Quarantine Activities–Online Read-Alouds

Video Read-alouds (and other book-related things)

StorylineOnline: Storytime with Actors 

Brightly Storytime

Huge roundup of online read-alouds via Kate Messner.  Many are read by the authors.

Audible Stories: stream children’s stories, including titles across six different languages

Story Time From Space – Astronauts on the International Space Station read picture books to the children of Earth

Scholastic BookFlix: animated picture books with a related non-fiction book.

A linked list of DOZENS of libraries that are doing online storytimes.

Where the Wild Things Are, read by Christopher Walken
Harry the Dirty Dog, read by Betty White

Join PBS Kids and Brightly for Mondays with Michelle Obama and watch the former first lady read delightful picture books, from classic stories like The Very Hungry Caterpillar to newer favorites like There’s a Dragon in Your Book.

Mrs. Bush’s Story Time – podcast with former First Lady Barbara Bush features archived audio recordings of Mrs. Bush reading cherished children’s stories aloud, with special guests like Winnie the Pooh, Daffy Duck, Elmo, and Grover, and celebrities including Oprah and Alan Arkin.

Oliver Jeffers reads a book a day

There’s a Monster at the End of this Book!, read by Grover

Misunderstood Shark, read by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy
Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark, read by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

One Drop of Kindness – Book read by its author, Jeff Kubiak, after a 13 minute Mr. Rogers‑like talk for kids and parents about the current situation
Una Gota de Bondad – El mismo libro en español / The author also shared this video of the same book being read in Spanish by an elementary school teacher

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library: Author Chris Grabenstein reads the first chapter  and shares an “inside the pages” look at some of the details.

The Circus Ship: Author/Illustrator Chris Van Dusen reads his book

Author Grace Lin reads from “Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same!

Bilal Cooks Daal: Author Aisha Saeed reads her book

Author Laura Murray reads her book The Gingerbread Man & Leprechaun Loose at School

Printables and activities from Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House series, via Brightly.

KidLit TV: read alouds, drawing & writing tutorials, podcasts, art, and reading resources for kids

Educational Resources & Activities to Use While the Kids Are at Home by the Brightly Editors (note: some may be for purchase)

Sing Along with Emily Arrow: She writes songs about books, and is currently sharing her screen with some guest authors.

I’m not just a scribble: Author Diane Alber reads her books, chats a bit, and has a related activity (which does generally require a printer, but the printables are free)

LivBits: A list of “live events” and activities (many archived, now) by an impressively long list of authors, celebrities, and teachers!

From KidsActivities.com: A daily schedule of “live events”, followed by an impressive list of archived videos and activities.

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+