Librarians’ Top Picks for Children, Parents & Educator Resources

Free Online Story Times

Authors Everywhere Youtube channel

Videos on Authors and Illustrators doing book talks, read alouds, art demos and more!

Brightly Storytime

Choose the appropriate age group for your child under the “Ages and Stages” tab and access read aloud story videos, articles about reading tips and age-appropriate activities, book recommendations and more!

KidLit TV

Discover great children’s books read aloud by the authors, get inspired by illustrators and watch tutorial videos on how to draw characters from their books, access their children’s literature podcast, crafts and activities and more!

Storyline Online

Streams videos featuring famous actors reading aloud children’s books alongside creative illustrations.

Fun & Learning


Includes BrainPOP Jr. (Grades K-3) and BrainPOP ELL (vocabulary, listening, grammar, reading & writing). They are offering a free subscription to both educators and families at home. Click the link above and fill out the form to set up your account. Get access to STEAM related videos, quizzes, activities and more!

Cincinnati Zoo Daily Safari

Join the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens for a Home Safari Facebook Live viewing each weekday at 3:00 PM where they will highlight one of their amazing animals and include an activity you can do from home.

Every Child a Reader Coloring Pages

Children’s picture book illustrators have contributed their beautiful artwork for children, teens and anyone else who loves books and coloring to have access to individual illustrations available to download and print!

Kids Ask Authors with Grace Lin Podcast

A podcast for kids where author and illustrator Grace Lin has a guest author on her show and answers questions from kids. At the end of each episode they read aloud either a book review, poem, or joke submitted by kids! Just click the links in the top left corner for submissions. Get involved and ask questions or submit your own work- maybe yours will be chosen for the next episode!

Mo Willems Lunchtime Doodles

Every weekday children’s author, Mo Willems, shares a family friendly video from his home studio. This is a great way for children to engage with the author and have some fun with simple drawing techniques. Author of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, and the Elephant and Piggie series. 

Marders Bald Eagle Camera

This camera is set up locally in Sag Harbor and maintained by Marders Garden Center. Follow the YouTube account to watch the nest cam as frequently as you want.

Overdrive/Libby for Kids

Download free eBooks and eAudiobooks for kids in grades 0-12. Choose your home library, enter your library barcode number and start downloading!

San Diego Zoo Animal Live Cams

Visit this site to check out any number of the San Diego Zoo’s animal live cams including: pandas, koalas, apes, polar bears and more!

Teachers & Educators

Disney Books Teacher Guides

Librarian and Teacher guides for titles from Disney books.

Penguin Classroom

Teachers, Librarians and Educators can access free resources, author visits and more. Click the age-appropriate grade level and access free PDF guides for your classroom!

Long Island Aquarium Learning Resources

Long Island Aquarium Educators have designed age-appropriate learning resources and activities for grades K-12. The lesson plans focus on the animals found at the aquarium and highlight their taxonomy and adaptations. While they can be used solely in the classroom, these lesson plans also include activities specifically for use when touring the Aquarium. 

Scholastic Learn at Home

Includes 25 days worth of free resources including: projects, articles and stories, virtual field trips, geography challenges and more!


For Librarians and Educators. Have access to lesson plans, event kits, activities and more!


Its online libraries are now available and free to all public libraries until August 31st. Enjoy a collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, eBooks, quizzes, lesson plans, games and more! Click the link provided here and follow the instructions to access resources.

Parents & Caregivers

The Artful Parent YouTube Channel

Get inspired and fill your family’s life with arts and crafts using materials you may already have at home!

Common Sense Media

Worried about some of the content in media outlets and books for your children? Check out reviews and advice on books, movies, games and more. Simply search by category or enter the title in the search box. 

Parenting Tips Podcast

A podcast that is presented by Suffolk Cornell Cooperative Extension. The information they provide supports parents and caregivers with current research on parenting tips, child development, health and wellness.

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