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Online Stories and Activities

We may have to stay at home, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun with wonderfully creative and talented children’s authors and illustrators. Many authors and illustrators have graciously provided virtual story times, activities, and learning for the kid in all of us while we are home. See if your favorite is on this list!

Mondays with Michelle Obama

As part of the PBS KIDS Read-Along series, Michelle Obama will read four of her favorite children’s books (one book every Monday through 5/11!) The first book is “The Gruffalo.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems!

Mo Willems, author and illustrator rock star, has let us all into his studio to share his love of doodling and teach artists of all ages how to doodle like him! Another plus is getting to see original artwork for many of his books!

Stay at Home Story Time with Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers, author of many books (such as Stuck and Once Upon An Alphabet) and illustrator of The Day the Crayons Quit, has been reading stories on Instagram live. This link will take you to his website with all the videos uploaded.

Quarantine Fun with Vashti Harrison

Vashti Harrison, bestselling author and illustrator of Little LegendsLittle Dreamers, and Little Leaders, is sharing drawing tutorials and worksheets on her instagram page.

Mac’s Book Club Show

Mac Barnett, author of Extra Yarn and Sam and Dave Dig A Hole, plus many more books, has a fun story time reading his books on instagram live.

Dav Pilkey at Home

Calling all Dog Man and Captain Underpants supa fans! Every week there will be new videos, activities, and readings by Dav Pilkey!

Readings and Drawings with Grace Lin

Grace Lin, author of middle grade novels and picture books, has uploaded drawing tutorials and readings of her books on her youtube page. In addition to her youtube channel, she has created a podcast called “Kids Ask Authors” to give kids an opportunity to ask their favorite authors about their books

Draw Every Day with JJK

Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of the graphic novel series Lunch Lady, is posting drawing tutorials on his youtube channel every day!