HCLS On Demand Classes
Please note that the resources below require an HCLS card number and PIN to sign in.
BookFlix – Stories for Children
BookFLIX pairs fiction video books with nonfiction Scholastic eBooks to build a love of reading, while reinforcing necessary skills.
Kanopy Kids (ages 2 to 8)
Enjoy quality educational content like Sesame Street, Arthur, and language-learning series for young children.
Expose young children up to age 6 to foreign languages with these brief video vocabulary lessons in
English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, and Mandarin Chinese.
* Requires Adobe Flash Player. On HCLS computers, use the Firefox browser.
OverDrive’s “Read Along with Me” collection
Borrow up to six eBooks at a time. Read these to a child, or turn on audio narration and watch as each word is highlighted while spoken aloud. You might encounter wait lists because this digital collection is shared by the entire state of Maryland.
Designed for PreK through third grade students, PebbleGo features built-in reading and research tools expertly leveled for new readers. Audio supports navigation, and articles include narrated text, highlighting, audio, and video. Topics include Animals, Science, Biographies, and Social Studies.
TumbleBooks are interactive picture books that children can read or have read to them. Click on the blue “Story Books” tab at the top. No wait lists.
“Caring for Each Other” initiative by Sesame Street
Includes eBooks, tips for talking with your kids, videos to watch and learn together, and ideas for playing and learning both online and off-line. All of these feature your favorite Sesame Street characters!
International Children’s Digital Library
Provides access to international children’s literature for ages three to five, with books available online in 55 languages.
Maryland Day by Day Family Literacy Activity Calendar
This free resource was developed by the Maryland State Library. Download a monthly calendar. Each day has instructions for a different learning activity that’s both fun and educational. Every month also includes a book list of suggested titles to read with your child.
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation records well-known actors reading children’s books and makes graphically dynamic videos so that children around the world can be read to with just the click of a Storyline Online video book image.
Unite for Literacy
With a goal of cultivating a lifelong love of reading, Unite for Literacy provides free digital access to picture books narrated in many languages. Grades: PreK – 2.
Wide Open School powered by Common Sense Media (grades preK to 12)
A free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense. Here you’ll find resources from organizations such as DuoLingo, Flocabulary, GoNoodle, Noggin, ChopChop Family, ABCya!, and more grouped into practical categories such as daily schedule, emotional well-being, get moving, life skills, and more. Please note that some links require registration with a valid email address.