FREE RESOURCES TO HELP EDUCATORS, PARENTS, & CAREGIVERS WITH AT-HOME READING & LEARNING DURING COVID-19 SCHOOL CLOSURES
READ ENC is grateful to many community partners, educators, and a variety of organizations who provided suggestions for the learning resources included below, focused not only on literacy/reading, but other content areas. Some resources are listed in multiple places, but all are included below so they are accessible via this READ ENC webpage. All are free or have free access options. Preview resources to determine those appropriate for your child or student(s).
Birth - Any age for shared reading
A simple model to help parents/caregivers know better how to read with their children and talk with them in the process, building language, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.
PK - Grade 6
Provides more than 400 fun and educational games/activities designed by parents and educators.
by exploring a wide selection of historical games and activities. Free streaming available for some of Audible’s audiobooks from their collection organized by age and theme.
Elementary and Older
Offers learning the opportunity to enter ancient worlds, meet famous people, and discover fascinating facts by exploring a wide selection of historical games and activities.
Mobile apps meant to make math a fun part of kids’ everyday lives, as beloved as the bedtime story.
from We Are Teachers.com
PK - Grade 3
Scholastic’s online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction from Children’s Press and other trusted Scholastic imprints. This engaging resource for children in grades pre-K through 3 helps early readers develop and practice essential reading skills and introduces them to a world of knowledge and exploration. Many titles available in both English and Spanish. Sign up for a free trial!
Ages 4 - 10
Created and produced via WBUR by parents of young children, Circle Round is a collection of 10-20 minute podcasts that adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays.
K - 12
Provides free K-12 computer science lessons and games to help students learn how to code at an earlier age. Searchable by a number of features, the site is supported by tech company donors, including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and many more.
K - 12
A bilingual site for educators and families of English language learners.
Math games, lessons, quizzes, manipulatives, brain teasers, and more.
K - 4
Dav Pilkey, author of the well-loved Captain Underpants series, debuts a weekly online episode featuring drawing, activities, exciting videos, and so much more.
Birth - Kindergarten
Preschool - Early Elementary
Bilingual preschool publisher Encantos is supporting UNICEF by launching its One Big World Campaign #onebigworld, as well as a social media campaign @gotinytravelers meant to share global photos of what children and their families love about the world. Also includes a Learning Hub with downloadable world geography and culture lessons for young learners.
San Francisco museum’s ongoing online learning exploration of science, art, and human perception.
Has a variety of digital books/resources available with a FPL library card.
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Birth - Early Elementary
The Book Lady, Dolly Parton, reads bedtime stories to kids through online videos. Books are selected from her Imagination Library program.Videos will be posted once a week for ten weeks at 7 p.m. starting April 2, 2020 and can be viewed at the Imagination Library Website (scroll down to view archived weekly videos) or LIVE via Imagination Library’s Facebook page.
This site is home to the likes of Shel Silverstein, C.S. Lewis. Maurice Sendak, Beverly Cleary, Neil Gaiman, The Berenstain Bears, Fancy Nancy, the Divergent series, the Selection series, the Red Queen series, and more. Includes book trailers, author interviews, and read alouds of original content.
Free activities, and videos by authors and illustrators – that are emailed weekly (via the #Home with HMH e-newsletter) to support families and educators. In addition to the e-newsletter, the HMH Books Young Readers Resource Library contains free content and downloads. Sign up for #Home with HMH
PK - 3
A reading resource for helping parents and their children at home. Created and shared by Read Charlotte, free videos, activities, games, and other resources are offered in a format that is geared for a parent audience.
Suggested by Shelburne Farms, a sustainable farm in Shelburne, VT.
Offers a collection of books for the world’s children meant to represent outstanding historical and contemporary books from around the globe. Ultimately, the International Digital Children’s Foundation (IDCF) aspires to have all cultures and languages represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children’s literature from the world community.
963 different children’s picture books read aloud by a narrator. Searchable by multiple factors, including length, author, narrator, category, and languages.
Preschool - Elementary Kids
A collection of children’s literature focused videos, podcasts, crafts, trailers, and activities. Downloadable “10 Garden Activities to Do With Kids”, a free guide including step-by-step activities that will inspire budding little gardeners to explore the joy of growing something themselves.
