Social Distancing Activities
Keeping our social distance has its challenges! Happily, librarians and authors all over the country are stepping up with ideas and activities. Here you will find links to authors reading books aloud, drawing and writing ideas and challenges, online learning opportunities, and more. If you need help, please call us at 508-487-1125, leave a message, and we will call you back!
Fun Pages to Visit
KanopyKids has tons of great material, from animated books (many of our favorites!) to Sesame Street and other TV shoes, to movies, and Kids get unlimited streaming! Have fun!
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more. Storytime Online, with activity guides aligned to the Common Core standards, is endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers and the American Library Association and is offered as a free resource for remote learning during COVID-19.
Grace Lin “Kids Ask Authors” Podcasts; look for link where kids can submit book reviews, poems, short stories, or jokes to be featured during podcasts.
Plus: Ms. Lin’s personal YouTube channel features readings from her books—including Mulan: Before the Sword and When the Sea Turned to Silver—and some drawing demos.
Jarrett J. Krosoczka, creator of the graphic novel Hey Kiddo among other titles, wants to help. “Every weekday at 2pm ET for at least the next few weeks, I’ll host free webcasts for you and your kiddos. http://youtube.com/studiojjk ” He has ramped it up with “Draw Every Day with JJK”, “Process videos”, readings of his own books, and TED talks! Check it out!
Mo Willems, who gave permission for noncommercial use of reading his books, offers daily doodles at 1 p.m. ET through the Kennedy Center, where he is artist-in-residence. He shares a mini drawing workshop, and promises to show kids a little bit about his studio, too.
More links….and Keep posted….More to come!
Skype a Scientist (With a teen or parent)
The Dad Lab (science experiments for young learners) (With a teen or parent)
Hippo Campus (middle grade to college)
50 Bird Species and the Sounds they Make (All ages)
WGBH Distance Learning (All ages)
Highlights Kids (for kids!)
Check out #QuarantRead (twitter) if you’d like to see shares of what others are reading, or want to ask Laura Halse Anderson a question about any of her books!