Storytelling is one of my favorite things about music. Of course, I also just love a good story.
I have been enjoying some of my favorites reading stories online during this time and I wanted to share them with you.
Your kids know Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins or as Queen Clarisse Renaldi in the Princess Diaries. Now your family can get to know her even better with the launch of her new podcast Julie’s Library. The show will also feature guest appearances from Andrew’s daughter, children’s author, Emma Walton Hamilton. The podcast features weekly episodes of Andrews and Hamilton reading their favorite children’s books.
Imagination Library Bedtime Stories with Dolly Parton features Dolly reading a book from the collection each week on her Facebook page. Goodnight with Dolly is just one way Dolly has been entertaining us during all of this. Check out her page for more.
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation is offering the website storylineonline.net with actors reading children’s books. Each book has a recommended grade level and activity guides. Including Betty White reading “Harry the Dirty Dog,” author Jannell Cannon reading her book “Stellaluna” and Rose Byrne reading “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.”
Another place to check out is Save With Stories, in partnership with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry. They are on Instagram and Facebook, both at @savewithstories. The Instagram page also directs parents to Save the Children to donate money toward school and community programs that are feeding children who have been impacted by coronavirus. Here you will find Jimmy Fallon reading his book “This Is Baby,” Demi Lovato reading “The Gruffalo,” Jennifer Garner reading “Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark” and Lupita Nyong’o reading “Not Quite Narwhal.”
#OperationStoryTime can be searched on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to find authors, illustrators and others sharing stories. With this hashtag you can find author and illustrator Eric Carle reading “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” Molly Idle reading “Pearl” and illustrator Sophie Blackall reading “Ivy and Bean.”
I am still waiting for my call as I would love to read some of my favorite children’s books for you. Until then, enjoy these great celebrities bringing this entertainment to you and your family during this time.