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Creativity Matters- Free Resources from Authors and Illustrators While You are at Home!

March 17, 2020

We know parents and teachers are working with their kids at home for the next few weeks, so we wanted to compile some great resources we've seen shared by famous authors and illustrators. A lot of these creators are doing live events to help all of us with keeping our kids learning and loving literacy, music, and making. We will keep posting new ideas for parents and teachers everyday so check back often! We are in this together.  

Doll E 1.0 and Makey Makey

One of our favorite making and literacy activities is to read Doll-E 1.0 by Shanda McCloskey and then make your own talking robot or doll with Scratch and everyday stuff. If you haven't read it, you can hear Shanda read it from one of our most recent webinars.

Plus, here is a great guide for making your creation and coding it with Scratch!

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Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Fan of Piggie and Gerald? Just yesterday Mo Willems launched a new lunch time doodles show to help connect us when isolated at home. Check out his videos on the Kennedy Center site. New shows are posted each weekday at 1 ET! 

Storyline Online

Storyline online has actors reading favorite pictures and every picture book even has a teacher guide to go with it! Each book seems to have writing activities and making activities. This is a great place to have some of your kid's favorite books read to you and then there are great activities to accompany them!

Josh Funk Livestreaming and Activities

Josh Funk is livestreaming some of his books and has free activities and guides for parents on his webpage. 

Jarrett J. Krosoczka Draw Everyday 

Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author and illustrator of the Jedi Academy is doing live drawing workshops everyday! Find out more on his Facebook or his Youtube channel. 

At Home with Emily Arrow

Sing fun songs after reading a great picture book with Emily! Emily is live streaming "moments of music, stories, and mindfulness for all ages."


Dan Santat Online Survival School

Author and Illustrator Dan Santat has a great sense of humor, we aren't sure what content he'll be offering up here, but I bet it will help bring some comic relief to your new daily routine!


Find even more books, online stortyimes, etc. with this googledoc created by author Julie Falatko: Kid Lit Online Schedule 

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