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Families at Home Resources

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Listed below are a variety of free digital resources that I hope may be helpful. Feel free to e-mail the Children's and Young Adult Librarian Julieanne Randolph at if you would like to add a suggestion. This is a growing resource and is by no means exhaustive.

Free Meals

Bagged breakfast and lunch will be provided for all Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy and Willow Creek Academy families.  Meals are available for pickup at the Bayside MLK campus Monday through Friday from 10:30 AM until 12 noon for the duration of the school closure.

The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank is currently offering weekly distributions of food for pick up on Wednesdays at the Bayside MLK campus from 10:30 AM to 12 noon.

Digital Story Times and Read Alouds by Authors, Illustrators, and Celebrities

Watch Ivy and Bean illustrator Sophie Blackall read from Annie Barrow’s One Big Happy Family (Ivy and Bean book #11). Sophie Blackall is also doing readings and Q&As on her YouTube Channel.

Author and illustrator Grace Lin is offering drawing lessons and reading from some of her books on her YouTube channel.

Tune in to Greg Pizzoli’s Instagram to watch him read one of his stories every weekday at 8 AM PDT.

Children's musician Emily Arrow is doing live story times on her YouTube channel. These include stories and songs and occur daily at 10 AM PDT.

Oliver Jeffers is reading a book each day at 11 AM PDT on his Instagram.

Join author Mac Barnett’s book club every weekday at 12 noon PDT. Consider taking on Mac’s challenge of wearing a hat each day! 

Peter Reynolds is reading and drawing every weekday at 12 noon PDT on his Facebook page.

Author and illustrator Grace Lin is offering drawing lessons and reading from some of her books on her YouTube channel.

Actresses Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams have started the Save with Stories campaign. Partnering with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry, Save with Stories is offering free story times on Instagram. Watch as celebrities share read alouds of picture books. The read alouds are free to watch and any donations go to Save the Children and No Kid Hungry, to ensure that children have access to school supplies and nutritious meals during this time.

Check out the archives of Storytime from Space, where astronauts read aloud from children's books.

Learn about children's book author and illustrator K-Fai Steele, hear her read from her debut picture book A Normal Pig, and participate in a drawing workshop.

There are also compilations of Children’s book authors and illustrators reading from their books, talking about their process, and sharing resources. Author and educator Kate Messner has compiled a page with these resources. The YouTube channel Authors Everywhere also has a great archive of author and illustrator footage. 

Drawing Lessons & Craft Activities

Join Graphic Novelist Jarret Krosoczka on YouTube each day for live drawing tutorials. 

Watch Mo Willems do a lunch-time doodle each day. 

Join illustrator Wendy Mac for a drawing lesson every week day at 10 AM PDT. 

Ben Clanton is doing various Facebook Live events, including drawing lessons. 

Sarah Jane, the illustrator of the Lola Dutch series is sending out a free video and art printable each day. You can sign up from her website to get the materials directly to your email. 

Art for Kids Hub has amazing art tutorials on their YouTube channel. 

Carson Ellis, illustrator of The Wildwood Chronicles and The Shortest Day, is hosting a digital Quarantine Art Club on her Instagram. 

Interested in hand lettering? Author and artist Andrea Pippins is hosting hand lettering and drawing prompts on her Instagram Tuesdays through Thursdays at 11 AM PDT.

KiwiCo is currently sharing free educational resources and craft activities on their website for children of all ages. There is also a Daily STEAM DIY activity. 

Resources for Talking with Children about the Coronavirus

Elise Gravel has a wonderful comic that may be helpful in talking with children about Coronavirus. Gravel also offers free coloring pages

Check out this amazing zine about the Coronavirus

Author and illustrator Dan Santat has created an online program that he is calling the Santat Online Survival School for the Pandemic. This online survival school is updated daily and available to download from Dropbox. So far, Santat has covered topics such as quarantine, rationing, and virus. Each topic has assignments, challenges, and badges. His contributions are very thoughtful (did you know he has a Microbiology degree?!) 

Typing and Coding Programs

Typing Club has a free online typing program

Studio Code offers a free coding program

Movement and Mindfulness

In need of movement and mindfulness? Check out Cosmic Kids Yoga

A familiar resource to many of our K-5 children, GoNoodle offers movement and brain breaks on their YouTube channel. 

Digital Field Trips

The Cincinnati Zoo is offering an at-home safari. Available daily on their Facebook at 12 PDT. 

The California State Parks are offering a variety of home learning programs. Visit the website to sign up for a live Zoom session. Recorded broadcasts will be saved and shared to YouTube at a later date.

Check out the California Academy of Sciences animal webcams and lesson plans.

Distance Learning Resources

Join New York Times bestselling author Kelly Yang on Instagram every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 12 noon PDT for free writing classes for teens.

Teens can participate in daily writing prompts inspired by articles in the New York Times

BrainPOP is extending free access to anyone impacted by the Coronavirus and school closures. BrainPOP covers a variety of subjects and is targeted at students in grades K-12.

KQED Plus is offering educational programming that will be broadcast on air. Check the schedule for further information re: specific times and targeted age groups. KQED also offers free digital learning activities for at-home use

Scholastic Learn At Home is offering four lessons each day for children in PreK through 9th grade.

Khan Academy offers instructional videos and practice exercises on a variety of topics, including math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.

Wonderopolis® , an offering of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), is a free online learning platform. Wonderopolis invites users to explore questions about the world around us.

The Crash Course YouTube Channel is an awesome educational resource started by authors John and Hank Green. Explore past courses on physics, philosophy, games, economics, U.S. government and politics, astronomy, anatomy & physiology, world history, biology, literature, ecology, chemistry, psychology, and U.S. history. Great for highschoolers! 

For anyone in need of test preparation resources, there are free Advanced Placement Test Preparation and SAT and ACT preparation  resources available.


The Story Seeds podcast offers opportunities for authors to partner with real-world children to write and perform stories. Be sure to check out Jason Reynold's episode!

 The Stories podcast features original stories, as well as retellings of classic children's stories and fairy tales.