Children’s Resources

ABCya– ABCya is an interactive website with over 400 fun and educational games for grades PreK to 6. Users can play games covering a wide range of topics, such as multiplication, typing, speech and pattern recognition. 

Authors Everywhere!: A YouTube channel created and run by children’s books writers and illustrators. Users will find workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, and writing advice that will offer fun and creative distractions during potential school closures and quarantines. 

The Crayon Initiative– Keep Calm and Cray on. The organization that we recycle crayons with at the library is offering a free Stay-At-Home Playbook is filled with fun activities to spark ideas—and smiles—for the whole family.

DK Stay Home Hub– Whether you’re looking for additional educational resources to liven up a lesson plan or a fun activity to occupy an afternoon, DK’s Stay Home Hub has the content to help keep young minds busy during these challenging times. You’ll find everything from coloring sheets and drawing prompts for preschoolers, to quizzes and discussion guides for older readers, to hands-on activities for kids of all ages. 

Encantos Learning Hub -Kid-focused public benefit corporation Encantos curates educational PDFs and online lessons for parents and educators adapting to home learning.

Free Online Tutoring through NYPL and Brainfuze– Get free online homework help from one-on-one tutors, daily from 2–11 PM. Available in English and Spanish, from early elementary through high school grades, in core subject areas. Video content and other resources are also available 24 hours a day. Don’t have a NYPL card? Click here to learn how to obtain a virtual one.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka—author & illustrator– New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka offers an expansive list of tutorials, activities, webcasts, etc. on his YouTube channel. 

Scholastic Learn at HomeUsers can find fun educational lessons on the Scholastic website where new learning experiences are built around a story or video daily. For students in pre-k to 6th grade and up. 

Stimola Literary Studio representing kid lit and YA authors and illustrators, will host livetreamed readalouds, craft activities, and drawing demonstrations between 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. EST with Matt Tavares, Ellen Hagan, Shannon Stocker, and many others.

Starfall– Starfall is a publicly supported non-profit organization that creates free and low-cost online activities and resources for grades PreK to 3. The website was specifically designed to teach children to read but has since expanded to include mathematics and language arts. 

Storynory This website features a vast collection of audio stories where children can read along to the text. The website’s library includes original stories, fairy tales, and classics. 

Storyline – 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 links coming soon. Videos are available on their YouTube channel.

StoryWeaver is a collection of stories with a Creative Commons 4.0 license. That means that with proper attribution, you can use the stories as you wish, including using them in online storytimes. 

TedED@Home– To support the millions of students, parents and teachers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, TED-Ed is working with expert educators and TED speakers throughout the world to create and share high-quality, interactive, video-based lessons on a daily basis, for free.

WMHT Home Classroom– WMHT’s new 10-hour programming block on WMHT WORLD Channel offers educational programming to support at-home learning for Grades 4-12