For Parents

Read Alouds and Author Workshops for Kids @Home


04/07/2020 | Online Storytime

There are many children's book authors, publishers, and other organizations making videos and online activities for kids while they are not in school right now. These creators are reading books aloud and inviting kids into their studios and work spaces to see how both the words and illustrations in stories come to life.

Virtual experiences like these make great additions to your schedule at home while you try to build some routine into your child's day. There are some treasures here that are more than up to the challenge and well worth the screen time.

We have gathered our favorites below. Sometimes the events are live streamed so you have to tune in at a certain time. For some, the live streams are available from an archive after the initial broadcast. There are three sections you can choose from, those virtual events that occur every week, those that occur every day, and those that are simply published for you to view anytime you'd like.

For each we have noted the day, time, and platform the performance or workshop is on: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, or a website. We have included links to printable activities when we could find them and also links to books from our digital collections in OverDrive and Axis 360 for checking out from home.

Figuring out what time to tune in can be a bit confusing because of the number of time zones the programs are coming from. Most of Indiana uses Eastern Time (ET), referred to as Eastern Standard Time (EST) during the winter months and Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) in the summer months when we observe daylight savings time. We have made every effort to show times for you in the Eastern Time zone.

If you have never used your IndyPL library card to borrow an e-book or e-audiobook from OverDrive or Axis 360 before directions are available:

Picture book author Oliver Jeffers, who wrote The Day the Crayons Quit and many others, put it pretty well, "We are all at home, but none of us are alone."

WEEKLY Read Alouds and Workshops:

The Inside Story of El Deafo

The Inside Story of El Deafo

YouTube
Mondays
10:00 am ET


A chapter by chapter video series about the making of the graphic novel El Deafo by Cece Bell.

See Cece's books to check out in OverDrive and Axis 360.


Mondays with Michelle Obama

Mondays with Michelle Obama

PBS Kids Facebook or Youtube
Mondays
Noon ET


“As a little kid, I loved to read aloud. And when I became a parent, I found such joy in sharing the magic of storytelling with my own children—and then later, as First Lady, with kids everywhere. At this time when so many families are under so much stress, I’m excited to give kids a chance to practice their reading and hear some wonderful stories (and to give parents and caretakers a much-needed break).” Book Schedule

Activities, tips, and resources for each of the books that Mrs. Obama will read are available at www.readtogetherbetogether.com, and companion literacy resources are available on pbskidsforparents.org.


Jason Reynolds Grab the Mic

Grab the Mic: Write. Right. Rite.

Website
Tuesdays and Thursdays

10:30 am


Beginning April 14, Jason Reynolds will begin this biweekly video series to inspire young people to tell their own stories. He will also publish a monthly newsletter. The videos and newsletter will be found on the "Grab the Mic" page on the Library of Congress website.


See Jason's books to check out in OverDrive and Axis 360.


LeVar Burton Reads to Children

LeVar Burton Reads to Children

Twitter

Mondays

Noon ET


The reader best known for Reading Rainbow is back!


Shelf Stuff at Home

Shelf Stuff at Home from Harper Kids
Instagram
YouTube
Tuesdays and Thursdays
2:00 pm ET

Looking for ways to get inspired, get moving, and stay positive while your family practices social distancing? Shelf Stuff is here to help with our Shelf Stuff at Home video series, perfect for kids ages 7-12.


Snack and Read Live with Simon Kids

Snack and Read Live with Simon Kids

Facebook

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

2:00 pm


Live read-alouds and activities around bestselling and award-winning books.


Scott's Studio Storytime

Scott Magoon's Studio Storytime
Website
Wednesdays
8:00 am ET


"Join me each week from my studio in this limited series! I’ll read, draw—and answer your questions! Scroll down to find all shows, all in one place. Watch them in any order, anytime, anywhere, on your schedule." Submit your art and questions to be featured on a future episode.

See Scott's books to check out on OverDrive and Axis 360.


Epic Reads

Epic Reads from Harper Kids
Twitter (Wednesday)
Instagram (Friday)
4:00 pm ET

Book recs, chats, games, and more. Tons of virtual Epic Reads content from us and your favorite authors. Also follow Epic Reads on Facebook and YouTube.


Goodnight with Dolly

Goodnight with Dolly

YouTube

Thursdays

7:00 pm ET


A weekly read-aloud video series. The Book Lady sits down to read books from the Imagination Library to children and families. This 10-week series will focus on comforting and reassuring children during the shelter-in-place mandates.


Dav Pilkey at Home

Dav Pilkey at Home

Website

Fridays

8:00 am


8 weeks of Dog Man fun! Get ready with How to Draw Dog Man, a Coloring Sheet, and other Dav Pilkey Printables. Or watch Dog Man the Musical!


See Dav's books to check out in OverDrive and Axis 360.


Read and Draw with Peter H. Reynolds

Read and Draw with Peter H. Reynolds
Facebook
Fridays
Noon ET

See Peter's books to check out in OverDrive and Axis 360.


DAILY (M-F) Read Alouds and Workshops:


Seymour Simon Reads Aloud

Seymour Simon Reads Aloud
YouTube
9:00 am ET

Join non-fiction author Seymour Simon every morning. You can listen to stories about the earth, the moon, animals and more. "I know that many authors are reading aloud (which is great!), and I am going to join in so that you have access to nonfiction, too."

See Seymour's books to check out on Axis 360.


Kwame Alexander and Crossover

Kwame Alexander Reads Crossover

Instagram Live

10:30 am ET


Kwame Alexander will read a chapter of "The Crossover" each day.


See Kwame's books to check out in OverDrive and Axis 360.


Gail Carson Levine Reads Ella Enchanted

Gail Carson Levine Reads Ella Enchanted
Facebook
11:00 am

If you have missed some of the chapters you can start with chapter 1 and listen to each on in the archive. Chapter 1 is the video that is labelled 13:59. The chapters follow in order after that one. will be reading a chapter a day of Ella Enchanted on her Facebook page, every day at 11 AM EST.


Harper Kids from Home

Harper Kids from Home

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

YouTube

Noon ET


Join the HarperKids team each day for story times and read-alouds, activities and fun content including appearances from your favorite authors and illustrators, and special guests.


Penguin Kids Story Time

Penguin Kids Story Time

Instagram Live

11:00 am ET


Live picture book readings from various authors.


Pete the Cat Club

Pete the Cat Club Virtual Story Time with James Dean

Instagram Live

1:00 pm ET


James Dean reads various Pete the Cat stories. You can also enjoy Pete the Cat Activities and I Can Read! Pete the Cat Activities.


See Pete the Cat books to check out in OverDrive and Axis 360.


Stay at Home Story Time with Oliver Jeffers

Stay at Home Story Time with Oliver Jeffers

Instagram Live

2:00 pm ET


A series of videos of Oliver reading his books aloud. He will read one book every day. Can’t make it? He’ll also be posting the videos on his website. Here are some printables from Oliver Jeffers' World.


See Oliver's books to check out in OverDrive and Axis 360.


Draw Every Day with JJK

Draw Every Day with JJK (Jarrett Krosoczka)

YouTube

2:00 pm ET


Jarrett is the author of the Lunch Lady series. He has activities for PreK-2 and grades 3-6 and other downloads. All episodes can be seen in this archive.


See Jarrett's books to check out in OverDrive and Axis 360.


Dan Gutman Reads Miss Blake is a Flake

Dan Gutman reads from Miss Blake is a Flake

Facebook Live

2:00 pm ET


Each chapter that has been read is available in this archive.


See Dan's books to check out in OverDrive and Axis 360.


Drawn to Fantasy with Tony Diterlizzi

Drawn to Fantasy with Tony Diterlizzi

Facebook

3:00 pm


If you miss one see the archive. Tony aslso has Fun Stuff and Printable Activities on his website.


See Tony's books to check out in OverDrive and Axis 360.


Read Together Be Together

Read Together Be Together

Instagram

3:00 pm ET


A schedule of stories from Penguin Random House is released weekly.


Mac Barnett Read Aloud

Mac Barnett Reads His Picture Books Aloud

Instagram Live

3:00 pm


You can have fun with the printables Sam and Dave Dig a Hole Activities and Extra Yarn Activities.


See Mac's books to check out in OverDrive and Axis 360.


Live with Nate Ball

Live! with Nate Ball
Facebook
4:00 pm ET

Join non-fiction author and Emmy winning how of Design Squad on PBS for science and engineering demonstrations and cool things to build at home like a rubber band dragster, ping pong ball cannon, or indoor booby trap! If you have missed some you can watch them all in the archive.


ANYTIME Read Alouds and Workshops:

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Website


A 15 episode video series with downloadable activities.


See Mo's books to check out in OverDrive and Axis 360.


Read and Learn with Simon Kids

Read & Learn with Simon Kids

Youtube


Video storytimes, sing-alongs, writing prompts, and other activities videos with Simon & Schuster authors.


