A good book can transport you into another world. Now that the kids are spending more time at home, there are many services offering up free and educational entertainment for your use. Many famous authors, illustrators and celebrities are offering a way for us to virtually escape from our homes through online readings of popular books.
Some authors, illustrators and celebrities are streaming their readings on their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.
Josh Gad, everyone’s favorite snowman, is also lending a hand. Since March 13, he has been reading a story on Twitter every night at 7 pm ET/3 pm PT. So far he has read, Olivia Goes to Venice by Ian Falconer, The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Find out more at #GadBookClub.
Check out some of the celebrities sharing story time.
Kevin Jonas Reads Classic Thomas & Friends Books on Caribu
Kevin Jonas is teaming up with Mattel and video app Caribu to read classic Thomas & Friends books to celebrate the iconic children’s books. Jonas will be releasing new videos each week throughout the month of May, with the first story available starting Apr. 28.
Jaime Camil reading "Zombies Don't Eat Veggies"
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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and there is no better way to celebrate this occasion than to have Dr. Seuss’ good friend Danny DeVito read 'The Lorax'. Today, on this 50th anniversary of Earth Day the Lorax’s message is even more relevant. Dr. Seuss’s beloved story teaches all of us to speak up and make a difference. The Lorax tells the story, in a playful and hopeful way, of the beautiful Truffula Trees and the danger of taking our earth for granted. The book teaches us that just one small seed, or one small child, can make a difference. “UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
Danny Devito Reading "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss
Jennifer Garner reading "The Mitten" by Jan Brett
Illustrator, Sophie Blackall reading "Ivy & Bean: One Big Happy Family"
Author, Karen Romano Young reads from "A Girl, A Raccoon, and the Midnight Moon"
Author, Christina Soontornvat reads from "Diary of an Ice Princess, The Big Freeze"
You can find more by searching the #OperationStorytime hashtag on social media.