PBS

PBS.org shares information to help you talk to your kids about Coronavirus. The article includes links to videos of different characters like Daniel Tiger, Curious George, and Elmo showing how to practice healthy habits, like washing your hands and catching your coughs.

Healthy Children

HealthyChildren.org gives more information about COVID-19 and outlines the best ways to talk to children about the virus.

National Association of School Psychologists

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) released a handout to share the best ways to inform children about COVID-19. This page also includes links to additional resources for dealing with broaching the subject of COVID-19 with children.

Explaining Social Distancing to Kids

KiwiCo created a video to explain why social distancing is so important during this time.

Jasper & Tabatha Play a Trick on the Coronas - Children's Book

Jasper & Tabatha Play a Trick on the Coronas  is a children's book written by a doctor that gives a simple explanition of the virus and describes how children can help fight it.

Coronavirus: A Book for Children

Coronavirus: A Book for Children by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson, and Nia Roberts - With great illustrations by Alex Scheffler, this book simply explains how the virus spreads and how children can deal with the unknow.

Sesame Street Caring for Each Other

Sesame Street Caring for Each Other  is here to support you during the COVID-19 health crisis, as families everywhere are creating a "for now normal. Their resources aren’t prescriptions you have to follow—just ideas to help your family find ways to breathe, laugh, and play together.

Nick Helps

Nick Helps from Nichelodeon helps families stay active, healthy and entertained while staying at home.

The Wiggles: Social Distancing

The Wiggles: Social Diatancing is a catchy song to help explain the concept of social distancing to children.

Comics for Good

Comics for Good aims to public weekly comics with fctual information about COVID 19.

Death is Stupid - Downloadable Book

Death is stupid, by Anastasia Higginbotham, is available to download for free for a limited time from the publisher, Dottir Press. 

Bernards Township Library's YouTube

Our YouTube account features storytimes from your favorites! Read and sing along with Miss Ellen, Miss Debbie, Miss Debbie, and Miss Anne!

Read-alouds / Draw alongs with Authors and Illustrators!

PBS Kids- PBS kids offers read-alongs with several celebrities and is updated at least once a week.

Dav Pilkey- Dav Pilkey at home- Get creative and have fun with some of your favorite characters from Dog Man and Captain Underpants! Check back every Friday at 8:00 am to discover new activities, exciting videos, and so much more!

Dolly Parton- #ReadAlong with Dolly and YouTube Kids

Greg Pizzoli- reads during his "Standby Book Club" weekdays at 11 pm.

James Dean- reads various Pete the Cat stories weekdays at 12 pm.

Tara Lazar- live readings weekdays at 12 pm.

Peter Reynolds- live readings weekdays at 12 pm. 

Mo Willems- Lunch Time Doodle's with the Kennedy Center's Artist-in-Residence, weekdays at 1 pm.

Dan Gutman- "My Weird Read-a-Loud" weekdays at 2 pm.

Jarrett Krosoczka- watch all of the "Draw with Jarrett" videos on YouTube.

Ben Clanton- draw along with Miximal Mondays, Mondays at 9:30 am, and see previously recorded storytimes on Ben's Facebook page.

Mac Barnett- offers read-alouds and drawalongs on Instagram stories.

Miss Jolie- kids music, movement and mindfulness.

Songs for Seeds- singalongs and musical playalongs

Little Brown Library- offers draw alongs and read a longs with popular children's book author/illustrators Ame Dyckman and Patrick McDonnell.

Storyline Online- home to many videos of celebrities reading favorite children's books

Stimola Live

Stimola Live is a website of live stream events for kids, tweens, and teens by professional authors and illustrators Stimola Literary Studio. 

Story Time From Space

Story Time From Space offers videos of astronauts up in space reading stories to kids down here on Earth!

KidLit TV

Kidlit TV - Explore the world of children's literature with author interview, video read-a-longs and much more.

International Children's Digital Library

International Children's Digital Library - Free online children's books from around the world in many languages for ages 3 to 13.

