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Storytime doesn’t have to take a break just because the Library buildings are closed. In fact, there are a number of children’s authors and organizations doing what they can to make sure kids have opportunities to enjoy storytime from home.
Jim Gill Music Play for Young Children
WHEN AND WHERE: Via Jim Gill’s YouTube Channel
Jim Gill creates musical games for children, parents, grandparents and other caring adults to play TOGETHER!
Poudre Libraries Virtual Storytimes Playlist
WHEN AND WHERE: Via the Poudre Libraries YouTube Channel
Your favorite Library storytellers are sharing virtual storytime activities, songs, rhymes, and read-alouds via our YouTube Channel. New videos added throughout the week.
Virtual Storytimes on Weekdays
All times are listed as MST
Story Time! from Penguin Kids
WHEN AND WHERE: Via Instagram every day at 9am
Authors and illustrators published by Penguin Kids will read their stories every weekday.
Mo Willems’ “LUNCH DOODLES”
WHEN AND WHERE: Via the Kennedy Center every day at 11am
The first-ever Education artist-in-residence at the Kennedy Center, New Yorker Mo Willems will hold LUNCH DOODLES every day at 11am: Your kiddos can peek into the mind of the author of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny and other contemporary classics. LUNCH DOODLES will be archived on YouTube.
Oliver Jeffers’ Readings
WHEN AND WHERE: Via Instagram every day at 12pm/Noon
The author Oliver Jeffers will read one of his books every day at 12pm, then archive the reading on his website.
Jarret J. Krosoczka’s “Every Day with JJK”
WHEN AND WHERE: The author’s website every day at 12pm/Noon
Join the bestselling author of Peanut Butter and Jellyfish, National Book Award finalist Hey Kiddo and the Lunch Lady series for an all-ages drawing masterclass on his homepage and his YouTube channel.
Stimola Live with Various Children’s and YA Authors
WHEN AND WHERE: Weekdays between 7:00AM – 2:45PM on the Stimola Literary Studio Live website
A website of live stream events for kids, tweens, and teens by professional authors and illustrators represented by Stimola Literary Studio. Events will be streamed live from a variety of platforms and archived on the Stimola Live YouTube Channel.
Virtual Storytimes Anytime
Storytime from Space
WHEN AND WHERE: Any time via the Storytime from Space website
Astronauts read stories from the International Space Station. A great video collection featuring books like Ada Twist, Scientist and Max Visits to Mars. Plus: fun videos highlighting science experiments.
WHEN AND WHERE: Any time via the Storyline Online website
This incredible resource is an archive of hundreds of children’s books read by some of the greatest actors of our time, including Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Rami Malek, and James Earl Jones. Yes, Storyline Online is where you can watch Betty White read Harry the Dirty Dog.
WHEN AND WHERE: Any time via the StoryBlocks website
A collection of 30-60 second videos of songs, rhymes, and fingerplays for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Lots of different languages available. A project of Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy.
WHEN AND WHERE: Any time via the Storytime Songs website
A great collection of storytime songs, music games, and music learning activities. Plus: DIY homemade instruments for all ages.
Storytime YouTube Playlist from Jbrary.com
WHEN AND WHERE: Any time via YouTube
Browse a great list of storytime songs, stories, topics, and more. Then link to videos on YouTube. This curation is available on Jbrary.com.
WHEN AND WHERE: Any time via the Story Pirates Podcast
Story Pirates is a group of world-class actors, comedians, improvisers and musicians who adapt stories written by kids into sketch comedy and musical theater.
WHEN AND WHERE: Any time via the Library’s TumbleBooks Book Library
Enjoy eBooks with added animation, sound, music and narration which the caregiver can read to the child, or the child can have read to them via an audio soundtrack. Some titles are available in Spanish or French. TumbleBooks also offers word searches and other puzzles and games. Available in multiple languages.
WHEN AND WHERE: Any time via the Library’s Book FLIX (requires a library card to access)
Great online resources for PreK-3, early readers, reluctant readers and English Language Learners. Nearly 200 animated, talking picture books with more than 50 books in Spanish. Plus, fun educational games.
WHEN AND WHERE: Any time via Facebook
The #OperationStoryime tag on Facebook will bring you to a growing collection of children’s book authors and illustrators reading their own works. Check back regularly: #OperationStorytime is adding new titles every few hours.
Library Lessons with Books
WHEN AND WHERE: Any time via the Library Lessons with Books website
A great resource for doing storytimes and read-alouds at home with virtual books. Includes worksheets to accompany online books. Bookmark the page for additional updates.