Creating Makerspaces at Home: Part II

An inside look at one of author-illustrator
Hervé Tullet’s “Ideal Exhibition” creations.

With you, your patrons, and your loved ones spending more time at home during this difficult period, it is of utmost importance for us here at Booklist to provide you with resources that keep you connected, informed, and hopeful about the world around us. These resources, however, won’t be complete without feedback from you, our readers. Have a suggestion? Question? Idea you’re excited about? Please reach out to us at anytime, either in the comments section below or @ALA_Booklist. We’d love to hear from you.

Children’s book creators continue to reach out to help parents with this new “shelter in place” reality. Bookmark this “Suddenly homeschooling?” post on Melissa Wiley’s blog and learn from an expert who is “a work-at-home mom of six who has been homeschooling for over 20 years.” She has tons of advice that has been tested in the real world, and she’s open for questions, too! Here are a few more ways to help your kids stay busy and be productive by working as makers at home.

Authors Everywhere

The Authors Everywhere channel on YouTube, run by middle-grade author Susan Tan, has art and writing workshops as well as read-alouds for all ages.

Becca Hillburn

A comic and convention artist and founder of Nattosoup Studio Art and Process blog, Becca Hillburn offers all-ages art tutorials, activity ideas, art supply suggestions, and more on her YouTube channel, which is updated twice a week. Seeking materials specifically for older teens? See Becca’s blog, linked above.

Harper at Home  

HarperCollins is supporting teachers, librarians, and parents with videos and other resources to keep kids learning on Mondays at 3 p.m. eastern time. Their new Harper at Home page has links to their daily 12 p.m. sessions, featuring story times, read-alouds, and other activities. On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m., they’ll focus on ages 7–12. Wednesdays and Fridays at 4 p.m. will be for tweens and teens.

Homebound 2020

Join Melissa Wiley, poet Amy Ludwig Vanderwater, and education experts from March 23 to 27 for a free webinar conference, Homebound 2020. Daytime sessions for kids are presented by children’s book authors. In the two evening sessions, education experts will give you a free course on how to be a homeschool parent.

Ideal Exhibition  

Hervé Tullet invites children to create and share their art galleries of their own, an Ideal Exhibition with colors, paper, brushes, and scissors. Be a maker and have fun!

Kate Messner

Children’s author (of over three dozen titles!) Messner has compiled a “library of resources” on her website. From an important episode of the Story Seeds podcast to a diary-writing prompt from Newbery Honor-winning author Veera Hiranandani, Messner’s page has you covered.

KidLit TV

Visit the KidLit TV‘s virtual library for storytime read-alouds, podcasts, crafts and activities, and writing and drawing lessons from several children’s book creators.

Stimola Live

Starting March 23, Stimola Live will present more than 50 events on YouTube for kids, tweens, and teens from the authors and illustrators represented by Stimola Literary Studio.

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

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