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Author Lessons, Story Times, & Read Alouds to Watch at Home

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With your kids out of school due to COVID-19 you may be looking for some fun and creative ways to keep them entertained. Here is a list of some of our favorite online authors lessons, story times, and read alouds.

Author Lessons

Emily Arrow – At Home with Emily Arrow  
Weekdays at 1pm EST – YouTube sensation shares music, books and story time for kids.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka – Draw Every Day with JJK  
Weekdays at 2pm EST  – Author and illustrator shares a fun and simple drawing lesson each day.

Kelly Yang – Online Writing Classes
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 3pm EST  – The author of Front Desk teaches tweens and teens about plot and character development.

KidLit TV – Read Out Loud  
Enjoy story time with popular children’s literature authors.

KidLit TV – StoryMakers
An entertaining talk show highlighting bestselling kid lit authors and illustrators.

Mac Barnett – A Book A Day  
Weekdays at 3pm EST  – A popular children’s author reads his books aloud.

Mo Willems – Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems  
Weekdays at 12pm CDT  – Watch Mo doodle and talk about his process.

Oliver Jeffers – #StayAtHomeStorytime
Weekdays at 1pm EST  – A popular children’s author reads his books aloud.

Your favorite authors host story time on Instagram.

Penguin Kinds — #ReadTogetherBeTogether
Weekdays at 3pm EST  – Join favorite authors and celebrities for story time.

Various celebrities read books aloud on Instagram.

Author Read Alouds for Children

Oge Mora – Saturday
Kate Messner – The Brilliant Deep  
Carole Lindstrom – We Are Water Protectors  
Grace Lin – Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same!

Author Read Alouds for Tweens

Kwame Alexander – The Crossover

Weekdays at 10:30am EST

Nikki Grimes – Words with Wings
Jason Reynolds – Ghost
K.A. Holt – House Arrest  
Chris Tebbetts – Stranded  
Jo Knowles – Where the Heart Is  

Author Read Alouds for Teens

Elizabeth Acevedo – The Poet X
Jason Reynolds – Long Way Down