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Stuck at Home? Free Learning Resources for Teens

 

School’s closed, the Library’s closed, and there’s not a lot to do when you’re stuck in your house. Check out these free resources for lots of great ways to keep busy!

EBooks and EAudiobooks

MPPL’s E-Library offers a large selection of free eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, and other terrific resources  All you need is your library card! 

No Library Card? The resources below are free – No card required! 

Audible Stories is now offering free audio stories for all ages. Stream them on your computer, phone, or tablet.

LibriVox offers free public domain audiobooks for download or online listening. 

Project Gutenberg is an online library of over 60,000 free ebooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks to download or read online. 

Scribd‘s library of magazines, ebooks, and audiobooks is offering users 30 days free, no credit card required.

Smashwords offers a selection of free self-published ebooks in epub, Kindle, and PDF formats. 

Read, Wonder, and Learn  – Author Kate Messner presents authors and illustrators read-alouds (ranging from picture books to young adult), mini-lessons on drawing and writing, and other activities. 

Browse OpenCulture’s index of free K-12 resources, ranging from free ebooks and audiobooks to online textbooks, world language lessons, videos and websites on a variety of academic subjects.

At-Home Learning Activities 

Get help with schoolwork and practice math or other skills with Tutor.com, available with your library card.

Free AP study tools from Fiveable 

Khan Academy offers free courses on many topics for learners at all levels, and a guide for parents and teachers using the site during school closures.

Scholastic Learn at Home features day-by-day projects for grades K-12.

Readwritethink includes activities and interactive lessons for students in grades K-12. You can filter by grade, activity, learning objective, and more. Many of the activities/lessons point to free information sources for the topic.  

Here’s a long list of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings via KidsActivities.com 

Science at Home from Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry 

Learning Resources from the Field Museum 

TED-Ed educational videos from the folks who brought you TED Talks 

Creativity / The Arts 

Daily Writing Prompts  from the New York Times 

Comic Book Tutorials for Those Staying at Home During Coronavirus from the New York Times 

Comic Artist Jarrett Lerner offers activities like Finish this Comic, blank comic pages, and drawing/writing prompts.

Artists of any age will enjoy Mo Willems Lunch Doodles, mini drawing lessons from the Kennedy Center’s “Artist in Residence at Home.”

Try your hand at Online Art Lessons from Art for Kids   

Sight Reading Factory is offering a free trial of online sight-reading practice for vocal and instrumental musicians. 

Keep Dancing with free livestream dance classes for all ages. Class times, levels, and dance styles vary. 

Looking for Something Different? 

Relax and take care of you body with a little Yoga with Adriene.

Nike Run Club‘s free app offers running workouts for a variety of abilities and distances. 

Try Breakout.Edu‘s digital escape room games for grades K-12. 

Go on a Virtual Field Trip to a zoo, national park, the Louvre Museum, or the surface of Mars!

Take a Virtual Museum Tour.

Have you canceled Spring Break travel plans? Visit a Virtual Theme Park.

If you’re an animal lover, you’ll love San Diego Zoo’s Live Cams.

Prefer sea life? Try Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Live Cams — don’t miss our favorite, the Sea Otter Cam! 

Take a screen break with these Best Podcasts for Kids in elementary, middle, and high school.

11 Teen Novels to Read If You Like Stranger Things

GatheringDark

The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson
YA JOHNSON, C.
A gifted pianist discovers that she and the mysterious boy she’s falling for are part of an alternate world made from dark matter, and in a race of love against fear, she must somehow save her life without losing herself.

Taking

The Taking by Kimberly Derting
YA DERTING, K.
The last thing Kyra Agnew remembers is a flash of bright light. She awakes to discover that five whole years have passed. Everyone in her life has moved on–her parents are divorced, her boyfriend is in college and dating her best friend–but Kyra’s still the sixteen-year-old she was when she vanished. She finds herself drawn to Tyler, her boyfriend’s kid brother, despite her best efforts to ignore this growing attraction. In order to find out the truth, the two of them decide to retrace her steps from that fateful night. They discover that there are others who have been “taken,” just like Kyra. But Kyra is the first person to have been returned past the forty-eight-hour taken mark. With a determined secret government agency after her, Kyra desperately tries to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had… but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

NightSky

Night Sky by Suzanne Brockmann and Melanie Brockmann
YA BROCKMANN, S.
Sixteen-year-old Skylar Reid joins her best friend Cal, Dana, a girl with supernatural abilities, and Dana’s friend Milo on a quest to rescue young Sasha from the Organization that kidnapped her because, according to Dana, Sky and Sasha both have special abilities, too.

DarkestMinds

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
YA BRACKEN, A.
Sixteen-year-old Ruby breaks out of a government-run ‘rehabilitation camp’ for teens who acquired dangerous powers after surviving a virus that wiped out most American children.

SecretHour

The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld
YA SF WESTERFELD, S.
Upon moving to Bixby, Oklahoma, fifteen-year-old Jessica Day learns that she is one of a group of people who have special abilities that help them fight ancient creatures living in an hour hidden at midnight; creatures that seem determined to destroy Jess.

WalkingDark

The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman
YA WASSERMAN, R.
After a series of suicide-killings and a deadly storm, the residents of the town of Oleander, Kansas, start acting even more strangely than would be expected. Only the 5 witnesses of the murders retain their sound minds, and must band together to save the town from whatever has come over it.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children book cover

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
YA RIGGS, R.
After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.

DeadHouse

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
YA KURTAGICH, D.
Told through journal entries, a psychotherapist’s notes, court records, and more, relates the tale of Carly, a teen who was institutionalized after her parents’ death but released to Elmbrige High School, where she is believed to have a second personality or soul named Kaitlyn, and/or be possessed by a demon.

intothegrey

Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan
YA KIERNAN, C.
After their nan accidentally burns their home down, twin brothers Pat and Dom must move with their parents and baby sister to the seaside cottage they’ve summered in, now made desolate by the winter wind. Itʹs there that the ghost appears, a strange boy who cries black tears and fears a bad man, a soldier, who is chasing him. Soon Dom has become not Dom, and Pat can sense that his brother is going to die while their overwhelmed parents can’t even see whatʹs happening. Isolated and terrified, Pat needs to keep his brother’s cover while figuring out how to save him, drawing clues from his own dreams and Nan’s long ago memories, confronting a mystery that lies between this world and the next, within the Grey.

The Night She Disappeared book cover

The Night She Disappeared by April Henry
YA MY HENRY, A.
Told from various viewpoints, Gabie and Drew set out to prove that their missing co-worker Kayla is not dead, and to find her before she is, while the police search for her body and the man who abducted her.

greatterriblebeauty

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
YA BRAY, L.
After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world.