Library Resources From Home



Resources For Kids


Stories and Read Alouds

  • Storyline Online – Your favorite celebrities read their favorite picture books online
  • Harry Potter At Home – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter presents the first book, read chapter by chapter by the stars of the movie
  • Picture Book Read Alouds – this is made up of authors reading their own work, including a list from the Indianapolis Public Library with over 100 titles, and titles in other languages.
  • KidLit TV & Radio – Videos and podcasts of read-a-loud books
  • KidLit TV – Youtube channel with music, stories, storytime activities, and more for kids
  • Brightly Storytime – They have videos of storytimes and read alouds that highlight the words as they read
  • LB Young Readers – Little, Brown Book’s YouTube channel of author interviews and storytime with Bill
  • Harper Kids –Harper Collins YouTube channel for picture book videos and read alouds
  • Kate Messner Blog – This author and former teacher has shared a bunch of videos (includes useful links for more information about the Covid-19 virus)
  • Story Time From Space – NASA presents a storytime from the International Space Station
  • Authors Everywhere – A YouTube channel with authors sharing their books and lessons for kids
  • Indianapolis Reading Videos – 100+ free videos of authors and celebrities reading picture books

Activities and Downloads

  • Kids Soup – Free craft and activity ideas to do at home
  • We Are Teachers – Storytime videos from authors and teachers, as well as educational activities
  • Scholastic’s Learn at Home – Daily lessons that include stories and activities, separated by age and grade
  • Jarrett Lerner’s Activities Page – Learn how to make your own comic books with free, blank page print outs
  • Debbie Ridpath Ohi Channel – Author and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi give kids art challenges and reads from some of her books
  • Magic School Bus – Episodes, coloring sheets, and experiments based on the hit children’s show
  • Magic Tree House – printables and activities based on Mary Pope Osborne’s children’s series, The Magic Tree House
  • Common Sense Media – A list of online activities, printables, virtual tours, and more
  • Blank Park Zoo Activity Page – Printable activities and lessons you can do at home, organized by grade level
  • Seasame Street Caring For Each Other – videos, activities, games, and more with your favorite Seasame Street characters
  • KiwiCo – A great source of online tutorials, activities, and more, organized by age and interest
  • STEM Apps – A list of STEM related apps for kids from We Are Teachers



  • Ear Snacks – Music, stories, and educational tidbits for kids
  • Brains On! – A creative podcast for curious kids
  • Smash Boom Best – A debate podcast for kids (Ex: Unicorns vs. Dragons)
  • Noodle Loaf – Funny music and stories for all ages
  • Stories Podcast – Stories for older kids
  • Story Pirates – A group of actors, comedians, and musicians adapt stories written by kids into a comedy show


Science Shows

  • SciShow Kids– Jessi and her rat robot, Squeaks, teach elementary school kids about science
  • Generation Genius – Dr. Jeff Vinokur teaches kids about science in a fun, high-energy show available online
  • TED-Ed – Educational animations based on the TED talks
  • OK Go Sandbox – Videos and lesson plans showing the science behind the band’s music videos


Virtual Reality Tours


NEW! (4/2021) Road Trip from Home: Virtual Field Trips



  • TED-Ed Animation – About how viruses spread, in terms of the HINI epidemic
  • NPR Comic Book – Made for kids to explain the virus in comic format



Online Games

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