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COVID-19 Resources: Kid Stuff

For Children - Explaining COVID-19

Coronavirus Slides for Kids
Coronavirus explanation for kids by Manuel Molina Cruz

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting from COVID-19
From the National Association of School Psychologists
Reducing Stress at Home
Helpful tips from the New Jersey State Library and Loren McClain, a certified instructor for the National Council of Behavioral Health and Mental Health First Aid USA.
Sesame Street in Communities
Contains resources and materials to hope children and their families cope during this challenging time.

Things to do with kids

10 free online educational game sites
Amazing Educational Resources
Audible Stories
Authors Everywhere

Khan Academy
up for a free parent or learner account, see sample schedules for kids of different ages, and watch videos on dozens of subjects.

Library of Congress Classic Reads
No downloads needed.  Just choose a classic book for children of all ages and read.

Kids Activities
Activities for kids of all ages

The Kids Should See This!

Smart videos for curious minds of all ages

NASA at Home
Includes e-books, virtual tours and a video channel.  Additional NASA videos can be found at the NASA Video channel on youtube.

Nerdbear Top 60 Educational Games
Games to make education fun.

Netflix Party
A new way to watch Netflix together.

NPR's Podcasts for Kids & Families
A wide variety of family oriented podcasts

NPR's Science Friday

Weekly science podcasts

Picture Books Read Aloud Videos

Teacher and author Pernille Ripp shares over a dozen sites with read aloud videos.

Skype a Scientist
Interact with scientists from around the world. Click the "Events" tab to view pre-planned live group sessions, or if you're feeling more adventurous, click "For Families," and you will be matched with your very own scientist to chat about science!

The Greater Boston Illustrators' Group started this fun, free daily art challenge for people of all ages.

Citizen science goes digital in the Zooniverse, where people around the world help researchers.

Audio Books for Kids

Story Time from Space

Coloring Templates for Kids of All Ages

Squad Goals Band

Many museums and other websites are offering digital prints of their collections to download for free for those who enjoy coloring. Take a look at some of the amazing options below!

British Library Coloring Book 2019
Crayola Free Coloring Pages
Just Color

New York Academy of Medicine ColorOurCollections
From February 3-7, 2020, libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world are sharing free coloring sheets and books based on materials in their collections. Please download, print, and share your favorites!

Readings for Children

The following is a small sampling of children's books read online.

Betty White
Reading Harry the Dirty Dog

Dolly Parton

The "Goodnight With Dolly" readings will be streamed on YouTube and elsewhere starting on Thursday, April 2 at 7 p.m. ET. The first book in the series is "The Little Engine That Could," by Watty Piper.

Dr. Seuss
"Green Eggs and Ham" read by Neil Gaiman.

LeVar Burton Reads (Twitter)
Mondays for Children: 9:00 am PT/12:00 pm ET.  Many more readings can be found on his podcast.

Mac Barnett
The author will be reading a book a day on Instagram Live.

Monique Gray Smith
The author has added a collection of videos of herself reading from her picture books on Instagram.

Neal Shusterman
Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty award-winning books for children, teens, and adults, including the Arc of a Scythe series. 

Oliver Jeffers
The author will be reading one book every day on Instagram Live. Can’t make it? He’ll also be posting the videos to his website.

Peter Reynolds
Author, illustrator, and founder of FableVision. Find Peter’s weekday read-aloud events on Facebook at noon EDT, Monday through Friday.

Roda Ahmed
The author will be doing read-alouds on Instagram Live of her book "Mae Among the Stars."

Sarah Darer Littman
Sarah is adding readings, mini-lessons, and prompts to her page! Follow along and get inspired to get reading and writing.

Save with Stories
Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner announced that they would begin sharing videos of them reading children’s books on Instagram in order to raise money for children affected by school closures.

Sesame Street
Sesame Street Just made 110 Ebooks 100 Percent Free.

Storyline Online

Storyline Online has a large collection of childrens' books read aloud by actors.

Tony DiTerlizzi
Find Daily live drawing sessions on Facebook! Tony DiTerlizzi is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has been creating books for twenty years.