SCBWI

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Digital Directory of Fun Activities for Kids

PREK-ELEMENTARY

 

Activities to Accompany CAPTAIN GREEN AND THE PLASTIC SCENE, a Picture Book About Saving the Seas

Ages: 4-9 

Creative activities for children to enjoy that encourage thinking about ways to save our seas from plastic.

Evelyn Bookless

 

Activity Kits, Coloring Pages and Thank You Note Template for Friends, Family and Essential Workers

Ages: 3-10 

Website includes activity kits, coloring pages and thank you notes template for kids to write to their friends and family.

Shiho Pate 

 

Activity Library – The Tweeting Galah

Grades: 3-5 

Creative and fun educational activities linked to The Tweeting Galah cybersafety series. Share your results with the hashtag #thetweetinggalah!

Kim Maslin

 

Activity Sheets

Ages: 5+ 

Downloadable sheets which include fun illustrated activities such as word finds etc., to accompany the book I AM A THIEF!

Molly Ruttan

 

Activity Sheets and Games

Ages: 2-9 

Make cakes for King Otter and a picnic for Pink Lion! Lots to draw and color, as well as games, things to make and play with, and even an origami peacock.

Jane Porter 

 

Activity Sheets Adapted from MARIELLE IN PARIS (Paper Doll with Clothes & a Pigeon Toy with Flappable Wings)

Ages: 4-8 

Printable PDF for Marielle the mouse paper doll and clothes to color and cut out. You can also create your own clothes for Marielle by taping the paper doll on a light table or taping to a window. (Print the paper doll on card stock and the clothes on regular weight printing paper.) PDF also available for Pierre the pigeon with flappable wings. (Print on regular weight printing paper.)

Jeanne B. de Sainte Marie

 

Alexander Graham Bell Answers the Call Activity Guide

Grades: PreK-5 

Activities for the aspiring inventor.

Mary Ann Fraser 

 

An Inconvenient Alphabet Activity Packet

Ages: 5-10 

Packet contains a range of activities for K-5: art, word games, and more!

Beth Anderson 

 

Animal Activity and Coloring Pages 

Ages: 3-8 

Coloring and activity pages.

Mariya Prytula

 

Arabella’s Magic Pencil Craft

Grades: PreK-5 

DIY Pencil Craft using simple supplies. Fun for children, supports fine motor skill development, creates a colorful, useful item!

Stephanie Ward 

 

Arctic Animal Activities Based on the Book DREAM FLIGHTS ON ARCTIC NIGHTS

Ages: 4-8

Coloring pages, word search, “Build Your Own Wings” craft, “Write and Draw Your Own Story” page, learning discussion topics, and other activities based on Arctic animals in the book DREAM FLIGHTS ON ARCTIC NIGHTS.

Brooke Hartman

 

Arctic Sea Life Mobile

Ages: 4-8

STEAM Project: Make a mobile of Arctic Creatures to accompany the book SEA BEAR. Combines research, problem solving and art.

Lindsay Moore

 

At-Home Activities by Mr. Roses

Ages: 6-12 

The At-Home Activity Pack by Mr. Roses engages, educates and entertains with video production and pintable material through HouseOfRoses.org.

Mr. Roses 

 

BACKHOE JOE Coloring Sheets

Ages: 2-7 

Construction truck coloring sheets from the picture book BACKHOE JOE.

Lori Alexander

 

Be A Maker: Maker Activities & Crafts 

Ages: 4-10 

Katey Howes shares #maker activities students can do at home during school closures, inspired by her popular picture book, BE A MAKER.

Katey Howes

 

Bird Count Arts Activities

Ages: 4-10

Susan guides her audience through a movement activity–dance like a bird–as well as making nest helpers for birds.

Susan Edwards Richmond

 

BRINGING THE OUTSIDE IN Outdoor Fun & Learning Resources

Grades: PreK-5 

Materials for encouraging kids to connect with nature and explore the great outdoors, including parent/educator guides, activities, printables, and more!

Mary McKenna Siddals

 

Bubba and Squirt’s Fun Stuff

Grades: 1-5

Webquests, word finds, crafts, recipes, and more that teach kids about Chinese and Mayan history and culture. Activities and teacher resources complement the books of the Bubba and Squirt Adventures.

Sherry Ellis

 

Bug Belly Babysitting Trouble

Ages: 5-8

Downloadable frog-themed crafts and activities with new content added every the next few weeks.

Paul Morton

 

Busy Beaver Home Activities for Children

Ages: 5-10

Author/Illustrator Jessica Loy is here to help young minds stay busy while at home. She is posting easy and fun creative and educational home activities and games. All posts are free to use. Share your results with our reading community on her Facebook page!

Jessica Loy

 

Calling All Cars Activity Kit

Ages: 2-7 

Calling All Cars activity kit. 

Sue Fliess

 

CHALK, FOSSIL &THE TYPEWRITER: Guides and Activities

Grades: K-4 

Bill Thomson’s web page includes activities, games and curriculum guides related to his picture books.

