Highlights of the Day

5.8.20
Audubon for Kids

This page aims to bring together activities from across Audubon’s national network of environmental educators, including the classroom curriculum Audubon Adventures, plus related DIY activities and content from Audubon’s editors. These activities can be done at home or in a yard or park, sometimes with the help of a computer.

5.5.20
Maine Student Book Award Book Trailers

Click here or on the photo above to check out ALL of the available book trailers for books on the Maine Student Book Award list for 2020-2021!

5.1.20
Online Astronomy & Space Resources from Emera Astronomy Center

While you are home and looking for one more thing to help with homeschooling or to entertain yourself or the family, the Emera Astronomy Center at the University of Maine has put together a list of some of their favorite online resources for exploring and learning about this incredible Universe that we are a part of. Select one of the links on their site to see resources for the whole family, children in elementary school, or middle/high schoolers. This is not an exhaustive list, but some of the sources they use at their center.

4.29.20
Kids Comics from Author/Illustrator Jarrett Lerner

4.28.20
Magic Tree House Home Adventures

Join Jack and Annie on exciting adventures—come face to face with animals in strange lands, do battle with warriors across time, get swept up by nature’s force, and win big alongside famous sports heroes—all from the comfort of your home!

Each week, Magic Tree House Home Adventures will feature videos from Mary Pope Osborne, activities, craft ideas, themed recipes, reading challenges, cross-curricular lessons, Family Trivia Night game ideas, fun surprises, and much more! Visit the website HERE.

4.27.20
Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman offers words of hope amid pandemic

4.22.20
Jarrett Lerner’s Earth Day Activities!

Check out this link for some great Earth Day activities created by library pal, author/illustrator, Jarrett Lerner!  Be sure to check his other fun, creative activities on his website at www.JarrettLerner.com!

4.21.20
Barefoot Books Activities

Check out what activities they have scheduled over at Barefoot Books, along with some free at-home downloadable activity kits! Click here or on the image above!

4.17.20
Coronavirus: A Book for Children

Click here or the book cover above to view the book. This informative and accessible guide for young readers defines the coronavirus, explains why everyday routines have been disrupted, and lays out how everyone can do their part to help. With child-appropriate answers and explanations, the book addresses key questions, like: How do you catch coronavirus and what happens if you have it? Why are people so worried about it? Is there a cure? Why do we have to stay home? What can I do to help? And what happens next?

4.13.20
DIY Pop-Up Blue Mouse from artist Joan Irvine

4.10.20
Make a Gratitude Paper Chain

Time can seem to go very fast and we forget the little things that make us happy. This activity can help you be mindful of all the things that you are grateful for.

4.9.20
International Unicorn Day

Head over to Unicorns Read, Too to check out all the great author readings and activities they’ve got, and check out our Facebook too for all things unicorn!

4.6.20
Chewonki@Home

From the Chewonki@Home resource page, you can find lesson plans, projects, videos, and more to help with nature-based remote learning!

4.2.20
Dav Pilkey, The Author of Captain Underpants is Giving Free Drawing Lessons and Readings

Pilkey plans to release an original video lesson every Friday, starting April 3, at 8 am Eastern. The lessons feature things like how to create and draw your own characters. Pilkey may even act out some scenes from his popular books, which promises to delight young and older viewers alike.

The creator of ‘Captain Underpants’ is offering these free lessons in partnership with the Library of Congress and Scholastic. That means you’ll find all videos on both the Library of Congress and Scholastic websites, as well as their social media channels.

4.1.20
National Poetry Month
with Reading Rockets

April is National Poetry Month, 30 days of celebrating the joy, expressiveness, and pure delight of poetry. Learn more about the National Poetry Month, get to know some of our most well-loved children’s poets in our video interview series, browse the many online resources listed here on the Reading Rockets website!

3.31.20
Daily Doodle Pages

Head over to the Daily Doodle Pages Facebook to let your imagination run wild with some great drawing prompts, created by one of our very own SPPL Librarians! No printer? No problem, just open them in your favorite drawing app and draw digitally!

3.30.20
Librarian Bookends Author, Illustrator, Celebrity Read-Alouds

3.26.20
Audobon for Kids!

This page aims to bring together activities from across Audubon’s national network of environmental educators, including the classroom curriculum Audubon Adventures, plus related DIY activities and content from Audubon’s editors. These activities can be done at home or in a yard or park, sometimes with the help of a computer.

3.25.20
I’M BORED read-aloud by Michael Ian Black, art demo by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi created this video especially for families and young readers who have been affected by the current school closures and quarantines. Thanks to Simon & Schuster Children’s for giving permission to do this cover-to-cover read-aloud of the book.

3.24.20
Kids Ask Authors

Kids Ask Authors is a weekly 5-10 minute podcast where children’s book author/illustrator Grace Lin and a guest author answer one question from a child reader. Most episodes will end with a book review, poem, short story or a joke by kids!

3.22.20
National Sing Out Day

Belt out some songs and move some of the stress we’re all feeling! Maybe create your own song and sing that out? And, hey, you can get up and dance, too!

What song makes you happy?

3.20.20
World Story Telling Day

What a wonderful time to share stories with each other! Share family stories, legends, or use your beautiful imagination and create your own! Perhaps you will write and/or draw your story? Make a book? Record your stories? The possibilities are endless!