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Children's Digital Library

Staying Home

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!

First Aid for Feelings

First Aid for Feelings: A Workbook to Help Kids Cope During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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.

First Aid for Feelings

Coronavirus: A book for children

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.

Coronavirus: A book for children

OverDrive Kids
Audiobooks & eBooks

Kanopy Kids
Movies, Literary Classics, PBS TV series, & Little Pim Learning Languages

Hoopla
Audiobooks, Disney eBooks, eBooks, Movies, & Music

Tumblebook Library
Talking Picture Books

Biblioteca Tumblebook
Libros en Español

Bookflix
Storybooks: Watch & Learn

Scienceflix
Explore & Learn

Trueflix
Explore History,Science, & Nature

Signed Stories
Story videos presented in American Sign Language (ASL)

Fun Activities for Community Partners

Design A Spy Gadget or Crack A Top Secret Code
Check out the International Spy Museum for these activities and more

Children’s Book Council Links to Publisher Pages with Activities!
Resources, activities, discussion guides, teacher guides and more for children of all ages

Have a great time with PBS Kids
Lots of fun with PBS Kids games & videos

APGFCU - M3Money for Kids
Kids can learn the importance of saving with Cash, Violet, and the Evil Dr. Spendit

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.

Listen to Star Storytime on Instagram Every Thursday at 10:00 am ET
Hear storytimes from a different Holiday House author or artist each week

Between the Lions Early Reading Collection from PBS
Explore the series that helps kids "Get Wild About Reading!"

Reading Games with PBS
Read & play games with your favorite PBS KIDS characters

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!

Write. Right. Rite. with Author Jason Reynolds
Welcome to the “Write. Right. Rite.,” a “GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story” video series with National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jason Reynolds!

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.

Stories and Books Online

Storyline Online
Picture Books Read by Famous Actors

International Children’s Digital Library
Read Books from All Over the World

Classic Children’s Books Online from the Library of Congress
Turn the pages to explore bygone eras, time-honored tales and historical narratives. Adventure awaits in these classic books online.

Story Time From Space
Astronauts from the Space Station Reading Stories for Children

Children’s Books Online: The Rosetta Project
Historic Children’s Books in Multiple Languages

DK Books

DK Eyewitness
Eyewitness Series

DK Eyewonder
Eyewonder Series

DK See How They Grow
See How They Grow Series