Upper Elementary - Young Adult
Author Kelly Yang hosts free writing classes for teens every Mon., Wed., and Fri. on her instagram page. Past classes are archived on her website.
A collection of children’s literature focused videos, podcasts, crafts, trailers, and activities.
Ages 2 - 7
Inspire a lifetime of learning and discovery via Khan Academy’s program available free through the App Store, Google Play, or Amazon app store.
PK - Teens
A collection of free family resources developed by authors and psychologists associated with the American Psychological Association. Author readings, writing prompts, and additional activities are focused on mindfulness and managing stress and anxiety.
PK - Grade 5
A variety of math apps about topics such as fractions, money, time, number lines, patterns, geometry, and more.
PK - Grade 12
Offers an array of resources and lesson plans searchable by grade level, content type, and subjects.
PK - Grade 12
A new platform for children, parents, and educators to access free content including games, videos, and activities. Through the site, readers can explore remotely with National Geographic Explorers, read content from the publisher’s Weird but True and Zeus the Mighty series, and conduct experiments from home.
Ages 7 - 13
Provides child-friendly resources about places, people, and animals around the world courtesy of the National Geographic Society.
Offers a variety of news content through a partnership with over 100 trusted names in publishing to that excites and motivates students to learn more. More than 10 new texts published every day. Newsela articles are available at 5 reading levels, ranging from grades 2-12. Offered free throughout the duration of the 2019-2020 academic year.
Ages 8 and up
Stories and engaging activities to explore on a variety of topics including fun facts, fascinating stories, and more.
Preschool - Grade 2
Educational Games and Videos offered by the Public Broadcasting Service.
Preschool - Grade 12
PBS LearningMedia producers and educators have come together to curate a special collection of resources organized by grade and subject area. Find videos, lesson plans, and activities that support learning at home. Spanish-language content available.
Every Age Range and Level
Free downloadable materials for students, educators, and families including teacher’s guides, discussion guides, and activities including a wide variety of author and illustrator videos.
Ages vary with virtual story times
A #ReadTogetherBeTogether Virtual Storytime featuring authors and celebrities airing at 3PM EDT/12PM PDT Daily. Visit the Penguin Kids FB page for the Virtual Storytime lineup, including where to watch.
All Read Aloud Ages
Literacy blogger, Pernille Ripp’s list of videos/podcasts featuring book creators reading their own children’s books.
K - Grade 6
Offers a selection of poems that kids love. Compiled by the Academy of American Poets, many of these poems are especially suitable for younger children and students of elementary age.
Kids of All Ages
Simon & Schuster Children’s publisher’s learning hub includes digital and downloadable resources for family and kids, as well as Facebook and YouTube videos featuring S&S authors. Website offers an easy-to-navigate overview of everything featured, including leveled book lists, reading group/curriculum guides, graphic novel and YA collection guides, and more.
PK - Grade 9
This site features day-by day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. Books are incorporated in projects and are narrated (or can be read) in English. Many are also available in Spanish.
Grade 1 - Grade 6
Combines non-fiction texts and digital resources that ignite student engagement, learning, and interest across a variety of content areas.
A collection of Shel Silverstein poetry activities, read aloud videos, and more from Harper Collins.
A variety of digital books/resources available with an SML library card and calendar information about accessing virtual storytimes throughout the week.
Smithsonian resources including free videos, articles, games, activities, and live video streams focused on reading, science, and social studies content.
K - Grade 5
Offers videos of celebrity actors reading children’s books accompanied by creative produced illustrations. All videos are linked with an activity that K-5 students can do at home.
Elementary - Middle School Ages
Features videos of astronauts reading children’s books while in space on the International Space Station. This project is sponsored by the Global Space Education Foundation.
PK - Grade 5
Offers more than 400 original digital picture books in a variety of subject areas. Audio narrations by native speakers are available in more than 40 languages, one fourth of them written in Spanish.
PK - Grade 12
Links to more than 30 virtual field trips including zoos, national parks, planets, live cams, farms, and more.
A website offered by the National Centers for Families Learning where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery for learners of all ages. Each day, an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day®—is posed and explored in a variety of ways.
PK - Grade 12
A gathered array of free resources from all of its subsidiary publishers including educator guides, reading group guides, and sample pages from many of their offerings for educators and K-12 students.