If you’re like most parents out there right now, you’re probably searching for ways to keep your kids busy but still learning.

One of the great things that is happening right now is that there are authors and illustrators that are on Facebook, YouTube and other sites for virtual story time. Add this to the education companies offering free online subscriptions and your kids will be busy for weeks. 

This is a great way to have an author read to your kids and have them be exposed to different books and authors they might not have otherwise. 

Here's a List of Authors and Illustrators That are Doing Online Storytime

Here’s the entire Authors & Illustrators that are doing online Story Time

All times are in Central Daylight Time (CDT) 






Here's a List of Authors and Illustrators That are Doing Online Storytime

If you’re not able to make it at these set times, there are plenty of sites that offer read alouds, videos from authors and illustrators, e-books, audiobooks and more. The big plus with these sites is that they are available anytime!

Storyline Online


Kate Messner’s List of Resources

Pernille Ripp’s List of Resources

Book Riot recommended videos

Emily Arrow

Storytime from Space

International Children’s Digital Library (books in various languages)

Epic! (You’ll get a 30 day trial and then it’s $7.99/mo)

Vooks (You’ll get a 30 day trial and then 4.99/mo)

Don’t forget to check out your local library! Even though they may be closed, you can probably check out e-books and digital audiobooks using the Overdrive or Libby apps.

Here's a List of Authors and Illustrators That are Doing Online Storytime

Podcasts for Kids

Wow in the World

But Why

Brains On

Circle Round

The Story Seeds

The Music Box

Kids Ask Authors

Since we’re stuck inside and can’t go on any real field trips, how about taking a virtual field trip? These places will keep your kids entertained and keep them learning.

Here's a List of Authors and Illustrators That are Doing Online Storytime

Virtual Field Trips

Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari (Weekdays @ 2pm on Facebook Live)

Google Earth (Voyager)

15 Virtual Field Trips for Kids of All Ages

19 Immersive Museum Exhibits You Can Visit from Your Couch

San Diego Zoo Cams

Smithsonian National Zoo Cams

Earth Cam – Animal Cams

Learning Resources You Can Print From Home

News & Digital Magazines for Kids


National Geographic Kids

Ranger Rick



Scholastic Kids Press

Tween Tribune Junior

Kids Post

Your Kids Can Learn Spanish

The Spanish Experiment

Salsa (series from Georgia Public Broadcasting)


Even MORE Free Educational Resources

Scholastic Learn At Home

Educational Sites, Games, Tools, Apps

SLJ & Joyce Valenza’s list of resources

SLJ Roundup of Resources

Learning at Home Wakelet compiled by Tracy Brawner

DK Find Out

PBS Kids

Smithsonian Kids

How to Clear Toy Clutter


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  1. Hi. I’m Malachy Doyle, from Ireland, and I’m reading one of my picture books every day on Facebook and You Tube.

  2. Hi

    Andi Green Author of The WorryWoos will be doing weekly story time on FaceBook Live at 11:30est and drawing sessions on Friday at 11:30est. Each week we discuss a different emotion. This week is frustration, next week will be Loneliness.

    All readings are posted on the WorryWoo website as well as activities and coloring pages.

  3. How does an author submit his children’s books to be read to children? I have 3 currently and would love to donate them. They are for ages 3-7. Beezie the Baby Bumblebee, Wizzie the Wiggleworm, and Tweedle the Beetle. I am happy to mail them, just send info please.