Heading back to school means getting kids excited about reading again. YouTube Kids Reading Month aims to inspire young readers with fun celebrity read-alongs of kid’s favorite books.

Dolly Parton—country music superstar, reading advocate and founder of the Imagination Library (a non-profit a book gifting program that mails free books to kids)—has partnered up with YouTube Kids and created a special playlist just for families. In addition to Parton’s picks, several other celebrities will be featured on playlists curated to encourage a love of reading.

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Celebrity read-alongs include Ludacris reading Llama Llama Red Pajama, Kristen Bell reading Quackenstein Hatches a Family and Jimmy Fallon reading Everything Is Mama, among others. YouTube Kids has also created a special playlist with Nickelodeon star JoJo Siwa to help inspire her fans to get reading, too.

Besides the celebrity read-alongs, YouTube Kids will also celebrate Reading Month with a “Word of the Day.” Kids will find a special tile marked “Word of the Day” under the Recommended category. If they click on to they’ll be introduced to a new vocabulary word for the day through a short video.

—Shahrzad Warkentin



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