Pathfinder K-8 Virtual Library

Updated October 14th at 4:13 pm❤️

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While our school libraries and public libraries are closed, we can still go to the library! Here in the Virtual Library you can find free ebooks and audiobooks, listen to a cool read aloud or podcast, join an online book club, learn something new, go on a virtual field trip, and try lots of different fun activities!

If there is something you'd like to see in the Virtual Library, you can contact me using the button at the very bottom of the page. Happy reading!

StoryTime! My Teacher is in My Living Room by Kelsey Wyman

My Teacher is in My Living Room Read Aloud

Storytime! If I Ran for President

If I Ran For President read by Lonnie Chavis, Parker Bates and Mackenzie Hancsicsak

Picture Books to Faciliate BIG conversations with kids

This collection was curated by librarian Angie Manfredi.

Take a Quiz! Which Disgusting Critter Are You?

I got The Bat which I don't think is a disgusting critter at all, but the quiz is still fun!

Check out this Virtual Makerspace!

Thank you to the Van Meter Library for sharing this super cool resource!

Virtual Makerspace

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Join the Book Reviewer Club! Grades 2-5

Are you a kid that loves books? Do you like to share those books? Become an official Book Reviewer for Kids Ask Authors!

What you get: Publishers will send you advance copies of books—books that are not in the stores yet—for FREE!

What you do: Every month you read one (or more) of those books and prepare a review (we give you a little form to help you, it’s super short). Then, come to the Book Reviewer Club meeting and record your review with Grace!

And at some of the Book Reviewer Club Meetings, Grace will get an author friend to stop by so you will get to ask an author a question in real time, too!

Sounds awesome, right?

Sign up here:
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Storytime with Angela Bassett!

Trombone Shorty Read By Angela Bassett

New Rebel Girls Podcast!

You Matter! Read By the Author Christian Robinson!

You Matter | Read Along with Christian Robinson! | PBS KIDS

Children's Books About Race, Racism, and Police Brutality

Let's Talk About Race
A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory
Animation Series: Something Happened In Our Town (#AtlantisBuild)
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Listen to Michelle Obama's Inspiring Story!

Black Lives Matter Reading Lists

Story Time: JAmes and the Giant Peach with Taiki Waititi

EP1: Chris Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth & Nick Kroll join Taika Waititi to read James & the Giant Peach
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Read a Wonderful YA Webcomic!

Nothing Special by Katie Cook

Virtual Summer Camp!

Shared by the phenomenal librarian Shannon McClintock Miller

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May is Thankorama! Every Thursday!

Read, Write, and Draw with Omar Mohamed and Victoria Jamieson

New Harry Potter Escape Room!

Adam S. Bellow - live

Play Breakout EDU Live and win prizes!









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Storytime with Daisy Ridley | Disney

Celebrate Star Wars Day!

Star Wars Day Activities!

Shared with permission from librarian SKimball Perkins

FOX IN SOX | Dr. Seuss Raps over Dr. Dre Beats

Story Time! Celebrate International Workers' Day with Rashida Jones

Please Please the Bees read by Rashida Jones

Free Audiobooks for Teens!

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. SYNC 2020 will use Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive.

Download the free Sora app and register here:

Introducing…Magic Tree House Home Adventures!

Read and Explore with Jack and Annie Every Week!

Join Jack and Annie on exciting adventures—come face to face with animals in strange lands, do battle with warriors across time, get swept up by nature’s force, and win big alongside famous sports heroes—all from the comfort of your home!

Each week, Magic Tree House Home Adventures will feature videos from Mary Pope Osborne, activities, craft ideas, themed recipes, reading challenges, cross-curricular lessons, Family Trivia Night game ideas, fun surprises, and much more!

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Summer (and Spring) Book Bingo!

Love Birds: The True Story of Raven and Eagle by Sondra Segundo and accompanied by Tim Kennedy.
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Virtual Spring Break day 5: National Parks!

On The Go

●Take a virtual tour of the National Parks on Google Earth

○Which one would you like to visit the most?

●Learn about Mount Rushmore & tour it

●Visit Dry Tortugas National Park

●Nature Boom at Florida Everglades National Park

Kenai Fjords in Alaska

●Learn about the importance of reintroducing WOLVES to Yellowstone

●Enjoy a 360 Tour of Lincoln’s IL home!
(click the arrows on the screen to visit different rooms)

STEM Activities

●Wind Cave National Park is located in South Dakota. Find some items around your house and make a cave! Don’t forget a flashlight!


