Operation Storytime
Dan Gutman Facebook page

In the face of coronavirus, it’s heartwarming to hear stories about people coming together to help others, especially during a time of self-isolation. By now, you’ve probably heard Josh Gad (who voices Olaf in Frozen) and author Mo Willems are reading stories and creating doodles, respectively, to entertain kids stuck indoors—and they aren’t the only creators stepping up.

Operation Storytime, or #OperationStorytime on social media, is a great way to find and keep track of authors, illustrators and celebrities who are finding ways to bring education, entertainment and stress-relief to families.

Some popular names include author Dan Gutman, who’ll read chapters from his My Weird School series on Facebook every weekday at 2 pm EST until kids are back in school. Children’s author Mac Barnett is reading a different book each day at 3 pm ET on Instagram Live. Penguin Kids will host a live read aloud on its Instagram every week day at 11 am EST.

If you don’t want to wait, thanks to Operation Storytime there’s plenty of stories your family can listen to right now. Kids can hear a reading of Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes by Eva Chen on Instagram. Illustrator Sophie Blackall has a reading of Ivy and Bean, One Big Happy Family on her YouTube page. You can even catch actress Jennifer Garner reading The Mitten on Instagram.

Catch celebrities like Oprah, Kristen Bell, Wanda Sykes, Chris Pine, Viola Davis and more reading children’s stories on the YouTube channel StoryOnline.

In addition, Scholastic is throwing a free Home Base Virtual Book Fest on Friday, March 20 at 3 pm EST, which includes authors like Claribel A. Orega (Ghost Squad), Sarah Mylnowski (Whatever After series), Sayantani Dasgupta (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond) and the infamous R.L. Stine (Goosebumps). Kids can ask the authors questions, dress in costumes, dance, answer trivia and more.

Audible is offering free, on-demand storytime with Audible Stories, available to everyone, including those without a subscription. These include classic tales like Winnie-the-Pooh and Beatrix Potter, plus stories in six different languages.

For more, head to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to explore #OperationStorytime—and see if your kids’ favorite author or entertainer is doing something special!

STUFF TO DO
Foodstirs Has Answered All Your Stress Baking Prayers
A Marathon of Newborn Puppies and Kittens Is Here to Cheer You Up
Free Mindfulness Lessons to Help Your Kids in These Stressful Times
Hallmark Channel Is Airing a Christmas Movie Marathon To Lift Our Spirits
The Best Family Board Games for Self-Isolation
Disney-Loving Kids Can Start Their Imagineering Careers With This Free Course
You Can Host Netflix Parties for Virtual Movie Nights
Trolls World Tour and More Universal Studios Released Online Early
Keep Busy During Self-Isolation with Free Online Ivy League Classes
Josh Gad Is Reading Bedtime Stories During the Coronavirus Quarantine
Try Free Music Classes from Rockness Music While the Kids Are Stuck at Home
Mo Willems Offers Daily Doodles While You’re Stuck Inside With the Kids
Free Resources to Keep the Kids Learning and Entertained During Coronavirus Shutdown