Opportunities to Explore

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 kstanley@rosenberg-library.org with requests.


Reading, Writing, & Drawing

The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & ActivitiesThe Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities: explore an extensive list of children’s authors creating content right now.

Virtual Author Activities


Dan Gutman on YouTubeDan Gutman: My Weird School author Dan Gutman reads his books aloud in many videos on Youtube.

Dan Gutman on YouTube


Author/illustrator Dav PilkeyDav 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.

Author/illustrator Dav Pilkey


Debbie Ridpath Ohi on YouTubeDebbie Ridpath Ohi: Children’s picture book author Debbie Ridpath Ohi presents read alouds and how-to draw videos on YouTube.

Debbie Ridpath Ohi on YouTube


Studio JJK on YouTubeDraw 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 on his YouTube channel.

Studio JJK on YouTube


Goodnight with Dolly on YouTubeGoodnight with Dolly: Dolly Parton, sponsored by her “Imagination Library,” reads bedtime stories to kids on her YouTube channel.

Goodnight with Dolly on YouTube


Harry Potter at HomeHarry 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.

Harry Potter at Home


Julie's LibraryJulie’s Library: Join Julie Andrews as she reads popular children’s books aloud.

Julie’s Library


Kate Messner’s Read, Wonder, & LearnKate Messner’s Read, Wonder, & Learn: Children’s picture book and middle grade novel author, Kate Messner has compiled a thorough list of authors and illustrator resources sorted by grade levels from Pre-K through Grade 12.

Kate Messner’s Read, Wonder, & Learn


KidLit TVKidLit TV: Explore the world of children’s literature with KitLit TV and their collection of author/illustrator shows, radio, book-themed crafts and activities, and book trailers.

KidLit TV


Fun with Mo WillemsFun 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!

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems | Thank You Thursdays! with Mo Willems | The Yo-Yo Mo Show: An Evening of Musical Doodling | The Small Works Project with Mo Willems


Mac Barnett on InstagramMac’s Book Club Show: Children’s author/illustrator Mac Barnett reads his books aloud on Instagram TV.

Mac Barnett on Instagram


#OperationStorytime on Twitter#OperationStorytime: Follow #OperationStorytime on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to see children’s book authors & illustrators host live-readings of their own books. 

#OperationStorytime on Instagram | #OperationStorytime on Facebook | #OperationStorytime on Twitter


Pete the Cat on InstagramPete the Cat Club: Get creative with the Pete the Cat Club presented by author James Dean and the official Pete the Cat Instagram.

Pete the Cat on Instagram


Peter Reynolds on FacebookPeter Reynolds: author/illustrator of The Dot, Ish, and the Happy Dreamer, Peter Reynolds reads his own books on Facebook.

Peter Reynolds on Facebook


Simon Kids on YouTubeRead & Learn with Simon Kids: presenting YouTube videos featuring read-alouds, drawing tutorials, and more!

Simon Kids on YouTube


Read Together, Be Together websiteRead Together, Be Together & Penguin Kids: Parents Magazine and Penguin Random House have joined forces to showcase favorite authors and celebrities as they live-stream picture book readings on Penguin Kids’ Facebook.

Penguin Kids’ on Facebook


#SavewithStories on Instagram#SaveWithStories: visit #Savewithstories on Instagram for children’s picture book readings by A-list celebrities supporting Save the Children & No Kid Hungry initiatives.

#SavewithStories on Instagram


I Survived Book ClubI Survived Book Club: Join the I Survived Book Club & hear the author Lauren Tarshis read aloud, go on a virtual field trip and play games related to the book series.

I Survived Book Club


Simon Kids on FacebookSnack & Read LIVE with Simon Kids: features read-alouds and activities live on Facebook every Wednesday at 2:00 pm EST / 1:00 pm CST.

Simon Kids on Facebook


Storyline Online websiteStoryline 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.

Storyline Online website


Storytime from Space websiteStorytime from Space: Astronauts on the Space Station read stories and conduct science experiments for the children of Earth as the world rotates below.

