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Online Resources for Reading at Home With Kids in 6th-8th Grade

Here are some excellent online resources for reading at home with kids in 6th-8th grade, featuring children's literature, authors, and eBooks and audiobooks that you can access from your computer or device.

Books and Authors

Authors Everywhere: A YouTube Channel created and run by middle grade author Susan Tan, and made possible by an amazing community of children's book writers and illustrators.

The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds & Activities​: Comprehensive and updated list provided by We Are Teachers.

Harry Potter at Home: All the latest magical treats to keep you occupied - including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world.

KidLit TV: ​​KidLit TV is the place to discover great children’s books and connect with the people who create them. Includes video read alouds, podcasts, book trailers, drawing tutorials, crafts and activities.

Read Wonder and Learn: Authors & Illustrators Share Resources for Learning Anywhere - Spring 2020A 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 6th-8th graders.

19 Free Webcomics for Kids and Teens: Free webcomics from favorite kids graphic novel artists and authors, compiled by School Library Journal. 

eBooks and Audiobooks

Audible Free StreamingGreat 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.

Open Library: ​​The ultimate goal of the Open Library is to make all the published works of humankind available to everyone in the world. They provide access to 1.7 million scanned versions of books. Here are some Children’s and Young Adult collections to get you started: Children's LiteratureBaby Books, Picture Books, Bedtime Books, Stories in Rhyme, Juvenile Literature, Young Adult Fiction.

Oxford Owl: Free eBook library containing over 100 books for children ages 3–11.

Sora: Sora is Overdrive's app designed for K-12 schools. Denver Public Schools (DPS) and Denver Public Library (DPL) have turned on the Sora Public Library Connect feature that allows students to access the DPL Overdrive collection from their DPS Overdrive account. One login now gives students access to two eBook collections! Our DPS library friends have created this great video about how to link accounts in Sora. Happy eBook reading!

Tumblebooks: eBook database for children Kindergarten-6th grade. 

Unite for Literacy: Unite online library provides free access to more than 400 original picture books, one fourth of them written in Spanish. The digital books provide audio narrations in more than 40 languages, spoken by native speakers in warm, expressive voices. The languages of narration include indigenous and endangered languages along with languages most widely spoken in the US.

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.

And for more listening fun, here are some great podcasts to share with kids of all ages!