DAILY DISTRACTION 8/3/2020

Start the week off right with some fun new songs for you and your little one. Check out the Super Simple Songs YouTube channel to learn a new tune today! https://www.youtube.com/user/SuperSimpleSongs

SO, YOU’RE STUCK INSIDE…

Although our immediate worlds may be smaller, there’s no reason we can’t all continue to expand our minds. Here is a list of websites that you can visit to learn, explore, contribute and create. Click on the different tabs to see websites for each category:

READ a book. Enjoy some digital books:

  • Gwinnett County Public Library has TONS of digital resources for all ages that you can easily access with your library card. Read  storybooks, magazines, encyclopedias, and newspapers. Study for your driver’s test, get homework help or learn a new language. It's all here: CLICK HERE

Books for all ages:

  • Find free online reading material here: CLICK HERE
  • Free eBooks for all ages: Powered by eSebco (Student ID = 1 upon login) CLICK HERE
  • Free online reading material PreK-5: CLICK HERE
  • Free access to eBooks for grades PreK-12th. Offered through June: CLICK HERE
  • Free access to 11 teen/YA books from Riveted by Simon Teen (requires free registration on Riveted site) CLICK HERE
  • Find online copies of rare and classic children's books here: CLICK HERE
  • Read a new poem for every day of the school year here: CLICK HERE
  • Enjoy one month of free access to Marvel Comics online: CLICK HERE
  • Flip through virtual pages of some free Dark Horse comics (including some kid-friendly comics) online now: CLICK HERE

HEAR a story. Here are some websites where you can hear a picture book read aloud:

Picture Books

  • Find kids books told in ASL here: CLICK HERE
  • List of children’s books in ASL here: CLICK HERE
  • Hear Michelle Obama read a kids’ book on the PBS Kids YouTube channel every Monday: CLICK HERE
  • Listen to Princesses read stories here: CLICK HERE
  • Reading Rainbow host Levar Burton reads stories for kids three times a week on his Twitter feed: CLICK HERE
  • Hear celebrities reading children’s books here: CLICK HERE
  • Kids books on Audible are temporarily free: CLICK HERE
  • Hear Quackenstein Hatches a Family read by Kristen Bell: CLICK HERE
  • Listen to Harry the Dirty Dog read by Betty White: CLICK HERE
  • Actor Chris O’Dowd reads Arnie the Doughnut: CLICK HERE
  • Actor Reid Scott reads Sylvester and the Magic Pebble: CLICK HERE
  • Actress Sarah Silverman reads A Tale of Two Beasts: CLICK HERE
  • Actress Melissa Gilbert reads My Rotten Redheaded Brother: CLICK HERE
  • Listen to a story read in space! CLICK HERE
  • Children’s publisher shares read aloud picture books on YouTube: CLICK HERE
  • Subscribe to this publisher’s YouTube channel for weekly storytime videos: CLICK HERE
  • Hear kids’ stories read by author Neil Gaiman: CLICK HERE
  • Author Nick Bruel reads some of his Bad Kitty stories: CLICK HERE
  • Author Kate Messner reads her book, The Brilliant Deep: CLICK HERE
  • Author Carole Lindstrom reads her picture book, We Are Water Protectors: CLICK HERE
  • Author Kate Messner shares an excerpt from her non-fiction book, Tracking Pythons: CLICK HERE
  • Author-illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi reads her picture book Where Are My Books? and gives a drawing demonstration: CLICK HERE
  • Author Kate Messner reads her picture book Up in the GardenCLICK HERE
  • Author Nancy Castaldo reads from her non-fiction book about endangered species, Back From the BrinkCLICK HERE
  • Author Aisha Saeed reads her picture book Bilal Cooks Daal: CLICK HERE
  • Author Emily Jenkins reads her picture book  A Greyhound, a Groundhog: CLICK HERE

