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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!

Also see 25+ Online e-Books and Video Read Alouds for Kids about COVID-19.

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:

AbiyoyoAda Twist Scientist Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad DayAll Are WelcomeAre You My Mother?Arnie the DoughnutArthur's New PuppyAs Fast as Words Could FlyAstronaut Annie Baby A Bad Case of StripesBalloons Over BroadwayBe a MakerThe Bear Ate Your SandwichBear Came AlongThe Bear EssentialsBear Snores OnBee Calm the Buzz on Yoga Before John Was a Jazz GiantBig Papa and the Time MachineThe Book with No PicturesBrave IreneBright Eyes, Brown SkinBrown 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 DuckFirebirdGame Changers the Story of Venus and Serena WilliamsGiraffe ProblemsGoldiliciousGoodnight Daniel TigerGrandma's PurseGreen Eggs and HamThe GruffaloHair LoveHappy in Our SkinHarry the Dirty DogHello LighthouseHello Neighbor the Kind and Caring World of Mr. RogersHere 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 Harriet TubmanI Am Peace a Book of MindfulnessI Need My MonsterIf I Ran for PresidentI'm a BallerinaI'm Going to Give You a Big Bear HugImani's MoonIshIs Your Mama a Llama?></a><a href=Jabari JumpsJoan Proctor, Dragon DoctorJust a SecretKate Who Tamed the WindKhalifa and Amal Go to SpaceThe Kiss That MissedThe Kissing HandKnots on a Counting RopeLadybug Girl at the BeachLast Stop on Market StreetLibrary LionLittle Elliot and the Big CityThe Little Engine That CouldLittle ExcavatorLittle Owl's SnowLLama Destroys the WorldLlama Llama Holiday DramaLlama Llama Loves to ReadLlama Llama Mad at MamaLlama Llama Misses MamaThe LoraxLost and Found CatLost for WordsLotus and FeatherLouise Loves ArtLove Sophia on the MoonMadeline Book JacketMama's BellyMaria Had a Little LlamaMarti's Song for FreedomMary Had a Little GlamMilk Goes to SchoolMillions of CatsMiss Maple's SeedsThe MittenMolly of Denali Crane SongMonkey's Jungle JamMonster Needs a PartyA Moon of My OwnMy Friend MaggieMy HairMy Little Golden Book About SharksMy Rotten Red Headed BrotherThe Night I Followed the DogNo, David!No Mirrors In My Nana's HouseNo More Noisey NightsNoah's ArkThe Not So Quiet LibraryOh, The Places You'll Go!OliviaOnce a MouseOverground RailroadOwl BabiesPaolo Emperor of RomePedro Goes BuggyPeg + Cat The Lemonade ProblemThe Penguin ProblemPeg + Cat The Pizza ProblemPenguinPete the Cat and His Magic SunglassesPete the Cat and the New GuyPeter's ChairPlease, 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. GuanaPurpliciousQ Saves the SunQuackenstein Hatches a FamilyR is for RocketRadiant ChildThe Rainbow FishRead the Book Lemmings!Rent Party JazzRobot RumpusRomeow and DroolietScribbles and Ink Out of the BoxSeaver the WeaverSeaver the WeaverSenorita MariposaSheep Dog and Sheep SheepSilvericiousSilly Suzy GooseSisters FirstSix Little ChicksSmash CrashSnappsy the AlligatorThe Snowy DaySomebody Loves You Mr. HatchSophie's MasterpieceSplish Splash SplatStar Wars A New HopeStellalunaStone SoupStrega 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 a Dragon In Your BookThere's an Alligator Under My BedThis Is Our HouseThis Way CharlieThomas to the RescueThe Three BearsTo Be a DrumToo Much, Not EnoughThe ToothThe True Story of the Three Little PigsUni the UnicornThe Very Hungry CaterpillarWaiting for the BiblioburroWelcome to the PartyWe're Amazing 1, 2, 3!We're Going on a Bear HuntWhat Would You Wish For?When a Dragon Moves InWhen Pigasso Met MootisseWhen the Cousins CameWhere the Wild Things AreWhere's My Teddy?Where's Prancer?Where's Walrus and Penguin?White Socks OnlyWho Wet My Pants?Wild Dogs and CaninesWild in AfricaWilfrid Gordon McDonald PatridgeWolfie the BunnyThe Word CollectorYou MatterYou're All My FavoritePage 2 100 More Free Video Read Alouds


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