Virtual Read Alouds 📚 and Arts/Crafts 🎨

A collection of online story times, writing and drawing lessons, and art activities. Please check back as we add new resources.

The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds & Activities 📚🎨: A list of over 50 virtual author activities compiled by WeAreTeachers educational resource site.

Draw Every Day with JJK 🎨: Children’s book author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka has drawing lessons for all ages on his YouTube channel. Krosoczka is known for Punk Farm, Hey Kiddo, the Lunch Lady series, and the Jedi Academy series.

Grace Lin 📚🎨: Newbery Honor winning children’s book author and illustrator (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and A Big Mooncake for Little Star) posts read alouds and art lessons to her YouTube.

Hopewell Valley Arts Council Daily Dose of Art 🎨: ideas for small art projects with minimal supplies from home to take your mind to another place (and entertain bored kids).

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems! 🎨: Author and Illustrator of the Elephant and Piggie series, has a 17-episode daily doodles series through the Kennedy Center, where he is artist-in-residence.

Kate Messner’s Resources for Learning Collection 📚🎨: Author Kate Messner has collected a list of “learning-at-home” resources from authors and illustrators that includes read alouds, writing and drawing lessons, and research links, “all free & copyright friendly!” she tweeted.

The Red Umbrella Princeton 📚🎨: The Red Umbrella promotes children’s literacy by providing free storytelling, free books and free arts and crafts to children and their families.

Stimola Literary Studio 📚🎨: Stimola Literary Studio, representing kid lit and YA authors and illustrators. Stimola Live is a YouTube channel to see authors and illustrators live. Their videos are a compilation of behind the scene looks at books from the makers themselves as well live stream events.

Storyline Online 📚: The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.