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Raising your child to have a love for reading starts at an early age. We know there are countless benefits of exposing your child to books. To continue boosting your child’s interest and knowledge of reading and writing, check out these 10 amazing online resources!

1. PBS KIDS Read-Alongs

From the PBS KIDS Website: “Every week, celebrities and PBS KIDS authors are reading aloud their favorite books on the PBS KIDS’ Facebook page and YouTube channel. Watch them all again here and find fun activities for the whole family to do!”

Why We Love It: Listening to some favorite celebrities or authors read can keep children motivated and engaged during story time!

2. Audible

 Audible says, “For as long as schools are closed, we’re open. Right now, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across eight different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.”

Why We Love It: Listening to stories during car rides, walks, or bike rides can keep children’s minds active, engaged, and learning. There’s an amazing collection of stories for all ages, including everything from Beatrix Potter to teen novels!

3. Mrs. Bush’s Story Time Podcast

From The Mrs. Bush’s Story Time Website: “Mrs. Bush’s Story Time is a new podcast for families, featuring original recordings from the radio program of the same name. The podcast brings to life former First Lady Barbara Bush’s commitment to family literacy and lifelong learning for a whole new generation.”

Why We Love It: Playing a child’s story over a podcast is a great way to continue exposing your child to literacy, language, an a love for stories while in the car or around the house! Have your device like an Amazon Alexa play the podcast as your child engages in an activity like coloring or painting. 

4.  Reading Is Fundamental: Parent Resources

Description from their Website: “Discover our reading resources, including suggested books that kids love, activity sheets, puzzles tips for parents and much more, that can encourage children to read.”

Why We Love It: There are some super valuable resources for parents that make literacy fun for kids! The downloadable activities are perfect for doing with your child when you have a little extra time at home to keep them interested in reading.

Description from the Reading Rockets website: “Most of our schools and afterschool programs have closed in response to the COVID-19 crisis — and you may be looking for engaging ways to keep kids reading, writing, exploring, and learning at home. Here, you’ll find lots of ideas to immerse kids in language and stories, build background knowledge, and inspire creative play.”

Why We Love It: So. Many. Activities! The site gives an extensive list of resources and activities that can be an extension to various topics you read about with your children. Reading Rockets provides great ideas for how to keep the adventure going after reading a book with your child!

Enjoy storytime with your child and then explore these amazing online resources to keep their love for literacy going! 

Amy Yacoub, MS, CCC-SLP | Speech Pathologist

Proud Member of The Story Box Family