Animal Cams

Many zoos and aquariums offer live feeds of their animals! Check out: 

 

Boston Children's Museum

Tour three floors of the Boston Children's Museum!

Brookfield Zoo

The Brookfield Zoo in Chicago hosts a Facebook Live event, Bring the Zoo to You, every weekday at 11! The feature a different animal every day and offer a live Q&A at the end of the video.

Great Wall of China

Take a virtual tour of the Great Wall of China! This field trip offers great 360 views as you 'walk' along the wall.

Johnson Space Center

Boeing and Discovery Education offer a virtual field trip to the Johnson Space Center! In this field trip, kids will learn some history of space travel, then hear from Boeing employees working to create a new spacecraft. 

The Louvre

The Louvre museum in Paris, France offers virtual access to many art exhibits.

Mars

Explore the real surface of Mars! Ride along with the Curiosity Rover and get 360 degree views of Mars.

Cape May County Zoo

NJ's own Cape May County Zoo is bring the zoo to you weekdays at 11:30 am with Virtual Zoo School. A different animal will be featured every day and a different challenge will be issued to at home viewers!

Yellowstone National Park

The National Park Service offers virtual tours of different attractions in Yellowstone National Park (spread throughout Idaho, Wyoming and Montana), including Mammoth Hot Springs, Mud Volcano, the Upper Geyser Basin, and more!

NASA Glenn Research Center

Get an inside look at the NASA Glenn Research Center! You can tour different labratories, wind tunnels, and rocket hangars.

Egyptian Pyramids

Digital Giza gives you access to the largest collection of information, media, and research materials ever assembled about the Pyramids and related sites on Egypt’s Giza Plateau.

Apps
  • The Cat in the Hat Builds That- Based on the PBS KIDS series, “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That,” this app introduces pre-k kids to science inquiry and engineering (STEM) concepts through games tailored to their learning progress.
  • Fish School- A playful underwater experience filled with 8 educational activities, this award-winning app teaches children letters, numbers, shapes and colors with colorful fish and friendly sea life characters. Ages 2-5.
  • Khan Academy Kids- Inspire a lifetime of learning and discovery with our free, fun educational program for children ages two to seven.
  • Play and Learn Science- The Play and Learn Science app contains a suite of educational kids games from PBS KIDS designed to encourage early science learning!
  • PBS KIDS Games- The PBS KIDS Games app has over 100 free learning games with your favorite PBS KIDS characters. Kids can play anytime, anywhere!
  • PBS KIDS ScratchJr- With PBS KIDS ScratchJr, kids can create their own interactive stories and games featuring their favorite PBS KIDS characters. The storytelling possibilities are endless with this creative coding app for children ages 5-8.
  • ScratchJr- Coding is the new literacy! With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer.
  • Seek by iNaturalists- Get outside and explore the nature around you! Use this free app to identify plants and animals in your neighborhood (while social distancing)!
  • States of Matter by Tinybop- Experiment with solids, liquids, and gasses from the safety of your own tablet!

 

Podcasts
  • But Why- But Why is a show led by you, kids! You ask the questions and we find the answers. It’s a big interesting world out there. On But Why, we tackle topics large and small, about nature, words, even the end of the world.
  • Ear Snacks- A musical podcast for kids about the world.
  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls- Based on the bestselling series, each episode delves further into the lives of women from the books, encouraging young listeners to ask questions and explore their interests.
  • Kids Ask Authors- Kids Ask Authors 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! 
  • Kids Listen- Listen and learn about science, history, animals, music, and language, and then make that learning active with hands-on projects and activities.
  • Kidz Nuz- Five minutes of today’s top stories, current events, politics, science, entertainment, sports and more — all nonpartisan and age-appropriate.
  • Little Brown Library- Booktalks and and interviews with popular children's book authors, like Grace Lin and Peter Brown.
  • The Past and the Curious- this amusing podcast features people telling interesting, little-known stories from history with an emphasis on fun and humor. 
  • Story Time- Do your children like listening to a story? Story Time has lots of great stories for everyone to listen to. Each story is usually less than 20 minutes long, hopefully just long enough to keep your toddler, preschoolers, and little ones engaged. Story Time is a free fortnightly audiobook podcast for children ages 2-13.
Free Access to Comics and Graphic Novels for NJ Kids

