Help At Home, 3/25/20

We are continuing the practice we started last week of using this space to share resources. This week, we have several read-alouds, DIY makerspace ideas, virtual field trips, and much more!


Publisher Guidelines on Fair Use for Online Storytimes & Read-Alouds during COVID-19 School Closures

Information about several publishers’ guidelines, by Kate Messner.

Flash and Gleam Read Aloud
Author Sue Fliess reads Flash and Gleam.

A Girl Like Me Read-Aloud

Author Nina Crews reads A Girl Like Me!

A Map into the World  

Watch Kao Kalia Yang read from her children’s picture book A Map Into the World.

WATER CAN BE…read-aloud!    

Author Laura Purdie Salas reads her book, Water Can Be… aloud on YouTube.

Be A Maker Read-Aloud               

Author Katey Howes reads her book, Be a Maker, aloud on YouTube.


Check out Worzalla’s Facebook page (or search the tag #WorzallaStoryCorner) for videos of read-alouds.

Want to Record Your Own Read-Aloud?              

Information about read-aloud permissions for distance learning for Lerner books is here.

Operation Readaloud

Live storytimes on Facebook.

Bill Harley Online Mini-Concerts             

Mini concerts every Tuesday and Thursday. All of these concerts are available for free but any financial contribution you are able to make will be gratefully received. 

On a Snow-Melting Day Read Aloud      

Author Buffy Silverman reads On a Snow Melting Day and added a science demonstration after the reading that kids can try at home!

The Lerner Podcast        

Join us for author interviews, book chat, and more!         

Hands-On Activities

Creating Makerspaces at Home, Part 1 

From ALA booklist – This is the first in a series of posts about makerspaces and activities children can do from home during the current coronavirus outbreak. Please stay tuned for more—and follow us @ALA_Booklist for the latest updates. Wishing you safety, health, and books galore during these exceedingly difficult times.  

Creating Makerspaces at Home: Part II 

Part 2!


Chris Barton      

Author Chris Barton is hosting an “Ask me anything about All of a Sudden and Forever” on his blog.

Language Arts and World Languages

Writing Road Trip           

Lisa Bullard, author and experienced writing teacher, invites you to make use of her column as a teaching-writing resource.            

Writing Tips from Kate DiCamillo            

Now is the perfect time to work on that story that you’ve always wanted to write. Join two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo as she offers up tips and writing advice.

Audible Launches Audible Stories for Children and Teens While School is Out

There are titles for beginning readers like Stone Soup and Winnie the Pooh, and for older readers, there’s Jane Eyre or The Call of the Wild, along with titles from authors like Dan Gutman, Ally Carter, Leigh Bardugo, and Julie Kagawa. In addition, there’s also fun educational content like children’s song collections. Check it out!     

Virtual Writing Workshop          

For those interested in a virtual writing workshop, coming up on 3/30, CRAFT & PUBLISHING INSIGHT: Identity, Privilege, Acceptance and Love, LIVE. This includes Natasha Diaz, author of COLOR ME IN, and NoNieqa Ramos, author of THE TRUTH IS.

Roundups and Resource Lists

How Kids’ Lit Is Responding to the Coronavirus 

Publishers Weekly is tracking efforts on social media and across the web, and will be updating their list regularly.               

Free Tools for Online Teaching and Learning During School Closures      

School Library Journal has created a roundup of resources.          

Authors share their mindfulness tips for working from home    

How to dress, stay fit and avoid the distracting news cycle while you adjust to doing business from your living room.               

Distance Learning Essentials      

Mackin Educational Resources shares helpful distance learning tips, author interviews, and stay-at-home activities.

Booklist Announces Free Online Access for All  

More than 25 years of recommended print and audiobook reviews, features, interviews, spotlights, and classroom connections.     

Virtual Learning Options with TeachingBooks    

Includes many resources, including their Book & Reading Engagement Kit: Home Edition.

Suddenly Homeschooling?         

Melissa Wiley is an expert who is “a work-at-home mom of six who has been homeschooling for over 20 years.” She has tons of advice that has been tested in the real world.


The Bug Chicks 

Currently offering 1 hour educational workshops for $5.00/household    


NASA’s STEM at Home has resources for educators and students of every grade level.

Virtual Field Trips and Other Help Managing Social Distancing

New England Aquarium Virtual Visit      

Our doors are temporarily closed, but we’re still here! Join us for live presentations, new videos, and activities to try from home.

San Diego Zoo  

Their kid-friendly website has activities, videos, and live feeds of cameras.

Home Safari      

The Cincinnati Zoo is hosting these daily!              

2020’s Virtual Bookish Events   

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the cancellation of many author tours, bookstore events, and conferences. The bookish community already thrives online through readathons and bookworm groups, and now they’re investing in even more virtual events to stay connected and support each other. Here’s a list of virtual events readers can attend.               


Take a virtual tour of the former home of French royalty.

Google Arts and Culture

Google Has 2,500 Museums You Can Now Visit Virtually

National Parks 

The National Park Service has webcams you can use to watch nature in real time.

How To Take Your Book Club Online While Practicing Social Distancing 

From Refinery 29.     

12 of the Best Cookbooks for Quarantine Cooking and Prep       

From Bookriot, good advice and also a list of cookbooks to consider.

Virtual Marine Biology Field Camp

During the school shutdowns, Oceans Initiative has decided to launch a (very) informal, impromptu, virtual marine biology camp.

Catch up on all of our Help at Home resources here.

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