Look at the gallery of National Park pictures. Recreate one of the pictures by either drawing or painting it!

Find a Park!

Find out which states are homes to which parks!

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Virtual Spring break day 4: Island Hopping

On The Go

Virtual Hawaii Field Trip

●Watch a Hula Performance

●Let’s go to the Galapagos Islands & learn about its animals

●An AMAZING night at the Bioluminescent Bay


●Participate in the Moana Hour of Code!

Build a boat out of foil! Put it in a bowl of water and see how many pennies your boat can hold until it sinks!

Crafts and Activities

Create a Lei or Grass Crown

●Weave a cute Baby Turtle

●Go on a treasure hunt outside!

Read Aloud

●A family goes to the beach, builds a sandcastle and meets……..a DRAGON! Watch and listen to this hilarious story, When a Dragon Moves In!

Hawaii Brain Break

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Free ebook: Coronavirus- A Book for Children

Coronavirus – A Book for Children

“ An elegant, effective work. Download this now, read it immediately, share it with everyone you know.”School Library Journal (starred review)

This informative and accessible guide for young readers defines the coronavirus, explains why everyday routines have been disrupted, and lays out how everyone can do their part to help. With child-appropriate answers and explanations, the book addresses several key questions.

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Virtual Spring Break Day Three: Zoo Day!

On The Go

Houston Webcams

●Let’s go on a San Diego Zoo Tour & learn about its animals

●An AMAZING night at the Cincinnati Zoo Night Hunters


●Participate in some of the San Diego Zoo Games Zoo Legends Tiger Trail Elephant Odyssey

●Build a Zoo... Math Zoo Challenge

●CSI: Math Zoo: Which animal escaped?

●Mr. Nussbaum Zoo Designer Online Game

Crafts and Activities

●Weave a cute Baby Turtle

●Go on a Scavenger Hunt English/ Spanish

Read Aloud

●The children were always good... . It was on the day that the great silver spaceship carrying Professor Hugo’s Interplanetary Zoo... Watch and listen to Zoo, by Edward D. Hoch Story w/ questions Audio

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Virtual Spring Break Day Two: New York!

On The Go

Statue of Liberty Virtual Tour

Statue of Liberty 360 Tour - Walk the stairs all the way to the crown!

Learn interesting facts about Lady Liberty

●Learn about the Balloons over Broadway

●Visit the American Museum of Natural History

●Walking Tour of NYC

STEM Activities

Turn a Penny Green! - Why is the Statue of Liberty green? Do this experiment and find out why!

●NYC is FAMOUS for amazing food. Work on some math skills while you help cook something for your family.

●To go the extra step, participate in this year’s Students Rebuild challenge. Watch this video and mail your illustrated recipes here and $6 will be donated to help end global hunger: Students Rebuild 2400 1st Ave #336 Seattle, WA 98134


Learn to draw the Statue of Liberty

●Explore the MET & find some inspiration to create

Read Alouds

Liberty’s Journey



Created by Sarah Marie, Chicago Teacher

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Virtual Spring Break- Day One Disney Day!

On The Go

Who wants to go on a ride?

●Do you play Minecraft on the computer? If you go to the IP Main.MCParks.US you can play in Disney World. Here is a video to show you around

STEM Activities

Create your OWN Disneyland~Imagineering in a Box

Time to make some SNOW

Building a raft

Some Dory Fun

●Create your OWN Roller Coaster

●Participate in a Disney Hour of Code:

Star Wars - Disney Infinity - BayMax


Drawing Disney Characters

Baby Yoda Drawing Fun

More Disney Art

Time to Craft

Read Alouds

Wiggly in Walt Disney World - Listen to a Story Podcast

Created by Sarah Marie, Chicago Teacher

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Free Marvel Comics!

Download the free Marvel Unlimited app and access tons of awesome comics for free! Avengers, Thanos, Spider-Man, X-Men, Black Panther! No sign-in required!
"Write. Right. Rite.": Jason Reynolds Presents New Video Series

Write. Right. Rite. Jason Reynolds Presents New Video Series!

