There is an unbelievable wealth of amazing content being created right now and at times, it can seem overwhelming. We have compiled a list of resources and websites that we think is exciting. Authors, illustrators, children’s musicians, zoos, and museums have all teamed up to bring the fun directly into your homes. Credit goes to all the helpers in this pandemic who freely shared information. We see you.
As you engage in these explorations please tag us #RosenbergLibrary on social media and let us know which ones you found most valuable. What would other families find useful?
If you are unable to find content to enjoy from our highly selective list, please reach out and let Children’s Department staff do research to find resources for your family. Call (409) 763 – 8854 ext. 135 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with requests.
Dav Pilkey at Home: creator of Dog Man and Captain Underpants, favorite author/illustrator Dav Pilkey offers book-themed activities and shows kids how to draw their favorite characters with his Friday Fun videos.
Draw Everyday with JJK: New York Times best-selling author/illustrator of the Lunch Lady graphic novels, Jarrett J. Krosoczka offers free art, cartooning, and writing lessons every weekday at 2:00 pm EST / 1:00 pm CST.
Harry Potter at Home #HarryPotteratHome: Expelliarmus boredom! Read or listen to the first Harry Potter book. No wait. Then welcome the Wizarding World of Harry Potter into your home! Fun articles, quizzes, challenging puzzles, craft videos and activity kits give you control of the magic.
Kate Messner’s Read, Wonder, & Learn: Children’s picture book and middle grade novel author, Kate Messner has compiled a thorough resource of middle-grade authors and illustrator resources, which include readings from Tracey Baptiste author of the Jumbies series, Jason Reynolds reading his novel Ghost, and tips on journal writing with Newbery medal award winning author Erin Entrada Kelly and many more.
Levar Burton Reads: Everyone’s favorite Reading Rainbow host, Levar Burton is hosting three Twitter live-stream readings per week for children, young adults, and adults. Find kid’s readings on Mondays at 12:00 pm EST / 11:00 am CST, young adult content on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm EST / 5:00 pm CST, and adult books on Fridays at 9:00 pm EST / 8:00 pm CST.
Fun with Mo Willems: Favorite author/illustrator of the popular Pigeon books and the Elephant & Piggie series hosts a lunchtime illustration lesson for kids. Learning to draw has never been so much fun!
Miximal Mondays with Ben Clanton: Author/illustrator of the Narwhal and Jelly series will be going live on Mondays at 12:30 pm EST / 11:30 am CST on Instagram to read stories and host drawing lessons. Videos will be archived on his Facebook page and website.
Read Together, Be Together & Penguin Kid’s Storytime: Parents Magazine and Penguin Random House have joined forces to showcase favorite authors and celebrities as they live-stream picture book readings every weekday at 11:00 am & 3:00 pm EST / 10:00 am & 2:00 pm CST on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.
Storyline Online: Visit the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website to view videos of actors reading children’s picture books. Readers include Viola Davis, Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Betty White plus more.
Lincoln Center at Home: Watch live performing arts with Lincoln Center at home with daily pop-up classrooms and concerts for families. Also, follow #concertsforkids on social media to find other performing arts concerts for families.
But Why? A Podcast for Curious Kids: Have you ever wondered if llamas are ticklish or how you fall asleep? Tune in to the podcast for kids by kids as they tackle topics large and small about nature, words, and more.
Circle Round by NPR: Listen to 10 – 20 minute episodes of carefully selected folktales from around the world as sound and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 – 10. Each episode ends with an activity to try at home.
Kids Ask Authors with Grace Lin: A weekly 5 – 10 minute podcast where kids ask the questions and host Grace Lin along with a guest author answer. The episodes are rounded out with a short story, joke, book review, or poem created by kids.
Story Pirates: The #1 podcast for kids and families, Story Pirates celebrates the words and ideas of kids. They take stories created by kids and turn them into performance art. This one is definitely worth a listen!
Kids + Parents Cooking Class with Delish: Follow @Delish or #CookingTogether on Instagram for a live-stream cooking class every weekday at 1:00 pm EST / 12:00 pm CST. They let you know what you’ll be making in advance, so you can have the ingredients on hand.
Brain Pop & Brain Pop Jr.: Resource for upper elementary and middle schoolers for learning involving STEM, social studies, English, health, arts and music. Brain Pop Jr. focuses on content created for K – Grade 3.
Texas Youth Helpline: The Texas Youth Helpline provides prevention services to youth, parents, siblings, and other family members who are in need of a caring voice and sympathetic ear. There are trained volunteers who are on call to help provide youth-related concerns, referral information, or to simply listen. Anyone can call (800) 989 – 6884, call or text (512) 872 – 5777, and you can also chat on their website.