For Kids from Home


Our Youth Services staff hopes that everyone is staying safe and healthy during our closure. Below you will find a variety of fun and educational digital resources that are free, so kids can keep learning from home. Keep checking back for more!

Homework Help eBooks and More Digital Media for Kids
Online Story Times Playlists & Podcasts Art & Music
Virtual Tours Health & Wellness For Teachers & Parents


Summer Stories with Miss Alia (Wednesday, August 5)
Watch on YouTube.

Rhyme Time with Miss Candace (Thursday, August 6)
Watch on YouTube.

Check out our Childrens Librarian YouTube Channel for more story times, story breaks, and other fun videos!


Our 2020 Summer Reading Program starts June 22 and ends August 15. We have programs for Pre-Readers and Kids (Grades K-5). Visit our Summer Reading page for details!
Talking about race can be challenging.
Our Anti-Racism Resource Guide contains literature and other digital resources for children, their caregivers, and educators to help promote empathy and social justice.


Homework Help

Children's Databases
Check out all of our research databases exclusively for kids. Just make sure you have your CHPL library card handy!

Mystery Science
Mystery Science has put together a fantastic selection of science lessons and experiments that can be done at home. Covering such intriguing subjects as "who invented pizza" and "why do woodpeckers peck wood," kids are sure to find the subjects engaging.


Free until August 31, 2020.
TumbleMath has the most comprehensive collection of math stories available anywhere. Ebooks are all accompanied by supplementary materials such as lesson plans, educational games, plus quizzes in order to test and track progress. TumbleMath is your one stop destination for engaging and entertaining math stories.​ Best for kids grades K-6.

World Book Online
Free for a limited time.

For a limited time only, get full access to World Book's digital learning and research sources for pre-schoolers, kids, and teenage students.

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eBooks & More

Audible Stories
Free for a limited time.
While schools are out, Audible is hosting a selection of free stories for kids of all ages. Instantly stream to your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Start listening!

Epic! Digital Library
Free 30 day trial.
Instantly access 35,000 of the best books, learning videos, quizzes & more.​

Welcome to the Harry Potter At Home hub where you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied - including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!

 

Free Comics & Graphic Novel E-Books for Children and Teens in New Jersey
Free through August 31, 2020.

In response to COVID-19 and library closures, the NJ State Library has partnered with BiblioBoard to launch a free e-book library of 172 graphic novels and comics available for children and teens in New Jersey. This limited collection includes simultaneous use e-books from leading children’s comics and graphic novel publishers and the San Jose Public Library Graphic Novel Archive from their Graphic Novel Writing Contests. No library card required and no waiting lists. If you are physically located in NJ, you're in!​

On July 30, 2020, the New Jersey State Library will also participate in the Virtual Library Comic Convention, featuring interactive sessions with leading talent. This event is free to attend. During the convention, librarians will talk about grassroots graphic novel creation and local zine publishing programs available through public libraries. More details on the online event will be released soon.

Just for Kids Video Database
Enjoy Just For Kids' streaming collection of kid-friendly and educational videos from home! From math and science-related homework help to your child's favorite televisions shows like Rolie Polie Olie, Dr. Seuss, and Sesame Street, you can be sure that your children are having fun and learning in a safe online environment that is free from ads!

LibriVox Audiobooks
Enjoy a large selection of free public domain audiobooks read aloud by volunteers from all over the world. Search by genre or subject to find appropriate tiles for younger readers.

TIME for Kids Digital Library
Free for the rest of the school year.

Families and teachers can sign up for free access to grade-specific digital editions of TIME for Kids and Your $ financial literacy magazine. Turnkey teaching tools, with worksheets and quizzes for families or teachers, available at timeforkids.com.

OverDrive, Hoopla, RBDigital, oh my!
With your CHPL library card, you have access to all of our digital collections. Download ebooks, audiobooks, comics and so much more to your smartphones, tablets, and PCs.


Free until August 31, 2020.
TumbleBookLibrary has over 1100 titles for grades K-6, and includes our unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features Graphic Novels​.

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Do you miss your favorite librarians? Well they miss you too and now you can enjoy read alouds and sing alongs with them from home every Tuesday and Thursday! Check our YouTube channel for more!

Time to Come In, Bear: A Children's Story About Social Distancing
written by Kim St. Lawrence and read by Ryan St. Lawrence

Mondays with Michelle Obama
Mondays with Michelle Obama will feature the former ​First Lady as she reads one of her favorite books at 12pm on Mondays as part of the Read Together, Be Together initiative from PBS Kids and Penguin Young Readers. Visit the PBS Kids YouTube or Facebook to livestream.​

Read Together, Be Together
Join authors like Nicola Yoon and Magic Treehouse author Mary Pope Osborne as they read picture books on Wednesdays at 3pm. Visit the program's main page for more info.​

Storyline Online
Listen to some of your favorite stories read aloud by celebrities. Super into space?
Check out Story Time from Space.

Flamingo Rampant Story Time
We've been reading one of our FR books and also a book from another author every weekday morning at 10:30am on Facebook Live. Plus we do the Drawing of the Day, show kid art from the day before, and usually have some music or a song. It's live, from the only tidy corner of the living room! Come for the stories, stay for the barely-controlled chaos! The show runs live every morning, but we keep the episodes up for a week or so in case you want it at bedtime, after nap, or somewhere else in your day.

 

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Playlists & Podcasts

Penguin Kids Playlists
Check out Penguin Kids' YouTube playlists for author videos, arts & crafts activities, illustrator demos and more!

Podcasts for Kids

  • But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids - Children record questions they'd like answers to, parents send the audio file to the show, and the team behind it group the questions into topics and answer them with the help of experts. Best for ages 6 and up.
  • Brains On - Similar to But Why, this is another radio podcast that takes kid-submitted science questions and answers them with the help of experts. Best for kids and tweens.
  • Smash, Boom, Best -This spin-off of the popular Brains On! podcast is a family-friendly debate podcast. A kid judge listens to and scores the rousing, fact-based arguments of two contestants. Best for kids and tweens.
  • Wow in the World – NPR’s podcast for kids discusses the latest news in science and technology in a way that's enjoyable for kids and informative for grown-ups. Best for all ages
  • Tumble - This podcast addresses fascinating topics by interviewing scientists about their process and discoveries. Best for kids and tweens.
  • Story Time - These 10- to 15-minute stories are a perfect way to lull your little one to sleep. Each episode contains a kid-friendly story, read by a soothing narrator Best for preschoolers and little kids.
  • The Past and the Curious Podcast – This podcast features actors performing little-known stories from history in a playful manner. Best for all ages.
  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: the Podcast – This podcast dives into the lives of the extraordinary women featured in the book series, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. Best for kids.

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Art & Music

Creativebug!
This amazing new database offers thousands of award-winning instructional video tutorials on arts and crafts that you can watch from home for free with your CHPL library card! Whether you're a beginner doodler or long-time needleworker, there is an abundance of exciting and engaging creative endeavors here for you to discover. Develop your child's art curriculum or find another artistic activity to enjoy together.

Draw Everyday with Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Learning from Home with Debbie Ridpath Ohi!
Author and illustrator Debbie Ohi has plenty of online resources for kids to enjoy at home.

  • Activities for Kids - This YouTube playlist is filled with creative art and writing challenges for young people.
  • Debbie's Doodles - Doodles, drawings, paintings, found object art, animation experiments - some with traditional media, some digital. Having fun with it all!
  • Print-ready Templates - Use these printables to practice writing and storytelling.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Learn how to draw some of your favorite Mo Willems character from the illustrator himself! Each episode features Mo Willems in his own studio, teaching you how to draw his characters and talking about his artistic process.

PBS Kids Music Games
Make music with your favorite PBS characters including Daniel Tiger, Peg and Cat, Pinkalicious and more with these fun games!

Stories at Home Project
Share your story with us for the chance to see it brought to life online by one of our goofy, talented and socially distanced team members.  
Kids of all ages can use the story sheet, free write, or draw a story picture with a description. All stories should be sent to hello@storyupphilly.com for submission. Illustrations and photos of the author are welcome. We’ll pick as many stories as we can and throw them to our team to see what they come up with to bring your story to life on video (One-person show? Puppet bonanza? Story rap? The sky's the limit!). Then we'll share your work and ours on our Facebook page, so we can all keep the creativity going.

