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Resources for Families and Caregivers Sheltering in Place

Looking for something to read, watch, or do? We've got you covered! We have intentionally tried to keep these lists small, but representative of the best virtual resources out there (we know there's a lot to sift through). You can find additional resources on the Kids page under "Resources For" and on our Learning Resources page. If you know of a resource you feel should be added to this list, please email Lindsey at [email protected]

Virtual Children's Programming from BCPL

Our children's staff have been hard at work to bring you online storytimes, singalongs, mindful moments, and more! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, or visit our Virtual Programming page to spend time with Ms. Kate, Ms. Kelly, Ms. Lindsey, and Mr. Dave.

Virtual Children's Programs

Lead, Read, Succeed Story Series


Listen and VOTe for Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Awards


Live Events Around the Web

From doodling with authors to safaris with the zoo, check out these daily Facebook Live and Instagram events! (One-time events or short-term series are not included, but we may advertise them on our social media). 

Berkner Breaks with Laurie Berkner- 10am weekdays

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems - 12pm weekdays

LeVar Burton Reads - 12pm Mondays on Twitter

Storytime With Miss Polly (Viewpoint Books) - 12pm Fridays

Sing Along with Emily! - 1pm weekdays

Read Aloud with Oliver Jeffers - 2pm weekdays

Read Aloud with Mac Barnett - 3 pm weekdays

Home Safari with the Cincinnati Zoo - 3pm weekdays

Storytime with Josh Gad - every evening on Twitter

Goodnight with Dolly Parton - 7pm Thursdays

Other Read-Aloud Resources

Various websites and channels featuring read-alouds of favorite books. 

Storytime Online

KidLit TV

Audible - Kids listen for free!

Read, Wonder, and Learn

Brightly Storytime

Storytime From Space

International Children's Digital Library

Jbrary Online Resource List (their Youtube channel is also full of songs and rhymes)!

Kids Ask Authors


Activities to Try At Home

Science experiments, yoga, dance videos, and more. Enjoy!

Adventure class with Ben Fogle

Daily P.E. class with Joe Wicks (watch the archived videos; live ones air at 4 a.m. our time!)

Museum at Home with Indianapolis Children's Museum

Cosmic Kids Yoga

GoNoodle videos, games, and more

The Busy Toddler

Barefoot Books At-Home Activity Books 

Stay Home with Candlewick Press

Daily Literacy Activity Calendar - May

Mental Health Resources for Children

Resources for talking to children about COVID19 and for coping with anxiety and stress. 

Coronavirus: A Book for Children by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson & Nia Roberts, illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

COVID19 Books for Children from Children’s Advocacy Centers of Michigan (4 titles).

When Everything Opens – a response story and distance Learning during COVID-19  - FREE registration and download from Teachers Pay Teachers.

Talking to Children About the Coronavirus from the Child Mind Institute

Managing COVID-19 Anxiety (all ages) from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America