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E-books, E-learning, and activities for children

By webmaster - Posted on 06 April 2020

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Orca Book Publishers YouTube Channel What’s better than a video of an author reading their own book? Check this out for virtual story readings from various authors. Orca is dedicated to bringing the best possible books to young readers.

Nuttah & Kitchi: Project Protect Our People, Stay Healthy Keep-Safe Complimentary Indigenous e-book. GoodMinds is proud to showcase their NEW release! "Nuttah & Kitchi: Project Protect Our People, Stay Healthy Keep-Safe" Written by Sandra Samatte & I llustrations by Julian Grafenauer. #NuttahandKitchi A 2020 GoodMinds.com Production.

KnowBC has temporarily dropped their subscription paywall to support learners during this time of social distancing. KnowBC is the home of the Encyclopedia of BC and many other valuable resources.

Tumble Book Library is now available through all public libraries across the province. The service hosts a wide selection of children's books, graphic novels, and educational videos.

Scholastic's classroom magazine team has created a free Learning at Home hub for teachers and families offering engaging, knowledge-building learning journeys for different grade levels that can be accessed at home by kids on any device, even phones. For complete service descriptions and to access the services themselves, please use this link. As a summary, the resources include:

  • BookFlix, for Grades K-3 (Fiction, non-fiction, reading skills)
  • Shared eReading, for Grades K-3 (Digital books with reading prompts and audio, teaching plans)
  • TrueFilx, for Grades 3-5 (Science, social studies, literacy skills)
  • ScienceFlix, for Grades 4-9 (Hands-on science activities and videos)
  • Scholastic GO!, for Grades 2-12 (Searchable database with grade-classified articles on various topics)

Make: Community is presenting Maker Camp 2020, which this year is focusing mainly on projects that you can build with your kids with what you might have on-hand, already in your home.

Educode is offering free total access to all of their courses to keep students learning and engaged during the day, while this crisis works its way through its curve. Their video micro-lessons break down complex computer science concepts into fun and engaging exercises, while rich storylines provide context and motivation throughout the learning journey. Register for two months of access, with no credit card required.

The Canadian Children's Book Centre is maintaining a list of resources for parents of young readers called Read Canadian at Home, updated daily with various author readings, illustrator livestreams, fun activities, videos, printables, podcasts, teacher's guides, etc..

Harper Collins Publishers has also compiled a running list of at-home 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: At Home Resources for Kids and Families During Coronavirus 2020 includes many reading, homeschooling, and arts & culture resources. You'll also want to check out the HarperKids YouTube channel for read-alouds by children's authors and storytellers.

Neil Gaiman, famed author and comic creator, has an official site for younger readers called Mouse Circus, featuring read-alouds from the acclaimed fantasy YA novel The Graveyard Book and the children's fantasy novella Coraline.

KidLit TV, one of the American Library Association’s Great Websites For Kids, is a site dedicated to the exploration of the world of children's literature, with contributions from parents, educators, librarians, kid-lit creators, and award-winning filmmakers working together to create fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Check out their Read Out Loud Archives, where authors read you their stories, and Ready Set Draw!, where children's book illustrators teach you how to draw, too!