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Virtual Learning: Events for Thursday, March 19th

Authors, illustrators, scientists, and others are stepping in as students around the world face school closures. Each day, this newsletter will provide 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 Feeding America. Feeding America works to support networks of local food banks throughout the country. You can donate here, or use their website to find a local foodbank to support here.

Today's Virtual Learning Events
10 a.m. EDT: Science Education Activities with the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Each morning, the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery will offer a science experiment and a science education video. You can find a supply list here and the livestreams here.
10 a.m. EDT: Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Story Hour

Daily at 10 a.m., the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is offering a story hour, along with additional lessons and activities youth can participate in. More information is available here and the live-streams will be on the AWSC Facebook page.
11 a.m. EDT: Kids Square Children’s Museum Livestream

At 11 a.m. Tuesday-Friday through the end of the month, Kids Square Children’s Museum is going live on Facebook. Events may include a science experiment, reading a book, creative play, or something totally different! Note: Activities seem to be geared to the younger end of the elementary crowd.
Noon-ish EDT: Daily Read Alouds with Peter H. Reynolds

Peter H. Reynolds is the beloved author & illustrator of The Dot, Ish, The Word Collector and many other titles. He is reading aloud daily at around noon on his Facebook page.
Noon EDT: Pete the Cat Club

Join the creator of Pete the Cat for a daily virtual storytime. James Dean will be reading to viewers as well as hosting a drawing tutorial. Videos can be found on Instagram Live.
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.
1 p.m. EDT: Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems!

Mo Willems (creator of Elephant & Piggie and The Pigeon series) is currently the artist-in-residence at the Kennedy Center. He is offering daily doodle videos for kids, available at 1 p.m. on this Kennedy Center site.
1 p.m. EDT: Susan Verde reads I Am Peace 

Susan Verde will read from her book I Am Peace, and also offer a little meditation session. So important to take a chance to breathe during these times! Sessions will be live on Susan Verde’s Instagram page.
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. Videos should be available by 1 p.m. EDT each day.

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: Virtual Readaloud with Dan Gutman 

Dan Gutman, creator of the My Weird School series, will be reading daily at 2 p.m. To catch previous chapters and to see today’s livestream, check out Dan Gutman’s Facebook page.
2 p.m. EDT: Virtual Museum Visit at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

This virtual museum visit will highlight a behind-the-scenes location, an animal ambassador from the zoo, or a special rarely seen item from the collection vault.

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: Home Safari with the Cincinnati Zoo

While the Cincinnati Zoo is closed and kids are home from school, the zoo is sharing a Home Safari on Facebook Live each weekday at 3 p.m. EDT. The Zoo will highlight one of their amazing animals and include an interactive activity students can do from home. The Safari will be live daily on the zoo's Facebook page.

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.

3 p.m. EDT: Science Experiments with Emily Calandrelli 

Emily Calandrelli (scientist, author, and host of Xploration Outer Space) is hosting daily science experiments on Instagram Live. Experiments will (hopefully) use supplies you already have on hand at home. You can find her Instagram here.
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
6 p.m. EDT: Cabin Fever Astronomy with the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

This livestream will include an astronomy experience, from current topics, to notable items in the night sky. Special opportunities for a “chat with an expert” will be made available as well!
Additional Resources
  • Author Grace Lin has officially launched the Kids Ask Authors podcast. The podcast features author interviews as well as questions from kids. Kids can submit a question here, or submit a book review, poem, or joke here!
  • This Guide to Virtual Museum Resources features a section with virtual tours and online exhibits just for kids.
  • 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!
We have now reached over 1,600 subscribers! 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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