READ & WRITE

Find non-stop storytime on the internet, plus inspiration for writing your own stories.

Storyline Online

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.  

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. My daughter’s favorite bedtime treat.

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.

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…

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.

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…

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.

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.

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.

ArtsPower Theatre On Demand

Watch ArtsPower’s acclaimed, full-length literature-based musicals and dramas online. Includes fun activities that families can complete together. School Editions with a multiple-lesson, academic course also available.

Currently showing Chicken Dance, Anne of Green Gables and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

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.

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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.

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…

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.

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

 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.

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.

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.

Dav Pilkey At Home

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.

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

 

 

Read-Along with PBS KIDS

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…

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.

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.

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.

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Draw Every Day With JJK

Join author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka for daily videos with drawing, writing, art games and read alouds. Star Wars fans can get step-by-step instructions on making characters from his Jedi Academy series.

NYPL Online Storytime & At Home STEAM

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.

Harry Potter At Home

Explore the magical world of Harry Potter with family-friendly puzzles, quizzes, articles, and more to spark the imagination of aspiring witches and wizards of all ages. Take part in the reimagined Sorting Ceremony, wtach videos of celebrities reading the book and more fun for muggles.

Little New-Yorkers @ Home

Join New-York Historical Society Storytime via Zoom every Tuesday and Friday for story time and crafts. Each class includes a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, silly stretches and exercises, a story book reading, and a craft to do at home. Designed for ages ages 3-6.

Loving Math

Join master storyteller Steve Sherman for a wacky workshop designed for rising kindergarteners through third graders. Enjoy stories, games, and laughter in a hilariously fun children’s event.

Presented by the Museum of Math.

Sorytime with Santa

Join Santa for a virtual story time from the North Pole. Santa has some special surprises in store to make this extra magical.

Presented by Mommmy Mingle and Buy Buy Baby (includes $15 store credit). Limited spots; RSVP in advance.

Bookshop Young Readers Event

Join STEM Authors Isabel Thomas + Gabrielle Balkan for a highly interactive presentation complete with super-rad activities, loads of fun facts, and a Q&A. An excellent look at how beautifully the sciences and arts overlap.

Additional book-related activities available for download.

Train Tales and Crafts

Celebrate New-York Historical Society’s annual Holiday Express exhibition with all things trains via zoom. Join a hello song, silly movement activities, a train-themed story book reading, and a train-themed craft to do at home.