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Library Time At Home
During the time when many schools all over the world were closed due to the new corona virus, many authors and illustrators in the children’s literature world shared their work, expertise and inspiration with their readers. Here is a selection (most recent ones on top):
United Nations Publications YouTube Channel with read alouds connected to the Sustainable Development Goals: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0WQ_EzALIZvL8y6OBDGk3g
A new picture book, “From My Window”, about children staying home during the corona virus pandemic is available for free here. You can also download it from this page:
Remember Reading Podcast: Remember Reading is a monthly podcast from HarperCollins where we talk about classic children’s books. In each episode, we rediscover one classic book, uncovering the unique story behind the story. While sitting down with authors writing for today’s kids, we seek to find thematic parallels between books of the past and books of the present and deep dive into the special magic that makes a children’s book timeless.
The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling: The author of Harry Potter posts a chapter of her new children’s book The Ickabog every day. Submit your illustrations for it and enter the competition.
Julie Andrews, with her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton, started a podcast in which she explores stories, books, ideas behind the books, and talks with authors and illustrators. Read more about it here.
Read & Learn with Simon Kids (Children’s Department of Simon & Schuster Publishing).
Fresh from the press: a children’s book, published by Nosy Crow, about the new corona virus. Illustrated by Alex Scheffler. Made available for free: Children’s Book about Coronavirus (Published by Nosy Crow)
Peter H. Reynolds (author/illustrator of The Dot, for example) daily shares his stories, art, and thoughts via his author facebook page.
Explore the world children’s literature with KidLit TV. Amazing and varied content!
Daily virtual story times and sing alongs by Tundra Books.
Read Together, Be Together: Tons of author read aloud videos, or story times by actors.
Star Bright Books understands the challenges of distance learning. To help support teachers, educators, librarians, parents, and caregivers, they are permitting FREE digital access to 4 picture books (3 English, 1 Spanish) each week! Titles will be rotated on a weekly basis and cannot be downloaded, printed, or redistributed.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has its own YouTube channel with story times.
Charlesbridge Publishers have posted a bunch of read aloud videos; books read by the authors.
Read The World; As part of a collaboration between UNICEF, the International Publishers Association, and the World Health Organization, popular children’s authors will read extracts of their books to millions of children and young people currently living in isolation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems (author/illustrator of the Pigeon books, and Knuffle Bunny).
Drawing, creative projects, read alouds, book previews, etc by Stimola Literary Studios. Stimola Live is a website of live stream events for kids, tweens, and teens by professional authors and illustrators represented by Stimola Literary Studio.
Kate Messner, author and educator, shares a TON of read alouds by herself and her author/illustrator friends. Hours of listening time!
Amazing author/illustrator Oliver Jeffers reads one of his own books a day for all home bound students.
Every day a famous actor reads a bed time story, done by the BBC: CBeebies Bedtime Story. Way more professional than the ones Sophie & Fleur shared with you! 😉
Our public library has an amazing section of e-books you can read on your tablet (for free), and AdLibris offers a wide range of e-books (fairly cheap) as well.