Harper Kids Story Time Anytime

Harper KIDS Storytime Anytime

Website


Download teaching guides and printable activity sheets for many of their books to create your own storytime – anytime you want! Complete Story Time Guide and Additional Story Time Guides


Studio Time with Ryan T. Higgins

Studio Time with Ryan T. Higgins

YouTube

Get ready with a Bruce Activity Sheet.


See Ryan's books to check out in OverDrive and Axis 360.


Pinkalicious and Peterific Story Time

Pinkalicious and Peterrific Story Time with Victoria Kann
Facebook
Instagram

Pinkalicious author Victoria Kann reads aloud several stories! You can also do fun Pinka-tastic printable activities.

See Victoria's books to check out about Pinkalicious and more on OverDrive and Axis 360.


The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman Reads The Graveyard Book
YouTube
Website

Neil Gaiman Reads Coraline
Website

Coraline

Watch master storyteller Neil Gaiman himself read all eight chapters of his Newbery Medal winning classic novel The Graveyard Book. Each video is one chapter. It is wonderful! You can also watch Neil and several of his author friends read each chapter of Coraline. Also great is Neil's Website for Young Readers which includes M is for Magic - 4 more stories you can read and printable downloads. One is a printable kit for The Graveyard Book.


See Neil's books to check out in OverDrive and Axis 360.


Brightly Storytime Screenshot

Brightly Storytime

Website

YouTube


Stories for families on the go! Listen along as Ms. Linda reads some of your favorite illustrated children’s stories, including The Snowy Day, The Princess and the Pea, and Uni the Unicorn. Bite-sized listening anytime there is a few minutes to spare for a great story. In addition to the Youtube channel you can watch Brightly stories on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and Anchor.


Photo Astronaut Reading at the International Space Station

Storytime from Space

Website


Watch astronauts on the Space Station read books and perform science demonstrations.


Storyline Online Screenshot

Kid Lit TV

Website


Enjoy story time with authors at KidLit TV is a winner of the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, the Norton Juster Award for Devotion to Literacy, and one of the American Library Association’s Great Websites For Kids. Also available on YouTube.


Storyline Online Screenshot

The Screen Actor's Guild - Storyline Online

Website


The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring actors reading children’s books. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more. Each story comes with a printable activity guide. Also available on YouTube.


ASL Signed Story Knuffle Bunny Screenshot

American Sign Language (ASL) Storytelling

YouTube


20+ signed video read alouds from the Educational Resource Center on Deafness. Stories include the classic favorites: The Snowy Day, Heckedy Peg, Is Your Mama a Llama, The Little Red Hen and more.


Brightly Flip Along Storytime

Brightly Storytime Flip-Alongs

YouTube


Watch the pages turn as the story is read aloud. Stories include I'm a Truck, My First Counting Book, The Color Kittens, Colors Are Nice, and Madeline. A new story is released every week!


Remember Reading

Remember Reading from Harper Kids

Podcast


A family podcast about classic children’s books and the impact they have on us long into adulthood. In each episode, we talk about one popular children's book from the past, uncovering the unique story behind the story. While sitting down with famous, award-winning authors, we investigate the timeless themes in kids’ books. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or SoundCloud.


Green Eggs and Ham Screenshot

Barnes and Noble Nook Storytime Online

YouTube


Read Aloud Videos including: Strega Nona, Green Eggs and Ham, Olivia, Ladybug Girl and more.


Unite for Literacy Screenshot

Unite for Literacy

Website


A collection of e-books that celebrate languages and cultures and cultivate a life-long love of reading. These picture books include audio narration options in more than 40 languages. The books are available on any device - computer, tablet or smartphone.


Read Aloud with Grace Lin

Grace Lin's Read-aloud and Draw-along Videos

YouTube


Grace Lin's Kids Ask Authors

Podcast


See Grace's books to check out in OverDrive and Axis 360.


Save with Stories

@SaveWithStories

Instagram


Live picture book readings by celebrities hosted by the actress Jennifer Garner


Read Aloud with Kate Messner

Read Aloud with Kate Messner
YouTube


Kate is the author of more than 3 dozen books for kids.


See Kate's books to check out on OverDrive and Axis 360.


Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Read and Draw with Debbie Ridpath Ohi
YouTube

Cover-to-cover read-alouds, an Ask Me To Ask! series with kidlit book creators, activities for kids, tips for those interested in the craft and business of illustrating children's books


Lori Degman Read Alouds

Lori Degman Read Alouds
YouTube


Author Lori Degman reads aloud her six published books, each with American Sign Language Intepretation.


See Lori's books to check out on OverDrive and Axis 360.