On the blog this month, our campus librarian, Anne Curtin, shares a list of resources for ebooks or fun activities that can be done at home.

hoopla | streaming audiobooks, music, video & ebooks

Hoopla runs in connection with public libraries. Check with your local library to see if you have access. (Bonus: There’s plenty of great titles for adults as well!)

International Children’s Digital Library

This site contains thousands of titles in a multitude of languages. Readers get to look at high-quality scans of actual book pages, which can be a refreshing treat when it comes to ebooks.


A digital collection of multilingual stories for kids. Books are in multiple formats as read-alongs and read-alouds. A great way to explore new authors and cultures from all over the world!

Barnes & Noble Free eBooks for Kids

The store boasts more than 5000 titles geared toward a range of ages. Another added benefit is the ability to sort through various categories of interest, so you’re not just scrolling through a muddle of books that won’t interest your child.

Storyline Online  

This is great for Primary/Lower Elementary students. Various actors/actresses narrate popular children’s picture books. Each book is given an age range, summary, and run time. You don’t need a subscription for this service.

Ideas to Keep Busy at Home for All Ages

The Goleta Valley Public Library put together a comprehensive list of fun things to do at home! The list includes links to Harry Potter quizzes, online writing workshops, and live stream videos from zoos all over the world! This will keep your child (and you!) busy for hours!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten — This is a reading program through the Santa Barbara Public Library for ages 0-5 years that encourages reading every day. For every book read, you mark a space on your reading log. The reading log can be downloaded from home and can be turned in at a later date to earn a prize!

Read Brightly website — This is a great website to use for booklists, book-related activities/printables, and much more! This could be used for book-themed activities that could be done at home.

As always, we love to hear your feedback. Whether you end up checking out one of the recommendations and want to share your thoughts, or if you have another book or resource you think the families of our community would appreciate, please feel free to reach out.

Happy reading!