Get Excited About Reading: Online Read Alouds

To complement our previous post about reading, the Total Teaching team has selected 3 free online read aloud sites to build excitement about reading. We have attached their blurb with the link below. The first is Storyline Online which features stories being read by celebrities to create a love for reading. Second is Story Time from Space, literally astronauts reading stories. Lastly we have KidLit TV, a series of stories written and read by the authors themselves.

Storyline streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Rita Moreno, Viola Davis, Jaime Camil, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman, Betty White, Wanda Sykes and dozens more.

While in space, astronauts are videotaping themselves reading these books to the children of Earth. These videos are being edited and placed on this Story Time From Space website- look under the heading "Story Time Videos".

KidLit TV is a winner of the Parents’ Choice Gold Award and has been selected as an American Association of School Librarians Best Digital Tool for Teaching and Learning. KLTV is available in over 700,000 schools worldwide via our website and video distribution partners. We’re a diverse group of parents, educators, librarians, kid lit creators, and award-winning filmmakers working together to create fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives.