Student Staycation

Our expert authors are here with activities, books, and educational videos to keep your kids' hands and brains busy all summer long. 

Videos are organized by age group: 

What's the big deal about hand-washing? Read Scrubba Dub Carlos by Stuart J. Murphy to find out why!

Practice washing your hands and learn the Scrubba Dub song!

Make some I See I Learn puppets with Stuart J. Murphy!

Draw with JaNay Brown-Wood, author of Grandma's Tiny House

Get the inside scoop on Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do with author Deborah Hembrook

Get the inside scoop on Clothesline Clues to Sports People Play with author Deborah Hembrook

Draw a bird with Barroux, illustrator ofCounting Kindness

Learn about the Cherokee Nation with Traci Sorell, author of We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

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Write a science poem with Laura Purdie Salas, author of Snowman - Cold = Puddle

Do a fun writing activity with JaNay Brown-Wood, author of Imani's Moon

Go birding with Sneed B. Collard III, author of Beaks!

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Make your own flora & fauna book with Loree Griffin Burns,
author of You're Invited to a Moth Ball

Explore space with Suzanne Slade, author of Daring Dozen

Learn about the science of sports gear with Jennifer Swanson,
author of Super Gear

Discover the amazing science of migration with Lisa Kahn Schnell,
author of High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs 

Take a behind-the-scenes look at Feathers: Not Just for Flying by author Melissa Stewart

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Learn all about the long journey of book-making with Melissa Stewart, author of No Monkeys, No Chocolate

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Dive in to deep-sea exploration with Michelle Cusolito,
author of Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible ALVIN

Find more resources for educators and parents from Michelle Cusolito!

Become a science writer with Heather L. Montgomery,
author of Bugs Don't Hug

Listen to Beethoven's Ninth, played by Irene Latham,
author of Nine: A Book of Nonet Poems

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Make a puppet theater with David Hyde Costello, author of Little Pig Saves the Ship

Discover a new side of Amazing Abraham with Eileen Meyer,
author of The Superlative A. Lincoln

Dave Szalay
illustrator of The Superlative A. Lincoln
tells the WHOLE truth about illustrating a picture book.

Dig in to some backyard science with Jodi Wheeler-Toppen,
author of This Is a Book to Read with a Worm

Take a behind-the-scenes peek at author Suzanne Slade's book, The Inventor's Secret

Get the inside scoop on Gloria Respress-Churchwell's debut #ownvoices book Follow Chester! A College Football Team Fights Racism and Makes History

Tami Charles
discusses her award-winning #OwnVoices middle grade novel Like Vanessa

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Tami Charles's companion novel to Like Vanessa, Becoming Beatriz

Karol Ruth Silverstein
discusses her Schneider Family Award winning YA novel Cursed

Get the inside scoop on starting a story with Karol Ruth Silverstein, author of Cursed

Karol Ruth Silverstein
discusses Cursed and growing up with arthritis.