Storytime from Space website


Music, Movement, & Dance

Emily Arrow on YouTubeAt Home with Emily Arrow: Sing along, hear stories & practice mindfulness with children’s musician Emily Arrow on her YouTube channel.

Emily Arrow on YouTube


Go NoodleGo Noodle: Go Noodle is free and provides 100s of movement and mindfulness videos for kids!

Go Noodle website


Laurie Berkner BandLaurie Berkner Band: Sing, dance, & enjoy.

Laurie Berkner Band on Facebook


Lincoln Center websiteLincoln Center at Home: Watch performing arts with Lincoln Center at home with pop-up classrooms and concerts for families. Also, follow #concertsforkids on social media to find other performing arts concerts for families.

Lincoln Center website


Mr. Jon & Friends on FacebookMr. Jon & Friends: Children’s musician Mr. Jon and Friends hosts a series of live videos archived on his Facebook page.

Mr. Jon & Friends on Facebook


No Nap Happy Hour on FacebookNo-Nap Happy Hour: Find a series of free and fun live music videos for families on their Facebook page.

No Nap Happy Hour on Facebook


NPR websiteNPR Music: Find a music concert for your viewing pleasure from the assortment of musical choices NPR has compiled on their website.

NPR website


P.E. with Joe on YouTubeP.E. with Joe: The “Nation’s P.E. Coach,” Joe Wicks offers free P.E. lessons on YouTube to get kids up and moving.

P.E. with Joe on YouTube


Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions on FacebookPeanut Butter & Jam Sessions: Visit Linton Music’s Peanut Butter and Jam Sessions for an entertaining and interactive musical experience.

Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions on Facebook


Preschool Inspirations websitePreschool Inspirations: Get up and get moving with Preschool Inspiration’s compilation of great children’s yoga videos (click on “Kids Yoga” and scroll to the bottom).

Preschool Inspirations website


Podcasts for Kids

Brains On websiteBrains On: Join Molly Bloom and a different kid co-host each week in the award-winning podcast for kids and families that encourage kids’ curiosity and wonder using science and history.

Brains On website


But Why? PodcastBut 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.

But Why? Podcast


Circle Round PodcastCircle 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.

Circle Round Podcast


The Imagine NeighborhoodThe Imagine Neighborhood: is a podcast designed to help children & grown-ups grow their social-emotional skills through the award-winning SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) curriculum, Second Step.

The Imagine Neighborhood


Kids Ask Authors websiteKids 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.

Kids Ask Authors website


The Music Box by NPRThe Music Box by NPR: NPR is taking classical music out of the box and discovering what music is at its core through podcasts created by classrooms across the country.

The Music Box by NPR


The Past & the CuriousThe Past & the Curious: A History Podcast for kids and families.

The Past & the Curious


Story Pirates PodcastStory 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!

Story Pirates Podcast


Story Seeds PodcastStory Seeds Podcast: Each episode features the results of a collaboration between kids ages 6 – 12, their original stories and best-selling authors.

Story Seeds Podcast


Wow in the World PodcastWow in the World by NPR: Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz journey into the wonders of the world around them to explore the coolest new stories in science and technology for kids.

Wow in the World Podcast


Go on a Virtual Field Trip

Virtual National Parks Tours5 National Parks: Explore the beauty of 5 National Parks through their virtual tours.

Virtual National Parks Tours | Most Visited National Parks in the United States


Virtual Museum Tours12 Famous Museums: Visit these 12 famous museums such as the British Museum in London and the Guggenheim Museum in New York from the comfort of your home.

Virtual Museum Tours


Atlanta Zoo Panda CamAtlanta Zoo: See what the pandas are up to at the Atlanta Zoo with the Panda Cam.

Atlanta Zoo Panda Cam


Children's Museum of Houston websiteChildren’s Museum of Houston: attend virtual workshops, story time, toddler time, and more at their website or follow them on Facebook for their daily Facebook live-streams.

Children’s Museum of Houston website | Children’s Museum of Houston on Facebook


Galveston Live WebcamsGalveston Live Webcams: Enjoy live views of the island from locations on the Seawall, Strand, Pier 21, and Moody Gardens.