Bill Thomson 

 

Children’s Corner

Ages: 6-12

Christina Waldman will put up new content for kids – story or poem or sewing/craft project – on their website as often as possible. They may have guest contributors.

Christina Waldman

 

Classroom Guide to SERENA: THE LITTLEST SISTER

Ages: 6-10 

Book-inspired activities: create vision boards and DIY tennis equipment; explore birth-order traits and inspirational stories of female athletes.

Karlin Gray

 

Color Like an Illustrator Free Coloring Pages

Ages: 3-10 

This gallery of printable color pages includes line drawings by Valerie Coulman and by the original illustrators of her picture books.

Valerie Coulman 

 

Color Your World Free Printable

Ages: 5-9 

Pack-n-Go Girls Adventures is giving away Color Your World, a printable filled with 70 pages of coloring and activities.

Janelle Diller 

 

Coloring Book and Origami

Ages: 4-8

Free activity book on environment and endangered animals + anatomy of grasshopper with coloring page and simple origami printout.

Mirka Hokkanen

 

Coloring Page Tuesday 

Ages: 4-8 

Elizabeth Dulemba has been creating their coloring pages every week for over a decade now and has never missed a Tuesday! They are created for teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents to share with their children. Themes are: I love to read!, Holidays & Birthdays, Seasons, Patriotic, Fairies, Feel Better, and Fun Stuff! All FREE! Also, sign up for Elizabeth’s weekly newsletter to receive each week’s coloring page, and interviews with children’s book authors and illustrators directly to your inbox here.

Elizabeth Dulemba 

 

Coloring Pages

Grades: PreK-6

Color and learn about catching lobster in Maine! These pages go along with the picture book HOW TO CATCH A KEEPER.

Stephanie Mulligan

 

Coloring Pages, Activities, and Teacher/Parent Resources

Grades: PreK-5 

Coloring pages, activities, and teacher/parent resources that go along with the books PICKLES, PICKLES, I LIKE PICKLES and JOBS OF A PRESCHOOLER. (Books are not needed to enjoy these activities.)

Brigitte Brulz

 

Compelling Compendium of Irish Animals Activity Sheet

Ages: 6-10 

Test your knowledge about Irish animals and have fun with a word search and a drawing challenge.

Aga Grandowicz

 

Crafts, Coloring Pages, and Live Readings

Ages: 5-8

Join author Tracy Blom on Youtube as they read from their books. Tracy also has a website for their books with free coloring pages and crafts listed.

Tracy Blom

 

Crafts & Learning Activities

Grades: PreK-2

A website with crafts, activity and coloring sheets, as well as teaching guides covering common core topics.

Jen Betton

 

Crafty Days

Grades: PreK-5

Fun and easy craft projects for kids posted daily that teach art skills and spark imagination.

Vanessa Roeder

 

Crossword Puzzles, Word Searches and Picture Books

Ages: 4-8 

Mister Figg will have crossword puzzles and word searches available on their website here that follow the theme of their picture books. As time moves on, they may add more crossword puzzles and word searches on random topics.

Mister Figg

 

Cryptozoology Research Game

Ages: 8-12 

Enjoy this research game that explores legendary animals like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, all while fulfilling Next Generation Science Standards!

Lija Fisher 

 

Curriculum-Aligned, Multi-Disciplinary Activities With a Coastal Theme

Ages: 4-8 

“Create-your-own comic,” skit script, word search, writing prompts, and more based on the humorous book, WHERE DOES A PIRATE GO POTTY?

Dawn Babb Prochovnic

 

Curriculum-Aligned, Multi-Disciplinary Activities With a Western United States Theme

Ages: 4-8 

“Create-your-own comic,” script for skit, word search, writing prompts and more based on the humorous book, WHERE DOES A COWGIRL GO POTTY? 

Dawn Babb Prochovnic

 

DAHLIA IN BLOOM

Ages: 7-12 

Set in 1933 Appalachia, DAHLIA IN BLOOM is a middle grade historical fiction novel for readers ages 7-12.

Susan Koehler 

 

Design Your Own Pirate Flag

Ages: 4-8 

Design your own pirate flag with Haggis and Tank!

Jessica Young 

 

Ding the Dog Daily Writing Prompt

Grades: K-5

Our pets help us connect and Ding the Dog wants to help! Write (or draw) your response to the daily writing prompt. Please feel free to share your creations via author website or social media.

Molly McCluskey-Shipman

 

DINNER AT THE PANDA PALACE

Ages: 2-5

DINNER AT THE PANDA PALACE is a rollicking, rhyming counting and sorting book with a theme of kindness and welcome. March 21st is Mr. Panda’s 29th birthday. Come listen. Come celebrate! Learning pages are available on the author’s website.

Stephanie Calmenson

 

DINOSAUR DEVOTIONS: 75 Dino Discoveries, Bible Truths, Fun Facts, and More!

