Picture of a mother and daughter reading a book outside. 

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in many children continuing their education from home. Here are some resources that you can use to help your child continue to grow in the areas of language and literature.

Story Time

Story Time from Space

Astronauts read children's books and conduct science experiments during their visits to the International Space Station!

Storyline Online

Enjoy celebrated actors reading children's books on this award-winning literacy website. Supplemental activities are available in the teacher's guide for each book.

Daily Reading to Kids: 7 Tips

Read advice on how to fit daily reading with your kids into your schedule, and how to make it count.

Free Books

Librivox: Free Audiobooks

Volunteers read aloud books that are in the public domain in the USA. Find favorites such as Mother Goose, Pride and Prejudice, Peter Pan, and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

The Gutenberg Project: Free eBooks

Dive into 60,000 free ebooks, a collection that includes the world's greatest literature. Read classics such as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, or The Wonderful Wizard of Oz from your web browser or eBook reader.

Audible Stories

Listen to free, streaming stories for children of all ages. Find Winnie the Pooh, White Fang, C.S. Lewis, and more.

Picture a Story

Flip through these digital picture books to learn about a wide variety of topics, including animals, plants, community, health, and friendship. Read them yourself or listen to the narration in multiple languages.


Poetry Teatime from Brave Writer

Grab a tasty snack, a pot of tea, and some poetry, and you have the makings of poetry tea time! Scroll down to find inspiration, discussion guides, writing prompts, and poet biographies.

Interactive Websites

Scholastic Learn at Home

Journey through fun learning activities for preschool through grade 9. Explore videos, games, books, and articles to discover new animals, places, people, and ideas.


Play over 400 educational games for kids from PreK to 6th grade. Games are organized by subject, grade, and common core standards.

PBS Learning Media: English Language Arts

Browse videos and resources that strengthen English language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. 

World Languages

American Sign Language University

Learn American Sign Language through videos and text. This free curriculum resource center teaches common words and phrases, finger spelling, Deaf Culture and more.

PBS Learning Media: World Languages

Learn Spanish, Japanese, French, German, or Chinese through this collection of educational videos and resources.

Understanding Language Development

Language Development in Children

In this article from the Child Development Institute, learn how communication skills develop in children and what parents can do to help.