Things for Kids to Read, Listen to, and Do

Animals, Birds and Fish, oh my . . . and dancing too!

Get Up and Move

Try the KIDZ BOP Shuffle:

Watch all kinds of creatures live on WebCams:

Zoo Atlanta’s Panda Cam:

Georgia Aquarium’s Ocean Voyager: [watch for the whale shark!]

San Diego Zoo Kids
Lots of Animal Cams at this link:

This link takes you directly to the videos [look for the “Best Zoo Vine Videos of All Time”]

All About Birds:

Choose one of four places in the USA to watch eagles;

Take a virtual field trip--go to faraway places without even leaving your home!

Seattle Aquarium Virtual Field Trip on YouTube: [approximately 30 minutes]

For grades 3-6:
Nature Works Everywhere/The Nature Conservancy

Virtual Field Trip to the Deserts and Grasslands of Africa

Virtual Field Trip to China’s Great Forests [where you find Giant Pandas]

Things for Kids to Read, Listen to, and Do with Illustrators, Authors, and more--all on the Internet, any time, all day!

this just in . . . free e-books in addition to those on SORA:
Families can use Junior Library Guild to download hundreds of free e-books by going to this site:
For username type in: JLGELM
for password: JLGFREE

Activity Pages

Scholastic Learn At Home: has lots of articles for kids to read, organized by grade levels up to 6th grade. The offerings for younger kids automatically reads out loud and for older kids, look for the “Text to Speech” button on the left hand side--when you click on this, a voice will read the article to you.

For younger audiences, especially grades K-3,
PBS Kids:
For kids of all ages:
author of Lunch Lady series Jarrett J. Krosoczka:
Draw Everyday with JJK --new video every day at 2 pm but you can see it anytime!

Daily Doodles with Mo:
Mo Willems has a webcast through the Kennedy Center in NYC--but anyone can use it!! New video every day at 1 pm but you can see it anytime!

Finish This Comic
with Jarrett Lerner [looks good for older kids grades 3-6]

Authors & Reading/Listening websites

StoryLine Online offers authors and actors reading kids books out loud:

has reading & math activities for kids up to grade 3:

And if your child just feels like listening to books & stories,
StoryNory is a collection of audio:

Author Kate Messner
has many different choices here, of hearing her own books read out loud and other books too:

Mo Willem’s website
looks fun. This part of it includes the Daily Doodles as well as fun activities with Pigeon. Look for the Elephant & Piggie Dance game:

Mac Barnett is a favorite author amongst Erving kids, both for his picture books and his chapter books like The Terrible Two and Kid Spy. He reads from his own books over Instagram every day at 3 pm [but you can watch him read them anytime]:

For older kids, especially grades 4-6:
Anyone can listen anytime to local author Grace Lin’s podcast Kids Ask Authors