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Wednesday, January 1
Watch videos of celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creative footage of the illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey Viola Davis, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.
Suggested Ages: Babies to 11
Thursday, January 2
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+
Friday, May 1
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
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
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
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
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
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+
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
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
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 gradeSuggested Ages: Toddlers to 8
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
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
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
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+
Get creative and have fun with the creator of cult favorites Dog Man and Captain Upderpants. Watch short videos of Pilkey drawing and reading aloud and download printable activity sheets, drawing guides, comic book creators, games and more.Suggested Ages: 3 to 12
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
To encourage family engagement and a love of reading at home, PBS KIDS offers families a place to come together and read along with fan-favorites on YouTube. Includes story-times with author/illustrators Brad Meltzer, Marc Brown, Victoria Kann, Angela Santomero and more plus celebrities like Michelle Obama and Kristin Bell. Each Read-Along is designed to encourage engagement among families who tune in, with activity ideas and questions that spark conversation.
Suggested Ages: All
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
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
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:
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
Watch videos of New York Public Library’s expert children’s librarians as they read beloved books, sing songs, and share early literacy tips. Collections include Multilingual Storytimes and Drag Queen Story Hour. Also check out STEAM storytimes with stories, songs, rhymes and a downloadable activity guide.Suggested Ages: Babies to 10
Saturday, August 8
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
From the seventeenth century to the twenty-first, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of New York City and the people who made it great in a charming, cozy library in the hands-on DiMenna Children’s History Museum. Includes a related craft or activity. Themes change monthly.Suggested Ages: 2-3 to 8-10
Employees from the Upper West Side outpost of NYC’s largest and oldest children’s bookstore read several books from the shelves (based on the age of the children attending) among delightful literary prints and decor.Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 6-7