Holly's Top Ten Website Recommendations

1. Storyline Online – The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. It is fun to search for Storyline on youtube also; Betty White reading Harry the Dirty Dog is wonderful!
2. Author Mo Willems at the Kennedy Center - Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons as Mo invites you to doodle together and explore ways of writing and making. Actually, I think just about anything with Mo Willems is great; he has some fun read-alouds on youtube also.
3. Common Sense Media – free online events and activities for kids at home. This has such a rich resource list! I also use the site pretty often to figure out if the Saturday night movie we want to watch as a family is going to be good for my 8-year-old as well as my 17-year-old. Very useful.
4. National Geographic - There are a wide range of activities available, from games to videos and exploratory modules on a wide variety of topics like space, U.S. states, and animals. Wow! National Geographic is amazing. What a great way to explore the world and learn while staying right here in Haines, Alaska.
5. Reading Rockets - Resources, activities, and reading tips for parents focused on building reading skills and developing a love of reading in their children. Features downloadable Reading Adventure Packs with activities parents and children can do together. I loved hearing Tomie DePaola talk about his books. And Beverly Cleary even had an audio interview on this site!
6. PBS Kids - Play games online and watch fun videos. Finally I got to find out what Daniel Tiger's stories are like! Based on Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, they are sweet and perfect for preschoolers. I had read seen Daniel's books, and I love what he is like in his shows, too.
7. ASL NOOK - Watching the baby learning sign language was so captivating, I could hardly move on to the next link. Unbearably cute. And successful! Super impressive work.
8. Turtle Dance Music - Turtle Dance Music will be live streaming concerts and performing books to kids every day (including Saturday and Sunday) at 10 AM, 12:30 PM and 3 PM. This singer and performer's goal is to bring kids out of their shells, and I love his upbeat style and outreach to kids with autism and other challengers. Great music for kids to sing along with!
9. Tied for 9th place: Sesame Street Printables - Get coloring pages and activities themed around the characters from Sesame Street.

Penguin Printables - The publisher offers writing and drawing activities, puzzles, games and mazes, word searches, and coloring pages themed around picture books, nonfiction books, and chapter books.

Both of these sites will be useful for families with printers. It is really fun to see those characters we already know and love appearing in coloring sheets and activities.

10. Harper Kids Storytime Anytime - Fun printables based on picture books published by Harper Collins. Also some great storytime tips! I love the stories being read aloud! 

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