Free Resources for Kids and Teens

There are a growing number of vendors, authors, and other organizations providing free resources for kids and teens during this time of COVID-19. Check out the list below:

· TumbleBooks is inviting public libraries across North America to email info@tumblebooks.com with subject line Free TumbleBooks in order to receive free links to all three TumbleBook databases so they can be shared and accessed by their patrons from the comfort and safety of their homes.

· PebbleGo–Capstone is offering FREE access to PebbleGo (K-2) Databases and a large collection of Capstone Interactive eBooks (3000+ titles) in addition to remote learning resources through June 30, 2020. Simply fill out the online form: https://pebblego.com/free-pebblego-capstone-interactive-access-school-closures. Once you do, you’ll get an email with a username and password to share with your educators and parents!

· Scholastic Learn at Home: Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing: https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

· Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due To School Closings (big list!): https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/135609/list-of-education-companies-offering-free-subscriptions/

· Authors Everywhere, a Youtube Channel created and run by children’s book writers and illustrators. With all this talk of potential quarantines and school closures, we wanted to do something to offer relief for parents and kids who might find themselves stuck at home. On this channel, you’ll find workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, writing advice, and more. We hope that we can offer you some fun, some distraction, and a creative outlet for any feelings that might come up during this time: www.youtube.com/channel/UCowhHSUaWp3KJDcuI0nR0vw?view_as=subscriber

· #StoryMarch–The Greater Boston Illustrators’ Group dreamed up #StoryMarch as the Covid-19 pandemic took over the daily lives of everyone we know. As schools and offices close and people are stuck at home without their usual activities and diversions, we hope that #StoryMarch might be a fun way for all artists of every age to stretch themselves a little and have fun: https://www.sarahbrannen.com/storymarch?fbclid=IwAR1G2Cd2GMwdFdG3QvWYzcfmUu0V1u5MuQlDjQM6jgwxBSiurJa_5zsBQ_U

· Story Preservation Initiative– find a selection of audio stories from three master storytellers on the K-3 Storytelling Learning Lab, found at www.storypreservation.org. To access click K-3 Learning Lab on blue banner. A one-time registration is required and then click on “storytellers” and listen and enjoy at no cost: http://www.storypreservation.org/

· Jarrett J. Krosoczka—Award-winning author and illustrator will be hosting free drawing webcasts every weekday at 2pm EST for at least the next few weeks: https://www.youtube.com/user/studiojjk/featured

· Stuck Inside: Authors’ Virtual Book Club (well, this one’s just getting started but maybe it’ll grow): https://www.facebook.com/groups/stuckinside/

· Not in response to COVID-19 but announced recently: One Hundred Museums Transformed Their Collections Into Free Coloring Pages, https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/100-museums-transformed-their-collections-free-coloring-pages-just-you-180974116/

· Also not in response to COVID-19 but a really wonderful free resource for young kids: Storyline Online from the Screen Actors Guild, featuring actors reading picture books: https://www.storylineonline.net/

A warm thanks to  Beth Crist at the Colorado State Library for compiling this list!