Ages: 6-12 

DINOSAUR DEVOTIONS will encourage your children spiritually and help them uncover fascinating facts about dinosaurs. The book offers “Did you know?” and Jurassic journaling sections, as well as Digging Deeper questions. The worksheet builds on the book.

Michelle Medlock Adams

 

Division Decoders PDF Activity Book 

Grades: 3-5

Thirty puzzles and fascinating animal questions answered by solving division fact problems. Puzzles also help with map-reading skills and following directions. The book will be offered for free during March and April. 

Evelyn B. Christensen

 

Double Happiness Origami Box and Poetry Kit

Ages: 6-9 

Using this activity, readers can follow prompts to collect words for a poem about place and an origami box to house their poem.

Nancy Tupper Ling

 

Downloadable Activities

Ages: 4-10

Crafts and activities, including drawing instruction, paper models, puppet crafts and more.

Jen Morris

 

Downloadable FROM HERE TO THERE Post Card Activity

Ages: 4-8 

Write and send a postcard to your loved one!

Sue Fliess

 

Easy DIY Kids Crafts and Recipes

Grades: PreK-5

Photos and instructions for kids’ crafts and kid-friendly recipes for PreK-5.

Naomi Gruer

 

Eat Your Homework, At-Home 

Ages: 6-11 

Using the universal tie-in of food, kids can discover math, science, and history tidbits without leaving their kitchen!

Ann McCallum Staats

 

Everything’s Better When You Work Together!

Grades: PreK-5 

Based on WHEN PENCIL MET ERASER, one of 2019’s best picture books named by Parents Magazine, this activity kit focuses on friendship and inspires creativity.

Karen Kilpatrick

 

Families Growing in Faith

Ages: 4-8 

Easy, fun, and spiritual activities based on verses from the book, MAMA, I WANT TO SEE GOD. 

Vanessa Fortenberry

 

Family, Friendship & Freedom: Discussion & Activity Guides and Printables for Kids

Ages: 5-11 

Discussion and activity guides for educators and parents and printables for kids that explore themes of family, freedom, and friendship.

Kelly Starling Lyons

 

FOSSIL: Kid’s Activity Guide

Ages: 4-8 

A package of activities and games for the wordless picture book, FOSSIL, by Bill Thomson.

Bill Thomson

 

Free Downloadable Activities!

Grades: K-2 

A variety of craft activities related to my books.

Anna Raff 

 

Free Downloadable Activities for Pre-School and Prep  

Ages: 0-6

Free downloadable content for pre-school and prep aged children, including activities and coloring in.

Michelle Worthington

 

Free Downloadable Coloring Pages

Ages: 4-10 

Coloring Pages based on the Spend Then children’s financial series, which educates children on financial literacy and their self and wealth.

Paige Cornetet

 

FREE National Park Book Series Activities 

Ages: 8-12 

Free printable National Park Book Series Activities: Book Character Coloring page and a Growing selection of Cipher Code Brain Teasers.

Jeff Alt 

 

Frog’s Life Cycle Coloring Sheet

Ages: 5-8 

Coloring sheet and learning material.

Aga Grandowicz

 

Fun Animal Idioms and Storytime Activities!

Grades: PreK-5 

Are you sly as a fox? Happy as a clam? Introduce animal idioms with fun craft activities and interactive storytime!

Chiêu Anh Urban

 

Fun, Free Writing and Drawing Activities

Grades: PreK-5 

Here are some fun drawing and story-telling activities for parents, teachers, and librarians to share with kids.

Marty Kelley

 

Fun Printable Worksheets and Crafts

Ages: 4-9 

Fun, printable, art and writing activities that complement Hannah E. Harrison’s picture books!

Hannah E. Harrison 

 

Fun Writing Activities

Ages: 7-11 

Tamsin is offering daily writing activities including wacky story prompts, designing revolting sandwiches and discovering your spirit animal.

Tamsin Cooke

 

Get Up and Move! with Learning Materials

Ages: 3-9

Fun, free, educational activities; Get Up and Move! dance-along videos. New materials and movement videos posted frequently.

Charlotte Gunnfuson

 

GOD’S PROTECTION Activity Packet

Grades: PreK-5 

This activity packet for the picture book GOD’S PROTECTION COVERS ME by Amy Houts includes a game, coloring pages, and more.

Amy Houts

 

GOODNIGHT BUBBALA A Joyful Parody

Ages: 3-8 

After reading about the rabbit family in GOODNIGHT BUBBALA, kids can print out and write, draw and make their own Me & My Family journals.

Sheryl Haft

 

HANNAH AND SUGAR Coloring Sheets

Ages: 2-8 

Free PDFs of printable drawing and coloring sheets from Kate Berube’s book HANNAH AND SUGAR.

Kate Berube

 

Holiday Program 

Ages: 4+ 

Weekly activities based on the Billie B Brown books for children 4+. 

Sally Rippin 

 

Homebound Activities

Grades: PreK-2

Activity pages and creative activities (without printing!) to do with children.

