During this period of school closures, children’s authors, illustrators, editors, and publishers have offered many resources to assist in teaching and learning. In response to educators’ needs and in an effort to helpfully curate this emerging content (as well as preexisting resources), the Children’s Literature Assembly (CLA) of the National Council of Teachers of English has started a twice-weekly blog to support preK–grade 12.
Publishers and nonprofits have been providing new books with age-appropriate information about the coronavirus pandemic to housebound children free of charge. One example is My Hero Is You, a new illustrated book by Helen Patuck.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has launched Harry Potter at Home, a new online hub that casts “a Banishing Charm on boredom”—particularly for students and teachers seeking relief from the doldrums of quarantine.
Recently appointed National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress, young adult author Jason Reynolds is bringing his storytelling to students virtually through videos and newsletters as part of his “GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story Program.”
MediaWise is a nonprofit, nonpartisan project from the Poynter Institute empowering people of all ages to be more critical consumers of content online. The program teaches young people nationwide key digital literacy skills to spot misinformation and disinformation so they can make decisions based on facts, not fiction.