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At Home Resources

Bound to Stay Bound is here to support educators, parents, students, and our community in any way we can.  Librarians and teachers are experiencing the challenging task of converting resources to adapt to remote learning situations, and we would like to assist in making this transition easier.  Our resources specialist team has worked diligently to compile a list of academic resources for students while they learn from home. 
Please use this site in any way you find helpful and share anywhere you see fit.

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Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams enlist celebrities to read children’s books to kids stuck at home. Celebrities include: Jennifer Garner, Amy Adams, Reese Witherspoon, Jimmy Fallon, Hoda Kotb, Eiza Gonzalez, Ellen DeGeneres, Jamie Lee Curtis and many many more!

Authors Everywhere

This is a Youtube Channel created and run by children’s book writers and illustrators. On this channel, you’ll find workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, writing advice, and more. 

Kwame Alexander

It’s Kwame time and we are in for a tasty treat! Follow along and learn the proper ingredients that go into creating a poem.

Sarah Aronson

Sarah Aronson reads Just Like Rube Goldberg.

Cece Bell

Cece Bell will air a weekly chapter-by-chapter deep dive into the world of her autobiographical graphic novel, El Deafo.

Rob Biddulph

I have decided to post some draw-along videos that you can watch together and, hopefully, make some nice pictures. Let’s get through this thing together.

Ann Braden

Ann Braden reads from the first chapter of her debut middle grade novel, THE BENEFITS OF BEING AN OCTOPUS.

Nick Bruel

Bad Kitty Does Not Like Dogs” and “Bad Kitty Does Not Like Video Games” as read by yours truly.

James Burks

James will show you how to draw Squirrel from the graphic novel series Bird and Squirrel.

Eric Carle

See Eric Carle, the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, reading this classic Puffin picture book out loud.

Classroom Connections is a collection of project ideas which I’ve jotted on scraps of paper. I’ve added a few ideas of my own as well as links to websites you might find useful. But authors are NOT teachers! I don’t presume to offer lesson plans—just what occurs to me as I work on my books.

Ben Clanton

Stuck at home? Want to draw with me and talk about waffles and mermicorns? I’m posting on Facebook Live sessions.

Sayantani DasGupta

Chapter 1 (“A Monster Visits Suburbia”) of Book 1 in my fast and funny fantasy series, The Serpent’s Secret. Enjoy and keep reading!

James Dean

Join us on Instagram Live for readings and drawing tutorials with Pete the Cat creator James Dean!

Matt de la Peña

Bilingual storytime on Instagram Live! I will read Carmela Full of Wishes in English and educator Nadia Hernandez will read it in Spanish. Please join us if you can!

Corinne Demas

Corinne Demas reads Are Pirates Polite?

Kate DiCamillo

Kate would like to help everyone out there to keep busy, to continue their creative work, and to connect with each other. #WritewithKate posts weekly, with a different writing prompt or inspiration.

Tony DiTerlizzi

Tony reads chapter 1 of “The Search for WondLa” (The WondLa triology) on his Facebook page.

Jonny Duddle

Here’s the first #DoodleWithDuddle.

Julie Falatko

Julie will be using Instagram Live to do a readings from her books.

Candace Fleming

Join  on Instagram Live @truestufftuesdays for nonfiction read alouds, activities, and fun! I’ll be hosting “The Great Research Scavenger Hunt”.

Debbi Michiko Florence

Read Aloud & Writing Prompt With Debbi Michiko Florence: KEEP IT TOGETHER KEIKO CARTER!

Chris Grabenstein

Chris’s Facebook Page! is where he does Lives, book readings, and even has events with sneak peeks at his new books.

Nikki Grimes

Nikki shares two poems from Marcel Dixon, one of her favorite characters from Between The Lines a companion to Bronx Masquerade.

Dan Gutman

I’m going to do a read-aloud of my new My Weird School book “Miss Blake Is a Flake!” These are weird times, so I thought a little fireside chat might help.

