Digital Resources for At-Home Learning

Below are resources compiled by CCB staff that support learning at home for all ages and grade levels.  Have a resource to share? Email us at



University of Illinois alumnus and actor Nick Offerman reads a bedtime story in honor of Children’s Day for Japan House.

Storyline Online. A website featuring one-story storytimes read by celebrities.

A compilation of storytime resources from the Indianapolis Public Library.

Read and Learn with SimonKids (Simon & Schuster). An online playlist available on Youtube.

Author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers (This Moose Belongs to Me, The Day the Crayons Quit) hosts a stay-at-home storytime from his books.

Author Mac Barnett  (Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, Mac B: Spy Kid) hosts programs on his Instagram page: Mac Barnett Book Club Show, Stories After Dark, and Live Cartoons.

Story Station, virtual storytimes from Words Alive.

Puppet Shows from the Center for Puppetry Arts.

A man raps Dr. Seuss stories over Dr. Dre beats.

Follow #OperationStorytime on social media for authors and celebrities reading picture books.


Educational Worksheets:

COVID-19 time capsule activity sheets and mindfulness resources for elementary or early middle school students.

Home Learning Packets for Pre-Schoolers from DK Publishers.

Home Learning Packets for School Age children from DK Publishers.

At home curriculum resources from DK publishers.

National Geographic Home Education resources.



Author and illustrator Dav Pilkey  (Dogman, Captain Underpants) hosts readings, and drawing lessons.

2020 Kids Comic Contest from Pop Culture Classroom. Entries accepted April 27 through June 26 for students grades 3-12.

Illustrator Carson Ellis (Du Iz Tak?, The Wildwood Chronicles)  hosts Trans-Mundane Tuesdays (drawing prompts) on her Instagram.

Illustrator Wendy MacNaughton  (Meanwhile in San Francisco: The City in its Own Words) hosts Draw Together lessons on her Youtube channel.

Illustrator Christian Robinson (Just in Case You Want to Fly, Another) hosts Making Space (mindfulness art lessons) on his Instagram.

Chicago Arts Partnership: “Arts Resources for Families Stuck at Home”.

Champaign-Urbana-born artist Nancy Blum shares free coloring sheets on her website.


Especially for Teens:

Actor and meme-icon Sir Patrick Stewart reads daily sonnets on Instagram.

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is hosting a writing camp for aspiring novelists.

Many Netflix documentaries are currently available for free on Youtube.

Free materials to play Dungeons & Dragons.

Author and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jason Reynolds is hosting two virtual programs with the Library of Congress: “Write. Right. Rite” and “Grab the Mic”.

Girl Scout activities for Grades 9-10.

Girl Scout activities for Grades 11-12.

“Quaranteens“: writing, reading, and mindfulness activities for teens from Words Alive.



Schedule of daily free performances from the Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera.

The Show Must Go On! Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals available on Youtube for free for 48 hours.

PBS Great Performances, streaming for free until May 27.

Compilation of streaming Broadway Musicals.

Free Pop-Up Acting Classes from the Civic Theater.

Compilation of drama and acting games for young thespians.


Multi-age level activities and compilations: 

Learning resources from the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators.

Free Audible stories (eAudiobooks).

One Big World program from Encantos and UNICEF. This program encourages parents/caregivers and children to share videos and pictures of what they love about their world.

4-H activity guide for at home projects and ideas (email sign up required).

Girl Scouts activity packs for Grades K-12.



Virtual Museums and National Parks:

Live-streamed events from the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures on the UIUC campus.

Virtual events from the Krannert Art Museum on the UIUC campus.

Chicago Children’s Museum at home programs and resources.

Educational resources from the Field Museum (Chicago).

Virtual visiting from the Art Institute of Chicago.

Compilation of virtual National Parks tours.

Virtual re-enactment of the 1963 Children’s Crusade from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. This will take place on Facebook Live on May 8 at 10 AM CDT.

Google Arts and Culture facilitates virtual tours of hundreds of museums around the world.

Minnesota Children’s Museum at home programs and resources.

Virtual activities from Boston Children’s Museum.

Virtual activities from Glazer Children’s Museum (Tampa, Florida).

Native Knowledge 360. Education resources and digital lessons from the National Museum of the American Indian.

Digital Collections for the Classroom. Online curated items for classroom use from the Newberry Library by their staff.

Online exhibitions, resources, and lessons from the National Museum of African American History and Culture.



Virtual performances from partners of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on the UIUC Campus.

Virtual performances of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Home.

Educational resources and performances from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Resources for families from the National Association for the Education of Young Children on incorporating music in at home learning.

Music based games and activities for children from the San Francisco Symphony.

Music based games and activities for children from the New York Philharmonic.

BBC Music Planet is an archive of music from around the world.

Chrome Music Lab allows users to compose experimental music and see relations to math, science, and art.

Virtual Drumming allows users to play with different drum beats.


Journaling prompts, creative writing challenges, and fanfiction:

Compilation of Twitter writing prompts.

Compilation of journaling prompts.

Compilation of journaling prompts for elementary school students.

Archive of Our Own: global repository for fanfiction of all genres and fandoms. Includes maturity ratings and content warnings.



Hour of Code: free coding modules and games for kids of all ages.

Girls Who Code: free code from home activities for 6th-12th grader girls (inclusively defined), including unplugged activities.

Codecademy: free to use, but email sign up required. Designed for high school ages and up.


For parents and caregivers: 

The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (BCCB) is free to read right now on ProjectMuse. The BCCB reviews youth literature for ages birth through 18.

A moment of encouragement for parents and caregivers from Sesame Street.

Coronavirus: A Book for Children. A free eBook explaining the COVID-19 pandemic and its current effects. It is being reviewed by the BCCB.

Advice for parents and caregivers on how to use diverse books in at-home learning from We Need Diverse Books.

Local library e-resources (Libby, Hoopla, Axis360, etc.). For those in the Champaign-Urbana area: Urbana Free Library resources and Champaign Public Library resources.