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Virtual Tours
Visit these amazing museums and other great locations from the comfort of your own home! Explore history and watch animals on camera through these virtual tours for free.

Digital Escape Rooms

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Health & Wellness

Best Exercises and Workout Ideas to Stay Active
Check out this compilation of varied exercises and routines you can easily do from home. 

CDC Social Story for Kids: Coping After A Disaster
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created this activity book to offer parents and educators an interactive way to talk to kids about how to cope after a disaster. ​

Cosmic Kids Yoga
Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world.

Fitness Blender Kids Workout
25 minute fun workout for kids at home!

Go Noodle, I Gotta Feeling
Lively nteractive videos designed for families to follow along with at home. I Got a Feeling is a short fitness activity with upbeat music and fast moves that will get everyone’s heart pumping.

Hip Hop Public Health, Hype Break
Hip Hop Public Health is a nonprofit group that promotes positive behavior through music. Their free workout videos for families are led by professional dancers and athletes.

Joe Wicks, PE with Joe
Joe Wicks is a British fitness trainer who runs a popular series for adults on YouTube. During the pandemic, Wicks began creating upbeat 30-minute workouts for families in a series called P.E. with Joe. Videos include basic exercises, stretching, and cardio activities. New videos are posted daily so there are plenty to choose from.

New York Road Runners Club, Active at Home
The renowned New York City-based running club has developed Active at Home, a virtual platform with dozens of activities and videos to help kids and families stay healthy. Some videos include tips from professional runners and Olympic athletes, and there are also videos in Spanish.

PopSugar Fitness, Family Fun Cardio Workout
PopSugar Fitness, a site for adults, has a new workout designed for families. This very high-energy routine includes running, skipping, jumping jacks, balance activities, and some competitive challenges.

YMCA, Latin Dance Class
The YMCA created YMCA 360, a virtual platform with a plethora of fitness videos. There are high energy options, as well as yoga, dance, and Pilates classes that families can do together. The videos can be found on Facebook, YouTube, and the YMCA site. This video teaches Latin dance through upbeat music and simple moves.

Manduka Yoga, Family Yoga Class
This family yoga class guides viewers through basic poses, breathing techniques, and easy stretches. The slower pace of this video makes it ideal for those who want a more relaxed workout.

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For Teachers & Parents

Bedtime Math
Hey parents! We’re all in this together. In response to sudden demand for non-screen learning, Bedtime Math has adapted their engaging after-school math activities for kids to enjoy at home.

Dav Pilkey's Reading Superpowers!
There’s no better time to get excited about books than Dav Pilkey’s Reading Gives You Superpowers Week! This annual week of free activities is a great way to ignite the love of reading and encourage creativity. Kids can do the activities on their own, with their families, or with their teacher.
Get started by downloading the Free Activity Kit!

Bedtime Math: Fun Factor Math Activities
Free math activities to support remote learning and online classrooms. The engaging hands-on activities align with math standards for grades 3-5 and are paired with quick online training for educators. Instructions will be available every Monday and Wednesday afternoon, and learning materials and recorded webinars are posted too.

Girl Scouts at Home
Explore activities by topic or grade and stay connected to Girl Scouts around the nation and world!

Glazer Children's Museum
DIY STEAM activities to do with your kids at home including making slime and creating your own puzzles. Check out their post on tips for talking to kids about Coronavirus.

Khan Academy
A nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Narrow down courses by grade level.​

Lakeshore Learning Free Resources
Lakeshore provides tons of free learning materials such as printables, craft ideas, and flashcards. Check out their Learning at Home YouTube playlist for more learning activities and tips on managing your child's learning schedule.

Resources for Educators, Librarians, and Parents
Discussion guides, writing lessons, activities and more all available to download for free! Materials are categorized by grade level (Elementary, Middle, and High School).​ If you have any questions or need any recommendations, you can reach out to the Random House Children’s Books School and Library Marketing Team via social media or email at slmarket@prh.com​.

Talking to Children About COVID-19
Tips on how to provide factual information about Coronavirus, teach positive preventative measures, and help reduce anxiety.

Virtual School Day
Live K-12 classes. Helpful assessments. Valuable resources. All for free! Want to learn about space from an actual astronaut? Or unlock the mind with a neuroscientist, who also happens to be an award-winning actress? With their StarCourse series, you can!

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