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Children’s Book World – Author Read Alouds and Interactions

This Week’s Author Offerings!

Vashti Harrison – will share drawing tutorials and worksheets on Instagram inspired by her Little Leaders, Little Dreamers and Little Legends books, which highlight influential black men and women in United States history  

Kate Messner  Sharing a chapter-by-chapter read-aloud of RANGER IN TIME: RESCUE ON THE OREGON TRAIL here on my blog over the coming weeks.

Read, Wonder, and Learn! Favorite Authors & Illustrators Share Resources for Learning Anywhere – Author Kate Messner has gathered various author resources that include everything from first-chapter and picture book read-alouds (all shared with permission!) to drawing and writing mini-lessons. Be sure to check back often, as new resources will be added every day.

Grace Lin – an illustrator and author of middle-grade novels and picture books, is posting drawing tutorials and readings from her books on her YouTube channel. Lin said she began the reading series in part to fight the “anti-Asian rhetoric” that has come up amid coronavirus fears. “I’ve felt the need to show kids positive representations of Asian-Americans and Asian culture,” she said.

Kid Lit – Join 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.

Matt Phelan – drawing and listening to records weekdays at 9AM EDT. The videos will stay up, so stop by any ol’ time.

Gene Barretta – WATCH ANYTIME! Readings, shows original art, draws, gives away doodles as part of a trivia contest, and does Q&A’s.


Stimola Live is a website of live stream events for kids, tweens, and teens by professional authors and illustrators represented by Stimola Literary Studio. Events will be streamed live from a variety of platforms and archived on the Stimola Live YouTube Channel

Hervé Tullet, an artist of playful and uninhibited creations, invites young and old to unleash their creativity in this web series. He offers a series of creation, recreation and inspiration workshops, so that anyone can put together their own Ideal Exhibition. This Webseries is presented in French.

Cinco Puntos publishes great books from our offices in the center of the universe. Various authors, presented in Spanish.

Jen Calonita – writing prompts on her Facebook page – it is great for older kids! Every Weekday.

Brian Biggs – reading his books for younger children on his Facebook page. 

Peter Reynolds – will be reading aloud from his books 12:00 pm EDT Daily.

Elizabeth Eulberg – WATCH ANYTIME! Reading and discussion – The Great Shelby Holmes

Mo Willems – (Lunch Doodles) – 1:00pm EDT – every weekday.

Oliver Jeffers – (book reading and discussion) – 2pm EDT on Instagram – every weekday.

Jarrett Krosoczka – (art lesson & more) – 2pm EDT YouTube.

Dan Gutman – (reading) – 2pm EDT on Facebook.

Mac Barnett – (book reading and discussion) – 3pm EDT on Instagram – every weekday.

Lowey Sichol – (Live with Lowey) Every Wednesday until students are back in school.


Dance along with this video created by our Capoeira teacher.  Have fun!


This link will take you to a document full of virtual field trips you can “go” on.  Happy exploring!

Virtual Field Trips

Please follow the link below to sign up:

Information & Application for School Districts

Mayor Purzycki Announces Expanded Food Distribution System

Post Date:03/31/2020 10:00 AM

Parks and Recreation adds more sites to meet demand for meals

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and Parks and Recreation Director Kevin F. Kelley Sr. have announced that new food sites have been added to the City’s meal distribution system which began a few weeks ago. Now, even more children and teenagers (any child under 18 years of age) can receive a combined breakfast and lunch meal and in some cases, a dinner. The so-called “grab and go” meal sites are in addition to regular after-school food sites available around Wilmington.

“We continue to work to ensure that every young person who needs a meal can get one within a reasonable distance from their home,” said Mayor Purzycki, “and we’ll add sites as needed in the future.” The Mayor said more than 35,000 meals have been delivered since March 17 at multiple locations around City.

Parks and Recreation Director Kelley said beginning today and Thursday this week, two sites – the William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center on North Madison Street, and Youth Empowerment on Sycamore Street – will start providing dinners on a trial basis between the hours of 4:30 and 5:50 p.m.  A complete list of distribution sites is as follows:

3rd and Connell Park

3rd and Connell Streets

10 – 11:30 a.m.

4th and Rodney Tot Lot

300-398 North Rodney Street

Noon – 2 p.m.

Ark South Learning Center

601 South Heald Street

10 – 11:30 a.m.

