Because of copyright restrictions, librarians can’t always record themselves reading published works aloud. In addition to read-alouds by our children’s librarian where rights have been followed, here are some channels and links for read-aloud videos where performance permission has been granted, or where authors read their own works.
Goodnight with Dolly Dolly Parton, founder of the Imagination Library (and country music legend) reads bedtime stories on her YouTube channel.
Authors Everywhere YouTube channel Created by author Susan M. Tan, this channel is full of videos of authors reading aloud from their books and offering writing prompts and other activities
Tumblebooks The library’s subscription database of online children’s books with read-aloud option (click the Play arrow in the lower left corner to hear)
KidLit TV This link will take you to the read-aloud category of the KidLitTV website, but this website has many children’s book resources for you to explore.
Harper Kids YouTube Channel The official channel of HarperCollins children’s publishing
Brightly Storytime Created by Penguin Random House, Brightly features many resources on its website, including read-alouds
Reading Is Fundamental The read-aloud page of the literacy initiative RIF
IndyPL Indianapolis Public Library’s collection of 100+ read-aloud videos
Kate Messner North Country children’s author Kate Messner’s page of authors reading from their own works, offering drawing tips, and more
Barnes & Noble Storytime The B&N website has a schedule of weekly online storytimes
Miss Rebecca reads aloud Watch PPL’s children’s librarian read The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller