If you’re like most parents out there right now, you’re probably searching for ways to keep your kids busy but still learning.
One of the great things that is happening right now is that there are authors and illustrators that are on Facebook, YouTube and other sites for virtual story time. Add this to the education companies offering free online subscriptions and your kids will be busy for weeks.
This is a great way to have an author read to your kids and have them be exposed to different books and authors they might not have otherwise.
Here’s the entire Authors & Illustrators that are doing online Story Time
All times are in Central Daylight Time (CDT)
- 11:00am Peter Reynolds (Read Aloud) – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
- 12:00pm Mo Willems (Lunch Doodles)
- 12:00pm Emily Arrow (Music, singalongs, stories, and mindfulness)
- 1:00pm Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Drawing, writing, and read alouds)
- 1:00pm Oliver Jeffers (Read aloud picture books) – Instagram Live @oliverjeffers
- 1:00pm – Dan Gutman (Read aloud: Miss Blake is a Fake)
- 2:00pm Mac Barnett (Read aloud picture books) Instagram Live: @macbarnett
- 3:00pm Julie Falatko (Read aloud) Instagram Live: @julie_falatko
- 4:15pm – Megan Lacera (Family activity ideas, drawing/illustrating, writing, storytelling, read alouds) Twitter Live: @MeganLacera
If you’re not able to make it at these set times, there are plenty of sites that offer read alouds, videos from authors and illustrators, e-books, audiobooks and more. The big plus with these sites is that they are available anytime!
Epic! (You’ll get a 30 day trial and then it’s $7.99/mo)
Vooks (You’ll get a 30 day trial and then 4.99/mo)
Don’t forget to check out your local library! Even though they may be closed, you can probably check out e-books and digital audiobooks using the Overdrive or Libby apps.
Podcasts for Kids
Since we’re stuck inside and can’t go on any real field trips, how about taking a virtual field trip? These places will keep your kids entertained and keep them learning.
Virtual Field Trips
Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari (Weekdays @ 2pm on Facebook Live)
News & Digital Magazines for Kids
Your Kids Can Learn Spanish
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