Lead Your Own Storytimes at Home

We're sending you a warm hello from Youth Services at Skokie Public Library!

We are staying home for now to help keep everyone healthy. I know that many of you are, too. We will miss you all at storytimes! Here are some ideas for where you can find stories at home. 

First, read together! Parents and caregivers, you are your child’s first teacher, as well as their special people. They don’t care if you read in different voices, with extravagant props, or in 30-minute chunks. 

Second, here are some great places to find stories and songs online for free. We’ll be adding to this list frequently, so keep an eye out for more ideas. 

TumbleBook Library 

This collection of animated, narrated picture books lets kids follow along word for word, in addition to listening. There is also an app.

Storyline Online

This website features videos with famous actors reading stories (including Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Chris Pine, Wanda Sykes, Justin Theroux, and Betty White), with animated illustrations.  

Skokie Sing-Along Videos

The library's YouTube channel includes a collection of fun videos of local teachers and library staff. Sing along!

Storytime Podcasts

Story Pirates
Actors and comedians perform stories written by kids, music included!

Planet Storytime Podcast
Shows are produced with the spirit of Fred Rogers and Sesame Street, to create a magical storytime experience for all children.

Story Time
This is an audiobook podcast for the whole family.

Storytime on Social Media

Save with Stories
This Instagram account was started specifically in response to COVID-19. It features celebrities reading children's books.