• Reading or Drawing with Authors and Illustrators


    Mo Willems will draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing daily at 1 PM and videos will also be saved on his Youtube.

    Oliver Jeffers author of Stuck and illustrator of The Day the Crayons Quit will have live readings at 2 PM on Instagram.

    Mac Barnett author of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole will have live readings at 3 PM on Instagram.

    Dav Pilkey author and illustrator of Dogman and the Captain Underpants series will hosts daily reading and drawings.

    Jarrett Krosoczka will be posting a drawing lesson daily at 2 PM and videos will also be saved on his YouTube channel.

    Ben Clanton author of the Narwhal and Jelly series will have a live Facebook author event on  March 20 at 5 PM.

    Dan Santat author and illustrator of After the Fall and Sidekicks is hosting an Online Survival School for the Pandemic on Twitter.

    Carson Ellis author of Du Iz Tak? will post a different art club assignment on her blog and Instagram page each day.  

    Josh Funk author of Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast will have a Facebook and Instagram (joshfunkbooks) Saturday Storytime at 11 AM.

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi author and Illustrator of I’m Bored is will host drawing sessions on her YouTube channel.

    ​Daniel Miyares author and illustrator  Surf’s Up and Float will take your drawings to the next level on his YouTube channel.

    Jess Keating is an author and illustrator of Pink is for Blobfish: Discovering the World's Perfectly Pink Animals (she is also a zoologist) has a YouTube channel filled with fun writing ideas.

    Kate Messner author of The Ranger in Time series shares read aloud from herself and other authors, often including short lessons.

    Sophie Blackall author of the Ivy and Bean series reads her an Ivy and Bean and other books aloud on YouTube.

    Ame Dyckman author and of Misunderstood Shark and Wolfie will read her book You Don’t Want A Unicorn on YouTube.

    Bound to Stay Bound has a list of additional authors that are hosting activities. The website is updated as new readings or drawings become available. 

    Wide Open School is a list of resources for digital learning compiled by Common Sense Media.

  • Author Websites with Activities


    39 Clues

    Ben Clanton

    Bound to Stay Bound more book-related activities. 

    Eric Carle

    Erin Hunter (Warriors)

    Jan Brett

    Kenneth Kraegel

    Max Brallier (Last Kids on Earth)

    Mo Willems

    Pete the Cat

    Seussville- Dr. Seuss

    Scholastic (Includes Dogman, Spirit Animals, Bad Guys, I Survived, Wings of Fire, and Whatever After)

    Stephan Pastis (Timmy Failure)

    Wide Open School is a list of resources for digital learning compiled by Common Sense Media.

  • Free Wifi

    Please check the resource below if you are in need of WiFi during our DLD days.

    Xfinity Free WiFi Service

  • Reading Resources: eBooks, Audio Books, Read Alouds, and more

    • ebooks

      On your child’s Student Portal page, click the Online Research Library tab to access BookFlix, Capstone eBooks, and Tumble Books. 

      Accessing ebooks

      Gwin Oaks Reads with Ms. Amolo at 10 AM starting March 23. Readings will be posted in eCLASS.

      In addition, here are more FREE online read alouds:

      Audible Do you love to read with your ears? Listen to a wide collection of audiobooks. 

      AudioBookCloud  AudioBookCloud contains an audiobook database for kids to adults.
      Username: tumble2020
      Password: A3b5c6

      Bound to Stay Bound has a list of additional read alouds and book-related activities from publishers. The website is updated as new items become available.

      Brightly Storytime Fun read alouds, categorized by age or interests.

      Carmen Deedy reads her new book Rita and Ralphs's Rotten Day.

      Emily Arrow (Singer who writes songs based on books) - Daily live streams at 1 PM.

      Epic! Books A huge collection of books, fiction and nonfiction, quizzes, and educational videos for ages 0-12.  

      Georgia Reading Students and their families have access to more than 6,400 online books and age-appropriate news articles.

