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100+ Free Video Read Alouds

03/04/2020 | Online Storytime

When you are on vacation, running errands or just away from home, read along stories are a great way to fill what can be hours of waiting into a lot of fun.

Listed below are more than 100 video read alouds from old classics like Where the Wild Things Are to newer favorites like Little Jumbo. It's story time online! This listening library is available all day every day (and all night!) for returning to old favorites. “Read it again!” has never been easier!

We just discovered this read aloud, wonderfully performed by the book's author, Hannah Lee. The story is called My Hair. It is a joyful look at the creativity, style, and love that is expressed in the care and appreciation of hair. My Hair is Hannah's first book. It was shortlisted for the 2020 BookTrust Storytime Prize which celebrates and promotes the best books for sharing with young children. Here is a video interview in which Hannah talks about what it was like to write My Hair. She also shares that a second book is coming! It is called The Rapping Princess. In her words, "It's about using your own voice and using the talents that you've been given to the the best of your ability." We can't wait for that one!

For more ideas to help keep children hearing and enjoying great stories,
even when they are unable to visit a library, or are not at school, there are themed online storytimes available from the Indianapolis Public Library here.

These themed storytimes use many of the video read alouds on this page and pair them with activities, printables, and other online resources for @home fun, or, if you are a teacher, for @home e-learning fun. We will keep updating these pages as we collect resources and ideas to share.

We will continue to highlight stories and activities that are accessible by everyone, but also talk about books and audiobooks in our own collection. If you are not an Indianapolis resident with an IndyPL library card, note that many public libraries across the country have the same books and use the same download and streaming services mentioned. Check with your local library when you see something you like. Chances are you will be able to find the same stories where you live. If you can't find them or need more help, talk to your local librarian who will be happy to help you!

For the books on this page, no library card is required!

After you finish this 100, there are even more stories at 100 MORE free video read alouds!

Read Aloud Videos:

Abiyoyo Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad DayAll Are Welcome Arnie the Doughnut As Fast as Words Could Fly Baby A Bad Case of StripesBalloons Over BroadwayThe Bear Ate Your SandwichBear Snores OnBee Calm the Buzz on Yoga Big Papa and the Time MachineThe Book with No PicturesBrave IreneBrown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?Carla's SandwhichCarmela Full of WishesCharlie the Ranch DogChester's WayDisney's CinderellaClark the SharkThe Day You BeginDon't Let Aunt Mabel Bless the TableDr. Seuss on the LooseDuck RabbitEat PeteElbow GreaseElmo's Tricky Tongue TwistersThe Elves and the ShoemakerEmma and Julia Love BalletThe Empty PotEnemy PieFancy Nancy Bonjour ButterflyFarmer DuckGame Changers the Story of Venus and Serena WilliamsGrandma's PurseGreen Eggs and HamHair LoveHappy in Our SkinHarry the Dirty DogHere Comes Teacher CatHere Comes the Garbage BargeHey, That's My MonsterHoot and PeepThe House That Jane BuiltHow Do Penguins Play?></a><a href=How I Learned GeographyHow to Cheer Up DadHow to Get Your Teacher ReadyThe Hueys in the New JumperThe Hula Hoopin' QueenI Am Peace a Book of MindfulnessI Need My MonsterIf I Ran for PresidentI'm a BallerinaI'm Going to Give You a Big Bear HugIshIs Your Mama a Llama?></a><a href=Just a SecretKate Who Tamed the WindThe Kiss That MissedThe Kissing HandKnots on a Counting RopeLadybug Girl at the Beach></a><a title=Library LionLittle Elliot and the Big CityLittle ExcavatorLittle Owl's SnowLlama Llama Holiday DramaLlama Llama Loves to ReadLlama Llama Mad at MamaLlama Llama Misses MamaThe LoraxLost and Found CatLost for WordsLotus and FeatherLouise Loves ArtMadeline Book JacketMama's BellyMaria Had a Little LlamaMarti's Song for FreedomMary Had a Little GlamMilk Goes to SchoolMillions of CatsMiss Maple's SeedsThe MittenMonkey's Jungle JamMonster Needs a PartyMy Friend MaggieMy HairMy Little Golden Book About SharksMy Rotten Red Headed BrotherThe Night I Followed the DogNo Mirrors In My Nana's HouseNo More Noisey NightsNoah's ArkThe Not So Quiet LibraryOh, The Places You'll Go!OliviaOwl BabiesPedro Goes BuggyThe Penguin ProblemPeg + Cat The Pizza ProblemPenguinPete the Cat and His Magic SunglassesPete the Cat and the New GuyPlease, Please the BeesThe Polar ExpressPride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag Book JacketThe Princess and the PeaPrincess Penelope and the Runaway KittenPrivate I. GuanaQuackenstein Hatches a FamilyR is for RocketThe Rainbow FishRead the Book Lemmings!Rent Party JazzRobot RumpusRomeow and DroolietSeaver the WeaverSeaver the WeaverSenorita MariposaSilly Suzy GooseSix Little ChicksSmash CrashSnappsy the AlligatorThe Snowy DaySomebody Loves You Mr. HatchSophie's MasterpieceSplish Splash SplatStellalunaStrega NonaSupertruckSwapSylvester and the Magic PebbleThe Tale of Pete RabbitA Tale of Two BeastsTales from Winnie the PoohTekTen Magic ButterfliesThankThere Was an Old Dragon That Swallowed a KnightThere Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a FlyThere's an Alligator Under My BedThis Is Our HouseThomas to the RescueThe Three BearsTo Be a DrumThe ToothThe True Story of the Three Little PigsUni the UnicornThe Very Hungry CaterpillarWaiting for the BiblioburroWe're Amazing 1, 2, 3!We're Going on a Bear HuntWhen a Dragon Moves InWhen Pigasso Met MootisseWhen the Cousins CameWhere the Wild Things AreWhere's My Teddy?Where's Walrus and Penguin?White Socks OnlyWilfrid Gordon McDonald PatridgeWolfie the BunnyThe Word CollectorYou're All My FavoritePage 2 100 More Free Video Read Alouds

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