Online Storytime – Free Video Read Alouds for Kids & Grownups to Enjoy Together

Storytimes provide a fun & interactive learning environment for children of all ages. Check out these great online resources for stories, rhymes, and songs for you to enjoy from anywhere with internet access.

pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. Select from over a hundred titles, including Bear Snores On, Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type, Diary of a Spider, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, I Stink, and much more. Stories in Spanish are also available.  Plus enjoy interactive games such as word match, fact or fiction, and which came first puzzles? BookFlix runs in your web browser and works on most current computers and tablets.

Kanopy Kids offers hundreds of popular children’s books in the form of animated stories. Topics include classic tales, tales from history, animals, and friendship. Watch well-known children’s titles like Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs!, Where the Wild Things Are, The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, and more. Kanopy Kids is available for unlimited play credits and can be viewed on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Roku, Fire TV and more.

OverDrive offers animated books that you can borrow between 7 – 21 days. Watch popular titles from Weston Woods such as The Little Red Hen, Bark, George, Caps for Sale, Dinosaur Bones, etc. View the animated books online in your web browser, or download the OverDrive app.

Sesame Street eBooks – hang out with your favorite friends from Sesame Street! The eBooks come in four different formats: Read along eBooks, audio eBooks, interactive eBooks, and animated eBooks. Switch to “Parents mode” for more browsing options. Kids can learn about numbers/counting, alphabet/letters, colors & shapes, food, daily routines, and more. Also included is content in the Spanish language.  The best way to access Sesame Street is in your web browser.

And finally, Storyline Online is a free website that 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 more. Current titles include A Bad Case of Stripes, The Empty Pot, The House that Jane Built, Harry the Dirty Dog, Sophie’s Masterpiece and more!

You can choose YouTube, SchoolTube, or Vimeo to watch the presentations. You can also download the Storyline app for iOS and Chrome OS.