Wendy BooydeGraaff

 

Homophone Hunt Printable Activity

Ages: 5-8 

Go on a homophone hunt with Haggis and Tank with this printable activity page.

Jessica Young 

 

How to Make a Pet Pig Rock

Ages: 5-10 

Learn how to make a super cute pet pig rock with items you probably have at home!

Tina Mollie Fisher

 

Humpback Migration Game

Ages: 4-7 

Children mimic the migration journey of a baby humpback whale.

Jamie Hogan 

 

IF I WERE A PARK RANGER National Park-themed Free Online Activity Packet

Ages: 4-10

For national park fans and future park rangers: Download these free, fun and challenging national park-themed activities! These activities complement the book IF I WERE A PARK RANGER (Albert Whitman & Co) by Catherine Stier and illustrated by Patrick Corrigan.

Catherine Stier

 

IIStayHome – Fun Activities with Chloe&Claus

Ages: 3-7 

Educational activity sheets to animate creativity, introduced by Chloe & Claus, two children/characters also kept at home during these days.

Carme Lemniscates

 

In the Middle of the Night Activity Sheets

Ages: 4-8

Hide-n-Seek Maze, Word Search, Color Me!, Fill Your Pocket, Write a Night Poem, Bookmarks. 

Angela Matteson

 

Inspiring Creativity and Coloring Pages 

Ages: 3-8

Linked art and writing prompts. New ones will be added. Kids Need Mentors first graders enjoyed them. Plus coloring pages.

Stephanie Ruble

 

Intergalactic Passover Voyage

Grades: PreK-3

Have fun helping Asteroid Goldberg (and your family) prepare for an intergalactic Passover! Blasting off every weekday -10am Pacific Time.

Brianna Caplan Sayres

 

IT’S EASTER, CHLOE ZOE! Activity Kit

Ages: 3-8 

Download an Easter-themed ChloeZoe Activity Kit by scrolling down to the Activities & Resources header and clicking the link. Enjoy!

Jane Smith 

 

JAGGER JONES themed Escape Room Activity

Ages: 9-13

Follow directions to lead kids through an ancient Egypt themed escape room style activity with puzzles, clues, and mystery.

Malayna Evans

 

KAZU JONES Activity Packet

Ages: 8-12

This KAZU JONES activity packet includes drawing activities, a completion exercise and a cipher kids can use to write their own secret messages. 

Shauna Holyoak

 

Khula the Elephant’s African Wildlife Activities

Ages: 4-10 

Discover fun facts about wildlife and animal conservation with our activity pages. Learn Zulu words as you journey along with Khula the elephant.

Bonnie J. Fladung

 

Kingfisher Coloring Sheet

Ages: 5-8 

Coloring sheet for anyone that loves wildlife and coloring.

Aga Grandowicz

 

Let’s Build Activity Guide 

Ages: 2-7 

Let’s Build activity guide. 

Sue Fliess

 

LOON CHASE Teaching Activities

Ages: 5-10 

29 pages of ELA, Science, Math, Geography & Citizenship activities about loons, bird life cycles, and the impacts of human recreation on wildlife.

J.H. Diehl

 

LUCIA THE LUCHADORA Activity Booklet

Grades: PreK-5 

Coloring pages, mask design, bilingual learning to accompany LUCIA THE LUCHADORA readers.

Alyssa Bermudez

 

“Making Of” Picture Book Videos

Ages: 5-10

Creative process videos that show how several picture books by Lita Judge were made.

Lita Judge

 

Marine Mammals Worksheets

Ages: 4-8

Printable worksheets about marine mammals. Includes several drawing activities, a word scramble, and a word search!

Cassandra Federman

 

Mary Had a Little Lab Activity Kit

Ages: 2-7 

Mary Had a Little Lab activity kit.

Sue Fliess

 

Mindfulness for Kids and Exploring World Cultures

Ages: 4-8

Guiding mindfulness exercises for kids, from Whitney Stewart’s different books and cards. Whitney Stewart will also provide lessons in food culture and cooking on their Instagram LIVE.

Whitney Stewart 

 

More Than 100 Activity Sheets

Grades: K-5

Scott Soeder put together an Activity Sheet eBook that can be downloaded and printed.

Scott Soeder

 

MRS. CLAUS TAKES THE REINS Activity

Ages: 2-7 

Activity for MRS. CLAUS TAKES THE REINS.

Sue Fliess

 

Multi-Subject Activity Kits & Book Fun

Grades: PreK-3

Three activity kits (language arts, math, science, puzzles), book trailers, songs, games, display own art. Can be completed without reading the author’s books. Go here to have children’s book-related art projects displayed.

Dee Leone

 

Music Conducting 101 for Kids

Ages: 5-11 

Video made for Penny Candy Books about how to make a conductor’s baton and conduct.

Diane Worthey

 

Musical Storytime With Miss Joni

Ages: 1-8 

Author/songwriter Joni Klein-Higger shares Judaic family-oriented videos filled with original and traditional songs, books and fun activities for families to do at home.