Galveston Live Webcams


Explore.org WebcamsExplore.org: Hosts an impressive webcam assortment of animals in the wild in addition to live-streams of domesticated animals such as farm animals, kittens, and puppies.

Explore.org Webcams


Georgia Aquarium WebcamsGeorgia Aquarium: Visit the Georgia Aquarium to spy webcams featuring Beluga whales, otters, African penguins, jellyfish, and more.

Georgia Aquarium Webcams


Great Wall of China Virtual TourGreat Wall of China: Learn about and view the Great Wall of China with this virtual tour.

Great Wall of China Virtual Tour


Houston Museum of Natural Science websiteHouston Museum of Natural Science: view behind the scene videos, science demos, storytimes with Dino Dave, a virtual dinosaur adventure, and more.

Houston Museum of Natural Science website


Houston Zoo WebcamsHouston Zoo: Pop into the Houston Zoo webcam page to watch the rhinos, gorillas, giraffes, elephants, leaf-cutter ants, chimpanzees, and flamingos.

Houston Zoo Webcams


Louvre websiteLouvre: Go on a virtual tour to see art by Rembrandt, Egyptian Antiquities, and more with the world’s largest art museum in Paris, France.

Louvre website


Curiosity Rover WebcamMars: Explore the surface of Mars with NASA’s Curiosity Rover in your browser.

Curiosity Rover Webcam


Million Mile SecretsMillion Mile Secrets: has compiled a list of 13 virtual museums and galleries to tour from your home. Virtually visit art museums, science and history museums and a few “weird” museums. Also find a Virtual Field Trip Activity Log for your child’s next digital tour.

Million Mile Secrets


Monterey Bay WebcamsMonterey Bay Aquarium: features 10 live webcams for our entertainment highlighting habitats such as an aviary, a coral reef, kelp forest, and animals like sharks and moon jellies.

Monterey Bay Webcams


Moody Gardens' websiteMoody Gardens: Visit local favorite Moody Gardens while at home with their 5 live-cams.

Seal Webcam | Penguin Webcam | Rain forest Webcam | Caribbean Underwater Webcam | Pyramids Webcam


Nature Conservancy websiteNature Conservancy: The Nature Conservancy presents virtual tours for grades 5 – 8 to bring rain forests, coral reefs, deserts, and more to your home.

Nature Conservancy website


San Diego Zoo WebcamsSan Diego Zoo: Observe tigers, polar bears, baboons, koalas, and more at the San Diego Zoo with their live-stream cams.

San Diego Zoo Webcams


Son Doong CaveSon Doong Cave: Take a virtual trip and fly 360° through the world’s largest cave: Son Doong in Vietnam.

Son Doong Cave


Stellarium Web websiteStellarium Web: Bring the planetarium to your home with the Stellarium Web.

Stellarium Web website


Yellowstone National Park websiteYellowstone National Park: Take a virtual tour of Yellowstone National Park and view hot springs, mud volcanoes, and more.

Yellowstone National Park website


Boredom Busters

20 Screen-Free Things To Do20 Screen-Free Things to do with Your Kids: There are fun things to do that can also limit screen time, here are a few ideas!

20 Screen-Free Things To Do


50+ Easy Indoor Activities50+ Easy Indoor Activities for Kids: Discover how to create an obstacle course, a sensory walk, and more for your kids with objects you already have in your home!

50+ Easy Indoor Activities


Camp Play @ Home websiteCamp Play @ Home: Little Tikes features a virtual summer camp that hosts fun for the whole family with activities, songs, games, videos, and fun downloads for free.

Camp Play @ Home website


Color & get crafty with how-to videos by Crayola on FacebookCrayola: Color & get crafty with how-to videos by Crayola on Facebook.

Doodle, color & get crafty with how-to videos by Crayola on Facebook


Fun Activities for Kids by Smart Parent AdviceFun Activities for Kids: Smart Parent Advice offers a few different fun activities to do with your toddlers & school age children.

