At home with little ones? We hope this guide will help you read, play and learn at home with your baby, toddler or preschooler. In these early years your child is learning about the world and developing pre-reading skills through his or her experiences and relationships. We hope that the following list supports your quality time together as you learn about each other and the world!
Books and Authors
Starting Friday, 3/27, please join DPL staff from throughout the library for Monday through Friday live storytimes on the Denver Public Library's YouTube channel.
- Spanish @ 9 a.m.
- Toddler @ 10 a.m.
- All Ages @ 11 a.m.
Storyline Online: The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.
Read Wonder and Learn: Authors & Illustrators Share Resources for Learning Anywhere - Spring 2020: A growing collection of resources that include everything from first-chapter and picture book read-alouds (all shared with permission!) to drawing and writing mini-lessons. Be sure to check back often, as new resources will be added every day. Click here for resources for PreK-2nd Grade.
100+ Free Video Read Alouds: High quality picture book video read alouds collected by The Indianapolis Public Library.
eBooks and Audiobooks
Audible Free Streaming: Great selection of kids audiobooks for instant streaming. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
AudioBookCloud: All-ages audiobook database.
International Children's Digital Library: A digital library of outstanding children's books from around the world, available online free of charge.
Kanopy for Kids Animated Picture Books: Did you know that besides movies, Kanopy for Kids also has more than 200 animated picture books? To access them, sign in to Kanopy and then go to Kids-->Browse-->Story Time to access the collection!
Tumblebooks: eBook database for children.
ASL Storytimes, Books and Resources
ASLized Library: Videos of community-owned literary works that were produced by the authors themselves. Great ASL storytime videos selected for the sake of preservation and promotion.
ASL Literacy Activities by Motion Light Lab: Free ASL Literacy resources for everyone with over 17 weeks worth of content. Sign up for free to access ASL storytelling, ASL lessons, worksheets, and more!
Boston University’s Deaf Education Library: Crowdsourced collection of lessons for many academic subjects, all in ASL and English.
Transformed Deaf ASL Booktime: ASL storytimes that offer that representation for Black and Brown Deaf students.
VL2 Storybook Apps: Award-winning VL2 Storybook Apps service is now being offering an app for free each week! These apps are designed based on research on visual learning and bilingualism, and support literacy development in deaf children. Storybook apps are available in ASL/English as well as in other languages.
Bedtime FM: Enjoy a bedtime story with your preschooler! Bedtime FM features 10 minute stories appropriate for preschoolers and up. There are also some great mindfulness and relaxation stories for kids under their Peace Out heading that might be a fun thing to try as your family adjusts to new routines.
Other great podcasts to share with kids: Many of these will be appropriate for preschoolers.
Children's Museum of Denver Museum Fun 101: The Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus is closed, but you can join the museum’s educators Facebook Group for museum fun at home!
Free Book Character Printables: Print out your child's favorite book characters, and have a good time coloring them in (or just on them, depending on the age of your child!) A great list from the Indianapolis Public Library.
Noggin: Hey Nick Jr. Fans! Our partners at Bright By Text have been working with Nick Jr. to bring you their Noggin app FREE for 90 days! No credit card info needed, activities, shows and more!
Tinkergarten Activities: Expert-designed curriculum for kids birth-8+, created to develop thinking, physical, social and academic skills through outdoor, play-based activities.
Jbrary: A website run by two Canadian librarians that includes many different songs, fingerplays, and movement activities. This is a resource beloved by librarians across the globe, including the storytime staff at DPL! You might see songs that you recognize as this is a source we use all the time! The Jbrary librarians have compiled a list of live storytimes from libraries all over the US and Canada as well as other storytime-like resources available online. This is a great site to visit if you’re looking for more songs to sing with your baby or toddler or new ways to work on fine and gross motor skills!
Bright by Text: Whether you're a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, neighbor, or babysitter, can make caring for a little one easier! Sign up to receive free tips and resources sent straight to your phone!
Drawing With Toddlers with E.B. Goodale: An Instagram Live feed. Live drawing sessions at 11:30 a.m. ET on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tune in live to make requests or watch it later and follow along at home.
PBS Kids: This website offers plenty of fun games to play together-- you can watch short videos or play games with your favorite characters. Try sitting with your toddler and playing hide and seek with Daniel Tiger and then around your house! You can see and play with your favorite Sesame Street friends as well! Watch videos, play games, or do interactive art.