Starting April 14, GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story newsletters and videos can be found here:

“Write. Right. Rite.” is all about learning the ritual of “authentic”—not to be confused with “correct” or “exact”—expression. Throughout the series, he will share his passion for storytelling while discussing topics like creativity, connection, and imagination. At the end of each video, Reynolds will share a prompt that encourages young people to work toward a specific idea. The activities are fun-filled and some are more challenging than others, but Reynolds always makes sure to include brainstorming “get-you-going” questions.
The Bad Seed – Picture Book Read Aloud | HarperKids Storytime Anytime
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For Younger Kids: Science and Music with Mikey the Rad Scientist!

Tune in every Monday- Wednesday at 11:30 PST for the Facebook Live Show

Check out the first 10 videos here: (They're fantastic!)

Join the National Book Club for Kids! Grades 4th-6th

Thursday, May 7

2pm PST / 4pm CST / 5pm EST

Front Desk

by Kelly Yang

Sign up here:

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Storytime with Levar Burton!

"Goodnight with Dolly" | Episode 1 | Dolly Parton reads "The Little Engine That Could

Goodnight Stories with Dolly Parton! Thursdays at 4 pm PST

“Goodnight With Dolly” will feature Dolly Parton reading a series of Imagination Library books all carefully chosen for their appropriate content at this moment in time.

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For Teens (and adults)! Play an old school Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Text Game!

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Always be Creative with Dav Pilkey Every Friday!

  • Each Friday, in partnership with Scholastic, the Library of Congress will launch a short video of Dav Pilkey drawing, reading aloud, and following his mantra—Always Be Creative! Check the Library of Congress website and on the Library’s social media channels for the latest video.

Storytime! Lauren Tarshis Reads I Survived The Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79

60-MINUTE SPECIAL | Cirque du Soleil

Take a Virtual Field Trip to the Circus!

At Cirque du Soleil, we offer an escape from everyday life through the delight and whimsy of our shows.

Let us welcome you into our world where awe-inspiring show footage and fan favorite videos will transport you.

You can even exercise the #CirqueWay, learn new makeup techniques, dive into virtual reality or amaze your kids with unique videos created for them.

Just for you, from us. Enjoy!

"Think Smart, Be Fearless: A Biography of Bill Gates" — Reading by author Sharon Mentyka

Storytime! A Picture Book Biography of Bill Gates

By Seattle author Sharon Mentyka. She includes bonus activities to do afterwards.

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Make Your Own Origami Superman Action Figure with Gene Luen Yang!

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Storytime: The Powwow Dog by Joseph Bruchac!

Includes an interview with Joseph Bruchac

Dav Pilkey Draws Li'l Petey
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Dog Man Digital Escape Room!

Dog Man Digital Escape Room

The story is really well written. Younger kids may need someone to help them read it. Great family activity!


How to Draw Dog Man

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Storytime with Oprah! The Hula-Hoopin Queen

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For Teens! Free Ebooks from Simon Teen!

You need an email address to register and set up a free account. There are some great books to choose from!

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Play Chess on Chess Kid!

You can play against the computer or other kids. Requires a log in and has excellent parental controls. Lots of free fun!

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Free Digital Breakout Games!

Play free digital breakout games on BreakoutEDU

You can filter for grade level and subject area to find the perfect game. These are really challenging and fun!

Jayde and Zane Read "Get Up, Stand Up" by Cedella Marley.

Get Up, Stand Up by Cedella Marley

The niece and nephew of Cedella Marley read her book, Get Up, Stand Up, a picture book adaptation of one of Bob Marley’s beloved songs that has a timely message for children: To counter injustice, lift others up with kindness and courage.

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Mac Barnett Reads Mac B Kid Spy!

Each night I’ll pour a glass of milk, put on my most comfortable tuxedo, and read a chapter of my memoir, Mac B, Kid Spy #1: Mac Undercover, illustrated by @mikelowerystudio. New chapters go up about 5:00 California time and they’ll stay up on my IGTV till the end of the “school year.”

Follow Mac Barnett on Instagram and tune in! He's hilarious!

Free Ebooks for All Ages from the Junior Library Guild!

FREE access to our JLG Digital online reading platform!

