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Many authors and illustrators of children's books have seized the opportunity to reinforce literacy skills: from hosting daily online doodles to reading portions of their work and hosting contests, they're making their work readily available and accessible to children across the country.
Read-alouds & Activities (K-3)
Gutman will host a Weird Read-A-Loud every week.
The author of A Little Spot of Creativity will be hosting both read-alouds and activities on her Facebook page.
Boudreau is offering both draw-alongs and read-alongs on her interactive website.
Pete the Cat, the wildly popular early-reader series comes alive every day with author James Dean.
Ohio's own Lindsay Ward is reading several of her pictures books aloud and posting them on Instagram
Lunchtime Doodles with Mo Willems
The wildly popular Mo Willems offers a lunchtime doodle lesson every day with downloadable activity pages for every episode.
A perennial favorite in children's books, author Mac Barnett is hosting a weekly show, Mac's Book Club Show.
Award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson is uploading creativity videos on his YouTube channel
Ben Clantoon, creator of the popular Narwhal and Jelly series, hosts this creative drawing show on Instagram Live
Monique Gray Smith
The Cree/Lakota author has posted videos of her reading her two picture books on Instagram.
Jeffers brings his books to life every day, and each reading will be up for 24 hours on his Instagram story.
Running Press Books
Storytime with a variety of authors - schedules posted in advance.
Santat Online Survival School for the Pandemic
Caldecott-winning illustrator Dan Santat posts fun activities on Instagram. A link in his Instagram bio will send users to his Dropbox folder of activities.
Two-time Caldecott Medalist Blackall is posting activities, sharing artwork from children, and discussing her books - both on Instagram Live and in posts.
Laser will read her books daily and offer writing tips for children and their caregivers.
For Middle Grade and High School Students
Aiden Tyler, Quaran-Teen
Rex Ogle, award-winning author of Free Lunch, presents a weekly serial program of this new fiction novel written in real-time. Join in every week for a new chapter, read by Ogle himself!
Peterson is reading a chapter a day from the first book in his epic middle grade fantasy The Wingfeather Saga.
Cece Bell will be posting a chapter-by-chapter deep dive into her Newbery Honor winning graphic novel El Deafo. Funny and informative!
Trafton will read a chapter a day from her upper-elementary/early middle school book Henry and the Chalk Dragon.
Kate Messner's Read, Wonder, and Learn!
The prolific author offers a resource page linking out to several middle grade and young adult authors who are hosting readings, writing prompts, and activities.
The author of the award-winning Front Desk will offer a writing class for teens on Instagram Live.
At Home with Kwame
Newbery Medal winning author Kwame Alexander offers videos for learning at home.
A collection of videos from PreK-12 authors and illustrators offering writing tips, art lessons, and readings.
Draw Every Day with JJK
Award-winning graphic novelist Jarrett J. Krosczka teaches drawing "to all audiences" every day.
Great for students in K-8, award-winning author Grace Lin posts read-alouds, tutorials, and drawing lessons on both her YouTube channel and website.
Orbis Pictus honor winning author Mark Tyler Nobleman is posting a fun activity every day on his blog!