In response to COVID-19 and library closures, the NJ State Library has partnered with BiblioBoard to launch a free e-book library of 172 graphic novels and comics available for children and teens in New Jersey. This collection uses geolocation to provide access to any youth physically located in the state of New Jersey. The library includes a limited collection of e-books from leading children’s comics and graphic novel publishers. 

The Ickabog

JK Rowling presents her newest work: The Ickabog! The Ickabog will be published for free on this website, in instalments, a chapter (or two, or three), at a time. It isn’t Harry Potter and it doesn’t include magic. This is an entirely different story that JK Rowling wrote for her children years ago and has decided to share with the public!

STEAM Activities

Liberty Science Center has an "in the house" section of their website with ideas for trying at-home experiments, animal live cams, and inspirational links!

Paper Planes- How to make 5 easy paper planes.

Fizzing Colors! A Baking Soda experiment

DIY Cloud Dough

Rainbow Soap Foam

Erupting Apple

How Clouds Make Rain

Salt Volcano in a Jar

Fireworks in a Jar

Multiple Activities via Tinkerlab.com

Go Noodle

Go Noodle offers hundreds of at-home activities, including how-to videos for anything from drawing to cooking to making slime! There are also many videos to get you up and moving!

Tynker

Tynker is offering free coding lessons while schools are closed!

ABCya

ABCya offers learning games for children.

PBS

Make music with some of your favorite characters at PBSkids.org!

Jumpin' Jamie!

Jumpin' Jamie! - Fun and educational music videos from our friend, Jumpin' Jamie!

ESL at Home

ESL at Home - Links to activities in 20 languages for students in grades K through 8.  They require only paper and pencil, and some materials that can be found around the house. 

Teach Your Monster to Read

Teach Your Monster to Read - The ground breaking game that makes learning to read fun!

National Geographic

National Geographic Young Explorer - Read issues of National Geographic's Scout and Voyager editions online.

Coloring Pages!

Coloring Book- Print out individual coloring pages- or the entire book! The book contains art by 23 celebrated illustrators, in honor of Children's Book Week.

Harry Potter at Home

Harry Potter at Home- Here you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied - including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!

At-Home Activities from Glazer Children's Museum

Glazer Children's Museum has a list of fun things to do at home, including tips on making the best forts, ice cream in a bag, and making a rubber band car!

Turn it out with Tiler

Tiler Peck, Prima Ballerina who's been a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet for over a decade, teaches ballet classes on Instagram Live every weekday at 1 p.m. ET.

Drawing for Kids with Lisa Condon

Drawing for Kids with Lisa Condon  is 5 part video series that helps children understand the basic aspects of drawing with plenty of fun activities.

Cooking with Kids

Cooking with Kids - How-to videos educate and empower children and families to make heathy food through hands-on learning with fresh, affordable food.

Scholastic Learn at Home

This free website  provides PreK-9+ students with 20* days’ worth of exciting learning journeys.

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

The following digital programs are available for Free from Scholastic, now through June 30, 2020. They all use the same login information:

Username - Learning20   Password: Clifford

BookFlix (PreK-3) BooKFlix provides a fun way for early readers to engage with delightful stories and interesting nonfiction ebooks.

Watch & Learn Library (Prek – 3) Builds learning excitement with real-world videos in English and Spanish.

TrueFlix (Grades 3+) Helps students build science and social studies knowledge in an engaging way.

ScienceFlix (Grades 5+) Gets students excited about all sciences with exciting articles, videos, and project

Capstone & PebbleGo Remote Learning

For the two resources listed below use the username "engaged" and the password "learning"

PebbleGo (grades K-3) - Packed with informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy supports for students of all abilities.

