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Online Learning, Reading & Inspiration

Learning & Reading for Kids

  • Diverse BookFinder: A comprehensive collection of children’s picture books featuring Black and Indigenous people and People of Color (BIPOC).
  • Duolingo: Learn a language for free. Forever.
  • Family Literacy First: ABC Life Literacy Canada has created stories and activities to bring families together to celebrate and practice their literacy skills and encourage daily learning.
  • The Ickabog: J.K. Rowling is offering a free, online serialization of The Ickabog to help entertain children, parents and caregivers.
  • Read Canadian at Home: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre has put together a list of resources for parents of young readers (updated regularly).
  • Word Games & Quizzes (Merriam-Webster): Tons of free word games for all ages, including crosswords, word searches, and quizzes.
  • World Book Wizard: World Book Online has launched Wizard, an adaptive learning resource for math, science, social studies, and language arts.

Storytelling, Songs & Activities

  • Canadian Children’s Writers Reading Online: Writers and illustrators across the country are filming readings of their books or drawing lessons for viewers to watch online.
  • Children’s Story Podcasts: This list of shows for kids from ages 2 through 12 are all available for free on nearly any podcast app.
  • Dav Pilkey at Home: Check back every Friday to discover new activities, exciting videos, and so much more.
  • Goodnight with Dolly: Dolly Parton reads select Imagination Library books, all carefully chosen for their appropriate content at this moment in time.
  • Knowledge Kids: Offers hundreds full-length episodes of high-quality children’s programming.
  • Storyline Online®: Storyline Online®, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Rita Moreno, Viola Davis, Jaime Camil, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman, Betty White, Wanda Sykes and dozens more.
  • Story Time from Space: Astronauts from the International Space Station read children’s books in outer space for children on earth to listen to.
  • 1, 2, 3 on chante! This YouTube channel features French language nursery rhymes, lullabies, and fingerplays. New videos are published every second Friday.

Arts & Culture for Adults

  • 68 Online Cultural, Historical and Scientific Collections: Tour world-class museums, read historic cookbooks, browse interactive maps, and more!
  • Anti-Racist Books and Resources: Penguin Random House has assembled a list of books and resources that centre on Black Americans and the flawed power structure that has shaped American society.
  • #BooksConnectUs: This brand new podcast from Penguin Random House is about staying connected with each other, and the stories and authors who inspire us.
  • BOOKS NORTH: A podcast that highlights Canadian authors, editors, and projects within the realm of suspense fiction in all genres.
  • Bulkley Valley Museum Virtual Exhibits: Check out the BV Museum’s virtual exhibits, including a feature exhibit on the 1918 Spanish Flu in Smithers.
  • #CanadaPerforms: Find the literary chapter of #CanadaPerforms on the National Arts Centre’s Facebook Page. Enjoy online readings and events with writers from across the country.
  • Creativebug (via Edmonton Public Library): Thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Click on “Continue as a Guest”
  • Digital Literacy Programs: ABC Life Literacy Canada has moved several digital literacy lesson plans online for anyone to access. These lesson plans focus on technology that will help adult learners get and stay connected with family and friends, stay informed, and provide entertainment.
  • Dubai Garden Glow: This themed garden in Dubai incorporates glowing lights to create magical experiences. Launched in 2015, Dubai Garden Glow features attractions made with recyclable materials to promote sustainability. Take a virtual field trip! (Thank you to Evelyn for finding this resource.)
  • Knowledge Network: British Columbia’s public educational television broadcaster now includes content streaming on demand from their website and apps, using the device of your choice.
  • National Film Board of Canada: Watch 3,000+ films from the National Film Board of Canada for free online.
  • Recommended Reads from Beloved Authors: Goodreads has curated a list of recommended reads from authors such as James Patterson, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sue Monk Kidd, Debbie Macomber, and more!
  • Stratford Festival @ Home: The Stratford Festival offers on demand access to several productions.
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum: This website makes public the artifacts, archives and other reference materials for researchers, other museum professionals and the general public.
  • Virtual Museums & Resources (a guide): This list will be continually updated with examples of museum and museum-adjacent virtual awesomeness.
  • WVML Foundation Signature Series: Catch musical performances and author talks on YouTube Live and Facebook Live.