Weekly COVID-19 Message from RAR


Resources for Families

E-Books for Children

  • ALSC Blog: A list of free children’s eBooks
  • Storyline Online: Video streams featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
  • Barnes and Noble: Free children’s eBooks for the NOOK
  • Amazon: Free eBooks for all ages of children
  • MagicBlox: Free and appropriate for all ages of children
  • Unite for Literacy: Digital books that provide audio narrations in more than 40 languages
  • NC Kids Digital Library: Free access with your Charlotte Mecklenburg Library card
  • CoviBook: An invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation.
  • Story Time From Space: Books read by astronauts on space stations

Online Storytimes 

Learning Websites & Activities

  • Reading Rockets: reading guides and resources to improve children’s reading
  • Scholastic Learn at Home: Projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing
  • Read Charlotte-Home Reading Helper: Resource and information to help grow your child’s reading skills
  • Google Earth: Zoom in to anywhere in the world! Children will love seeing different places across the globe
  • PBS Education: Lots of fun, educational games with children’s favorite characters
  • Explore.org: Live streams of various animal habitats, which children love watching
  • YMCA-Boulder, Co: Resources for art projects, learning, and music & dance
  • Kids Activities: A list of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings
  • NASA Kids Club: Space and engineering site for children
  • Boston Children’s Museum: A curriculum and activity resources focused on STEM and hands-on learning
  • The Kennedy Center Education: Curated collection provides educators and parents with ideas and strategies for addressing the needs of students who need to study and learn online.
  • Lerner: Helping students with remote access and online learning
  • Atlanta Speech School Cox Campus: Your child can continue to learn and grow while school is closed with a “live” preschool that is a safe destination for free learning experiences and lessons for you and your preschool-aged child
  • Rosetta Stone: The offer includes a 3-month, no-cost Rosetta Stone for students subscription for new users
  • STEM Next: Quality STEM programming for all youth
  • Varsity Tutors: Learning platform with numerous free resources to help students and parents cope with school and summer camp closures.
  • FUN.com: Fun brain games for kids


  • Khan Academy Kids: Fun educational learning and discovery for children ages two to seven
  • Vroom: Everyday learning activities and tips appropriate for all ages
  • Common Sense Media: Apps range from skills essential to life and  in the 21st century, to traditional academic subjects
  • ScratchJr: A perfect, playful way to learn to code
  • Shadow Puppet Edu: A fun way for school-age children to create presentations  
  • Stop Motion Studio: A great app for helping school-age children to make movies
  • ChatterPix Kids: Children can create cards with voice messages to send to their families and friends
  • Geoboard: Good learning math and having fun creating shapes
  • Special Needs Students: Apps for Special Needs Students compiled by National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement
  • Barefoot World Atlas:An educational app that gives children an interactive look at animals, indigenous people, and other topics of interest around the world.

English Language Learners Resources 

  • RAR Aspen to Parachute: host Virtual Story Time via Facebook Live twice a week. Join the Spanish Story Time every Wednesday at 11am.
  • Parent Service Project: Offers information and activities including Little Red Reading Hood story times in Spanish on Tuesdays and Thursdays, literacy activities on Mondays and virtual play group on Fridays
  • ¡Colorín Colorado!: Offers a wealth of bilingual, research-based information, activities, and advice for educators and families of English language learners (ELLs)
  • Common Sense Media Latino: Family engagement resources with articles, videos, and ready-made presentations in Spanish​
  • Jbary: A list of Bilingual Storytime Resources including videos, webinars, books and other websites/blogs on the subject
  • StoryPlace: Provides children with the virtual experience of going to the Library and participating in the same types of activities the Library offers at its physical locations.
  • Abriendo Puertas: Expansive list of resources in Spanish

Crisis Support

Partner Resources 

Social Media 

  • Pete the Cat:Join Instagram Live each day at 12pm ET @Petethecatofficial for a reading and drawing tutorial with Pete the Cat creator, James Dean
  • Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden: Connect on Facebook to follow the zookeepers each day at 3pm ET where they will highlight one amazing animal and include a home (or class) activity.  If you do not have social media these “home safari” videos will be posted on their website and YouTube.
  • Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: Follow on Facebook each day at 1pm ET. Mo invites us in to his studio, grab some paper an pencils and learn, draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing.
  • RAR Aspen to Parachute will host Virtual Story Time via Facebook Live twice a week. Join the English Story Time every Tuesday at 11am and Spanish Story Time every Wednesday at 11am.
  • Search the hashtag #OperationStoryTime on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to find authors, illustrators and others sharing story time with children
  • Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta: Enjoy puppet shows, puppet presentations, and workshops all from the safety and comfort of home.
  • Parent Services Project: Information and activities including Little Red Reading Hood story times in Spanish on Tuesdays and Thursdays, literacy activities on Mondays and virtual play group on Fridays.
  • Fernbank Museum At Home: Take part in Atlanta’s field trip Fridays virtual event on social media starting at 10am EST each week.


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