Joni Klein-Higger

 

MY BLUE IS HAPPY Printable Activity Pages

Ages: 5-8 

Cross-curricular activities that go with picture book MY BLUE IS HAPPY (and many also stand alone).

Jessica Young 

 

Nature Activities to Download 

Ages: 6-12 

Diane Lang’s website has lots and lots of downloadable activities about animals and all of nature. This site also has nature poems, quotes, and book recommendations.

Diane Lang 

 

Nature Activities Guide

Ages: 4-10 

Some activities to study the natural world around you. Spend time with the child or grandchild in your life.

Aimée M. Bissonette

 

Nature: Earth Day Activity Pages

Ages: 5-9 

For nature-loving kids: Download activity sheets to complement the non-fiction picture book NATURE’S FRIEND: THE GWEN FROSTIC STORY.

Lindsey McDevitt

 

Nomster Chef 

Ages: 2-12 

Nomster Chef is a website that helps kids 2-12 learn to cook with their grown-ups.

Ashley Moulton

 

One Thing for Today

Ages: 1-5

Each post offers one idea for your baby, one for your toddler, for your preschooler & something for parents too.

Angela Cerrito

 

Packing Light — Take a Trip with Haggis and Tank!

Ages: 4-8 

Pack your suitcase and take a trip with Haggis and Tank!

Jessica Young 

 

Paper Doll Activity 

Ages: 4-8 

Have fun creating paper dolls! Dress Arabella and Avery from the picture book ARABELLA AND THE MAGIC PENCIL. 

Shaney Hyde

 

Pet This Book Printable Activities and Coloring Pages

Ages: 2-8 

Invent a pet, make a rhyme, draw things animals need, and color!

Jessica Young 

 

Play This Book Printable Activities and Coloring Pages

Ages: 2-8 

Make your own instrument, match instruments to their sounds, make a rhyme, and color!

Jessica Young 

 

READY, SET, BUILD! Activity Kit

Ages: 3-8 

Add to the READY, SET, BUILD! fun with STEAM Activities including a Builders Toolkit, Build-a-blueprint, Make-and-Measure Bookmark, and Coloring Sheets.

Meg Fleming

 

READY, SET, SAIL! Activity Kit

Ages: 3-8 

Coloring sheets, Memory-Matching Game, Songs, Rhyming Activities… all designed to accompany the fun adventure found in READY, SET, SAIL!

Meg Fleming 

 

RIBBIT RABBIT ROBOT Activities

Ages: 4-10 

Fun quiz and activities to download to accompany the brand new, hilarious picture book RIBBIT RABBIT ROBOT.

Victoria Mackinlay

 

Rita Goldner Free Stuff for Kids

Grades: K-4 

This “free stuff” page includes coloring pages, puzzles and a card game about the water cycle that you can print on card stock paper and cut out the playing cards.

Rita Goldner 

 

ROCKET SHOES Coloring Pages

Ages: 4-8 

Free Download: Make your own creative jet stream for JOSE’S ROCKET SHOES and then color the picture.

Sharon Skinner

 

Russian Nesting Dolls – Free Printable Activity 

Ages: 5-8 

Based on her recently published poem, this author/illustrator brings you a fun craft that will have your kids counting in Russian.

Amanda Hayward

 

Science Activities to Do With Your Dog or Cat

Ages: 7-14 

Take advantage of being home with your pets by trying out some fun activities–your lab partner may be at school, but you can still do science with your dog or cat!

Jodi Wheeler-Toppen

 

Sea Star Locomotion Game

Ages: 4-7 

Children play a sea star locomotion game. 

Jamie Hogan 

 

SOAKED! Printable Activity Sheets

Ages: 4+

Ten free printable activity sheets featuring the soggy characters from Abi Cushman’s upcoming picture book, SOAKED! (Viking, July 14, 2020).

Abi Cushman

 

Soar with Lola Shapes the Sky

Ages: 4-8 

Word search, coloring page, and one page of educator resource questions. 

Wendy Greenley

 

Social Studies, STEM, & Science Activities for THE BOY WHO GREW A FOREST

Grades: K-4

Explore social studies, science, ecology, and art. This adaptable guide is designed for students in K-4th grade.

Sophia Gholz 

 

Spice Up Your Stories With Similes!

Ages: 6-10 

Ahoy, mateys! Play with language as you brainstorm similes to complete your own treasure map based on GOLDENLOCKS AND THE THREE PIRATES!

April Jones Prince

 

Stars, Skyglow and You

Grades: 4-6 

Three connected astronomy mini-lessons for kids 8-12, about the number of stars in the sky and the vastness of the universe. Each lesson has a short reading and a STEAM activity. Ages 8-12.

N. R. M. Roshak

 

 

STEAM Activities @ Home

Ages: 3-9

Short Instagram posts with an at-home activity and some basic facts to go with it.

