Library Alternative Links for Kids and Parents

Online Storytime, Early Literacy Resources, and Other Learning Resources

Brightly Storytime  YouTube channel for storytime 

Cosmic Kids Yoga  YouTube channel to help with anxiety 

Flannel Board Fun  YouTube channel 

First5 California   Focuses on early childhood development 

Kidlit TV  Explore the world of children’s literature 

All Kids Network  Resources for parents, teachers and anyone who works with children. We've got thousands of fun kids’ activities like kids crafts, worksheets, coloring pages, printable mazes, dot to dot, hidden pictures and more. 

Aquarium of the Pacific  Virtual field trip to the aquarium 

Bedime Math  To help kids love numbers so they can handle the math in real life.

Biology Simulations  Biology Simulations helps students to learn about biology and practice data analysis skills

BrainPOP  Animated educational site for kids.  BrainPOP is here to help you and your curious learners stay informed and on-track with free access during school closures. 

Camp Invention - STEM Activity Guide from National Inventors Hall of Fame  STEM activity guide from Camp Invention (PDF) 

The Concord Consortium Interactive STEM Activities  Bring out the inner scientist in all your students with our scientifically accurate models and activities. 

Discovery K12  Online homeschool platform & curriculum for Pre-K to 12th grade

Dreamscape  Engaging reading game for Grades 2-8 Hour of Code Activities  Try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages in over 45 languages. Join millions of students and teachers in over 180 countries starting with an Hour of Code. 

Coding Resources - Berkeley Bootcamp  Learning to code is easier than you think. Whether you’re a novice who’s just starting out or already have prior experience with industry concepts and tools, our coding resource articles and web design tutorials can help further develop your existing skill set. Khan Academy  Nonprofit free education 

Math Playground  Give your brain a math workout!  Math games

Mystery Science  The most popular K-5 science curriculum. Open-and-go lessons, inspire kids to love science. 

New American History from Richmond University  Digital resources for American History 

The Learning Network from The New York Times  Teach and Learn With The Times: Resources for Bringing the World Into Your Classroom

PBS Learning Media  PBS SoCal | KCET and PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more just for California teachers like you. 

San Diego Zoo  Learn about plants and animals at the zoo.  Watch them with live cams and video. 

Scholastic Learn at Home  Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing  Create, collaborate, illustrate & narrate your own stories 

Typing Club  Learn touch typing for free 

Typing. com  Lessons for keyboarding, coding, and digital learning 

Other Lists

Reading, Learning and STEM Resources for Children, Parents and Teachers!  Tufts University

How Kids' Lit Is Responding to the Coronavirus  Publishers Weekly, April 28, 2020.  With widespread school and library closures due to the new coronavirus outbreak, children’s authors and publishers are going digital to provide kids with ways to read, draw, engage, and support other children who might need a helping hand. PW is tracking some of the most creative efforts on social media and across the web, and will be updating our list regularly.

At Home Resources for Kids and Families During Coronavirus 2020 HarperCollins Publishers.  We’ve compiled a running list of resources from around the internet for kids and their parents to help make the coming days a little more fun, hopeful, and educational for us all. We’ll add more links as we find them, so check back often!

Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic from Common Sense Media.  Navigate social distancing and school closures with quality media and at-home learning opportunities for your kids. En Español


Resources for Talking with Children About Coronavirus

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019  Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children from Center for Disease Control and Prevention 

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus  Kids worry more when they're kept in the dark. From Child Mind Institute 

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New CoronaviruKids, this comic is for you.  It's based on a radio story that NPR education reporter Cory Turner did. He asked some experts what kids might want to know about the new coronavirus discovered in China. From NPR. 


Articles for Parents

Coronavirus: How to keep children happy, learning and entertained at home  Irish Times, April 29, 2020.  School work, baking, exercise, online resources... Help is out there, even if you can't go anywhere.