Chapter Books

  • Hear an unusual and ever changing story told by many well-known authors and illustrated by some of the best illustrators with new chapters every two weeks: CLICK HERE
  • Author Leah Henderson reads the first chapter of her middle-grade reader, The Magic In Changing Your Stars: CLICK HERE
  • Author Jason Reynolds shares an extract from his novel, GhostCLICK HERE
  • Author Jo Knowles reads from the first chapter of her book, Where the Heart Is: CLICK HERE
  • Author Chris Tebbetts reads the first chapter of his book Stranded and gives you a writing prompt: CLICK HERE
  • Author Ann Braden reads the first chapter of his book The Benefits of Being an Octopus: CLICK HERE
  • Author Mae Respicio shares an excerpt from her book, Any Day with You and gives a writing prompt where you imagine a day at the beach gone wrong: CLICK HERE
  • Author Lisa Schroeder reads an excerpt from her book My Secret Guide to Paris and shares a writing exercise: CLICK HERE
  • Author Janet Fox reads an excerpt from her book The Artifact Hunters: CLICK HERE
  • Author Abby Cooper reads the first chapter of her book Friend or Fiction: CLICK HERE

YA BOOKS

  • Read a synopsis for popular teen titles. After you’ve read on of the books, use the discussion questions provided and host a virtual book club: CLICK HERE
  • Read books for grades 7-12 here (Username: tumble2020 Password: A3b5c6): CLICK HERE
  • Author Victoria Schwab shares the first chapters of her books: CLICK HERE
  • Follow author Nic Stone on Instagram and hear her read from her books on Fridays: CLICK HERE

WATCH author book talks:

Follow the Library of Congress on Facebook. Each day they are sharing author appearances from past National Book Festivals: CLICK HERE

Picture Books

  • Meet the creators of the New York Times bestselling picture book Hair Love! Author Matthew Cherry and illustrator Vashti Harrison talk you through the creation of Hair Love and the important and empowering message they convey through the book. CLICK HERE

Chapter Books

  • Learn from author and artist Dav Pilkey in his new virtual series for the Library of Congress Follow the library on their Facebook page here: CLICK HERE

Teen Books

  • Author and illustrator Rob Harrell is here to introduce you to his newest middle grade novel Wink! Based on his real life experience, and packed with comic panels and spot art, this incredibly personal and poignant novel is a story of survival and finding the music, magic, and laughter in life’s weirdness. CLICK HERE
  • Padma Venkatraman, author of the critically acclaimed The Bridge Home, is here to answer your questions! Click on the link below to hear Padma answer common questions she gets from students about her latest novel. The Bridge Home, is a part of the Global Read Aloud.  CLICK HERE
  • We all could use a laugh right now! Watch author and YouTuber Akilah Hughes try to describe the plot of a YA novel with only the title for context! Then check out her own hilarious memoir, Obviously. CLICK HERE

LISTEN to music. Here are some sites with book-related songs, early literacy songs, and educational songs:

  • Find a list of free online concerts here: CLICK HERE
  • Go on a Bear Hunt with author Michael Rosen: CLICK HERE
  • Listen to songs inspired by children’s books: CLICK HERE
  • Learn about polygons while you listen to this catchy song: CLICK HERE
  • Listen to a song about protecting the oceans: CLICK HERE
  • Learn all 50 states with this song: CLICK HERE
  • Learn about sentences with this song: CLICK HERE
  • Here’s a song explaining the silent “e”: CLICK HERE
  • Get the wiggles out with this song: CLICK HERE
  • Celebrities sing the ABC’s: CLICK HERE
  • Bruno Mars and some friends from Sesame Street sing about not giving up: CLICK HERE
  • Jason Mraz sings about being stuck inside and going outdoors: CLICK HERE
  • Lighten the mood and watch the video for Pharrell Williams song, Happy: CLICK HERE
  • John Legend sings on Sesame Street: CLICK HERE
  • A Wisconsin man raps Dr. Seuss books over Dr. Dre beats: CLICK HERE

LEARN: Check out these sites with all kinds of information about the world around us.

