Let’s start with the best, here is Bernard Cribbins reading Winnie The Pooh in a treehouse. Granted the footage is a little grainy, as it was recorded in 2011 for World Book Day, but it’s Bernard, so grainy or not, he gets top of list for our #busstopkids. You can also see him here on YouTube, reading A Bear Called Paddington Volume 1 (in 1975 no less!).
For those of you that like the vintage storytelling style, how about KENNETH WILLAMS reading More Willams Stories (from the Just William series) in 1983.
You can’t beat AUDIBLE for audio books. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Yes, that’s right whilst schools are closed they are free of charge to keep us entertained during these uncertain times.
Choose from Beatrix Potter read by Andrew Scott, War Horse by Michael Murpurgo, The Wizard of Oz by Anne Hathaway, the choice is loud and imaginative, as it should be.
Of course, there is SPOTIFY that is joining in the fun, with Kids Bedtime Stories here. With Philip Schofield reading Jack and the Beanstalk, Dame Judi Dench reading The Story of Albert the Astronaut, Anita Harris reading Little Red Riding Hood, its making me sleepy just writing about it.
BOOKTRUST ORG, CRESSIDA COWELL watch and listen to this brilliant author read her book How To Train Your Dragon.
OLIVER JEFFERS READS STORIES on Instagram, he is a truly talented man.
THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR on YouTube it doesn’t get more classic than this in the world of children’s books.
CBEEBIES BEDTIME STORIES, read to us by the great and the good from our UK Olympic Drama team. Our favourites include ;
Bedtime Stories with Tom Hardy
Bedtime Stories with Maggie Aderin-Pocock
Bedtime Stories with Romesh Ranganathan
Bedtime Stories with Dolly Parton
There is Storyline Online in the US from the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, which include teachers guides.
We love Chris ODowd reading Arnie the Doughnut (Arnie the Doughnut is written and illustrated by Laurie Keller).
And we cant not mention Oprah reading The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen (written by Thelma Lynne Godin and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton).
If you search this hashtags on YouTube, you will find many more stories and videos to keep you and your junior bookworms happy #OperationStorytime.
There is also KidsRead2Kids which was founded by Dyslexic and ADHD siblings to bring the joy and confidence back to the struggling reader. They provide free video-audio books read by kids for kids – filmed chapter by chapter for easy listening.You might like to read some other bus stops posts that are all a little bookish.
There is How to Write a Story with Polly Dunbar here. 10 Best Kids Websites here. Print your own bookplates here. Fun and informative kids books here. Arty books for arty types. Books by Tomi Ungerer here. Last but not least, beautifully designed books here.Please share in the comments any tips for places we can celebrate, listen read and admire books and words below. Love xo