Parents and children alike have been looking forward to celebrities posting virtual story time videos. PBS KIDS has been hosting a popular ongoing “Read-Along” initiative that celebrates reading and togetherness at home.They just announced two new special story time sessions featuring Kristen Bell.

Kirsten Bell Story TimeOn Jun. 1, Kristen will read Goodnight, Daniel Tiger, based on the beloved Emmy-winning PBS KIDS series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, the animated spinoff of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, from Fred Rogers Productions. Then, on Jun. 8, Kristen will read her brand-new children’s book (co-authored with Benjamin Hart), The World Needs More Purple People.

Each reading will be livestreamed simultaneously on PBS KIDS’ Facebook  and YouTube channel and will remain available for viewing on demand on both platforms immediately following. 

Mon., Jun. 1, 12 p.m. ET: Goodnight, Daniel Tiger

It’s almost time for Daniel Tiger to say goodnight, but there’s still so much to do! There’s play time and then bath time…and don’t forget tooth-brushing time! Finally, it’s time to get cozy under the covers for story time and a special goodnight song. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood fans will love winding down their busy day with their favorite friend before snuggling into their own beds to say goodnight!

 

Mon., Jun. 8, 12 p.m. ET: The World Needs More Purple People

What is a purple person? Great question. I mean, really great! Because purple people always ask really great questions. They bring their family, friends, and communities together, and they speak up for what’s right. They are kind and hardworking, and they love to laugh (especially at Grandpa’s funny noises)! A purple person is an everyday superhero! How do you become one? That’s the fun part! Penny Purple will lead you through the steps. Get ready to be silly, exercise your curiosity, use your voice, and be inspired.

To encourage family engagement and a love of reading during this challenging time, the ongoing PBS KIDS’ “Read-Along” series offers families a place to come together and read-along with fan-favorite books on YouTube and Facebook. Each PBS KIDS Read-Along also includes activity ideas and questions to help spark conversation. New PBS KIDS Read-Alongs with special guests will stream weekly all summer long. Additional readers will be announced soon!

—Jennifer Swartvagher

Featured photo: PBS KIDS

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