  • Here is a kid-friendly comic that explains the COVID-19 pandemic: CLICK HERE
  • This podcast episode gives family friendly advice on staying healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak: CLICK HERE
  • Learn about sea turtles with regular virtual talks here: CLICK HERE
  • Learn about the desert with online activities and videos here: CLICK HERE
  • Download a booklet of activities which will help you learn braille: CLICK HERE
  • Learn something new about the world every day with Everyday Mysteries: CLICK HERE
  • Free resources for learning from home from Scholastic: CLICK HERE
  • The Fernbank Museum has lots of online content for kids during the closure. Check out their Museum at Home, filled with science experiments, storytimes, animal encounters and more: CLICK HERE
  • Find  lesson plans on animals and conservation for ages PreK-4th grade from ZooAtlanta: CLICK HERE
  • Twenty days worth of free daily lessons for kids ages PreK-9th grade from Scholastic: CLICK HERE
  • Create a tornado and measure its destructive powers here: CLICK HERE
  • Always be prepared! Watch a short video to learn how to survive quicksand. CLICK HERE
  • Learn about archeology while virtually exploring digs at the Grand Canyon (requires Adobe Flash Player) CLICK HERE
  • Learn about the Civil Rights Movement by looking at this photo display from the High Museum of Art in Atlanta: CLICK HERE
  • Learn about Rosa Parks in this online exhibit: CLICK HERE
  • Learn about the suffragette movement with this online exhibit: CLICK HERE
  • Look at the earliest maps of the United States in this online exhibit: CLICK HERE
  • Here’s a mini-lesson on comparative mythology from kids’ author Tracy Baptiste: CLICK HERE
  • Learn the sad story of Anne Frank with a virtual trip through her home: CLICK HERE
  • Learn more about President George Washington with a virtual tour through Mt. Vernon: CLICK HERE
  • Learn about history while exploring the exhibits at the British Museum in London: CLICK HERE
  • Learn about the Vietnam War in this online exhibit from the Atlanta History Center: CLICK HERE
  • Find lessons on Native American History here: CLICK HERE
  • Take a virtual tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture: CLICK HERE
  • Learn about the city of Atlanta in this online exhibit from the Atlanta History Center: Atlanta in 50 Objects: CLICK HERE
  • Take a walking tour via video of the Roman Colosseum: CLICK HERE
  • Take a 360 degree virtual tour of the Kremlin in Moscow: CLICK HERE
  •  Take a virtual tour of one of the oldest forts in the new world, Castillo De San Marco in St. Augustine, Florida; CLICK HERE
  • Learn about analyzing poetry with daily, 5 minute episodes of this podcast: CLICK HERE
  • Test your math skills for grades K-6 here (Username: tumble2020 Password: A3b5c6): CLICK HERE
  • Print out some simple space themed activities to do at home: CLICK HERE
  • Learn your family history with these genealogy tips from the Ellis island Museum of Immigration: CLICK HERE
  • Help kids learn social and emotional skills with this video: CLICK HERE
  • Learn about nuclear power with this virtual field trip: CLICK HERE
  • Explore the world of technology with this virtual field trip: CLICK HERE
  • Learn how pharmaceutical companies use science with this virtual field trip: CLICK HERE
  • Learn about geology with photo tours of the Grand Canyon: CLICK HERE
  • Learn about life in the north with videos from the Alaska Sealife Center: CLICK HERE
  • Learn about space, animals, and more with games and videos from National Geographic: CLICK HERE
  • In honor of Earth day! Visit the NASA @ My Library microsite (Part 4 of 4) Four things that make the Earth unique! CLICK HERE
  • Make a volcano with baking soda, vinegar and play dough. Then, add multiple layers that you can investigate like a NASA scientist. Test your family and friends to see if they can guess what's inside your volcano! CLICK HERE
  • Nasa’s Space Place is the place to go to learn all about the universe. With games, crafts, videos and activities about everything from how GPS works to what actually happens during an earthquake there’s something for every young scientist. CLICK HERE
  • Make a water filter: Design and build a device that can clean a dirty water sample using materials around your home. You’ll follow the same design process used by NASA engineers and scientists when they developed the water filtration system for the International Space Station orbiting Earth.

EXPLORE:  Look around the world from the comfort of your own home:

Animals & Nature

  • Keep penguins in your pocket when you download this app that visually monitors a colony of African penguins: CLICK HERE
  • See photos of nature and wildlife from around the world: CLICK HERE
  • Investigate some of the exhibits at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum: CLICK HERE
  • See what the pandas at Zoo Atlanta are up to. Are they awake?: CLICK HERE
  • Look at the fish and other animals at the Georgia Aquarium. How many different species do you see? CLICK HERE
  • Check out some of the animals at the San Diego Zoo. Can you find one mammal and one bird? What about one primate and one marsupial? CLICK HERE
  • Watch wild animals from around the world. What do you like to watch? CLICK HERE
  • Take a virtual field trip to learn more about the world of polar bears: CLICK HERE
  • See what’s happening at the Monterey Bay Aquarium by looking at their webcams. Can you find a mammal, a bird, a fish and a reptile? CLICK HERE
  • Watch a live feed of the tanks at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. See how many species you can find: CLICK HERE
  • Take a virtual tour of the US Botanical Gardens in Washington, DC: CLICK HERE
  • Fancy a dip? You can virtually swim with dolphins and learn some dolphin facts here: CLICK HERE
  • Meet a hammerhead shark in this 360 degree video: CLICK HERE
  • Virtually explore an active volcano: CLICK HERE
  • Take an up close look at a beehive: CLICK HERE
  • Take a look at a desert biome. What plants and animals do you see CLICK HERE
  • Look at a temperate forest. How does it change with the seasons? What signs of animals do you find? CLICK HERE
  • Learn more about the life found in a rainforest here: CLICK HERE
  • Explore the collections at the Natural History Museum in London: CLICK HERE
  • Take a 360 degree aerial tour of the Grand Canyon: CLICK HERE
  • Look at colorful birds of the rainforest here: CLICK HERE
  • Virtually trek through Maine’s Acadia National park: CLICK HERE
  • Take a hike through Arches National Park in Utah: CLICK HERE
  • Imagine yourself surrounded by wilderness in Denali National Park, Alaska: CLICK HERE

Art

  • Be amazed and inspired. Watch a Cirque du Soleil show: CLICK HERE
  • Watch Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals on the YouTube Channel, The Shows Must Go On. New shows each Friday night will run for 48 hrs: CLICK HERE
  • Watch a kids’ theater performance, listen to a sensory story time for babies, take an acting class or even attend a virtual spring break camp at the Alliance Theater: CLICK HERE
  • Watch a performance from the National Theater here: CLICK HERE
  • Listen to recorded performances from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: CLICK HERE
  • Watch a puppet show, take a tour or do some digital learning with the Center for Puppetry Arts: CLICK HERE
  • Take a virtual tour of an art exhibit in Rome featuring the art of Raphael. (Narration in Italian): CLICK HERE
  • Watch 360 degree videos and explore fashion, art, architecture, space, dinosaurs and more: CLICK HERE
  • Truly dive into a work of art as you walk through a 3D rendering of a Chinese scroll painted in 1623: CLICK HERE
  • Check out the works at the National Gallery of Art: CLICK HERE
  • See if you recognize any faces from the National Portrait Gallery: CLICK HERE
  • Take a virtual tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art: CLICK HERE
  • Look at the online exhibits at the Met designed with kids in mind: CLICK HERE
  • Learn about the creations of Latinx artists in this exhibit from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: CLICK HERE
  • Explore the exhibits at  the J. Paul Getty Museum here: CLICK HERE
  • Enjoy the online exhibits at the Guggenheim Bilbao here: CLICK HERE
  • See the works of the Dutch masters at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam: CLICK HERE
  • See the exhibits at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea: CLICK HERE