Hope Myers

 

STEM Tuesday

Grades: 2-6 

STEM books ENGAGE. EXCITE. INSPIRE! Join us for weekly posts from STEM authors containing interesting resources, activities, and literacy connections.

Jennifer Swanson

 

STICKY PINES: THE BIGWOOF CONSPIRACY Activity Pack

Ages: 8-12

STICKY PINES activity pack containing puzzles, art, and games!

Dashe Roberts

 

The Big Activity Kit of BODY SCIENCE

Ages: 4-8 

These free important activities that comply with the K-5 HEALTH curriculum, introduce young children to body science and teach them the scientific words for body parts. Remember: Knowledge is protection!

Edouard Sitbon

 

THE FOREVER KID Activities

Ages: 7-9 

THE FOREVER KID contains contextual notes and activity sheets to assist teachers working with children on the topic of bereavement.

Elizabeth Mary Cummings

 

THE GREEN UMBRELLA (Activity Sheets/ Teaching Guide)

Ages: 3+ 

Printable activities including coloring sheets and maze, along with teaching ideas for all ages.

Maral Sassouni

 

THE GRUMPY PIRATE Activity Book

Grades: PreK-2 

A fun pirate activity book based on THE GRUMPY PIRATE by Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig, created by the illustrator Ashlyn Anstee.

Corinne Demas

 

THE INVISIBLE STRING

Ages: 4-12 

Fabulous Activity kit from the bestselling book, THE INVISIBLE STRING! We are all connected by Invisible Strings made of love!

Patrice Karst

 

The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee

Ages: 7-12

Fun activities and websites focused on spelling inspired by Deborah Abela’s novel, THE STUPENDOUSLY SPECTACULAR SPELLING BEE. 

Deborah Abela

 

THREE LITTLE BEAVERS Teaching Activities

Ages: 4-8 

35 pages ELA, Science, and Math activities about beavers, aligned to standards.

J.H. Diehl

 

TRUCKER AND TRAIN 

Ages: 3-6 

Math, reading, social skills, and writing printables for teachers, parents, and homeschoolers after reading TRUCKER AND TRAIN.

Hannah Stark

 

True Colors of Family – Coloring Pages of LGBT Families

Ages: 3-6 

This packet includes coloring pages from the new coloring book, “The True Colors of Family.” The pages include families with two moms or two dads, and highlight family diversity.

Mark Loewen

 

Vegetable Gardening for Children

Ages: 5-10

The author of ROOTS, SHOOTS AND MUDDY BOOTS will be giving free content on practical vegetable gardening and all related themes like recycling, seasons, insects. This includes art exercises and nature activities. These activities are practical and easy to do with additional information on themes.

Samantha van Riet 

 

Volcano Dreams Geyser Activity

Ages: 4-8 

We use a simple chemical reaction to simulate the boiling water becoming steam under pressure.

Janet Fox 

 

What Did You Say? Creating Dialogue Printable Activity

Ages: 5-8 

Create dialogue with Haggis and Tank with this printable activity page.

Jessica Young 

 

What Does a Princess Really Look Like?

Ages: 5-7 

This free lesson plan includes reading response worksheets that correlate with the story and a STEAM center (STEM challenge). Common Core Standards: RL.4.10, RL.4.7, RL.4.3, RL.4.2, RL.4.1, RL.3.10, RL.3.7, RL.3.3, RL.3.2, RL.3.

Mark Loewen

 

What Punctuation Mark Are You? Quiz

Ages: 4-8 

Inspired by the author’s books about punctuation, this resource offers students a fun quiz to find out which mark matches their personality.

Moira Rose Donohue

 

Website Page for Parents and Teachers

Ages: 5-12 

Website page contains a variety of activities for a range of books.

Beth Anderson 

 

WHOLE-Y COW! FRACTIONS ARE FUN Coloring Sheet & Board Game

Grades: 1-3

Coloring sheet and board game to accompany book, WHOLE-Y COW! FRACTIONS ARE FUN.

Taryn Souders

 

WINTERHOUSE Puzzles

Ages: 8-12

Puzzles, ciphers, and more from the WINTERHOUSE series!

Ben Guterson

 

Wondrous Women Puzzle Sheet

Ages: 8-12 

Word Find and Matching Activities (answers provided on website).

Aimée M. Bissonette

 

Your New, Fun Daily Challenge

Ages: 5+

A new, fun, creative, home-based daily challenge (physical, mental, artistic, etc.) with Marc Tyler Nobleman. Activities vary by day.

Marc Tyler Nobleman

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

A 70s Immersion Guide

Ages: 9-12 

Immerse your students in the 1970s while reading ONE TRUE WAY.

Shannon Hitchcock 

 

Activities for Teaching World History

Ages: 11-14 

Explore world history through hands-on activities.

Toni Blackwell Rhodes

 

Activity Sheets from Alternate Earths

Ages: 8-13

Escape to alternate Earths with this wide range of activity sheets S.G. Wilson has culled from the multiverse. More sheets coming soon, plus a slide show on World Tweaking (the easy and fun alternative to World Building).

