Posted: Friday 19th June 2020
... then let’s enjoy a YouTube story
On YouTube there are a host of channels showing picture book story readings. Early Years Librarian, Margaret Street, recommends a selection from publishers and reading charities to guarantee you a good quality experience when watching with your child. The headings give you the search terms to find each channel on the main YouTube site but you may prefer to use the dedicated YouTube Kids site.
‘Scottish Book Trust’
This channel has authors reading their own picture books. My favourite story is Emily Mackenzie reading Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit book burglar. The perfect story for every librarian or book lover!
You can find BSL signed stories on the ‘ELDS team’ (East Lancashire Deaf Society) and the ‘Royal Association for Deaf People’ channels.Enjoy a range of picture book favourites including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Tiger who came to tea and the charming, but less well known Freddie and the fairystory by Julia Donaldson.
Stories from this publisher include a selection of storytime and draw-along videos with popular author/illustrators like Nick Sharratt reading Shark in the park and Abie Longstaff reading The Fairytale hairdresser and Thumbelina
This channel features books written by authors, and read by actors, of African, Caribbean and African American descent. Many of the stories are published by Lantana Press. My favourite story is Sing to the moon by Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl and retold by Adjoa Andoh. A little boy who likes to dream big is bored at home during a rainy day. He shares his dreams with his Grandfather and they enjoy imaginative adventures together.
‘Oxford Owl Learning at Home’
If your child is missing their Biff, Chip and Kipper school reading books then you can find readings of the Magic Key adventures here. Julia Donaldson reads stories from her Songbird Phonics series. I particularly like the Winnie and Wilbur beginner read stories by Korky Paul. For budding artists, there is a series of Draw-along videos with popular illustrators. Again I have chosen Korky Paul with his Winnie the Witch story as a taster. You can enjoy engaging retellings of traditional tales