Famous Places

  • Choose from a variety of virtual tours of Niagara Falls: CLICK HERE
  • Take a virtual tour of the Vatican:CLICK HERE
  • Check out the view from the Statue of Liberty: CLICK HERE
  • Take a virtual tour of the Great Wall of China. No passport required: CLICK HERE
  • What do you think it looks like on Mars? Take this virtual tour to see: CLICK HERE
  • Can’t make it to the beach? Take this virtual tour of Hawaii: CLICK HERE
  • See the pyramids of Egypt without leaving home. Virtual tour here: CLICK HERE
  • Take a virtual stroll through the Taj Mahal: CLICK HERE
  • Become an armchair traveller with virtual tours from places around the globe: CLICK HERE
  • See the view from the top of the Washington Monument here: CLICK HERE
  • Drive across the Golden Gate bridge using just your computer: CLICK HERE
  • Take a virtual tour of the Eiffel Tower: CLICK HERE
  • Watch the cherry blossoms bloom on the National Mall: CLICK HERE
  • Take a virtual look at Buckingham Palace: CLICK HERE
  • Check out a 3D map of Mt. Everest: CLICK HERE
  • Explore the Holy Land using just your computer or other device: CLICK HERE
  • Visit the fjords. Take a relaxing virtual fly-over of Norway: CLICK HERE
  • Tour the Adriatic Basin. Take a relaxing virtual fly-over of Croatia: CLICK HERE
  • Explore the Highlands. Take a relaxing virtual fly-over of Scotland: CLICK HERE
  • Immerse yourself in crystal blue waters. Take a relaxing virtual fly-over of Bermuda: CLICK HERE
  • Climb to new heights. Take a relaxing virtual fly-over of the Alps: CLICK HERE

Sports & More

  • Visit online exhibits at the National Football Hall of Fame: CLICK HERE
  • Even if there are no games being played, you can still see the online exhibits at the National Baseball hall of Fame. Who is your favorite team? CLICK HERE
  • GOAL! Take a quick virtual tour of the National Soccer Hall of Fame: CLICK HERE
  • Take a virtual ride on a roller coaster. Count the number of drops. Can you draw a picture of a roller coaster with as many drops? CLICK HERE
  • While you are eating the things from your pantry, do you ever wonder where that food comes from? Explore farms with 360 degree virtual tours here: CLICK HERE
  • Tour the Ferrari Museum to see some fabulous cars: CLICK HERE
  • Learn about the secret gadgets of spies while you explore these items from the Spy Museum: CLICK HERE

CONTRIBUTE: Help the world around you through citizen science projects:

  • Count chimps in Africa, help identify stars, read historical documents or fight resistance to antibiotics. A world of science, arts, history and other projects can use your help: CLICK HERE
  • Play a game while helping scientists defeat Alzheimers: CLICK HERE
  • Do you have a Twitter account? Help MIT improve AI recognize emotions with this quick survey: CLICK HERE
  • Help scientists learn about the effects of screen use on our sleeping patterns: CLICK HERE
  • Help scientists learn about light pollution: CLICK HERE
  • Do you have a bird nest in your yard? Monitor it carefully and report results to help ornithologists learn about bird populations: CLICK HERE
  • Watch the birds in your yard for just a few minutes and report what you see: CLICK HERE
  • Do you have a rain gauge? Monitor rainfall and report your findings here: CLICK HERE
  • Concerned about climate change? Submit your observations about weather and wildlife in your area as part of an effort to collect data: CLICK HERE
  • Observe how plants are changing each season and report your findings here: CLICK HERE

CREATE: Here are some websites that will inspire you to make social media content, kid friendly crafts, and more!

