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Sally's latest book is about a family of raccoons going through a day in lockdown - no school, no nursery, no work - and explaining to the youngest members of the family how they're doing their part to save lives just by staying home!
Denise Daniels, a leading child development expert, has teamed up with Scholastic and the Yale Child Study Center to help children, families, and educators cope during this pandemic. This free valuable workbook can be downloaded and is available in both English and Spanish.
A free digital book to help explain Coronavirus to children ages 5-9. The book answers key questions in simple, easy to understand language. With the option to either read on screen or print out, it is a must for parents and caregivers navigating these difficult times.
▸ Harry Potter at Home
Cast a Banishing Charm on boredom! Experience magical craft videos, fun articles, quizzes, puzzles, special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, and much more from the wizarding world of Harry Potter!
▸ Maryland Science Center
Put on your lab coat and have fun with online activities and events that will bring a bit of the Science Center right to your home!
▸ Maryland Day by Day Family Literacy Activity Calendar
This calendar provides daily activities for you to do together that are fun and educational. “Play” is a child’s “work” so simply playing with your child using the daily activities is the goal. Remember, the things you learn with joy, you’ll remember forever.
▸ Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Looking to learn more about the Bay? These curated activities, arranged by topic, encourage curiosity and love of the Chesapeake Bay. Teachers and students alike will find these fun resources helpful for learning more about the great Chesapeake Bay watershed.
▸ Hello You with Sandra Magsamen
Sourcebooks Kids along with artist, author, and designer Sandra Magsamen, have created this web series that celebrates learning, creativity and play! Filmed entirely from her studio in Vermont, its filled with lots of fun activities, games, interviews, stories, and more!
▸ New JK Rowling Free Book Online!
The Ickabog will be published for free, in instalments, over the next seven weeks, a chapter (or two, or three), at a time. It isn’t Harry Potter and it doesn’t include magic… but it promises to be a great read so be sure to check it out!
▸ HCPL StoryWalk® at Eden Mill Nature Center
Plan an outing to Eden Mill Nature Center in Pylesville (1617 Eden Mill Road), and take a StoryWalk®! It's a fun, educational, self-guided activity that places the pages of a children's book out in nature! Now through September, follow the trail beginning at the Nature Center parking lot to read Summer Song by Kevin Henkes. Supported by the North Harford Friends of HCPL
▸ Dav Pilkey at Home
In collaboration with the Library of Congress, the author and illustrator of Dog Man and Captain Underpants, will share new video content on Friday mornings at 8 am ET. Fun and free activities will also be available online including how-to-draw demonstrations, engaging read-a-louds and inspiring resources from the Library’s collections.
▸ Port Discovery Children’s Museum
One of Baltimore’s favorite museums offers videos on fun activities like “How to Make a Scribble Bot” and guidelines for learning at home- such as “Tips on Exploring Literacy Through Play”!
▸ Where’s Waldo at Home!
Who doesn’t love Waldo and where is he, by the way! Enjoy the hunt with Candlewick Press’ popular Where’s Waldo books and activities.
▸ Children’s Story Podcasts
Take a break from screens! A collection of children's podcasts curated by Booklist Magazine offers
an absorbing literary experience and can immerse young listeners into another world. Kids can listen quietly alone, or podcasts can become part of the family routine as a shared listening experience. This list is geared to children ages 2 and older and is available free on nearly any podcast app.
▸ Smithsonian Institution
Kids and teens can explore art, history, and culture. Fun games, activities, and podcasts related to their vast collections and the research surrounding them are available to you online on a kaleidoscope of topics—from art to zoology!
▸ KidLit TV
Award winning KidLit TV is the place to discover great children’s books and connect with the people who create them. Curated by a diverse group of parents, educators, librarians, kid lit creators, and award-winning filmmakers… all working together to create fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives.