Just for Kids

Resources curated by the Youth Services Staff at Princeton Public Library


Free with a Library Card

Brainfuse — LIVE one-on-one academic coaching, practice test center, and online resources to help you achieve your learning and career goals. Includes resources for GED, US citizenship test prep, resume writing, help with Microsoft Office, Excel, Powerpoint, and more.

World Book — Online Encyclopedia of articles, selected web links, animations, and interactive maps, games, activities, science, and more.

Creativebug — Find thousands of award-winning arts and crafts video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

Kanopy for kids — Stream videos and movies.

Ebooks & audiobooks

Mango — Online language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication. Through fun and engaging interactive lessons, Mango makes learning a new language fast, easy and incredibly effective.

Muzzy — Online language program for children from beginners to early intermediate language learners. Learn to speak Spanish, Latin-American Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese (Pinyin), Korean (RR) and English.

Tumblebook Library — TumbleBookLibrary is a curated database of children’s e-books, available by subscription to Elementary Schools and Public Libraries around the world.

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Youth Services Staff Picks List

Virtual Learning Resources & Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Virtual Learning Resources & Activities for Kids

Virtual Learning Resources & Activities for Teens

Digital Book Club Picks for Kids & Families

Digital Book Club Picks for Teens

Great Audiobooks: Kids & Family Edition

Great Audiobooks: Teen Edition

Family Friendly Movies

Podcasts For Kids

Podcasts For Teens

Books and Reading

The Spanish Experiment — Children’s stories read aloud in Spanish

International Children‘s Digital Library — Access to children’s books in a wide variety of languages

Audible Stories — Audible has made a selection of its audiobooks for children and teens available for free and immediate listening (multilingual resource).

Storytime from Space

Hogwarts from Home

Storytime Online

Storytime in Spanish —Every day at 11:30 on Instagram with the #cuentoscongracia

Dave Pilkey At Home. The author/illustrator of “Captain Underpants” hosts virtual drawing classes, readings and more.

Chess

Chesskid.com — also available as an app.

Dinosaur Chess

Lichess.org, and chess.com — For older kids, teens and adults: 

Magnus Trainer, Magnus Kingdom of Chess — Apps that require purchase

Find more app recommendations here

Environment

Audubon Birdwatching Guide — Identify the birds in your back yard and neighborhood. Find more activities here. Finding feathers? Use the Feather Atlas to discover who dropped it.

Discover the Natural World – Daily webinars and interactive activities (Smithsonian Museum of Natural History)

Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day activities

National Science Foundation

National Geographic For Kids – Primary Resources

Visit US National Parks

Explore your World — The American Museum of Natural History.

Mercer County Hiking and Biking Trails

Hiking the Sourlands

Virtual tours of NJ State Parks

Content Creation

Including filmmaking and video production

18 Tech Tools for Content Creation, Coding, VR, Audio, and Video

Weekend Film Challenge

Learning Opportunities — View a short kids movie and complete an activity

Edutopia Top Tips For Beginners & Film Resources

Ten Tips For Beginning Filmmakers

How to Create A Storyboard

Telling Your Story Through Video

Video Making Toolkit and Resources

Edit in iMovie

Add music, sound effects and voiceover in iMovie

Photography for Teens

Nikon is offering its photography courses free during April.

Canon Learn

Math, Science and Maker Activities

21 STEAM projects

Easy MAKER challenges

NASA STEM at Home for Kindergarten-Grade 4

NASA STEM at Home for Grades 5-8

ScienceBuddies (all ages)

Learning Toolbox — Explores viruses.

The Science Explorer

Discovery Education STEM

Math at Home Toolkit

Origami

Math With Minecraft

Greg Tang Math

backpacksciences.com

Coding Resources

Girls Who Code — CS educational activities available for download free of charge, to anyone who wants to access them

Khan Academy

Tynker — Some free content, other resources require a subscription.

Building

Livescience.com

Smithsonian Institute

Mass.edu

ABCmouse

Mommy Poppins

Common Sense Media — Best Engineering Games, Apps, and Websites for Kids

Baking and Cooking

America‘s Test Kitchen Kids: Mystery Recipe Podcast

America‘s Test Kitchen Kids: Kitchen Classroom

PBS Cooking With Kids recipes

Delish Kids

Culinary Schools.org

Epicurious.com

SimpleHomeSchool

Peanutblossom.com

For Parents

Common Sense Media — Entertainment and technology recommendations for families.

