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Daily Lessons & Read-Alouds

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With your kids being 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 my favorite online daily lessons and read alouds provided by some of our favorite authors!

Daily Video Lessons

Emily Arrow – At Home with Emily Arrow  

Weekdays at 12pm CDT
YouTube sensation shares music, books and story time for kids.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka – Draw Every Day with JJK  

Weekdays at 1pm CDT
Author and illustrator shares a fun and simple drawing lesson each day.

Kelly Yang – Online Writing Classes

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2pm CDT
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 2pm CDT
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 12pm CDT
A popular children’s author reads his books aloud.


Your favorite authors host story time on Instagram.


Various celebrities including Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams 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

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

Favorite Read Alouds for Teens

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


Alex Harper is the Assistant Supervisor and Youth Services Team Leader for the Newport Unit of PLYMC.

She loves working with Tweens and Teens and providing school outreach. She runs Project LIT Youngstown, PLYMC’s chapter of Project LIT Community, a national grassroots literacy movement.

Alex wholeheartedly believes that books have the power to change the trajectory of one’s life and is committed to ensuring that all young people can find a book that represents their unique story.

When not working, she can be found creating bookish art, making things out of yarn, or eating ice cream.