Sunday, June 6, 2010

Online Storytime

Here at the library, we've thought many times about ways to bring storytime to you in a variety of formats. Attendance at our storytimes can often be pretty large, so finding new and more ways for us to bring stories to life for children is something we've discussed here in Youth Services. Until then, you might enjoy several online options for listening to and viewing your favorites stories. 

BookFlix from Scholastic, Inc.:
Scholastic BookFlix pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks. This online resource is geared for children in preschool - 3rd grade. To access BookFlix, head to then click on the appropriate link. From outside the library, you'll need your library card # to login. We're featuring this online resource this month during our Storytime Plus programs. Last week we featured BookFlix at Infant Storytime and Preschool Storytime.

Storytime from Barnes & Noble:
According to Publisher's Weekly, "This week, Barnes & debuted its Online Storytime program, videos featuring pan-and-scan filming of picture books accompanied by readings by authors or celebrities. A new Online Storytime entry will be added to the site on the first Tuesday of each month. The inaugural offering features Jane O’Connor narrating her Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly (HarperCollins) along with displays of Robin Preiss Glasser’s illustrations" Give it a try here:

Fun animated stories for preschoolers and school-age kids. Activities and reading lists too.

Read illustrated stories. For young and older children.

Classic Fairy Tales
Read a story and play a game. Hans Christian Andersen and Brothers Grimm fairy tales.

International Children's Digital Library
Read children's books online in a wide variety of languages.

Lil Fingers Storybooks
Stories to read for toddlers and preschoolers. Games and coloring pages too.

Online, streaming videos featuring Screen Actors Guild members reading children's books aloud.

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