Ark Summer Camp

534 Vandever Avenue

10 – 11:30 a.m.

Beacon of Hope

4001 North Market Street

11 – 1 p.m.

Brown Chihocki

9th Avenue and Duncan Streets

12 – 12:30 p.m.

Clifford Brown Walk

Clifford Brown Walk and 9th Street

10 – 11:30 a.m.

Eastlake Park

30th and Madison Streets

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Father Tucker Park

9th and Lincoln Streets

Noon – 2 p.m.

Helen Chambers Park

601 North Madison Street

Noon – 2 p.m.

Howard High School

401 East 12th Street

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Johnny’s Market Parking Lot

1116 Maryland Avenue

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Kingswood Community Center

2300 Bowers Street

Noon – 2 p.m.

Kosciusko Park

Broom and Maple Streets

Noon – 2 p.m.

LJ’s Playpen Academy, Inc.

2601 Carter Street

Noon – 2 p.m.

Michael’s Park

Stroud and Wright Streets

12:45 – 1:15 p.m.

Neighborhood House Inc. / Southbridge

1218 B Street

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

One Love Park

24th and Tatnall Streets

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Police Athletic League

3707 North Market Street

10 – 11:30 a.m.

West End Neighborhood House

701 North Lincoln Street

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center

501 North Madison Street

Tues. / Thurs. 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Woodlawn Library

2020 West 9th Street

10 – 11:30 a.m.

Youth Empowerment

1009 Sycamore Street

M/W/F 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Tues. / Thurs. 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Child Nutrition Sites

This list is continually updated.

Please note: Families can visit any of these meals sites. The site does not need to be in your home district or at the school your child attends

Update:  The Delaware Department of Education has received a federal waiver that removes the requirement that children be present for families to receive children’s meals. Program accountability and integrity will need to be maintained, and parents/guardians should only pick up meals for the children in their households.

There is also a map showing all locations

Please read the letter from the Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services on prevention, what do do if you feel sick, and who is vulnerable:

Message from Department of Health and Social Services (English)

Message from Department of Health and Social Services (Spanish)

Comcast is taking steps to implement the following new policies for the next 60 days, and other important initiatives:
* Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.
* Pausing Our Data Plan: With so many people working and educating from home, we want our customers to access the internet without thinking about data plans. While the vast majority of our customers do not come close to using 1TB of data in a month, we are pausing our data plans for 60 days giving all customers Unlimited data for no additional charge.
* No Disconnects or Late Fees: We will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if they contact us and let us know that they can’t pay their bills during this period. Our care teams will be available to offer flexible payment options and can help find other solutions.
* Internet Essentials Free to New Customers: As announced yesterday, it’s even easier for low-income families who live in a Comcast service area to sign-up for Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. New customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. Additionally, for all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program’s Internet service was increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. That increase will go into effect for no additional fee and it will become the new base speed for the program going forward.
* News, Information and Educational Content on X1 and Flex: For those with school-age students at home, we’ve created new educational collections for all grade levels in partnership with Common Sense Media. Just say “education” into your X1 or Flex voice remote. To help keep customers informed, we also have created a collection of the most current news and information on Coronavirus. Just say “Coronavirus” into your X1 or Flex voice remote.
* 24×7 Network Monitoring: Underpinning all of these efforts, Comcast’s technology and engineering teams will continue to work tirelessly to support our network operations. We engineer our network capacity to handle spikes and shifts in usage patterns, and continuously test, monitor and enhance our systems and network to ensure they are ready to support customer usage. Our engineers and technicians staff our network operations centers ‪24/7‬ to ensure network performance and reliability. We are monitoring network usage and watching the load on the network both nationally and locally, and to date it is performing well.
For more information and updates from Comcast related to Coronavirus, visit:
Breakfast and Lunch:
INFORMATION for free lunch and breakfast:
CEB building will open tomorrow and weekdays. Pick up times will be 8:30AM- 1:30PM. Students must be accompanied by a parent/ adult.
1200 N French St, Wilmington, DE 19801
Harlan Elementary and P.S. Dupont ( Brandywine School District) will open Tuesday from 11:00AM- 1:30PM
Harlan Elementary: 
3601 N Jefferson St, Wilmington, DE 19802
701 W 34th St, Wilmington, DE 19802

Wilmington Area Food Pantries

Please select the link to find the locations and times for area food pantries.