Reading stories out loud to children:
- Provides them with a model of fluent reading.
- Allows them to consume content above their reading level (since they can listen at a higher level than they can read).
- Shows them the connection between the written word and its meaning.
- Teaches them the narrative structure of a story or book.
- Helps develop a love of stories, books, and reading that can carry on into the rest of their lives.
Although there is no substitute for reading in person to a child, there are still many benefits from using technology to show videos of people reading stories. In addition to many of the perks mentioned above, videos of books can offer a few novel benefits as well (pun intended).
- Often include music or sound effects to help set the mood.
- Often include animations, zooming, and panning to bring the book to life and help follow or focus in on the action.
- Can provide a different take on the reading of the story with the narrator’s voices and inflections.
- Can be watched independently by the child.
- Can be sped up or slowed down, paused, and rewound as needed (see link).
See below for many suggestions of YouTube channels and playlists that provide videos of books being read aloud for children.
Sample Channels and Playlists
This channel features celebrities reading storybooks along with animations created from the book illustrations.
This is a playlist with dozens of children’s book being read by the authors, provided by KidLit TV.
Probably one of the best known sources of books being read aloud, Reading Rainbow offers many stories read by LeVar Burton.
Although the Puffin channel includes a wide range of book-related videos, they also have quite a few stories being read by authors or celebrities.
Story Time for children comes from a collaboration of Toddler Fun Learning and Ladybird books, and offers a wide collection of children’s books with creative sound effects, zooming, and panning.
The narrator for these books uses puppets and lots of great voices when reading, and adds many comments and questions during the story to dig deeper.
Grandpa Tom makes great use of panning and zooming to follow the action on each page, as well as engaging voices for the characters.
For a fun twist, this playlist contains children’s books that are sung rather than being read. For each book the text of the book is sung as a song to an original tune.
Beyond these example, there are sooooooo many more channels and playlists on YouTube with books being read aloud. Below is a list of those I came across, although a simple search for any book title will likely find others for you.
- Katie's Bookshelf - YouTube link
- Reading Pioneers - YouTube link
- Children's Books - YouTube link
- Little Readers - YouTube link
- Little Angel Reader - YouTube link
- Story Time with Miss Yumi - YouTube link
- Storybook Nanny - YouTube link
- Matthew Sherry - YouTube link
- The Illustrated Book - YouTube link
- Bookbuddy - YouTube link
- Nana's Story Time - YouTube link
- Storytime Station and More! - YouTube link
- Rachel's Mom - YouTube link
- Story Time With Erin - YouTube link
- Kids Stories 4 You - YouTube link
- Love2read4kids - YouTube link
- WizKid Campus - YouTube link
- MOC Storytime - YouTube link
- Polka Dot Tots - YouTube link
- Super Bookboy - YouTube link
- StoryClub4Kidz - YouTube link
- KidStoryClub - YouTube link
- Peanut Butter Jelly Time. Read Aloud Kids Books - YouTube link
- Children's Books Read Aloud For Kids - YouTube link
- Storytime Castle - YouTube link
For additional tips and tricks on using the YouTube videos you find, see my other helpful posts linked below:
- 26 YouTube shortcuts everyone should know - http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2016/04/youtube-shortcuts.html
- How to Play YouTube Videos Safely in School - http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2016/01/play-youtube-videos-safely.html
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