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Children’s Library at Home

Library Resources

Resources available through BCCLS and the Fort Lee Public Library. 

Digital Library

Fort Lee has access to a vast digital collection of ebooks, eaudibooks, and emagazines. Check them out today!

Databases

Access our digital databases here for all your research needs

Creativebug

Creativebug offers online video arts and crafts workshops and techniques. Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, sew, screen print, and more. In order to sign up simply follow the link and enter your library card number.

Covid 19 Resources for Parents & Kids

Let’s get through this together! These resources will help you and your children make sense of the global health crisis.

Fort Lee Today: Talking To Your Kids About Covid-19

 Fort Lee Today Information for talking to kids about the current crisis.

Coronavirus:  A Book for Children

A full-text 24-page book for children about the coronavirus from the publisher, Nosy Crow

CDC Tips for Talking To Your Children

Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children.

Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus

Kids worry more when they’re kept in the dark. Use these tips when talking to your children about the coronavirus.

From the NY Times: How to Talk to Kids about Coronavirus

So what should you tell kids about the coronavirus, and how? We spoke to a pediatrician, two psychologists, a pediatric infectious disease specialist and a safety expert for their best tips.

PBS News Hour: 10 Tips for talking about Covid-19

If you are a parent or caregiver and feeling unsure about what to share, how much to say, and ways to navigate COVID-19 when so much is uncertain, you’re not alone. Families the world over are with you on this one. Here are some tips to get you through as the outbreak continues.

 

Reading Resources

A variety of links to different websites to help your youngster learn how to read. 

Storyline Online

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.

Read, Wonder Learn

Find a growing collection of resources that include everything from first-chapter and picture book read-alouds (all shared with permission!) to drawing and writing mini-lessons. Be sure to check back often, as new resources will be added every day. 

Scholastic Storybook Treasures

A collection of popular stories published by Scholastic that are brought to life through animation. Extensive collections available also in Spanish and Mandarin. 

Reading is Fundamental Read-a-Loud Videos

More than 200 animated read-alouds (Pre-K to 6th Grade) from a trusted online hub for literacy and reading that also features many lesson plans, activities, and printable materials.  

Brightly Storytime

From Penguin Random House, engaging picture book read-alouds for growing readers!  

Read Together Be Together

nationwide movement developed by Penguin Random House in partnership with Parents magazine that celebrates the importance, and power, of the shared reading experience between an adult and a child.

 

Author Resources

Author approved links and information for you!

Lunchdoodles with Mo Willems

Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons as Mo invites you to doodle together and explore ways of writing and making.

Author Doreen Cronin’s Website

Worksheets and activities based on her books

Save with Stories

As COVID-19 hits the U.S., millions of kids need our help to learn & eat. Join us, along with @savethechildren and @nokidhungry, to #SAVEWITHSTORIES 

Goodnight with Dolly Parton

Everyone’s favorite Book Lady is bringing children and families everywhere just what they need during a time of unrest. Goodnight with Dolly is a 10-week special series of weekly videos featuring Dolly Parton reading select Imagination Library books. 

Storytime with Levar Burton

Mondays at 9pm, Levar Burton livestreams storytime for Kids on his Twitter feed! Adults and Teens can get in on the act as well on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Homework Help

Extra places to look to answer those pesky homework questions.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy for remote learning.

Brainfuse HelpNow

HelpNow provides differentiated learning solutions for students of diverse needs and backgrounds. Students communicate with live, online tutors using an interactive, virtual whiteboard to chat, write, draw, copy/paste text or images and graph homework problems. HelpNow also offers skills building and test preparation where after taking a quiz, the user can then connect directly to a live tutor to review the topics and questions covered in the quiz.

HelpNow also gives students access to the Writing Lab and Send Question Center. These options give users the freedom to receive assistance at any time of the day without connecting with a live tutor. Users can submit papers through the Writing Lab for detailed feedback. The Send Question Center is for non-writing assignments such as math or science.

Click the link above and use your library card number to access HelpNow.

Dreambox

Limited free 90 day trial. adaptive, online K-8 math program

Scholastic Learn At Home

Day to day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing

Reading is Fundamental

develop the language skills of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The site includes nursery rhymes, fingerplays, games, and songs. There is also a page for parents with videos and activities to encourage reading.

Peachtree

Activity sheets, event kits, and reading guides for kids of all ages.

PBS Kids

PBS Kids has compiled a list of specific resources for talking to your child about coronavirus, including episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Sesame Street. The list is found here. In addition, parents can sign up for a special PBS Kids newsletter with daily tips and activities to try while the kids are at home.

Mouse Open Projects

Interactive curriculum to teach coding in languages like Scratch, Javascript, and more.

Code.org At Home

Resources to help your student learn computer science at home, with web, smart phone, and unplugged options

Girls Who Code At Home

Resources to keep up your learning at home, and ideas on how to stay busy and—most importantly—brave.

The Henry Ford Model i Innovation Classroom

Experience the invention process step-by-step and gain valuable entrepreneurial skills with our Invention Convention Curriculum.

Xtra Math

Xtra Math is a free web program designed for students, parents, and teachers.

Math Snacks

Short videos and games to introduce different math concepts to school-age kids.

National Geographic

There are a wide range of activities available, from games to videos and exploratory modules on a wide variety of topics like space, U.S. states, and animals.

iCivics

Learn about civics through games that place you in the White House or on the Supreme Court bench.

Minecraft EDU

To help teachers and students stay connected to the classroom, Minecraft: Education Edition is now available through June 2020

Wonderopolis

Created by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), this website features a “wonder of the day” to promote curiosity, imagination, exploration, and discovery.

The Kids Should See This (TKSST)

TKSST is an unprecedented collection of over 4,500 kid-friendly videos, curated for teachers and parents who want to share smarter, more meaningful media in the classroom and at home. Selections are grown-up-friendly, too.

Teach Rock

TeachRock is a standards-aligned, arts integration curriculum that uses the history of popular music and culture to help teachers engage students. Innovative lesson plans developed by experienced educators and top experts in the field foster genuine learning in areas including social studies, language arts, geography, science, STEAM, general music and more. TeachRock has crafted engaging and meaningful material for every classroom, and developed exciting professional development workshops to share it with teachers. All for free. No cost, period.

P.E. At Home

Popular UK fitness coach Joe Wicks has been rousing nearly a million fans each morning for at-home kids’ P.E. classes on YouTube. They’re at 9 a.m. in the UK, which is 4 a.m. ET, but unless your kids are truly determined early birds, they can watch the archived videos on Wicks’ YouTube channel. The high-energy half-hour sessions involve lots of bouncing, skipping in place and cartoon-style kicking. 

Self Care

Take a minute to take care of yourself with some of these online resources.

Breathe2relax

A stress management tool, which will help you learn how to perform and use diaphragmatic breathing techniques for stress control.

Stop, Breathe & Think

Stop, Breathe & Think is an award winning meditation and mindfulness app that helps you find peace anywhere.

Mindful Powers for Kids

Mindful Powers is an award-winning, kid-first, holistic approach to helping young minds learn and practice mindfulness so they can respond more effectively to stressful situations through the power of play.

Engaging At Home Activities

Things to do while you are inside your home!

 

Khan Academy (Imagineering in a Box)

Go behind the scenes and learn what it’s like to be a Disney imagineer.

PBS Parents

Find resources, printables, and activities themed around PBS kids’ shows. Click on “Play” to search for different types of printables and activities.

Lakeshore Free Learning Activities

Get printable worksheets, at-home lesson plans, craft ideas, and activities.

Canticos

Find coloring pages themed around bilingual Nick Jr. characters, with words in English and Spanish.

Sesame Street Printables

Get coloring pages and activities themed around the characters from Sesame Street.

Penguin Printables

The publisher offers writing and drawing activities, puzzles, games and mazes, word searches, and coloring pages themed around picture books, nonfiction books, and chapter books.

Too Small to Fail

Staycation family resource includes 10 ways families can talk, sing, read, and play at home.

Super Simple Songs

Explore songs and lyrics for children including nursery rhymes.

Scratch Jr.

This app is a simplified version of Scratch designed for coders ages 5–7. It can be downloaded on any iOS or Android device. Guides and activity ideas can be found on the Scratch Jr. website under the Learn and Teach pages.

Brains On

From American Public Radio, a science podcast for families to enjoy together. Topics are wide-ranging and include everything from how elevators work to exploring dyslexia.

Sketchpad

An online platform for making digital art. Paint and draw with a wide range of tools and special effects or add clip art and text. Sketchpad’s website can be used on a computer or a tablet.

Smithsonian Fun Stuff For Kids

Find activities, games, apps, and other learning resources from Smithsonian institutions as well as animal live streams from the National Zoo.

The Fin, Fur and Feather Bureau of Investigation

Storytelling and fun activities to teach kids about different places and cultures across the globe.

DC Kids Camp

DC has launched DC Kids Camp, a fun new program to help parents engage kids at home! With DC Kids Camp, kids will learn how to draw their favorite DC Super Heroes, gain inspiration and skills to make their own comics, and unlock their creativity with fun, off-the-wall how-to videos like draw-alongs with Agnes Garbowska (DC Super Hero Girls), origami tutorials with Gene Luen Yang (Superman Smashes the Klan), make-your-own Green Lantern ring with Minh Lê (Green Lantern: Legacy), and many more captivating activities! Parents, sign up below to receive DC Kids Camp content directly in your inboxes by signing up for the DC Family newsletter. We’ll be sending DC Kids Camp newsletters every Monday and Friday!

Art & Activies with Debbie Ohi

Children’s author and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi is posting a daily creative challenge on Twitter through the end of April.

 How to Toon with Joe Wos

Syndicated cartoonist Joe Wos is posting “how to ‘toon” lessons on his YouTube channel every weekday at 1 p.m.

Laurie Berkner Band

Beloved children’s performer Laurie Berkner is hosting a morning “Berkner Break” on Facebook Live with singing, stories and dancing. It’s 10 a.m. most weekdays. She’s also posting a new music video each weekday at 7 a.m. for “Berkner Breakfast” and 7 p.m. for “Berkner Bedtime.”

Zoo School Live

Tune in before lunch to enjoy a Facebook Live “Zoo School” with the zookeepers from Pennsylvania’s Elmwood Park Zoo. See ducks visit the veterinarian, cheer on a turtle race, or watch giraffes being fed.

Ben Fogel’s Adventure Class

UK adventurer and journalist Ben Fogle hosts an “adventure class” from his children’s treehouse every weekday on Instagram Live (4 p.m. his time), teaching kids outdoor and wilderness skills and telling tales of his adventures in places like Antarctica.