I am at our public library right now and it is deserted. Wisconsin was ordered to close their schools this coming week as more and more cases of Covid-19 pile up. The world is upside down.
As we prepare to switch to online learning, I have been thinking of the power of the read aloud. How having the social connection through shared books can bring us together. How doing a read aloud in this stressful time can calm us. And so as we plan for what we will do, I immediately thought of reading picture books aloud to my students and having them respond to them in a short paragraph through Google Classroom. However, there is one glaring problem; copyright violations, I don’t want to break copyright by reading aloud a book and then sharing it with students. So instead, I compiled as many lists as I could find here featuring the creators reading aloud. Perhaps the list will be helpful to you?
Kate Messner has a post that details which publishers have given limited permission to read their books aloud following their guidelines, see the post here.
Indianapolis Public Library has a compiled list here with more than 100 titles
Storyline online has a compiled list right here with some great titles
Kate Messner is compiling videos right here featuring authors and illustrators sharing their work and resources
Susan Tan has a great video channel featuring writing prompts and read alouds
Kidlit TV has a great compilation here
Harper Kids Has their read alouds compiled here
Vooks Online are offering a free first year for teachers and have videos compiled here
Brightly Online has a compilation here
Storytime with Bill from Little Brown Books can be found here
Mrs. P’s storytime can be found here
Debbie Ridpath Ohi is posting videos of her books as well here
Unite For Literacy has many stories read aloud in multiple languages compiled here
Free Kid Lit Visits and Authors Read Aloud compiled by A.Keene can be found here
Storytime from Space features astronauts reading aloud
I will keep adding resources here as I find them and as they are shared with me. If you know of any more, please share.
Take care, stay safe, and take care of others. We will get through this.
And by the way, if you can’t feed your family in the coming weeks or months, please reach out to me. I will try to send you a giftcard for groceries if I can.
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