PebbleGoNext (grades 3-5)  Helps students in Grades 3-5 learn about key concepts related to Social Studies, Biographies, Science, States, and American Indians. 

For the resource listed below use the username "continue" and the password "reading"

My Capstone Library - E-books on numerious topics for grades K to 6.

Big Timber Distance Learning Collections

Big TImber Media is offering free access to a variety of eBooks through June 30.

Pre-K to Grade 2 Collection

Grades 3-5 Collection

Grades 6-8 Collection

 

#ScratchAtHome

#ScratchAtHome provides children, families, and educators with ideas for engaging in creative learning activities using the free Scratch coding environment. This page will be updated weekly with new activities!

Khan Academy

Khan Academy Kids Over the past few months, Khan Academy has created remote learning resources to support parents, families, and teachers during school closures. These resources include a new Khan Academy Kids YouTube channel with Circle Time videosparent webinars, launching new Teacher Tools, and more.

Week 1- Animate Your Name

This week, we’re challenging you to get coding and create a Scratch project. With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations, and share your creations with others in the online community. It’s easy- and free!

Follow this step-by-step tutorial to animate your name. You’ll learn how to make each letter change colors, move around the screen, and more! If you’d like to share your finished projects with us, email them to ber-childrens@mainlib.com. We’d love to see your creations!

Week 2- Imagine a World

We’re back with another Scratch coding challenge! With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. It’s easy- and free!

This week, let your imaginations run wild with the project “Imagine a World”. Follow this link and click on the “Imagine a World” block. What will you create? If you’d like to share your finished projects with us, email them to ber-childrens@mainlib.org. We’d love to see your creations! 

Week 3- Animate a Pet

We’re back with another Scratch coding challenge! This week, create an interactive pet that can eat, drink, and play! Follow along with this step-by-step guide to create a pet, make it move, and make it react when you feed it a snack or water! Share your project with us at ber-childrens@mainlib.org- we’ll also feature your projects on our website!

Week 4- Code a Cartoon

Are you ready for our new coding challenge? This week, you’ll bring characters to life by coding your own animation with the “Code a Cartoon” tutorial. Make your characters talk, jump, fly, or anything else you can imagine. Share your project with us at ber-childrens@mainlib.org and we’ll feature them on our website!

Week 5- Make a Game!

We’re back with another Scratch challenge! This week, you’ll make your own video game! Follow this link and choose a game tutorial- Pong game, Chase game, or Click game. You get to decide the rules, points, and how to win! Share your project with us at ber-childrens@mainlib.org and we’ll feature them on our website!

Week 6- Make Music!

For our week 6 Coding Challenge, we challenge you to make some music! Find the Make Music tutorial here. For an added challenge, create a band of Sprites with different instruments!

Week 7- Animate a Greeting Card

It's a great time to let someone know you're thinking of them! Use what you’ve learned over the past few weeks to make an animated greeting card. See some examples here. Share your project with us at ber-childrens@mainlib.org and we’ll feature them on our website!

Week 8- Comedy Challenge

Calling all comedians, jokesters, and hilarious Scratchers: this week's Coding Challenge theme is for you. Create a silly comedy project! Use this project for inspiration, then create your own. Share your project with us at ber-childrens@mainlib.org.

Week 9- Celebrate Best Friends Day!

June 8th is Best Friends Day! To celebrate, make a Scratch project for your best friend- an animated card, a cartoon, or whatever you think will make your best friend smile! Share your project with us at ber-childrens@mainlib.org.

Week 10- Bring a Book to Life!

Bring your favorite book to life with Scratch! Animate your favorite scene, record dialogue between characters, or anything else you can imagine! Share your project with us at ber-childrens@mainlib.org.

Week 11- Catch Game!

Make a game where your sprite catches things falling from the sky! Follow along here, or try it on your own! Share your project with us at ber-childrens@mainlib.org.

Week 13- Fireworks!

Celebrate July 4th by making virtual fireworks! Check out these projects for some inspiration. Share your project with us at ber-childrens@mainlib.org.