      School Name: Get Georgia Reading   

      Username: gwinnettcounty     

      Password: read 

      Google Calendar of LIVE Read Alouds by Authors Mac Barnett, Julie Falatko, and others are posting links on this document.  Plan to join in for a read aloud, sing along, or drawing lessons!

      Harper Kids Storytime Read Aloud HarperKids publishing hosts a collection of stories, including Pete the Cat!

      Indianapolis Public Library A collection of over 100 online read alouds.

      Jan Brett reads Cozy.

      KidLit.tv Full read alouds AND author interviews, book trailers, Ready, Set, Draw, Nonfiction Kid Lit Minutes, KidLit MTV (books with music), and more!

      Mrs. P's Magic Library Actress Kathy Kinney has a collection of read alouds and activities.

      Storyline Online A collection of picture books read aloud by famous actors and actresses.

      Storytime from Space Astronauts reading science-themed books from the International Space Station.

      Wide Open School is a list of resources for digital learning compiled by Common Sense Media.

  • Websites and Virtual Tours

    virtual tours

    Looking for a little extra learning while at home? 


    Writing, Drawing, Dancing, Playing Instruments, and More

    Arts & Crafts Tutorials LIVE from McHarper Manor Live daily tutorials daily, M-F, at 1 p.m. ET.  Includes a shopping list of supplies with Amazon links.

    Bound to Stay Bound has a list of additional websites with activities. The website is updated as new activities become available. 

    Brainpop- Coronavirus A kid-friendly explanation of coronavirus.

    Illustrate a Story! Author Kiersten White needs help!  Will you illustrate the story she wrote?

    Mr. Jon & Friends These virtual events are all about fun, music, and laughter. Watch live, and then come back to re-watch later as often as you’d like. The live stream events run from Monday, March 16th to Friday, March 27th at 10:30 AM.

    Music Lessons Online Learn piano, guitar, or drums online!

    Scholastic Teaching Remotely- Day by Day Lessons Day by day projects for families, sorted by grade level, to keep your child learning and reading while at home.

    Science Mom Engaging science activities for all ages. 

    Wide Open School is a list of resources for digital learning compiled by Common Sense Media.

    Writing Spooky Stories Author Lindsay Currie leads a free online workshop for 3rd-7th graders.

    Local Virtual Tours and Activities

    Center for Puppetry Arts is offering workshops, virtual tours, and puppet shows.

    Chattahoochee Nature Center has generated educational activities, exciting animal videos, and will even take your class on a virtual hike. 

    Children’s Museum of Atlanta is posting daily at-home activities. 

    Georgia Aquarium has webcams from its exhibits, including beluga whales, otters, sea lions, penguins and Ocean Voyager tank.

    Georgia Public Broadcasting is offering broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources that adhere to Georgia’s state standards to provide continued at-home learning.

    Gwinnett County Public Library will host a virtual storytime.

    The High Museum of Art offers a ton of free resources to teachers or parents at home with kids for things to do at home.

    In the City is offering virtual camp filled with activities, songs, snack suggestions, and more.

    Virtual Tours

    12 Famous Museum Virtual Tours Check out the Van Gogh Museum or the National Gallery of Art!

    Ask A WWII Expert Your Questions Great opportunity for our 5th graders to talk to experts from the National WWII Museum in Louisiana.

    Bound to Stay Bound has a list of additional virtual tours. The website is updated as new virtual tours become available.

    Cincinnati Zoo through Facebook Live Presented Monday-Friday at 3 p.m., each session highlights an animal and an activity to do at home. The first session on Monday, March 16 features Fiona the Hippo!

    National Parks Virtual Tours Tour 33 different National Parks virtually!

    Virtual Author Visit with C.M. Heidicker- Scary Stories for Young Foxes Virtual visit videos that run just over an hour.  It can be watched in episodes for shorter experiences.  Best for grades 2-7, and those who enjoy scary stories!

    Wide Open School is a list of resources for digital learning compiled by Common Sense Media.

    Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam Take a break and enjoy watching the pandas at Zoo Atlanta!  If you want to know more about pandas, you can go on PebbleGo or Britannica School to research. 

    Thanks Traci Costilow for the resources.