S.G. Wilson

 

Australian Contemporary Fiction

Ages: 7-13 

Activity ideas, curriculum-linked teaching notes, and interaction from an Aussie author of fiction and non-fiction (science and Japanese mythology).

Cristy Burne 

 

Choose a Career Adventure Classroom Activity Guide

Ages: 8+ 

Classroom activity guide available for free download, stand-alone project or work in tandem with the Choose a Career Adventure series of books. 

Kelly Anne White 

 

CLIFTON CHASE AND THE ARROW OF LIGHT Free Printables

Grades: K-8 

Coloring sheets, word searches, and puzzles.

Jaimie Engle

 

cloudyseas for kids

Grades: 6-8 

Games, activities and stories, all b/w, colour in, share and have fun.

Coral Tulloch

 

Cooking Up Stories While Going Viral

Ages: 8-13 

Weekly Wednesday Videos (YouTube/Twitter) with ELA activities & STEM Q&A, plus monthly blog link to Recipe & Writing Prompt.

Padma Kenkatraman

 

Hands On Books 

Grades: 4-8 

Three nonfiction authors share insights from their 50+ books along with downloadable activities.

 

How To Start a Parent-Child Book Club for the Middle Grade novel, YOU’RE BACON ME CRAZY

Ages: 9-12 

A how-to for launching a parent-child book club for YOU’RE BACON ME CRAZY that includes book discussion questions plus links for fun book-related recipes.

Suzanne Nelson 

 

Investigate a Ghost Story

Ages: 10-16 

Practice scientific questioning and design experiments to try to figure out the reason for a spooky or unusual experience.

Kathryn Hulick 

 

Make a Bear Mask or Frontier Vest

Ages: 9-13 

Here are two easy projects to make at home – A bear mask to celebrate Earth day, or a pioneer vest!

Robin Chilstrom 

 

Multiverse Activity Sheets

Ages: 10-13 

Sample activity sheets from across the multiverse, the strangest that alternate Earths have to offer!

S.G. Wilson

 

Oral Histories 

Ages: 8-12 

Students will be guided in obtaining oral histories from caregivers. They will then create written narratives based upon those histories.

Jean Alicia Elster

 

Rochester Book Worksheets

Ages: 9-13

Free downloadable worksheets/word searches to go with Sally Valentine’s Rochester novels.

Sally Valentine

 

SATS Style Comprehension Questions

Ages: 9-11 

Chapter by chapter comprehension questions to accompany The Relic Hunters series for use when home educating and in class.

Lexi Rees

 

STEM + Literacy Activities

Ages: 8-12 

Easy at-home hands-on experiments and activities that link STEM and language arts to keep kids in tip-top academic shape.

Patricia Newman 

 

Story Starter Game

Ages: 8-13 

Delve into the world of story writing with this story structure game divided into sections of Character, Goal, Conflict, Setting, & Beginnings. Players choose from pieces & create their own! Printable game & game pieces.

S. A. Larsen 

 

THE LAST SPELL BREATHER Learning Resources

Ages: 8-12

Looking for reading resources & activities for 8 to 12-year-olds? Oxford University Press has developed these beauties for THE LAST SPELL BREATHER – a magical fantasy adventure.  

Julie Pike 

 

The Startup Squad

Ages: 7-14

Resources and activities to help kids plan a summer business and build an entrepreneurial mindset. Children could use this time to plan a summer business or to turn a hobby into a business.

Brian Weisfeld

 

HIGH SCHOOL

 

Sheltering in Place: Coping with COVID-19

Ages: 12-25 

Helps teens with special needs understand COVID-19 and create a life schedule for sheltering at home.

Susan Traugh

 

TELL ME A SECRET: Discussion Questions

Ages: 13+ 

Discussion questions for TELL ME A SECRET by Holly Cupala. 

Holly Cupala 


The Blank Page – Resources for Teen Writing Groups

Ages: 11-18 

Blog posts about running a writing group for teens, including exercises, links, and advice for young writers. 

Kelly McCaughrain

 

ADULT

 

Live Las Musas Intersectionality Webinar and Workshop

Ages: Adult 

NoNieqa Ramos, author of THE TRUTH Is and Natasha Diaz, author of COLOR ME IN, will read poetry, do an anti-racism meditation, and conduct a writing workshop. All participants are entered into a drawing for a free Skype visit!

NoNieqa Ramos

 

ALL

 

 

Activity Sheets

Ages: 6+ 

Three activity sheets with a maze, word find, dot-to-dot, secret message with a code, etc., and 1 coloring sheet, (so far)…

Molly Ruttan

 

Adventures in Writing, Creating, & Coloring!

Ages: All

S.A. Larsen has created Coloring Pages, Word Searches/Puzzles, Video Readings, Writing exercises, and a Game to create story and characters – all printable/downloadable.

S.A. Larsen 

 

BETTY BUILDS IT Word Search

STEM word search puzzle for BETTY BUILDS IT. The entire 13-page book guide can be found here.

