COVID-19 Educational Resources for Kids

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At the DeSoto Public Library, we understand that learning from home with limited outside activities can be stressful for both children and parents or caregivers. No worries--we are here to help!

Digital resources are now more important than ever. Sometimes finding meaningful online sources can be difficult to navigate. The library is proud to offer both existing and new digital enrichment programs. 

The following additional free educational resources are reviewed and recommended by the Youth Services department at the DeSoto Public Library.

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Health Information

These are specifically designed to address the COVID-19 situation from a wellness perspective.

Child-Centered

Parent-Centered

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Free Learning Resources During COVID-19

Have you already checked out the DeSoto Public Library’s digital collections through Hoopla, Kanopy, and CloudLibrary? There are more books available during this time, with many companies giving special access during this pandemic.

  • Audible audiobooks
    Free audiobooks from Audible
  • Pebblego
    Registration is required; free access through June 30, 2020
  • Abdo Books
    Elementary and secondary level resources, plus free databases
  • Gumdrop
    Interactive books; subscription required; free access through July 21, 2020
  • Big Timber Media
    Ebook collections based on grades; free access through June 30, 2020

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National Storytime Initiatives

Authors, illustrators, publishers, and even actors are realizing the importance of stories and books for children. During this time without library visits or physical books, these literary heroes are filling the gap with digital recordings of book readings and other storytime initiatives.

  • Authors Everywhere!
    A YouTube channel hosted by children’s authors making various videos
  • #StoryMarch
    A writing and drawing daily challenge for children (started by illustrators and authors)
  • Facebook--Stuck Inside
    A Facebook group of authors reading their own work
  • Storyline Online
    Videos of actors reading stories
  • Story Preservation
    This resource requires registration, but it is free anytime, and is not just limited to COVID-19
  • Storytime From Space
    Astronauts making videos of book reading and activities for children
  • Kidlit.tv
    Multimedia site for children’s literature
  • Read, Wonder, Learn
    This author’s blog has started a collection of digital sharings by other children’s authors

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Other Activities & Resources

Lesson plans, games, and educational activities will help any parent or caregiver struggling to keep young minds engaged and stimulated while not in school!

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