Online Storytimes, Resources, and Activities for Youth

Explore this list of online storytimes, resources, and activities compiled by Youth Services staff.

Updated April 10, 2020.

Virtual Storytimes

Author, Illustrator, and Performer Videos

  • 123 Andrés: Interactive music and stories for kids and families teaching Spanish and Latin American culture.
  • Kwame Alexander: The author reads his novel-in-verse The Crossover every day at 10:30 AM EST on his Instagram @kwamealexander.
  • Tom Angleberger: Origami, drawing, and more.
  • Authors Everywhere: Workshops, readings, and activities from your favorite children’s book writers and illustrators.
  • Mac Barnett: The author/illustrator Mac Barnett is hosting daily read-alouds on Instagram Live at @macbarnett
  • Laurie Berkner Band: Every weekday a song will be posted on their Facebook page at 7 AM, 3 PM, and 7 PM EST. You can also watch LIVE at 10 AM EST.
  • Levar Burton Reads: Hear stories read by Levar Burton on his Twitter livestream. Kids stories will be read Mondays at noon EST; YA stories on  Wednesdays at 3 PM EST; and adult stories on Fridays at 9 PM EST.
  • Eric Carle: The author reads The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
  • Neil Gaiman: The author reads The Graveyard Book read in a series of videos at his site for young readers, the Mouse Circus.
  • Jarrett J. Krosoczka: Draw Everyday with Jarrett J. Krosoczka.
  • Grace Lin: The author reads selections from her books and teaches a lesson on how to draw a Chinese dragon.
  • Kate Messner: Reading and Learning Resources.
  • George O’Connor: Art demonstrations, tutorials, and a Q&A with the creator of the Olympians graphic novel series live daily on Instagram at @thegeorgeoconnor.
  • Jerry Pallotta: The author of the Who Would Win? books, reads the series aloud on YouTube.
  • Dolly Parton: Join the legendary performer for a goodnight storytime at 7 PM EST hosted at her Imagination Library’s YouTube channel.
  • Pete the Cat Storytimes on Instagram Live.
  • Dav Pilkey: Join the Dog Man creator for drawing lessons, read aloud, and more engaging resources. Published every Friday at 8 AM EST in partnership with the Library of Congress.
  • Jerry Pinkney: The author reads I Want to Be.
  • Jason Reynolds: Our current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature launches his Grab the Mic initiative encouraging young people to share their own stories.
  • Mo Willems: Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems courtesy of The Kennedy Center.
  • Kelly Yang: The author of Front Desk is giving free writing classes for teens 3 PM EST every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on her Instagram live at @kellyyanghk.

Virtual Tours and Activities