Julie Hampton

 

Blog from a Dog’s POV

Ages: All

A weekly blog post from a dog’s point of view. The blog is updated every Friday at 4 pm.

Lori Anne Dryer

 

CATS, HOMONYMS & HABITATS Downloadable Activities 

Grades: K-8

Downloadable homonym activities, SAVE THE CATS board game, habitats activity, Spy word-play kit for CURIOUS CAT SPY CLUB series, word-games, and a FREE middle-grade novel! The author also offers free Skype sessions.

Linda Joy Singleton

 

Cloud Spiders and Mountain Eggs

Ages: All 

Play that kids and adults can perform at home, and share via the internet. 

Dean Norman

 

Create Your Own Healing Star 

Ages: All

Decorate a star, write your wish inside, and hang it in your window. This project is related to A. Kidd’s book, THE HEALING STAR, which is a middle grade-light fantasy for grades 3-6. If enough people hang up the stars in their neighborhood, kids can go on a scavenger hunt looking for them and see other kids’ wishes.

A. Kidd

 

Daily Writing Prompts 

Ages: 8+ 

Daily writing prompts, tweeted every morning from @LoisBrandt1

Lois Brandt

 

Downloadable Bookmarks

Ages: All 

Download and print these fun bookmarks created by children’s book illustrator, Stacy Ebert.

Stacy Ebert 

 

Fun, Uplifting, Silly and Sweet Poems

Ages: 4+ 

Karen Jo Shapiro will be sharing fun poems, published and unpublished, and perhaps activities and information.

Karen Jo Shapiro

 

How To Draw A (very realistic) UNICORN

Ages: All 

Download the step by step guide of how to draw (a very realistic) unicorn. Enjoy!

Tania de Regil

 

I Spy Small Wonders with Rae McDonald

Ages: All 

Take a look outside with me and spy nature’s small wonders. Post on Instagram (see highlights). 

Rae McDonald

 

Josh Funk’s Activity Kits & Coloring Pages

Ages: All 

Enjoy these fun packs with your family for books like LADY PANCAKE & SIR FRENCH TOAST, LOST IN THE LIBRARY, ALBIE NEWTON, PIRASAURS!, and more!

Josh Funk 

 

JUST LIKE RUBE GOLDBERG Reading

Ages: All 

Hear Sarah Aronson read JUST LIKE RUBE GOLDBERG. (If you have made a machine, post it here.)

Sarah Aronson

 

Kid-Friendly Science Blog Updated Regularly

Ages: All 

Sue Berk Koch explores — and makes sense of — intriguing science topics. Science can seem like magic, especially when you understand it!

Sue Berk Koch

 

Learning About T-Rex: Did T-Rex Have Feathers?

Ages: 6-18 

This Learning About T-Rex video explores in a humorous fashion whether paleontologists believe T-Rex had feathers.

Ken Baker 

 

Learning About T-Rex: How Fast Can T-Rex Run

Ages: 6-17 

This Learn About T-Rex video gives dinosaur fans, teachers, and students a humorous and scientific view into T-Rex speed facts.

Ken Baker 

 

LitPick Lessons: FREE Downloads 

Ages: All 

Faith-based lessons from the BIBLE ADVENTURE BOOK OF SCAVENGER HUNTS, printable and downloadable for free on newly launched LitPick Lessons.

Kelly Anne White 

 

Make Your Own Set of Paper Matryoshkas

Ages: All 

Download the pattern and decorate your own set of paper matryoskas, then curl up and enjoy the video of Picture Book Theatre’s delightful marionette production of The Littlest Matryoshka at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Corinne Demas 

 

Nature Photo Hunt 

Ages: All

Go on a self-guided nature photo hunt! Upload your photos to Instagram to participate in the challenge. Rules and list are on Sarah’s Instagram page and in their stories. Have fun!

Sarah Claxton

 

Sweetwater Studio and Library 

Ages: All 

An informal reading of children’s books, and small studio adventures in art and craft. Judy Watson will link activities to books to read.

Judy Watson

 

Virtual Field Trips, Wanderings, and Activities

Ages: All 

A variety of resources to expand horizons with national parks and museums, free operas, aquariums, and other virtual experiences.

Lynne Marie 

 

#WaterPoemProject

Ages: All 

Children’s authors are sharing thirty days of poetry prompts on the theme of WATER.

Laura Shovan

 

#WritetoanAuthor

Ages: 5-18

Got stamps? Then you’ve got an activity for your kids/students at home. #writetoanauthor! We will write back. Author friends, please reply with your fan mail address. Let’s make a #writetoanauthor thread. Authors can join via Twitter by posting their fanmail address with the tag #writetoanauthor, or giving instructions for people to DM or email for an address. Alternately, authors can send me their information at laurashovan@gmail.com. I will share it with educator Lorraine Magee, who is listing participants on her website.

This initiative will be featured on NPR’s morning edition on 3/19/20 or 3/20/20.

Laura Shovan