Keep ’em Reading…

For a great list of Canadian children’s writers and illustrators—including Vancouver Island writer Monique Gray Smith, Kenneth Oppel and Elly MacKay—sharing their books online, Google “CBC children’s readings.”

To help you talk to your children about these uncertain days, Orca Book Publishers is offering free Read-Along copies of On the News: Our First Talk About Tragedy, written and narrated by renowned child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts. To download a read-along, visit

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Scholastic’s Learn at Home is a free resource that provides kids with 20 days of articles and stories, videos, and learning challenges. Children can complete them anytime, in any order, and can work on their own or with family.

For a Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities—including local author Monique Gray Smith, J.K. Rowling and even Oprah—visit

If you need more, er, space, so to speak, listen to Story Time from Space, a project of the Global Space Education Foundation that sends children’s books to the International Space Station where the books are read on video by astronauts as they orbit above Earth.

Christina Van Starkenberg
Christina Van Starkenberg
Christina Van Starkenburg lives in Victoria with her husband, children, and cat. She is the author of One Tiny Turtle: A Story You Can Colour and many articles. To read more of her work and learn about her upcoming books, check out her website at