With JLG Gold Standard eBooks for Elementary, Middle School and High school students, JLG Digital gives you unlimited access* to read books online from any device. There is no limit to the number of users who can access the books, so click to your hearts' content! Titles enter and exit the digital stream regularly, so there are always new picks available.

NOTICE: Usernames & passwords are no longer needed!

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Free EBooks for all Ages from Abdo!

Username: Spring

Password: 2020

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Skype With a Scientist!

We're in uncertain times, and Skype a Scientist is here to help!

Here's our program in a nutshell:

Step 1: You sign up using this form.
Step 2: You'll get an e-mail from us with your scientist match. This might take a few days.
Step 3: You and your scientist chat over email and pick a time to chat.
Step 4: Your matched scientist and family chat about science! This is a Q&A, not a lecture from a scientist.

Image Credit: Amy Cheu

Access PebbleGo and Capstone Interactive EBOOKS!

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Kids Ask Authors Podcast!

Kids Ask Authors (subscribe here!) is a weekly 5-10 minute podcast where children’s book author/illustrator Grace Lin and a guest author answer one question from a child reader. Most episodes will end with a book review, poem, short story or a joke by kids! We hope that this podcast will be useful to all student writers and those helping them on their journey!

Episode 4 features Wings of Fire author Tui Sutherland talking about why she writes about dragons. It's a must listen for fans of the series.

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For Teens! Free Manga on Shonen Jump!

Several publishers are offering free manga on their websites including free access to back issues. Some of the titles that Shonen Jump publishes are Pokemon, Naruto, My Hero Academica, One Piece, Bleach, and Blue Exorcist.

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For Teens! Aiden Tyler, Quaran-teen - A Weekly Webcast "Serial" with Author Rex Ogle

Aiden Tyler, Quaran-teen - A Weekly Webcast "Serial" with Author Rex Ogle

There's a lot going on these days, what with school closures, and social distancing, and toilet-paper conundrums. It's heavy stuff. It's worrisome stuff. And it's stuff that we're all experiencing right along with Aiden Tyler, the title character in author Rex Ogle's (Free Lunch) new & original story, AIDEN TYLER, QUARAN-TEEN. Rex is writing this creative new middle-grade offering in real-time, about our real-world predicament, and will be reading each week's newest chapter aloud on this one-of-a-kind webcast "serial"! Tune in every Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET to catch the latest in Aiden's quaran-teen'ed story--and stick around after the reading for a weekly Q&A with Rex. This is the perfect virtual get-away for students and educators looking for a fun and relatable escape from their own quarantines!

Can't make the live readings? Don't worry! Every episode of this webcast serial will be recorded and available to watch on-demand.

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Writing Lessons with Ann Braden!

“What to Write When You Don’t Know What to Write (And You Don’t Think You’re a Writer)”

All ages of participants are welcome!

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Learn to Draw Bird and Squirrel!

Author-illustrator James Burks shares a video lesson on how to draw Squirrel from his graphic novel series, Bird and Squirrel! Part 2 is how to draw Bird.

Home Safari - Hanging with the Sloths - Cincinnati Zoo

Go on a Home Safari Every Day at Noon PST with the Cincinatti Zoo

Safaris so far have included Fiona, the penguins, and Seiya, the black rhino.

To watch live, just visit the Zoo’s Facebook page at 12 pm. The Zoo will also post the safaris on its website and on YouTube so everyone can view.

All the safaris and activities can be accessed here:

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Escape From Hogwarts! A Harry Potter Digital Escape Room

Escape From Hogwarts!

Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, PA put together this online Harry Potter Escape Room. It's really fun!

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B&N Storytime featuring PIG THE PUG by Aaron Blabey, read by John Schu!

John Schu is an amazing reader!

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Go on an Epic Scavenger Hunt!

There are 10 scavenger hunt photo taking clues for each day. Each day, read the clues and when you find one in your house, take a picture of it, upload the picture and put your first name in the title. Check back each day to see the pictures that were added and to add the next day's pictures.

Thank you to Jessica Lifshitz for making and sharing this awesome activity!

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Zoey and Sassafras Free Ebook!

Get a free ebook for Kindle or a PDF.

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Lots of Great Audiobooks for All Ages on Tumblebooks! - This site is an audio book database for kids to adults, however the direct link below provides direct access to the children's section.
Direct Link:
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6
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Free Writing Classes with Kelly Yang for Teens on Instagram Live!