Great Games For Kids | Fun Activities to Do with Your Toddler | 30 Fun Activities for Boys | 30 Fun Activities for Girls


Messy Hands: Kids Cooking on YouTubeMessy Hands: Kids Cooking: Watch & learn how to make tasty easy recipes on Messy Hands: Kids Cooking on YouTube.

Messy Hands: Kids Cooking on YouTube

Plays.org website
Plays.org offers free & fun online games played directly from your browser.

Plays.org website

Poki.com websitePoki.com features free online games available for your desktop, tablet or phone without a download.

Poki.com website
Educational Resources Disguised as Fun

ABCya websiteABCya: Educational games for kids of all ages makes learning fun.

ABCya website


CoolMath4Kids websiteCoolMath: CoolMath4Kids.com offers online math games that help with addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, and money for ages 3 – 12. Visit CoolMath-Games for preschooler appropriate math games.

CoolMath4Kids website | CoolMath-Games website


FunBrain websiteFunBrain: Free educational games for Pre-K – Grade 8.

FunBrain website


How Stuff Works websiteHow Stuff Works: When your kids ask why the sky is blue or how a hurricane forms, check out How Stuff Works and read the articles that break down the how’s and why’s of the world on multiple subjects. Includes games, quizzes & videos.

How Stuff Works website


Learning Games for Kids websiteLearning Games for Kids: Educational games on a variety subjects and presented in many formats.

Learning Games for Kids website


Make Me Genius websiteMake Me Genius: jump start your child’s natural curiosity with a variety of videos covering topics such as physics for kids, nervous system, electricity, photosynthesis, and the solar system for kindergarteners through 7th graders.

Make Me Genius website


NASA STEM @ HomeNASA STEM @ Home: has games, activities and videos specialized for students grades K – 4 & grades 5 – 8.

NASA STEM @ Home website


National Geographic Kids websiteNational Geographic Kids: Play games, watch videos and explore with National Geographic Kids.

National Geographic Kids website


Nick Jr. websiteNick Jr.: Kids can see their favorite Nick Jr. characters while playing games and watching videos.

Nick Jr. website


PBSKids websitePBS Kids: Find educational games and videos from your kid’s favorite PBS shows.

PBSKids website


ScratchScratch: Program your own interactive stories, games, and animations for free with scratch & then share your creations with others in the online community.

Scratch website


Sesame Street websiteSesame Street: Learn, watch & play with Sesame Street.

Sesame Street website


SprogTube websiteSprogTube: SprogTube is a safe alternative for your kids to watch YouTube videos, featuring games, sports, music, animation, and more.

SprogTube website


Starfall websiteStarfall: Games, videos and activities for math, language arts, music and more offered for Pre-K – Grade 3.

Starfall website


Resources for Parents & Caregivers

Annuity Financial Literacy websiteAnnuity Financial Literacy: Annuity.org addresses how parents and caregivers should approach teaching kids about money. It is never too early to learn financial responsibility. Find lessons and activities by age and practical applications for teaching kids about money.

Annuity Financial Literacy website


Galveston County Food Bank websiteGalveston County Food Bank: If your family needs assistance during this time, please visit the Galveston County Food Bank.

Galveston County Food Bank website


Galveston Independent School District websiteGISD Resources Page: to find local, state and national resources, please visit Galveston Independent School District’s webpage to find an exhaustive list.

GISD Resources | Galveston County COVID-19 Resource Book


NPR Web-ComicNPR Web-Comic: Explaining what is happening in the world right now to your kids can be daunting. Here is an NPR Web-Comic that succinctly explains the Coronavirus to kids.

NPR Web-Comic


PBS informative videoPBS Video: PBS presents a video for parents explaining the “Do’s and Don’ts during the Corona Virus outbreak.”

PBS informative video


Pigly's Kids' Guide websitePigly’s Kids’ Guide to Emergency Savings teaches children how to budget and the importance of saving money through financial lesson plans geared towards kids from preschool – grade 12.

Pigly’s Kids’ Guide website


Texas Youth Helpline websiteTexas 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.

Texas Youth Helpline website