Resources for Families

Please see this comprehensive list of resources for families.

Digital Resources:

  • Our Digital Collections have wonderful resources for children, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming videos, online math lessons, and more.

  • Our Research Databases have many resources designed for children or teens, as well as online newspaper access.

Home Learning Resources – Elementary School:

Home Learning Resources – Middle School:

Home Learning Resources – High School:

Home Learning Resources – Adults: These are free college level classes open to anyone.

Statewide School Closing & Meal Information: This spreadsheet lists the closing information of all schools in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as information on accessing school meals.

Explaining COVID-19 to Kids:

Virtual Author Events and Read-alouds

  • Mo Willems will be hosting a livestream doodle every weekday at 1:00.
  • Ben Clanton will be doing Instagram Live events every Monday at 12:30pm EST, each of which will be available for 24 hours.
  • Oliver Jeffers will be doing Instagram Live read-alouds every weekday at 2pm EST, each of which will be available for 24 hours.
  • Mac Barnett will be doing Instagram Live read-alouds every weekday at 3pm EST, each of which will be available for 24 hours.
  • Jarrett Krosoczka will be doing a “Draw Every Day” Youtube webcast at 2pm EST that will also be available for viewing after the stream.
  • Carson Ellis will be posting drawing prompts on Instagram every weekday morning for her “Quarantine Art Club.”
  • Grace Lin hosts a new podcast called Kids Ask Authors, where she and a guest author answer questions submitted by young readers. At the end of each episode, they feature audio recordings of kids reading their own book review, poem, short story, or joke. Submit your own recording for consideration here!
  • Naila Moreira, Forbes Library Writer in Residence Emeritus, will be hosting a nature journaling workshop on Thursday, March 26th at 4pm via Stimola Live.
  • Tony DiTerlizzi will be hosting Daily Drawing sessions via Facebook Live each day at 1pm EST.
  • Kate Messner has a comprehensive collection of resources on her website, including writing prompts, read-aloud videos from many popular authors, and sneak peeks at upcoming books.
  • Dav Pilkey will be starting a new live video series in partnership with the Library of Congress beginning April 1! This series, called Dav Pilkey at Home, will update each Friday morning at 8am with read-alouds, how-to-draw demonstrations, and other original content from Dav Pilkey himself.
  • Storyline Online is a video series hosted by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation featuring favorite actors and other celebrities reading popular children’s books.
  • Story Time from Space, a project of the Global Space Education Foundation, sends children’s books to astronauts so they can record themselves reading aloud–from space! Astronauts also demonstrate science concepts from space in special Science Time videos.
  • You can find more children’s author resources in this helpful round-up from the School Library Journal!

Cooking Classes for Kids:

Online Entertainment:

Educational Online Games:

Other Children’s Literary Resources:

  • Authors Everywhere – This is a YouTube Channel created and run by children’s book writers and illustrators. On this channel, you’ll find workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, writing advice, and more. We hope that we can offer you some fun, some distraction, and a creative outlet for any feelings that might come up during this time.
  • Story Preservation Initiative – You’ll find a selection of audio stories from three master storytellers on the K-3 Storytelling Learning Lab, found at www.storypreservation.org To access click K-3 Learning Lab on blue banner. A one-time registration is required and then click on “storytellers” and listen and enjoy at no cost.
  • KidLit Tv – Explore and enjoy a collection of children’s authors and illustrators reading out loud.
  • Authors/Illustrators Sharing Resources – This is a library of resources for kids, families, teachers, and librarians to make sure that reading & learning can happen anywhere this spring. You’ll find a growing collection of resources that include everything from first-chapter and picture book read-alouds (shared with permission from publishers!) to drawing and writing mini-lessons. Be sure to check back often, as new resources will be added every day.
  • HarperKids Storytime Read Alouds – We’re HarperCollins Children’s Books and we’re all about stories that young minds never forget. Whether for preschooler, tweens or teens, we’re home to the likes of Shel Silverstein, C.S. Lewis, Maurice Sendak, Beverly Cleary, Neil Gaiman, The Berenstain Bears, Fancy Nancy, Divergent series, The Selection series, Red Queen series and many more.
  • Story Time From Space – Astronauts from the International Space Station read children’s books in outer space for children on earth to listen to. They have science videos that compliment the books.
  • International Children’s Digital Library – ICDL is a nonprofit organization that provides access to the best children’s books of their culture, and cultures around the world regardless of where they live. There are over 4,000 titles in 59 languages to choose from that you can read to your children.
  • Phone-a-Story by Denver Public Library – Call 720-865-8500 and listen to stories, songs and rhymes in English, Spanish, Amharic and Vietnamese.
  • Physics Central Comic Books – PhysicsCentral, a web site run by The American Physical Society (an organization representing 48,000 physicists), has created a series of comic books designed to get kids excited about physics.

Podcasts for Kids:

  • Grim, Grimmer, Grimmest – (60 Days Free on Pinna.fm) A wildly enchanting original podcast series from Adam Gidwitz, bestselling author of A TALE DARK AND GRIMM. Weaving in and out of a classroom full of witty grade-schoolers and a weird world full of curious creatures and mischievous foes, each episode features a Grimm fairy tale retold with a fresh and surprising flourish. Join in as the students anticipate plot twists and question the logic of these very Grimm tales.
  • Storytime Seedlings – Provided by the Santa Clara County Library District, this podcast features “books, fingerplays, rhymes, stories and songs for a screen-free storytime experience, anytime.”
  • Sesame Street Podcast – “Featuring the furry and loveable Muppets of Sesame Street. Sing songs with Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster and Grover. Learn about friendship, patience and sharing with Bert and Ernie.”
  • Circle Round – “Created and produced by parents of young children, WBUR’s Circle Round is a podcast that adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10.”
  • Story Pirates – “Story Pirates is a group of world-class actors, comedians, improvisers and musicians who adapt stories written by kids into sketch comedy and musical theater.” Great for older kids too.

Free Printable Coloring Pages:

Virtual Museum Tours: Museums world-wide offer virtual tours. Google Arts and Culture also offers “Street View” tours of many museums.

Live Streaming from Aquariums and Zoos: