We’re all stuck inside, and the Maryland Superintendent of Schools just announced that isn’t changing any time soon. It’s the right call, but I’m crawling up the walls, and I’m sure you are, too.
Fortunately, a ton of free resources popping up from the kidlit community. The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators has a list of readings, crafts, virtual school visits, and more, and they’re updating it every Friday as new content pours in. Many children’s publishers have relaxed their copyright rules for the time being, allowing authors to share their work online to help library-starved families (libraries, I’m missing you most of all right now). There’s so much kindness and generosity in the kidlit community, and I’m honored to be part of it.
If you’re interested in having some spooktacular fun without leaving the house, I’ll be doing a virtual Mother Ghost reading on Facebook Live on Friday, March 27th, at 1 PM Eastern.
I’ll be bringing my full box of props with me. There’ll be puppets, Halloween decorations, rubber spiders, witch hats–and, of course, spooky nursery rhymes. These readings are so much fun for me, and I hope that they can bring some fun to other cooped-up families, too.
If you miss the live reading, Sleeping Bear Press is generously allowing it to remain publicly available online through June 30th, so you can still check it out! I’ll put up the link to the actual video once it exists, since for now it’s just “go to my Facebook page and wait for the video to appear.” You can also RSVP for the event and get a reminder here.
See you Friday!