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Virtual Learning: Events for the Week of May 18th 🌎

Authors, illustrators, scientists, and others are stepping in as students around the world face school closures. Each week, 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 week, I'll also feature one organization working to support the basic needs of children during these unprecedented times. This week's organization is First Responder's Children's Foundation. First Responders Children’s Foundation provides support to those first responder families who are enduring financial hardship due to the coronavirus outbreak. Learn more and donate here.

Click Here for This Week's Virtual Learning Events
There are over 50 events on the calendar for this week! Since I can't fit them all in one email, click the button above to see the full list on my blog, Reading Connects Us. Here are a few highlighted events that are new this week:
⭐ Monday 5/18 at 2 p.m. EDT: Show & Tell: Pandora White · Join Fulbright Alumni Ambassador and Gilman Alumni Ambassador Pandora White as she shares stories from her journey to becoming a global citizen. From feeling like a study abroad experience wasn’t an option to visiting 33 countries (and counting!), Pandora’s travels have shaped who she is, and they’re sure to inspire young people on the cusp of their own global education.
Tuesday 5/19 at 3 p.m. EDT: It’s a Dog – and Cat – Party! TWO DOGS ON A TRIKE Book Launch! ·
Need to escape?! Join us for a fur-raising, off-the-leash reading adventure! Author Gabi Snyder and illustrator Robin Rosenthal will read and talk about their debut picture book, TWO DOGS ON TRIKE, and answer your burning questions LIVE.
Wednesday 5/20 at 2 p.m. EDT: Show & Tell: John Paul Dela Rosa · John Paul Dela Rosa is a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from Tarlac City in the Philippines. This year, he is teaching Tagalog at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. Do you want to learn more about the traditions and flavors of Filipino cuisine? Join the livestream event and you can meet John Paul and ask him your questions!
Thursday 5/21 at 3 p.m. EDT: The Real Jurassic Park – Life as a Fossil Preparator · Myria Perez is a paleontologist, a fossil preparator to be exact! Her background includes cleaning fossils, fossil excavations, and research. In her current role, she is cleaning dinosaur bones from northern Alaska. Find more information here.
⭐ Friday 5/22 at 1 p.m. EDT: How to make a mountain with Stacy Phillips · Stacy Phillips is a a final year PhD student and geologist at the Open University, UK. She’s interested in what happens to rocks in the heart of a mountain, when they’re under intense temperatures and pressures, and how we can understand this by using the chemistry of rocks and minerals. Find more information here.
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!
  • A team of children's authors have come together to offer Tiny Writing Lessons on Youtube. These lessons are less than 5 minutes long and are perfect for the little authors in your life.
  • Newsela is offering free Reading Clubs for all kids during school closures. Readers will receive articles daily about their chosen topic. Want to learn about Amazing Animals, Impressive Youth, Music, or Food? Find the full list of clubs and more information 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!
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 Leddy 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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