Popsugar — Learning at Home: 57 Free Online Resources

The Kids Should See This — Educational videos for curious kids of all ages, a free resource for parents & teachers. Science, art, nature, animals and  more.

For Parents en Español

University of Puerto Rico Health Sciences Library — Ayuda a tu hijo a manejar el estrés durante el coronavirus

University of Puerto Rico Health Sciences Library —  Una historia del coronavirus

UNICEF  Un mensaje para los niños de parte de UNICEF

UNICEF6 maneras en que los padres pueden ayudar a sus hijos durante la situacion del coronavirus. Que información compartir con tus hijos acerca del coronavirus / What to share about the coronavirus with your kids

Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher EducationConsejos y materiales para explicar a niños el coronavirus y COVID-19

Dealing With Stress

Breathing exercise for kids

Relaxation skills for teens

Mindfulness for teens — Guided meditations between 3-30 minutes for teens:

Yoga Videos

Cosmic Kids

5-Minute Yoga For Kids

Yoga With Adriene For Kids

About Covid-19

How To Talk To Your Kids About Coronavirus 

NPR – Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

Coronavirus PSA: How to Fight the New Bad Guy in Town by Jason Reynolds

ABDO Free eBooks about health, etc. — E-books for free through May 31.

NJ Department of Children and Families Covid-19 Information

What is Social Distancing? Smart Videos For Curious Minds

Virtual Story Times

At Home With Emily Arrow

Storytime From Space!

HarperKids Storytime Read Alouds

Brightly Storytime 

The LivBits: Virtual Story Time Events List

Storyline Online 

KidLitTV Read Out Loud

Lolly and Yoyo virtual Fitness classes 

Story Time! from Penguin Kids (11 a.m. daily)

Local Story Times

@story_time_with_jeff_ — JaZams Story Time with Jeff goes virtual; Wednesdays,  10:30 on Instagram

Labyrinth Books -— Princeton University professor Ruha Benjamin reads stories from around the world for K-5; daily, starting this week

Drawing

GLUCKSMAN — Creativity At Home Daily Activities

#quarantineartclub — Illustrator Carson Ellis will be posting daily drawing prompts “for kids and grown-ups alike” on her Instagram page @carsonellis

Draw Everyday with JJK —  At 2 p.m. daily, Jarrett J. Krosoczka will do a live drawing lesson and archive of sessions

@DrawWhat — Tweet your child’s drawing ideas;  illustrators will draw it

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems  — A new video posted 1 p.m. weekdays.

GLUCKSMAN – Art At Home Daily Activities

Math & Sciences

Home Safari Facebook Live with Cincinnati Zoo – Sessions will be offered weekdays starting at 3 p.m. Each session will highlight an animal and provide an activity.

#justlikeRubeGoldberg Challenge

Skype A Scientist 

Math With Minecraft 

Cool Math —Math and Games for kids

Mystery Science — Easy science project for at home learning

Code.org — Hour Of Code

Fun Brain —  PreK-8th grade (Reading, Math, Videos, Games)

GregTangMath

All Subjects

Scholastic: Learn At Home — Free educational resources and activities

Time For Kids — Free educational resources,  activities and books.

BBC Teach — All subjects broken down by grade. Great short clips and activities

Discovery Education — Virtual Field Trips 

Bilingual

Encantos Learning Hub — English/Spanish learning geared toward preschool/early elementary. Adding content daily

¡Descubra! Meet the Science Expert — STEM activities by Smithsonian Lab/Smithsonian Latino Center

Teens

Stay At Home Fest

Smithsonian Learning Lab

Penguin Teen’s We Are YA Podcast — New episodes daily

Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Watch On Stage From Home

New York Times Daily Writing Prompts

Museums Offering Virtual Tours

Poets.org

ACP Sketch Club — Arts Council of Princeton’s 30 day challenge  #acpsketchclub

Alchemie — Interactive study guides Chemistry

Additional Resources

Khan Academy – Free school day templates for PreK -12th Grade 

20 Online Learning Resources

37 Online Tools For Teachers

Companies Offering Free Subscriptions

SLJ/Teen Librarian Toolbox’s Roundup of Resources for Teachers, Librarians, & Parents

SLJ/The Classroom Bookshelf’s Teaching Resources for K-8 Online Learning

18 Tech Tools for Content Creation, Coding, VR, Audio, and Video