Bruce Hale

Author Bruce Hale reads his book, Big Bad Baby, illustrated by Steve Breen, and published by Dial Books for Young Readers.

Shannon & Dean Hale

Dress up in your royal (or superhero!) finery to attend this Instagram Live event and share photos with us after.

C. M. Heidicker

Welcome to my den, everyone. Here’s a Virtual Author Visit to keep you entertained during the quarantine. The eight videos run just over an hour and are recommended for any age (but are best suited for grades 2 through 7).

Tad Hills

Learn how to draw Duck from Duck & Goose.

Veera Hiranandani

Veera Hiranandani, author of the Newbery Honor winning book, The Night Diary, offers a diary writing prompt to help you get to know your characters and create an inspired story!

K. A. Holt

Listen to author K.A. Holt read from her award-winning novel-in-verse, HOUSE ARREST, the story of a boy who will do anything to save his baby brother even if it means breaking the law.

Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers, world-renowned picture book-maker of Here We Are and Lost and Found, has announced he will read on Instagram Live.  “We are all at home, but we none of us are alone. Let’s be bored together.”

Patrick Jennings

The author reads aloud one of his funny animal short stories, and talks about how he comes up with his ideas! Come ready with your own pencil and paper.

Lita Judge

Drawing demonstration with Lita Judge and her Maine Coon Kitty, Willow.

Susan B. Katz

Award-winning author and bilingual, National Board Certified Teacher, Susan B. Katz, reads the Spanish version of Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin.

Ezra Jack Keats

Now you can enjoy Crazy Hats and other games, plus all our read-alouds.
Crazy Hats

Scott Kelly

My twin brother and I are reading a bedtime story on Instagram !

Eric A. Kimmel

Hear a Story

Eric reads his latest books aloud!

Jo Knowles

Jo Knowles reads from Where The Heart Is.

Jackie Azúa Kramer

Two fun story time videos by Jackie Azúa Kramer, author of If You Want to Fall Asleep and That’s For Babies.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Draw Every Day with JJK, I’ll host free webcasts for you and your kiddos.

Tara Lazar

Broadcasting on YouTube.

Jarrett Lerner

Downloadable PDF files where you “Finish the Comic Strip”.

Grace Lin

Grace Lin teaches how to draw a Chinese dragon.

Carole Lindstrom

Carole Lindstrom reads We Are Water Protectors!

E. Lockhart

E. Lockhart will conduct a worldwide read-along of WE WERE LIARS on Twitter @elockhart #LiarsBookClub

Rafael López

Grab your crayons, your watercolor or colored pencils. Today we are joined by two enormous whales from a drawing that didn’t make the cut from my book We’ve Got the Whole World in our Hands. Did you know that the blue whales are the larges animal that ever lived?

Kelley McMorris

Kelley McMorris, who illustrates the RANGER IN TIME chapter book series, shares a video about how she illustrates a book cover.

Meg Medina

Queridos amigos, una visita virtual, organizada por @JrLibraryGuild

@Meg_Medina, @TaniadeRegil y yo, estaremos hablando sobre libros bilingües. ¡Nos vemos el jueves!

Brad Meltzer

Storytime with Brad Meltzer.

Kate Messner

Author Kate Messner shares a read-aloud of THE BRILLIANT DEEP: REBUILDING THE WORLD’S CORAL REEFS illustrated by Matt Forsythe.

Kate’s library includes many picture book read-alouds and first-chapter read alouds, all shared with official permission. CLICK HERE for her official web site.

Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Debbie reads Sam & Eva picture book, and teaches you how to write “friend” in Japanese.

RJ Palacio

WONDER read aloud!

Twitter LIVE

Dolly Parton

Everyone’s favorite Book Lady is bringing children and families everywhere just what they need during a time of unrest. Goodnight with Dolly is a 10-week special series of weekly videos featuring Dolly Parton reading select Imagination Library books.

