Online Resources For Kids and Families
We made this page to support our families and caregivers of children staying at home during the pandemic. We have highlighted our online resources that are made for kids and other resources that can provide activities and educational supports.
Libby Kid’s reading room
Did you know that our Libby online library has a collection of “Read-Along” kid’s books? These books are great for emerging readers. As the narrator reads the story out loud, each word being read is highlighted on the page for your child to follow along. A fun way to encourage literacy!
Libby Teen’s reading room
A collection just for teens and tweens. New release fiction and classic titles. ebook and audiobook format.
EyeDiscover Optic Readalongs
An exciting fusion of print, video, and audio featuring the innovative Optic Readalong. EyeDiscover is designed to inspire and motivate children at the Kindergarten to Grade 2 levels to read in a fresh, new way. Each title is packed with special features designed for reluctant readers. An optic readalong included with each title features professional narrators reading the book aloud. This allows beginning readers to listen at their own pace.
Language Learning with KidSpeak
KidSpeak™ is a fun, age-appropriate online language course designed for children ages 6 and up! Accessible through Transparent Language Online, KidSpeak introduces your children to English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Mandarin Chinese. The program teaches words and phrases suitable for learners’ age, needs, and interests. More than 40 activities, puzzles, and songs guide young learners through the basics, along with a cartoon “friend” who speaks the language. KidSpeak™ works on computers, tablets, and phones – so your little ones can learn on the go, at home, or in the library.
World Book Early Learning
- Emergent readers will engage in an interactive and playful environment of topical content worlds with bursts of information to support microlearning.
- Guided reading program with stories spread across Lexile® levels provides building blocks for early learners
- Includes read-aloud capabilities with easy-to-recognize icons that allow pre-emergent readers to learn independently
- New! Early Learning Basics is a fun, developmentally appropriate way to teach foundational reading and math skills to young children.
- Videos are categorized by subject and are designed to provide visual, real-world examples of high-interest topics.
- Games and activities reinforce early childhood building blocks and stealth learning.
Prenda Code Club is a self-guided online software program that teaches you how to code through hundreds of coding tutorials and dozens of real-world projects. Prenda offers a gamified learning experience ― as you progress through the activities, you’ll earn clothes and accessories for your personal avatar.
Learn how to make websites, video games, apps, and animations. It’s fun, engaging, and designed for ages 8-18. Start coding today!
Talking to kids about COVID-19
Jasper and Tabitha Play a Trick on the Coronas
Dr. Taylor Purvis is a medical doctor who has written a cute and approachable story to teach children the facts about Covid-19. Her story discusses the ways different members of the community can contribute during this time as well as the ways that we can all keep healthy and safe.
Coronavirus a book for children
Published by Nosy Crow, and written by Nosy Crow staff, and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. This book was written with the assistance of Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Good resource to read to school age children about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Free for anyone to read on screen or print out.
Kids, COVID19, and mental health video by Grey Bruce Public Health
Mental Health Resources
Fun Family Activities
Escape Room Activity
Find your way out of our Disney themed escape room!
Storytime with Stephanie
Stephanie recorded a special edition of story time from home!
Storytime with Lainie
Covid-19 Time Capsule Worksheet Package
Created by Natalie Long of LONG Creations this fun and easy set of worksheets will preserve your child’s thoughts (and adorable penmanship) for years to come. There are French and Adult versions available as well!
St. John Ambulance Digital Therapy Dogs
Tinker the therapy dog visits with you virtually!
Learn at Home Ontario’s online learning portal for K-12
National Geographic Kids: Games, quizes and videos.
Scholastic Learn at Home: Twenty days of active learning journeys.
Math Games: Select your grade (K-8), the math skills you’re working on, and play!
Typing Practice Improve typing skills with fun challenges and lessons.
Brightly Storytime: A great selection of picture books read aloud by storyteller Ms. Linda.
Girl Tales Podcast: For middle school aged kids a podcast featuring re-imagined fairytales- with a feminist twist!
Story Pirates: A quirky and hilarious podcast for kids. Stories are submitted by children and then brought to life in a series of podcasts by talented performers.