Upcoming *Online* Events
Wednesday, June 10, 3-4 PM – Let’s talk graphic novels! Join Miss Jess on Zoom on Wednesday, June 10th at 3 pm to chat about what graphic novels you’ve been reading, and what you want to read next! Ages 7-12.
Bring a few pieces of paper and a drawing utensil to participate in a fun activity!
- Life’s Little Lessons from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on PBS Kids
- Firetruck vs Dragon by Chris Barton – coloring sheets and more!
See below for a list of all the at-home resources we have compiled so far, and check back regularly for updates, we are frequently adding new things!
Highlight of the Day
May – Mental Health Awareness Month
- NAMI – Mental Health Month
- CEMS Mental Health Initiative
- 12 Kid-Approved Middle Grade Books That Tackle Mental Health
- Calming Sequence – Yoga for Kids
- DIY Glitter Jar
- How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus – PBS Kids
- Kira Willey
- How to talk to children about the coronavirus
- Mr. Rogers and Talking to Kids
- Talking with Children about Coronavirus from the Fred Rogers Center
- Time to Come In, Bear: A Children’s Story About Social Distancing
Picture books dealing with emotions:
- Maybe Tomorrow? by Charlotte Agell and Ana Ramirez
- I’m Bored, I’m Sad, I’m Worried all by Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi
- The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld
- The Breaking News by Sarah Lynne Reul
- After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat
May – Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
- MAY IS ASIAN & PACIFIC ISLANDER AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH (above photo)
- Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Book Recommendations
- 20 Asian Pacific American Picture Books and Children’s Comics
- Asian Pacific American Book List
- Asian Pacific Heritage: Booklists
- 27 Books to Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
- Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Theme of the Year
Happy 200th Birthday, Maine!
Learn more about some of Maine’s own KidLit creators!
- 30 Books for 30 Days of Ramadan
- The Center for Grieving Children
- Caring for Each Other – Sesame Street
- Unicorn Doodle Page
- Art by Kids on One Big Fridge – Instagram
- Bunny crafts with author/illustrator, Faith Pray
- CAMP COVID: The Week in STEM! – Anna Crowley Redding
- British Library Makes “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” Exhibit Available Online For Free
- #DrawTogether with Wendy Mac
- Ellie Peterson – Children’s Author & Illustrator
- International Treasure Dolly Parton Will Now Read Us Bedtime Stories
- It’s Judy Moody’s birthday, April 1st!
- Children’s Museum & Theater of Maine
- South Portland Fire Department Virtual Firehouse Tour
- Ben Clanton’s Squiggles and Scribbles
- Greg Pizzoli’s Standby Book Club – books, drawing demos, fan mail, Q&A
- Elly MacKay – fun activities!
- Unite For Literacy has many stories read aloud in multiple languages compiled here
- The Children’s Book Council
- Free E-Books from Junior Library Guild for 90 days
- Springtime story with local author Liza Gardner Walsh
- Read-alouds, drawing and writing mini-lessons, and more compiled by author Kate Messner
- Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s “Broken Crayon Art” project
- Drawing & writing prompts for kids from Jarrett Lerner
- Author Deborah Freedman with read-alouds on her Instagram Stories @freedmanillustrates
- Emily Arrow – Check out her weekday YouTube vidoes!
- Author Jarrett Krosoczka – writing & drawing prompts, plus more
- Curious City – Children’s Book Engagement Tools
- Librarian Bookends – All Things Books: Resource Support for All
- Kind Kids Music
- Rosetta Stone for Students – FREE for the next 3 months
- Weather.gov Educational Resources
- Portland Ovations
- Boston Children’s Museum