Children's Authors: Read-alouds & Online Events

This is a library of resources for kids, families, teachers, and librarians to make sure that reading & learning can happen from home as our communities are out of school to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Here is a great page from NPR that explains what that’s all about, in a kid-friendly comic. National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jason Reynolds shares “How to Fight the New Bad Guy in Town,” a PSA for kids, on the StorySeeds podcast here. And this excellent & important post from author Laurie Halse Anderson does a great job explaining why we’re seeing closings (and why that’s important in some cases) for older readers.  Below, you’ll find a growing collection of resources that include everything from first-chapter and picture book read-alouds (shared with permission from publishers!) to drawing and writing mini-lessons. Be sure to check back often, as new resources will be added every day.

“Stuck at home? Want to draw with me and talk about waffles and mermicorns? I’m doing two FB LIVE sessions this week. Hope to see you then!”
“Every weekday at 2pm ET for at least the next few weeks, I’ll host free webcasts for you and your kiddos.” Watch the YouTube channel for New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Everything from the Punk Farm picture books to the Lunch Lady graphic novels.
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems - 1:00p.m. ET - Every weekday
Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together.
“Singalong with me all week! And don’t worry, you can catch each show after if you miss it live.” Author Emily Arrow is an award-winning children's songwriter with 10+ years of experience working with children in music education.
"For all of you folks stuck at home in the coming weeks, from Monday, at 11:00 a.m. PST I will be reading one of my books every weekday, and talking about some of the things that went into making it." @OliverJeffers on Twitter
Join Greg Pizzoli live from his studio on Instagram @gregpizzoli for a reading of Good Night Owl - Squeek!
"Thanks to Simon & Schuster Children's for giving me permission to do a cover-to-cover reading of my picture book WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? for young readers who have been affected by recent school closures and COVID-related quarantines! I will be posting more videos in the coming weeks." You can find lots of bonus info (including how the book was created), activity sheets, free Teacher's Guide and more at
"Hi Friends. My heart is with everyone at home with children. Beginning on March 16, I will be adding a new notebooking video for students (and adults) each weekday for the foreseeable future." Find these at
"Hello! I'll be posting art assignments here every weekday morning when I can. They'll be designed for kids and grownups alike.
"JOIN ME ON FACEBOOK LIVE! These are weird times and everybody is topsy-turvy because of the coronavirus. So I’m going to read from my new book “Miss Blake Is a Flake!” on Facebook Live. Gather the kids around the old computer and let’s huddle together for an old-fashioned fireside read-aloud. Hope you can make it."
America’s Favorite Author™️ Bob Shea gives a dramatic reading of his runaway smash hit book, WHO WET MY PANTS. Illustrated by Zach Ohora.
"Dreading the thought of being quarantined at home with your family? I've created a new fun online learning program for kids and parents to hopefully, help fix that anxiety. I call it SANTAT ONLINE SURVIVAL SCHOOL - Earn badges, learn skills, don't panic!" Follow on Instagram or Twitter. Starts Tuesday, March 17th
Live reading with Peter H. Reynolds everyday at 12:00 p.m. EST on Facebook Live
Now is the perfect time to work on that story that you've always wanted to write. Join two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo as she offers up tips and writing advice. #WritewithKate posts weekly on YouTube.
"Stuck at home this week?" Join Pete the Cat creator James Dean for a Live Virtual Storytime on Instagram.
Explore and enjoy a collection of children's authors and illustrators reading out loud.
"Going to be homeschooling the next couple of weeks? We are! Want a way to motivate your kids to write? Have them submit their book review, poem, short story or joke to Kids Ask Authors podcast." 3 episodes a week!
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Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin! -The Editors of Scholastic Classroom Magazines.
Storyline Online
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. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.
TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. TBL also includes National Geographic videos and games.