We love storytime and until we can share stories again together face-to-face, please enjoy this list of different digital storytimes, writing workshops, art activities, and more!
List provided by the Youth Services Department of Nassau Library System.
 
 

Storytime/Read-alouds:

 

Oliver Jeffers

Via Instagram everyday at 2 PM 

Popular children’s book author and illustrator, Oliver Jeffers, will be reading one of his many pictures books everyday at 2 PM, and the uploading the videos on his website.

 
Mac Barnett

Via Instagram everyday at 3 PM

Popular children’s book author, Mac Barnett, will be reading one of his many popular books everyday at 3 PM on Instagram.
 
 
Penguin Kids

Via ‘Penguin Kids’ Facebook every weekday at 11:15 AM

Every weekday someone from Penguin Kids will record a new storytime on Facebook live. The videos will be kept on their Facebook page.

 

Pete the Cat Virtual Storytime

Via the Pete the Cat Instagram on 3/17 at 12 PM

James Dean the creator of Pete the Cat will be recording a digital storytime on Instagram live. The storytime will remain on Instagram for 24 hours.

 

Dan Gutman

Via Dan Gutman’s Facebook everyday at 2 PM

Dan Gutman, author of the My Weird School series, will be reading a few chapters of a book from the My Weird School series. The videos will be kept on their Facebook page.

 
Storyline Online

Anytime via the Storytime Online website

This website is made available by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, contains an archive of hundreds of children’s books read by different actors. 

 
#OperationStorytime

Anytime via Youtube 

The #OperationStorytime is a new movement online for a growing collection of children’s book authors and illustrators reading their own works. Check back regularly as new titles are added frequently. 

The Spanish Experiment

Anytime via the Spanish Experiment website

Well-known children’s stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker. Read along in Spanish or English.

 
Sophie Blackall

Via Instagram

Join illustrator, Sophie Blackall for a reading of one of the many children’s books illustrated by them along with a Q&A.

 
Abdo Digital Bookshelf

Via website

Their digital products are available for free now through June 2020. (You may experience difficulty because of high volume)!

Art Activities:

 
Mo Willems’ “LUNCH DOODLES” 

Via the Kennedy Center everyday at 1 PM

Author of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, the Elephant and Piggie series, Knuffle Bunny, and more is offering free drawing classes everyday at 1 PM. “LUNCH DOODLES” will be uploaded to Youtube

 

Jarret J. Krosoczka’s “Every Day with JJK”

Via the author’s website everyday at 2 PM

Author of Peanut Butter and Jellyfish and the Lunch Ladies series is recording all-ages drawing classes everyday at 2 PM, and will be uploaded to Youtube.

 
Carson Ellis

Via Instagram anytime.

Illustrator, Carson Ellis, offers a digital art club with new prompts daily.

 
Carin Berger

Via website

A lot of fun and unique crafts on this website.

 
Coloring Pages from Every Child a Reader

Via website

Coloring pages for all!

Red Ted Art

Via website

Cute and easy crafts for kids.

 
CreativeBug Database

Via database 

CreativeBug has thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Sign up with your Uniondale Library card!

Writing Workshops:

 
Jen Calonita 

Learn more here!

Join author, Jen Calonita for this fun writing challenge. The first writing challenge is up! And it comes with a prize. Every kid who tackles one of this week’s writing prompts and has a parent comment on this page that they’ve tried the assignment (or you want to send a screenshot of their work) will be entered to win an autographed copy of VIP. Each week I’ll pick a new book to give away and I’ll pick a winner at random on Sunday (U.S. only). Have fun! 

 
Kate DiCamillo’s Writing Workshop

Learn more here!

Join author, Kate DiCamillo for this fun writing workshop. Here is a message from her to her fans and we hope to continue these #WritewithKate posts weekly, with a different writing prompt or inspiration. Please share this video with your children and students – just 2 pages a day. It’s a great start!

Keep Moving!:

Cosmic Yoga

Via website
Yoga and mindfulness for kids

Virtual Learning:

Scholastic Learn at Home

Via website

Scholastic has curated a free digital learning hub that allows free access to daily learning journeys divided into 4 grade spans. Each learning journey is built around a story or video (this is basically their bookflix platform but with curriculum). Parents have to set up an account and watch a bookflix video. 3 hours of content is available per day. A great resource to add to a child’s learning experiences at home. 

Busy Toddler on Instagram

Via website and Instagram 

Susie is a former teacher and a mom of 3. She has lots of school and play activities.

Roundup of Virtual Field Trips

Via website

There are links to zoos, national parks, museums, art galleries and something for parents too.

Live Jelly Cam from Monterey Bay Aquarium

Via Youtube

Relax with some jellyfish via this livestream from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Peachtree Publishing’s Activity Sheets

Via website

This website has a lot of different activity sheets available for all.

Khan Academy

Via website

You can learn anything. Expert-created content and resources for every course and level. 

Starnet Libraries

Via website

The STAR Library Network (STAR Net) is a community of library and STEM professionals that work together to strengthen STEAM learning in public libraries nationwide. Hundreds of STEM activities that you can do at home.

The Nonfiction Minute

Via website

Short essays to read and/or listen to about interesting real-world topics.

 
Kids Discover

via website

Kids Discover is providing us with free access to their online database through June 30th.

Username and Password: nasboces

Access Kids Discover’s award-winning library of science and social studies material on any device, at any time. For over 25 years, we’ve been creating beautifully crafted nonfiction products for kids. With our team of talented writers, award-winning designers and artists, and subject experts from leading institutions, we set out to build our most ambitious product to date: Kids Discover Online.

Learning About Coronavirus

Scholastic

Via website

Teaching our World: The Coronavirus

 
PBS Kids Resources

Via website

Help ease your kid’s worries about the virus by reading this article from PBS Kids and following their helpful hints.

 
Curious George

Via website

This Curious George video can help your child understand what germs are and teach them how to protect themselves from them.

 
Sesame Street

Via website

Sesame Street has a printable worksheet that can teach your child how to wash their hands properly – with a little help from Elmo.

Additional PBS Resources

Via website

How to Talk to Kids about COVID-19

Via website