stars. Each episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 10
FREE
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Audible Kids

Find hundreds of free audio books handpicked by Audible editors. Choose from a mix of stories to entertain, engage, and inform young people, ages 0–18. Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Italian selections also available.

 

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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The Yo-Yo Mo Show: Musical Doodling

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Mo Willems, author/illustrator the beloved Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Knuffle Bunny, and the Elephant and Piggy series, offer a series of playful experiments that show how art and music inspire each other. Watch, listen and join in from home with paper and doodling implements.

Also draw and write with Willems’ Lunch Doodle videos.

Suggested Ages:
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PBS KIDS

8:00 am–5:00 pm

Find tons of fun and educational activities to keep kids playing and learning, many inspired by favorite (educational) TV shows. Includes online games, crafts, experiments, printables, celebrity read-alongs and recipes. Sign up for daily emails outlining themed lesson plans with TV episodes, games and offline activities, or hand let your kids explore the games website or app.

Designed for ages 2-8.

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 8
FREE
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Thursday, June 11

Metropolitan Museum Of Art Storytime

12:00 pm–12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until July 2, 2020

Enjoy Met’s popular storytime from home. Join museum educators every Thursday to look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books. Recommended for families with children ages 18 months to 6 years.  Virtually explore the galleries after at the MetKids website.

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 6
FREE
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Creative Clubhouse Stories

3:00 pm–3:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until June 30, 2020

An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Thursday, repeating indefinitely

Join New York City Children’s Theater Teaching Artist, Caitlyn, for Creative Clubhouse Stories – a digital, interactive & accessible storytime class that mixes books you love with theater games your little one will love.

Best for ages 3-8.

 

Suggested Ages: 3 to 8
$10
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Friday, June 12

Story Pirates Creator Club

12:30 pm–1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, repeating until July 3, 2020

Join livestream classes with members of an absurdist sketch comedy podcast based on stories written by kids. Story Pirates and special guests lead students through collaborative writing exercises for stories, songs and scripts. Submit your story to be brought to life in the podcast or a future live show.
One month free trials available (and only $5/month after that). Includes access to dozens of writing videos and podcast activity guides.
Suggested Ages: 3 to 12
FREE
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Saturday, June 13

Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling

11:00 am–12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Saturday, repeating until September 26, 2020

Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling, usually at the beloved Central Park statue moves online. Enjoy a virtual lineup of the celebrated Danish author’s most classic fairytales, recounted by the HCA’s celebrated storytellers.

Suggested Ages: 3 to 10
FREE
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Sunday, June 14

MusicTalks Story-Time

9:30 am–10:30 am

Enjoy live dance and music (and some kids yoga) with MusicTalks & Ariel Rivka Dance. Discover how to create movement set to music, dance, play interactive games and do yoga.

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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Thursday, June 18

Raising Antiracist Kids: Ibram X. Kendi with Derecka Purnell

5:00 pm–6:30 pm

Join a discussion about raising antiracist kids with author of the new book, AntiRacist Baby, Ibram X.Kendi in conversation with human rights lawyer, writer, and organizer Derecka Purnell.

Suggested Ages: Babies to 10
FREE
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