STEM

  • Do a pet-themed kids maker activity led by kids’ author with Megan Frazer Blakemore: CLICK HERE
  • Solve a STEM mystery with author Sarah Albee: CLICK HERE
  • Learn from Disney’s imagineers and explore methods to create your own theme park: CLICK HERE
  • Do some simple gardening activities at home: CLICK HERE

Art

  • Tips and print outs for daily art activities for little ones:CLICK HERE
  • Author-illustrator Jarrett Lerner teaches kids how to draw anything: CLICK HERE
  • Author Grace Lin teaches you how to draw a Chinese dragon: CLICK HERE
  • Illustrator Kelley McMorris talks about how to illustrate a book cover and prompts you to design your own book cover: CLICK HERE
  • Author- illustrator Lita Judge gives advice on sketching: CLICK HERE
  • Regular, free crafting lessons from Gwinnett’s own Spool School! CLICK HERE

Writing

Write a fan letter to Pete the Cat. Maybe you will even get a reply! Send your letter here:  Pete the Cat, 126 E. Victory Drive #122, Savannah, GA. 31404
  • Download the StoryCorps app and gather together to record family histories and stories. CLICK HERE
  • Author Veera Hiranandani gives a writing prompt to help you with creating characters: CLICK HERE
  • Author Erin Entrada gives you a writing challenge about keeping notebooks: CLICK HERE
  • Author Chris Tebbetts gives you a writing challenge about being stranded in a strange setting: CLICK HERE
  • Author Chris Tebbetts talks you through a mini-workshop on creating characters: CLICK HERE
  • Author Nikki Grimes gives you a prompt for writing poetry: CLICK HERE
  • Author Paula Chase gives you a writing prompt to help you build stories about yourself: CLICK HERE
  • Author Michelle Cusolito offers a mini-lesson on how to make your writing a more sensory experience for the reader: CLICK HERE

Author Permissions

  • Learn from Penguin House how you can temporarily upload your own story time video without concerns for copyright infringement: CLICK HERE
  • Kids’ author Todd Parr gives permission for you to record story times of his books: CLICK HERE
  • Kids author BJ Novak gives permission for you to record story times of his book: CLICK HERE
  • Kids’ author Peter H. Reynolds gives permission for you to record story times of his books CLICK HERE
  • Kids’ author Mo Willems gives permission for you to record story times of his books: CLICK HERE
  • Kids; author Karma Wilson gives permission for you to record story times of her books: CLICK HERE

AND MORE!

  • Hear read-alouds, book talks, get art instruction, play games and more-- all led by authors! CLICK HERE
  • See if you can set a Guinness World Record. Here are some feats you can try at home: CLICK HERE
  • Escape the Room- digital version of Escape from Wonderland: CLICK HERE
  • Escape the Star Base! Try a virtual escape room with a Star Wars theme: CLICK HERE
  • Defeat Hydra in this virtual escape room with an Avengers theme: CLICK HERE
  • Explore the outer reaches of space in this virtual escape room: CLICK HERE
  • Help rescue Pikachu in this virtual escape room: CLICK HERE
  • Escape the room, Fairytale style in this digital escape room: CLICK HERE
  • An Apollo 11 Digital Escape Room! CLICK HERE
  • See if you can solve the puzzle before midnight in this Cinderella themed virtual escape room: CLICK HERE
  • How sneaky are you? Try your hand at being a spy in this digital escape room: CLICK HERE
  • Face down the mighty minotaur in this virtual escape room: CLICK HERE
  • Hang out with Pete the Cat and solve a birthday mystery in this digital escape room: CLICK HERE
  • Can you outsmart the wily Sphinx? Test your skills in this virtual escape room: CLICK HERE
  • Escape the Room - virtual-style in a Hogwarts themed game for Harry Potter fans: CLICK HERE
  • Escape the Room- online version with a Naruto theme from the South Houston Public Library: CLICK HERE
  • Immerse yourself in the world of wizards with Harry Potter at Home activities: CLICK HERE
  • Tips and resources for families from Zero to Three---tips for families including age-appropriate responses to common questions, a guide to self-care, and activities for young children experiencing social distancing: CLICK HERE
  • Miss going to the library? Get your fix with some beautiful photos of amazing libraries and bookstores all over the world: CLICK HERE