Follow Kelly Yang on Instagram to join in!


Check out her website as well.

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Join WattPad

Wattpad is an Internet community for readers and writers to publish new user-generated stories in different genres, including classics, general fiction, historical fiction, non-fiction, poetry, fan-fiction, spiritual, humor, and teen fiction.

It works great on phones!

Free Audiobooks from Audible

There are a few gems in here including Cirque de Freak, Dreadnought, and Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja.

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Draw Everyday with Jarrett J. Krosoczka

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Neil Shusterman Reads His Short Stories

With so many people working and learning from home, I wanted to give you all something special. Over the next few weeks, I'll be doing some readings from my short story collections: MINDQUAKES and MINDSTORMS. Be sure to subscribe or check in regularly so you don't miss one!

Also check out Neil's website:

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In each episode, we capture the magic that happens when kids ages 6-12 meet and collaborate with beloved storytellers who grow original short stories inspired by their story ideas!

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Lauren Tarshis Reads I Survived The Sinking of the Titanic

This is chapter 1 and 2. She is posting new videos daily and her dog is in them!

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Remote Learning Program: You Are Not Alone

STYLE is still dedicated to staying connected with students in our community, and those around the country and world. We are building an online resource to help students continue their reading and to think critically about books and their own place in the world.

Our STYLE Teaching Artists will read stories with your students, perform their own music inspired by that book, and your students will have the opportunity to contribute their own thoughts and words into a brand new creation in collaboration with our Teaching Artists.

We plan to release a new book for every school day. We are working to not only set up a story-time for your young ones, but giving them an opportunity to interact with STYLE and our Teaching Artists.
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Learn How to Draw a Chinese Dragon with Grace Lin

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Neil Gaiman reads The Graveyard Book and Coraline

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Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

With millions of learners attempting to grow and educate themselves in new circumstances, I have decided to invite everyone into my studio once a day for the next few weeks.

Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons. We are going to doodle together and explore ways of writing and making.

If you have questions for me, send them to and I might get to answer them.

You might be isolated, but you’re not alone. You are an art maker. Let’s make some together.

I’ll see you at 1pm ET weekdays for LUNCH DOODLES and I hope you’ll keep making art even after my visit!

Be Pen Pals with Aisha Saeed!

Does your child have a question about *any* of my books? How to be an author? Or what my favorite color is? Send it along to either at or if they'd like to try a snail mail letter they can write me:

Aisha Saeed

PO BOX 422651
Atlanta, GA 30342
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Read Aloud for K-3

Carole Lindstom reads We Are Water Protectors

This book was released today 3/17. It's a beautiful tribute to Indigenous people standing up to oil companies.

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Read Aloud for K-2

Ame Dyckman reads You Don't Want a Unicorn

The kids love this book! Her sequel You Don't Want a Dragon is coming out on June 9th!

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K-3 Lots of Fun Activities on Josh Funk's Website

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Scholastic Learn at Home Hub

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Awesome Comic Drawing Activites from Jarrett Lerner

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Dreading the thought of being quarantined at home with your family? I've created a new online learning program to hopefully help fix that anxiety. I call it the SANTAT ONLINE SURVIVAL SCHOOL FOR THE PANDEMIC Earn Badges. Learn skills. Don't panic!

List of Live Virtual Concerts to Watch

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Live Video of Fiona, Everyone's Favorite Hippo

For Middle Schoolers

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Finding the Poetry of Your Story: Podcast with Elizabeth Acevedo

Listening to Elizabeth Acevedo talk about her process, her experience, and her work is poetry in itself. In this episode we talk about how writing is a vehicle for emotional expression that might not necessarily get directed elsewhere and how poetry is edited with the ear. Listeners will also be treated to a spoken excerpt from Elizabeth’s new novel.

Celebrate Children's Book Week with Beautiful Coloring pages!

As a celebration of the 2020 Children’s Book Week we’re presenting the book art of 23 artists! These beloved children’s book illustrators below have contributed their beautiful and inspiring artwork to help us celebrate our 2020 theme, Read. Dream. Share.

Each individual illustration is available to print and distribute for to children, teens, and book lovers everywhere. Or download the full Coloring Book.