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

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 down time. We'll continue to update as we find new ideas to share. And of course, if you're looking to help out your local indies, we love the suggestions in this article.


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 discussion guides for several of their titles.

Barefoot Books has compiled activity pages for your little ones, including ones about managing anxiety, doing yoga and connecting with others.


Dolly Parton, who is one of America's guardian angels for early-childhood literacy, will be reading bedtime stories, starting April 2.

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 here. Enjoy a brilliant coronavirus overdub of The Sound of Music's "Do-Re-Mi" here.

April 23 is thought to be both Shakespeare's birthday and death date, so it's apt if we list lots of Bard resources this week. The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is planning a virtual birthday party and has a huge list of Shakespeare streaming options, many of them free. (They include a magic-laced production of Macbeth that was co-directed by illusionist Teller, of Penn and Teller.) Twelfth Night will stream for a week from ntlive, starting Thursday. The Stratford Festival (from Ontario) is offering a film festival of its works, starting with King Lear--a 1606 play written during a plague (perhaps while Will was in quarantine.)

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.

The Rabbit Hole is an "Explor-a-Storium" devoted to children's literature that is under construction and development in Kansas City. It's sponsoring a way-cool design challenge for kids.

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."

Publisher First Second is holding a Comics Relief virtual book festival this Saturday. Get a look at moments in comic creation with such graphic novel creators as Lisa Brown, Lucy Knisley, Kat Leyh, Ngozi Ukazu, Lily Williams, Karen Schneeman, and Gene Luen Yang.

Book festivals have been put on hold everywhere, so a group of authors are planning a virtual festival experience. The Everywhere Book Fest will have live and pre-recorded talks and panels on May 1-2. Gene Luen Yang, whose most recent book is Dragon Hoops, will be the keynote speaker.

The Bay Area Book Festival is going virtual. #UNBOUND launches May 1 (the original 2020 Festival weekend) with adult, children's, and young-adult programs on this YouTube channel.

The National Theater is going to stream a free play every Thursday Night.

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

Singer songwriter Nancy Cassidy will be singing live-stream KidsSongs shows on the Magical Bridge Facebook page through April.

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.


Penguin Teen has launched a podcast with Bay Area author and friend to Hicklebee's Randy Ribay in their first installment. YA authors will be answering questions in twenty minute installments every weekday.


Adults need storytime, too, and LeVar Burton is on it.

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."

A page FULL of activities from various book publishers.

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 readalong of War and Peace. (12 pages a day, you can do that!)