A good book can transport you into another world. With the kids home for the next few weeks 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. 

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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.


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. 

—Jennifer Swartvagher

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