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Celebrity Storytimes to Lift Spirits Amid Coronavirus

Celebrity Storytimes to Lift Spirits Amid Coronavirus

Some actors will read stories that they played a part in—like Auli'i Cravalho, who voiced Moana in Disney’s Moana.

UPDATED May 7: With the many changes and uncertainties COVID-19 has brought upon your family, including a shift to homeschooling and family time virtually 24/7, you may need a break from reading your little one her bedtime story each night. Likewise, maybe your kids need a new way to wind down at night or a little spirit lifting during these uncertain times. Actors from kids’ favorites like Frozen, Moana, Enchanted, and Toy Story, authors of favorite kids’ books like Dan Gutman, and other household names like Julie Andrews and Dolly Parton are reading stories via social media for your family to enjoy while staying safe at home.

Save with Stories

In partnership with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry, Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams launched Save with Stories, which offers celebrity storytimes on Instagram and Facebook (in English and Spanish) to children stuck at home and raises money to ensure schools and community programs have the support to meet health, education, and nutrition needs of kids impacted by coronavirus. You can visit the Save with Stories website or text SAVE to 20222 to make a one time gift of $10. 


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Some celebrity storytimes you can enjoy include:

“Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise” by David Ezra Stein, read by Emma Roberts

“Caveboy Crush” by Beth Ferry,  read by Terry Crews

“Yertle the Turtle” by Dr. Suess, read by Julia Louis-Dreyfus

“Rita & Ralph’s Rotten Day” by Carmen Agre Deedy, read by Josh Gad

“The Circus Ship” by Chris Van Dusen, read by Steve Carrell

“Dragones y Tacos” by Adam Rubin, read by America Ferrera

“Zog” by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, read by Eddie Redmayne

“The Welcome Wagon” by Cori Doerrfeld, read by Sophia Bush

“Horton Hears a Who” by Dr. Seuss, read by Jeff Goldblum

“The Bossier Baby” by Marla Frazee, read by Hilary Duff

“Lola the Lollipop Fairy” by Tim Bugbird, read by Cobie Smulders

“I’m Gonna Like Me” by Jamie Lee Curtis & Laura Cornell, read by Jamie Lee Curtis

“There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose” by Lucille Colander, read by Pink

“Boot & Shoe” by Marla Frazee, read by Beanie Feldstein

Visit the Save with Stories Instagram page for all of the storytimes.

Harry Potter at Home

As part of the Wizarding World's new Harry Potter at Home Portal, actors and other special celebs will read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone aloud, chapter by chapter each week. This week, Daniel Radcliffe, better known as Harry Potter himself, reads the first chapter "The Boy Who Lived."

Romper’s #OperationStorytime

A variety of celebrity authors and illustrators are joining Romper’s #OperationStorytime and reading their stories on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Some taking part include:

Molly Idle, author and illustrator of the Rex series 

Mika Song, illustrator of Love, Sophia on the Moon

Sophia Blackall, illustrator of Ivy and Bean

Steven Weinberg, illustrator of AstroNuts series

Ben Guterson, author of Winterhouse

Susie Jaramillo, author of Little Sunny Sunshine

Dan Gutman, author of My Weird School series

For more of Romper’s author storytimes, search #OperationStorytime on Instagram and Twitter.

Disney Magic Moments

As part of Disney’s efforts to bring Disney magic into the homes of families everywhere while we’re staying safe inside, stars from your kids’ favorite Disney movies are reading Disney stories aloud for you to enjoy. 

Some Disney story read alongs by stars include:

“Moana and the Ocean” read by Auli’li Cravalho, voice of Moana

“Frozen 5-Minute Stories” read by Ciara Renee, who plays Elsa in Frozen on Broadway

“BB-8 on the Run” read by Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey in the Star Wars sequel trilogy

“A Place for Mulan” read by Ming Na Wen, voice of Mulan

“A Kiss Goodnight” read by John Stamos 

“A New Purpose” from the Toy Story Storybook Collection, read by Ally Maki, voice of Giggle McDimples in Toy Story 4

For the whole collection of #DisneyMagicMoments Storytime, visit the Disney Magic Moments website or search the hashtag on Twitter.

Goodnight with Dolly

Dolly Parton is reading weekly bedtime stories from the Imagination Library, including “The Little Engine That Could,” “Llama Llama Red Pajama,” and “Goodnight with Dolly.” For all episodes of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, visit the YouTube channel.

Julie’s Library

Every week, Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton will read a new story that they picked out from “Julie’s Library” via the Julie’s Library podcast. It launches on April 29.

Monday's with Michelle Obama

In collaboration with Penguin Random House and PBS KIDS, the former First Lady of the United States will be reading favorites like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, There's a Dragon in Your Book, and more on Mondays at 12pm on the PBS KIDS Facebook and Youtube channel through May 11.

Main Image: Courtesy Disney

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