Authors At Home Resources

Bound to Stay Bound wants you to know that during these unprecedented school closures, we are 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
Natalie Portman
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. We hope that we can offer you some fun, some distraction, and a creative outlet for any feelings that might come up during this time.

Sarah Aronson

Sarah Aronson reads Just Like Rube Goldberg.

Mac Barnett

Mondays at noon I’m going to read my books on Instagram Live. I’ve got about a month’s worth of picture books, and if we run out I might read some chapter books or something. Who knows? See you soon, maybe!

Cece Bell

Starting March 23rd, 2020, 10:00 AM EST, 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.

Vicki Cobb

Vicki Cobb is the award-winning author of the classic Science Experiments You Can at, plus 97 other highly entertaining nonfiction science books for children.  Her creative and light-hearted approach is designed to recreate the excitement and joy of the aha! experience that ignited her own love of science.

Julia Cook

Yesterday I announced that I would be going live on Facebook, Mondays and Fridays at 9 am central to read to you and your kids during this time of quarantine. I’ll also offer a fun lesson for each book! If you’d like to follow along here is the schedule for the coming weeks!


It’s Story Time! Here are Links of me reading my books. Please share. You have my permission to read any of my books online. Good Luck everyone. – Maryann

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.

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 today at 12pm ET for a reading and drawing tutorial with Pete the Cat creator James Dean!

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. Here is a message from her to her fans and we hope to continue these #WritewithKate posts weekly, with a different writing prompt or inspiration.

Julie Falatko

Julie will be using Instagram Live to do a reading every weekday (Mon-Fri) from her books at 4:00pm EST.

Debbi Michiko Florence

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

Nikki Grimes

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

Bruce Hale

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

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.

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!

Dan Gutman

At 2pm, 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.

Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers, world-renowned picture book-maker of many beloved children’s books including Here We Are and Lost and Found, has announced he will read one book a day on his Instagram Live at 2 pm EST/11 am PST.  “We are all at home,” says Oliver, “but we none of us are alone. Let’s be bored together.”

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


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
Every weekday at 2pm ET for at least the next few weeks, I’ll host free webcasts for you and your kiddos.

Tara Lazar

Broadcasting daily at noon 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!

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.

Debbie Ridpath Ohi

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

RJ Palacio

WONDER read aloud!

Start date:
Wednesday, March 25

Every weekday
(until we finish the book)

12pm-12:45pm EST

Twitter LIVE

Dav Pilkey

Reading Gives You Superpowers Week is back! Join author and illustrator Dav Pilkey with these downloadable PDF files and activities

Greg Pizzoli

Greg will be on Instagram Live weekdays at 11am (EST) for the foreseeable future. We’ll read books, make art, answer questions, and wash our hands. Spread the word! See you all soon!

Ellen Potter

Read Aloud today from my chapter book series BIG FOOT AND LITTLE FOOT on my Facebook page at 11:00 am EST. There will also be a SPECIAL GIVEAWAY for the superstar parents who are wearing many hats these days.

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 from their creators & publishers. CLICK HERE for her official web site.

Mae Respicio

Mae reads a snippet of ANY DAY WITH YOU and shares a quick writing prompt! Any Day With You comes out May 5, 2020, and is a bright, warm, tender middle grade novel that centers on 12-year-old Kaia, who enters a summertime movie contest with her friends to stop her great-grandpa from returning to his homeland of the Philippines. Learn more at; and check back here soon for more videos where 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

Join me at Noon EST/Boston time.


 AT 8:30AM PST / 9:30 MST / 10:30 CST / 11:30 EST

Rachel Renée Russell

My next diary, DORK DIARIES BOOK 15: TALES FROM A NOT-SO-POSH PARIS ADVENTURE will be released on Tuesday, October 13th, and I need YOUR help selecting the COVER for my book.

Aisha Saeed

Aisha reads her picture book Bilal Cooks Daal.

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!

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:

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. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together.

New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards. Check back each weekday for new LUNCH DOODLES!

Kelly Yang

High school English teachers!
I’m going to be giving FREE writing classes online for teens on my Instagram Live @kellyyanghk  at 12pm-12:30 PST, 3pm EST every M/W/F starting today! I’m gonna teach teens plot, character & how to write with power + emotion!

Jeff Zentner

Wednesday night at 7 pm CST I’ll be doing an Instagram Live reading of THE SERPENT KING where I interrupt myself to explain parts of the book. Tune in!