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Virtual Learning: Events for Monday, March 16th

Authors, illustrators, scientists, and others are stepping in as students around the world face school closures. Each day, I'm sharing a newsletter with a list of live-streams for students, as well as other resources. Please feel free to share this list with other educators and families. They can sign up to receive the list in their inboxes by clicking here.

The knowledge that many students are unable to view these resources due to inequity of access is heavy on my heart. Each day, I'll also feature one organization working to support the basic needs of children during these unprecedented times. Today's organization is First Book. First Book is working to deliver 6 million books to students who wouldn't have them otherwise, as well as provide children with basic hygiene supplies. You can support the organization's work by donating here.

Today's Virtual Learning Events
Noon EDT: Daily Read Alouds + Q&A with Author Tara Lazar

Tara Lazar, kid lit author, will be sharing a daily read aloud and talking about writing at noon EDT on her Youtube channel. Families can email with questions for Tara to answer live on each broadcast.
Noon EDT: Robot Art with Cassie Stephens

Artist Cassie Stephens is hosting Robot Week to engage students in drawing and creating while they are out of school. More details for the week's plans are available on Cassie's blog, and you can find the live art lesson on her Facebook or Instagram.
1 p.m. EDT: Daily Notebooking Videos with Poet Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

Poet Amy Ludwig VanDerwater (author of Read, Read, Read! and Write, Write, Write!, as well as hundreds of poems on The Poem Farm) will be sharing daily notebooking videos on her Sharing Our Notebooks website and should be available by 1 p.m. EDT each day.

p.m. EDT: Skype a Scientist: Animal Communication with Angela Freeman

Angela Freeman is a scientist who studies how animals communicate. Right now, she works with giant rats that can sniff out explosives – but she works to understand how they tell each other they are ready to mate. How do giant rats find love? For more information, visit the Skype a Scientist web page.

p.m. EDT: Draw Every Day with Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Every weekday at 2 p.m., Jarrett J. Krosoczka (author & illustrator of graphic novels Hey Kiddo and Star Wars: Jedi Academy) will be holding live webcasts on his Youtube channel. As Jarrett shared on Twitter, “If you can’t watch live, each art lesson will be archived. Get your kids creating, drawing, using your imagination. We will get through this together.”

2 p.m. EDT: Conversations with Oliver Jeffers

Every day, Oliver Jeffers will be reading aloud one of his books and talking a little about what went into the making of the story. At this time, it seems like Oliver Jeffers will be streaming these events on his Instagram.

3 p.m. EDT: Read Aloud with Mac Barnett

Each day at 3 p.m. EDT, Mac Barnett will be reading one of his books aloud on Instagram Live. You can find the videos on his Instagram page by visiting @macbarnett. Videos will remain up on his page for 24 hours.

4 p.m. EDT: Live Chapter Book Read Aloud with @JulieFalatko

Each day at 4, Julie Falatko will be reading from her Two Dogs in a Trench Coat series for 15-20 minutes. When illustrators are able to join, she will read from her picture books. You can find this daily read aloud on Instagram Live
Additional Resources
  • The #WriteToAnAuthor initiative is allowing students to send letters to authors who promise to write back! For more information, visit this blog post with an author list or follow the #WriteToAnAuthor hashtag on Twitter.
  • Looking for videos and resources available anytime? Author Kate Messner has a list of resources for learning anywhere from authors & illustrators. More read alouds and videos are being added frequently.
  • This great list of virtual field trips takes kids around the world and back. Happy exploring! 🌎
Thank You!
Whether you are a teacher, librarian, parent, or caregiver, thank you for the work you are doing in service of children during these unprecedented times. If you need any additional resources or would like to bounce ideas back and forth, please feel free to reach out on Twitter. If you know of any resources to add to the newsletter, please let me know! 🌎📓✏️📚
Lorraine Brontë Magee is an educator in Larchmont, NY. Her goal is for all children to leave her classroom seeing themselves as readers. She is also passionate about building bridges for her students to become global citizens. You can find her blog at
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