Online Resources for Kids and Families

Your library is here for you with tons of activities for kids and families to keep brains and bodies moving while school is closed. Explore outer space, read a book alongside a movie star, take a virtual tour of a zoo, and get moving with fun physical activities you can do at home.

Talking to Children about COVID-19

Talking to Children about COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) With Excerpts from “What Happened to My World” by Jim Greenman – Bright Horizons

Reading

Storyline Online
Storyline Online features videos with famous actors (that parents will recognize) reading wonderful children’s books alongside creative illustrations.

K Librarian
K Librarian has hundreds of videos in English and in Spanish where you can read books and sing songs with Miss K.

Tumble Book Library
Tumble Book Library is currently offering free access to over 550 titles which include animated talking picture books, books in English, French and Spanish, read-alongs, non-fiction books and National Geographic videos.
Use username: tumble2020, password: A3b5c6 to access it all.

Audible
For as long as schools are closed, Audible is offering free streaming of a vast collection of stories, including books in six languages. You can stream from your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

Learning and fun at home

Scholastic Learn at Home
Scholastic is offering four learning experiences each day that you can check out to keep up a learning routine while you’re out of the classroom. Just find your grade level and dive in!

Great Books Sample Lesson Plans
A great resource for parents navigating school closures, Great Books is offering free lesson plans that include activities that support critical thinking, reading comprehension, and writing for grades K-12.

Miss Humblebee’s Academy
Miss Humblebee’s Academy is a great place to start with kids ages 3-6. It’s an interactive program that introduces kids to key concepts in math, science, social studies, language and literacy, art and music.The access point is under Enhance Instruction on Gale’s COVID-19 Support page, and if prompted, use password: open.

Sesame Street in Communities
Sesame Street in Communities offers tons of lessons and fun activities to help parents and caregivers navigate all sorts of milestones, life lessons, and tough conversations. There’s even a whole section on Health & Hygiene.

NASA STEM Engagement
NASA offers tons of cool STEM activities for kids and families to do at home. Puzzles, construction and craft projects, home made rockets, coloring pages, and games!

Virtual Zoo Exhibits and Museum Tours
Insider.com assembled a great list of virtual experiences all over the world that you and your family can explore from your living room.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Bestselling children’s book author Mo Willems is hosting lunchtime doodle sessions where you can join in some drawing fun and submit your creations to the Kennedy Center.

Red Yarn on Facebook Live
Renowned Portland-based family performer Red Yarn weaves folksongs and puppetry into high-energy shows for all ages. He has a slew of fun videos on his YouTube Channel, plus right now he’s hosting live shows on Facebook Live (Mondays and Wednesdays at 10am, and Thursdays at 5:30pm).

Self Care and Fitness

Yoga for Kids
This yoga for kids playlist provides fun, interactive and relaxing activities for kids. It’s also available en Español.

Active for Life
Active for Life came up with 49 fun physical activities to do with kids aged 2-4. This should keep you busy for a while!

Food Hero
The kids section on Oregon State University’s Food Hero has tons of kid-approved recipes, printable coloring sheets, an online story book, cooking videos and more.

updated 3/30/2020