Goodnight with Dolly launches on April 2, with the hope that this gift will further inspire a love of books and shared storytime during this important period.

Dav Pilkey

Dav Pilkey at home features videos and activities, or find Dav on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Click this image for a downloadable PDF files.

Greg Pizzoli

Greg will be on Instagram Live. We’ll read books, make art, answer questions, and wash our hands. Spread the word! See you all soon!

Patricia Polacco

Patricia has a YouTube Channel where she reads her books.

Ellen Potter

Read Aloud today from my chapter book series BIG FOOT AND LITTLE FOOT on my Facebook page. There will also be a SPECIAL GIVEAWAY for the superstar parents who are wearing many hats these days.

Mae Respicio

Mae reads a snippet of ANY DAY WITH YOU and shares a quick writing prompt!  Learn more at; and  Mae shares writing tips and exercises from her school visits!

Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds reads an extract from his amazing book Ghost.

Peter H. Reynolds

Read Aloud with Peter H. Reynolds ALL AGES WELCOME! Join me at Noon EST/Boston time.

If you’re interested in a free 30 minute virtual classroom visit with me this spring, please complete the form below. Please keep in mind that I’m also a full-time teacher, so I won’t be able to accommodate all requests!


In this video, Michael Rosen performs the book – why not sing along with your copy at home!

Harry Potter At Home hub where you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied – 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. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!

Rachel Renée Russell

My next diary, DORK DIARIES BOOK 15: TALES FROM A NOT-SO-POSH PARIS ADVENTURE will be released soon, and I need YOUR help selecting the COVER for my book.

Aisha Saeed

Aisha reads her picture book Bilal Cooks Daal.

Barney Saltzberg

I will try reading stories and singing songs on Facebook Live . Feel free to share this with anyone with children or anyone was was a child!

Dan Santat

Dreading the thought of being quarantined at home with your family? I’ve created a new fun online learning program for kids and parents to hopefully help fix that anxiety. I call it the SANTAT ONLINE SURVIVAL SCHOOL FOR THE PANDEMIC. Earn Badges. Learn skills. Don’t panic!

Joyce Sidman

Want to write poetry right now? Click on any of these poetry ideas for ways to start writing! Perfect for teachers, students, and budding poets.

Shel Silverstein

Whether you’re reading Shel Silverstein’s poems with your children, using his books to celebrate Poetry Month, or planning a Shelebration® event at your home, school, or library, we have the resources you need to engage kids in Shel’s extraordinary world.

Follow the links for lessons, event kits, and activities to share with the children in your life. Happy Shelebrating!

Seymour Simon

Seymour Simon is reading aloud from his non-fiction books for kids every weekday on his YouTube channel.

Lauren Tarshis

For kids home from school, Lauren is doing daily read-alouds from her series
I Survived and from Scholastic’s ELA Magazine, Storyworks.

Lauren’s website includes many free activities and resources for her books:

Chris Van Dusen

If I Built a House read by Chris on Instagram.

Chris also has other a video on Instagram where he shows “How to Draw Mercy Watson“.

Susan Verde

Susan will be doing readings and videos about general mindfulness for kids (and other content) every Tuesday and Thursday on Instagram.

Mo Willems

Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. 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. You will also see Thank You Thursdays! and The Yo-Yo- Mo Show: An Evening of Musical Doodling.

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson will be doing a reading of Brown Girl Dreaming on Facebook Live .

Joe Wos

Cartoonist Joe Wos is offering free cartooning classes for kids through his YouTube channel.

Kelly Yang

High school English teachers!
I’m going to be giving FREE writing classes online for teens on my Instagram Live @kellyyanghk 
I’m gonna teach teens plot, character & how to write with power + emotion!

Jeff Zentner

I’ll be doing an Instagram Live reading of THE SERPENT KING where I interrupt myself to explain parts of the book. Tune in!