Hicklebee's Buzz: What's Going On Out There?

Hicklebee's BUZZ


We've taken the liberty of compiling an up-to-date page to keep you aware of the wonderful things happening across the country. From resources for your little ones to what you can do during your downtime. We'll continue to update as we find new ideas to share. 



- Hold onto your heartstrings. This video (the trailer for a forthcoming book that you can order here) suggests imaginative ways that separated pals can affirm their friendship in a time when they aren't able to hug.

- There are articles everywhere with tips for getting children to stay in their face masks. This one from Boston Children's Hospital has cute masked kittens.

- Barefoot Books now offers Free tools to teach children to embrace diversity and inclusion.

- Our friends at the Computer History Museum added Women in Computing: From Algorithms to Aerospace to their online resources.

- Stay Home with Candlewick has some of their authors offering tips and tricks of their trades.

- Scholastic has created a Learn at Home webpage full of different learning experiences for every day of the week, arranged by age group.

- Disney has added a list of Educator Guides for several of its titles.



- Local author and friend to Hicklebee's author Tim McCanna is offering Music and Storytime episodes on his YouTube page (they're HILARIOUS!)

- Even MORE authors and their storytimes.

- The good neighbors at Sesame Street are making their ebook library available for free.

- Read-alongs and doodle-alongs here.



- Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton have launched a children's podcast, a venture that launched a thousand social-media mentions about having a Mary Poppins of one's own. See more about Julie's Library podcast here. 

- Candlewick has made a coronavirus book for children, and it's available as a free download. That link leads as well to the publisher's many activities and educational resources, including ones featuring Candlewick characters such as Waldo, Judy Moody, Timmy Failure, and the Nutbrown Hares.

Color Our Collections is where museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions share free coloring sheets and books based on the artwork and materials they hold.

- Book Riot shared some writing prompts for your children. They reminded us to recommend The Imaginaries, by Emily Winfield Martin. It's a lovely, latter-day Mysteries of Harris Burdick, made up of (as her subtitle indicates) "little scraps of larger stories."

- You can doodle with Mo Willems of Elephant and Piggy fame.

- Join Dav Pilkey of Dog Man and Captain Underpants fame at home.

- Stuck at home? Take free drawing lessons from famous illustrators (all ages!)

- Bored? Good, Herve Tullet wants you to use it! Create a museum exhibit at home. (password is Tobo Studio, exactly as is!)

- Take a closer look at your books... the Undies Awards is back! Voting is up until November.



We Are YA Podcast by Penguin Teen. Hear what your favorite young adult authors have to say. YA authors will be answering questions in twenty-minute installments every weekday. The first installment features Randy Ribay, Bay Area author and friend to Hicklebee's.



- Adults need storytime, too, and LeVar Burton is on it with his podcast LeVar Burton Reads.

- Children's books are the gift that never stops giving--in part because they are always ready to be parodied. McSweeney's offers "Frog and Toad Are Self-Quarantined Friends."

- Libro.fm has a great deal going on! Get two audiobooks for the price of one ($14.95). With this offer, 100% of your purchase will go to Hicklebee's, and you keep the audio books of course! Click here and use promocode SHOPBOOKSTORESNOW.

- Need a giggle? Jessie Gaynor at Lithub.com has rewritten the first lines of classic literature for the coronavirus era. Need more? Here are some last lines too.

- Are the kids finally down for bed? It's your time. The New York Times posted a list of famous authors' comfort books.

- Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Now's the time to read all those classics you've been putting off since college English.

- Listen to the Moby Dick Big Read, each chapter of the novel is read by a different actor or artist.

- Author Yiyun Li is leading a read-along of War and Peace. (12 pages a day, you can do that!)