Creating Makerspaces at Home

This is the first in a series of posts about makerspaces and activities children can do from home during the current coronavirus outbreak. Please stay tuned for moreand follow us @ALA_Booklist for the latest updates. Wishing you safety, health, and books galore during these exceedingly difficult times.

On an ordinary day, children’s book authors and illustrators work from home making things. In these “shelter in place” times, these creators have reached out online to show their readers how to be makers, too. All your kids need to get started is a place to work and their school supplies: paper, pencils, pens, and crayons. After your kids begin their day with the story video and lessons at the new Scholastic Learn at Home site, set aside time for them to create original content by visiting these children’s book authors and illustrators online. With their new makerspace at home, your kids can become makers, too. Everyone has a story to tell. 

Daily Sketching with Tony DiTerlizzi

Tony DiTerlizzi is also drawing online each day at 1 p.m. eastern on his Facebook page. In these approximately one-hour sessions, he talks with his wife, Angela DiTerlizzi, about his inspiration and the creative process.

Draw Every Day with JJK

Jarrett J. Krosoczka has school at home with his own kids now, too. You can join him on his YouTube channel at 2 p.m. eastern for drawing lessons.

Finish This Comic!

Download an unfinished comic, created by Jarrett Lerner, for kids to add their own ending. Then they can create an original comic with his drawing/writing prompts and blank comic book pages.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

The Kennedy Center is hosting Mo Willems in the studio on weekdays at 1 p.m. eastern time, providing activity pages for young readers to draw and doodle on while exploring new ways of writing. 

Santat Online Survival School for the Pandemic

Your kids can learn how to survive the pandemic and earn badges for completing survival tasks with Dan Santat on Instagram and Twitter. (The first badge is for reading a book!)

Writing with Ralph

In five different 20-minute sessions on Facebook at 1 p.m. eastern time, Ralph Fletcher will share his writer’s notebook, read from his books, talk about writing, and invite young readers to write.

Young Writer’s Blueprint

Elementary school kids can take a step-by-step online story writing course with downloadable videos and worksheets created by Alice Kuipers for kids ages 6-10.

Anastasia Suen reads, edits, and writes books for all ages from her makerspace at home in Northern California.'

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