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Chidren's Book & Teacher Online Resources: Online Children's Books

During the coronavirus shut-down, many publishers and educational organizations have exceptional online content for children, teachers, parents, and anyone interested in children's books.

Welcome

This guide was created to help Education instructors, preservice teachers, and educators to access children's and young adult books during the COVID-19 confinement.

Here is a 19 minute video that walks you through the highlights of the four tabs and their content. 

If you are not satisfied with the resources here, you may want to check the digital libraries of the public library where you currently live. 

If you have any comments, suggestions, or questions please contact the Curriculum Collection Librarian at tholford@uwlax.edu. 

Abdo Digital Library

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Abdo Digital Bookshelf is offering free digital content. Searchable by grade, genre, subject, format. 

Bookflix (Scholastic)

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Bookflix from Scholastic is an online literacy tool that pairs up fiction with nonfiction with engaging videos, read-alouds, vocabulary games and other literacy activities. During the COVID-19 school closings, a free login is being offered: 

user: Learning20

pass: Clifford

Otherwise, you can create a free account for educators and librarians for full access. 

Coronavirus: A Book for Children

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Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow and written by staff within the company, with consulting by Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds. 

Crabtree Digital

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Crabtree Publishing is offering free access to its e-library of children's books content until June 30th, 2020. Most of the content is nonfiction. To access this content directly, click here. The username is read and the password is pass.

EPIC Digital Library

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EPIC is a digital library with children's books in various formats. You must create a free account as if you were a teacher or librarian. This will then give you full access. Click on the Explore search box, then scroll down to see the categories and choices. 

Horn Book

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The Horn Book is one of the oldest and most distinguished source of information on children's and young adult literaturedand is offering temporary free access to its digital content. Gain access to its archived journals here

International Children's Digital Library

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The International Children's Digital Library is a free collection of digitized children's books from over 50 different countries in various languages. Direct access to the content is here. You can choose a book by target language, age, length, main character and other categories. 

Junior Library Guild

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The Junior Library Guild has free digital children's books available. Choose between elementary, middle or high school. 

NASA

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NASA at Home offers online books in a pdf format. Scroll down to the end of this page to find them under "Read It". This page also provides ways to engage with STEM. 

National Emergency Library (Internet Archives)

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The National Emergency Library is being offered through Internet Archive (non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music etc) to support reading, teaching, and research. Create a free account to borrow digitized and digital children's books. 

Storyline Online

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Storyline Online is a collection of professional recorded story time read-alouds with actors and other public figures. Searchable by title or by subject. Each book also has teaching activities. 

We Are Teachers Storytime

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We Are Teachers Storytime  is a series of videos of books being read aloud. Most of the books are read by the author, and some are read by teachers. All videos are under 10 minutes and come with a bonus Q&A at the end.