Reading or Drawing with Authors and Illustrators
Mo Willems draws, doodles and explores new ways of writing. There are many episodes to watch and draw along with!
Mac Barnett author of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole has book readings posted on his Instagram page.
Debbie Ridpath Ohi author and Illustrator of I’m Bored has drawing videos on her YouTube channel. There are also links to cover-to-cover picture book read-alouds.
Daniel Miyares author and illustrator Surf’s Up and Float will take your drawings to the next level on his YouTube channel.
Tony DiTerlizzi is has Drawn to Fantasy videos which shows the entire drawing process from sketch to Photoshop finishing. There are also videos of him reading some of his books such as Wondla,
Jess Keating is an author and illustrator of Pink is for Blobfish: Discovering the World's Perfectly Pink Animals (she is also a zoologist) has a YouTube channel filled with fun writing ideas.
Kate Messner author of The Ranger in Time series shares read aloud from herself and other authors, often including short lessons.
Sophie Blackall author of the Ivy and Bean series reads from her books and other books aloud on YouTube.
Ame Dyckman author of Misunderstood Shark and Wolfie will read her book You Don’t Want A Unicorn on YouTube.
Author Websites with Activities
Erin Hunter (Warriors)
Max Brallier (Last Kids on Earth)
Scholastic (includes Dogman, 39 Clues, Bad Guys, I Survived, Wings of Fire, Goosebumps, and Whatever After)
Stephan Pastis (Timmy Failure)
Reading Resources: eBooks, Read Alouds, and more
On your child's Student Portal page, click the Online Research Library tab to access BookFlix, TruFlix, Freedom Flix, and Tumble Books.
In addition, here are more FREE online read alouds:
Brightly Storytime Fun read alouds, categorized by age or interests.
Carmen Deedy reads her new book Rita and Ralphs Rotten Day.
Emily Arrow (Singer who writes songs based on books) - Daily live streams at 1 PM.
Harper Kids Storytime Read Aloud HarperKids publishing hosts a collection of stories, including Pete the Cat!
Indianapolis Public Library A collection of over 100 online read alouds.
Jan Brett reads Cozy.
KidLit.tv Full read alouds AND author interviews, book trailers, Ready, Set, Draw, Nonfiction Kid Lit Minutes, KidLit MTV (books with music), and more!
Mrs. P's Magic Library Actress Kathy Kinney has a collection of read alouds and activities.
Operation Story Time Go to Facebook and type in #OperationStorytime to see books being read aloud. They are constantly adding new material, so check back often.
Penguin Kids is conducting a virtual story hour where they will be reading a picture book–great for toddlers and pre-schoolers– every day at 11:00 AM.
Save With Stories features actors (and celebrity friends) sharing their favorite books and stories on Instagram and Facebook
Storyline Online A collection of picture books read aloud by famous actors and actresses.
Storytime from Space Astronauts reading science-themed books from the International Space Station.
Websites and Virtual Tours
Want to explore the world and learn new things from the comfort of your home? Check out these awesome sites:
Writing, Drawing, Dancing, and Instruments
Arts & Crafts Tutorials LIVE from McHarper Manor Live daily tutorials daily, M-F, at 1 p.m. ET. Includes a shopping list of supplies with Amazon links.
Music Lessons Online Learn piano, guitar, or drums online!
12 Famous Museum Virtual Tours Check out the Van Gogh Museum or the National Gallery of Art!
Animal Cameras: Live Cams at the San Diego Zoo, Monterey Bay Aquarium live cams, Panda Cam at Zoo Atlanta, 6 Animal Cams at Houston Zoo, Georgia Aquarium has Jellyfish, Beluga Whales, and The Pacific Indo Barrier Reef
Ask A WWII Expert Your Questions Great opportunity for our 5th graders to talk to experts from the National WWII Museum in Louisiana.
Cincinnati Zoo through Facebook Live Sessions highlight an animal or event. Some sessions feature Fiona the Hippo!
National Parks Virtual Tours Tour 33 different National Parks virtually!
San Diego Zoo The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games.
U.S. National Parks via 360-degree virtual tours with Google https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/25/google-now-lets-you-explore-u-s-national-parks-via-360-degree-virtual-tours/