A good book can transport you into another world. Now that the kids are spending more time at home, there are many services offering up free and educational entertainment for your use. Many famous authors, illustrators and celebrities are offering a way for us to virtually escape from our homes through online readings of popular books. 

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Some authors, illustrators and celebrities are streaming their readings on their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.

Josh Gad, everyone’s favorite snowman, is also lending a hand. Since March 13, he has been reading a story on Twitter every night at 7 pm ET/3 pm PT. So far he has read, Olivia Goes to Venice by Ian Falconer, The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Find out more at #GadBookClub.

Check out some of the celebrities sharing story time.

Kevin Jonas Reads Classic Thomas & Friends Books on Caribu


Kevin Jonas is teaming up with Mattel and video app Caribu to read classic Thomas & Friends books to celebrate the iconic children’s books. Jonas will be releasing new videos each week throughout the month of May, with the first story available starting Apr. 28.

Jaime Camil reading "Zombies Don't Eat Veggies"

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Singer and actor Jaime Camil joins Storyline Online as its first bilingual reader! Camil reads Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies! / ¡Los Zombis No Comen Verduras! in both English and Spanish.


Danny Devito Reading "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss

Jennifer Garner reading "The Mitten" by Jan Brett


Illustrator, Sophie Blackall reading "Ivy & Bean: One Big Happy Family"

Author, Karen Romano Young reads from "A Girl, A Raccoon, and the Midnight Moon"

Author, Christina Soontornvat reads from "Diary of an Ice Princess, The Big Freeze"

You can find more by searching the #OperationStorytime hashtag on social media. 

—Jennifer Swartvagher

Featured photo by Daria Shevtsova from Pexels




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