Top Resources and Recommendations for At-Home Learning

Top Resources and Recommendations for At-Home Learning

A master list of remote teaching, virtual learning, and homeschooling resources

Despite this challenging time of interrupted school schedules, unplanned remote learning, and anticlimactic summer freedom, we are grateful to work with generous publishers, unbelievably talented authors, and savvy content creators.

From virtual reading events and interactive campaigns to at-home activities and teaching tips, the education experts at BookPal put together this comprehensive directory for parents and educators across the nation.

Virtual Reading Events and Communities

    • Tune in to #ReadTogetherBeTogether with Penguin Random House for picture book reading from your favorite authors and celebrities.
            When: Every Weekday at 3:00pm ET / 12:00pm PT
            Where: Check the line up for each day’s social media link.
    • Get kids involved with a challenge and live reading with Penguin Kids Storytime.
            When: Every weekday at 11:00am ET / 8:00am PT
            Where: @PenguinKids on Instagram
    • Enjoy your “Mondays with Michelle Obama,” a joint initiative from Penguin Random House and PBS Kids sharing livestream read-alouds with Michelle (and occasional special guest Barack).
            When: Every Monday at 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT
            Where: @PBSKIDS on Facebook and YouTube
    • Snack and read live with Simon Kids authors.
            When: Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT
            Where: @SimonKids on Instagram
    • Join Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza to earn rewards, unlock book donations, and more with a brand new experience for kids to help educators, students, and parents across the nation celebrate reading for fun.
            When: Monday, May 4 through Friday, September 4
            Where: Scholastic Home Base for Kids and Scholastic Summer for Adults
    • Promote learning and exploring with Questioneers author Andrea Beaty’s weekly #QuestioneersChallenge, which she kicked off with this video.
    • Never miss storytime again with these “Top Storytime and Interactive Videos for Children” from HarperCollins.

Book Recommendations and Activity Materials

    • Join the Read Together, Be Together movement developed by Penguin Random House in partnership with Parents magazine to celebrate the importance, and power of the shared reading experience between an adult and a child. From book lists and reading tips to printable activity sheets and author videos, this program has every educator and parent covered.
    • Gain access to reading group guides, downloadables, videos and more from Kaleidoscope, a spectrum of diverse books from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.
    • From activity sheets and coloring books to curriculum guides and reading group discussion questions, Read & Learn with Simon Kids is a one-stop-shop for at-home learning resources.
    • Find tips and activities to help you and your family cope during the “new normal” with resources, tips, and advice from PBS Kids for Parents.
    • Enhance at-home learning and creativity with printable coloring pages, DIY craft activities, and more from Craft With Klutz by Scholastic.
    • Get the 411 straight from Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Education & Library Marketing at The Book Pantry, an indispensable guide to book discovery complete with staff book picks, teaching resources, downloadable activities, book recommendations by grade, featured author spotlights, reading guides, and more!
    • Bring the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series even closer to home with downloadable teacher’s guides, activity sheets, puzzles, and games—plus bonus content on the Wimpy Kid YouTube channel.
    • Download even more activity sheets and event kit content with book tie-ins from the Abrams Books Activity Page.
    • When WFH and LFH (learn from home) must peacefully coexist, keep your kids and students active with Downtown Bookworks’ Activities for Kids.
    • We love DIY activities! From making DIY friendship bracelets to DIY love letters, HarperCollins has it all.
    • Want more specific book recommendations and related activities? Have no fear! You can choose from additional resources for Pinkalicious, Shel Silverstein, and Pete the Cat from HarperCollins, too.
    • For the librarians out there, check out the Sourcebooks Hub for Librarians so you can peruse Common Core-aligned educator guides, activity kits, and discussion guides.
    • If you’re looking for books to use for online storytime and read-aloud sessions, Sourcebooks has extended their request window through December 31, 2020.
    • Offering incredible titles for girls of all ages, browse 90+ journaling activities and how-to guides like “How to write a business plan” and “How to climb a mountain” from Rebel Girls at Home.

Virtual Classroom and At-Home Learning Resources

    • Explore elementary, secondary, and higher education catalogs and resources from Penguin Random House Education to keep your students moving forward.
    • Access a wealth of teacher and librarian resources from discussion guides to author videos and more in the Penguin Classroom Portal.
    • Discover resources for elementary, middle, and high school on the Random House Teachers & Librarians hub specifically designed to help with homeschooling and teaching remotely.
    • Take your kids and students on writing quests, explore hundreds of science topics with ScienceFlix, and get expert advice on remote learning from Scholastic’s Resources for Teachers.
    • From The Snowy Day to Where the Wild Things Are, explore interactive stories with celebrity narrators and animated classics with Scholastic BookFlix.
    • Unlock hundreds of nonfiction videos, quizzes, vocabulary builders, and more in the Scholastic Watch & Learn Library.
    • Dive into First Aid for Feelings, a workbook designed for parents and educators to help guide their children and students through these uncertain times—and be sure to check out the English & Spanish workbook downloads.
    • Access educator guides for picture, middle grade, and young adult books like The Lion & the Mouse and Dear Evan Hansen from Little Brown School & Library.
    • For even more teacher guides on books like A Wrinkle in Time and The Grace Year, check out the educator guide catalog from the Macmillan Educator Resources hub.
    • Build a summer program and at-home learning schedule for your children and students by selecting books and activities by grade with Scholastic Tips & Tricks.
    • Check your local school and district websites to see what resources they have available, like the sample schedules from Byng Public Schools and tips & tricks and resource lists from the Boise School District.
    • Follow Scholastic Teachers and Scholastic Parents on Facebook for the latest updates on activities and events.
    • Pair curriculum guides with book selections from this comprehensive Simon & Schuster catalog.
    • If you have little ones at home, don’t miss out on the incredible array of titles at Child’s Play, plus their #HomeBookHub that’ll help you navigate at-home learning with new activities and readings on Facebook.

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This post was written by Danielle Brown, Ecommerce Specialist at BookPal. She is currently reading Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.

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