On June 9, 2020, long-time MCBD supporter and Sponsor, KidLitTV, launched a brand new free, online homeschooling resource that brings together the best video content from around the web created for kids by diverse children’s book authors and illustrators.
New York, NY: In response to widespread school and library closures, KidLit TV today announced KidLit At Home, a free online learning resource created to support parents and educators during a time of increased need for learning enrichment, entertainment, and comfort.
KidLit At Home is styled as a “Netflix for Kid Lit.” It offers a new way for parents, educators, and young readers to access the myriad online storytime, drawing and writing tutorials, STEM and STEAM video content being offered across the web by the biggest names in children’s literature, all curated in one easy to use, convenient online location: https://kidlit.tv/KidLitAtHome
Superstar children’s book author Mac Barnett and author/illustrator Christian Robinson will kick off the launch of KidLit At Home on June 8 at 8:00 am ET. Mac will read his picture book PAOLO, EMPEROR OF ROME in the first episode of Read Out Loud At Home. PAOLO is illustrated by Claire Keane and published by Abrams. Christian will show us how we can use art to help us see anger differently in Making Space with Christian Robinson. This episode is inspired by LITTLE PENGUINS, written by Cynthia Rylant, published by Schwartz & Wade.
“KidLit TV has lead the children’s publishing industry in creating fun, informative videos and podcasts that celebrate kid-lit authors and illustrators. As parents keep up their child’s learning at home, we have created new resources that champion diversity and embrace technology as driving forces in kid lit’s new era”, says Julie Gribble, author and founder of KidLit TV.
Here’s what people have to say about KidLit TV and KidLit At Home:
The kid lit community’s response to kids’ and parents’ needs as we find our way through both homeschooling and the broader public health crisis has been overwhelming. Many authors and illustrators have volunteered their talents to help keep kids who are home from school engaged and entertained while maintaining their literacy skills. Up until this point, I have struggled to use these valuable resources because they are spread around the internet on different websites and platforms, streaming at different times in different time zones. KidLit at Home solves these issues by bringing all these wonderful treasures to one easy to use page.
—Stephanie Cummings, Two in a Tepee
KidLit At Home is both a relevant resource for those currently with kids home from school as well as an ongoing learn-at-home resource that will continue to be suitable for kids, parents, and educators no matter what the future brings.
—Bethany Edwards, Biracial Bookworms
KidLit TV is an exciting and informative destination for authors, illustrators, teachers, publishers, and anyone with a passion for children’s literature.
—Children’s Book Council
Features of KidLit At Home include:
- One-stop location for over 500 kid lit creator videos, updated weekly
- Easy to use “Netflix style” carousel navigation
- A diverse, kid-friendly collection curated by the KidLit TV team
KidLit At Home will be available starting June 8, 2020, and is free. For more information on KidLit at HOME, visit https://kidlit.tv/KidLitAtHome
The KidLit At Home logo is designed by children’s book illustrator, Kristen Balouch.
Find Media Kit Assets here: https://kidlit.tv/
Authors, illustrators, and publishers can submit videos to KidLit At Home here:
About KidLit TV: KidLit TV is an award-winning website available in over 700,000 schools worldwide via our website and video distribution partners. We’re a diverse group of parents, educators, librarians, kid lit creators, and award-winning filmmakers working together to create fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
Meet the KidLit TV Team: https://kidlit.tv/about