PBS KIDS has partnered with Little Free Library to air collection of story-time videos this summer as the latest addition to its ongoing “Read-Along” initiative on Facebook and YouTube. The storytimes will air twice a week starting on Monday, 29th June, at noon ET, followed by Friday.
PBS KIDS "Read-Along," launched in March, have featured Michelle Obama, Kristen Bell, Jenna Bush Hager, and Barbara Pierce Bush, as well as PBS KIDS series creators, producers and authors, the Kratt Brothers, Marc Brown, Victoria Kann, Brad Meltzer, Angela Santomero, Princess Johnson, Ethan Long, and Jen Oxley & Billy Aronson. Children’s authors and illustrators Christian Robinson and Matthew Cordell have also participated. Additional upcoming PBS KIDS Read-Alongs will include Tad Hills and legendary ballet dancer and best-selling author Misty Copeland.
Each special guest reads a children’s book from a location in the U.S. where a Little Free Library will be installed, complete with a supply of diverse books to make reading together more accessible for families across the U.S. Each reading is live-streamed simultaneously on PBS KIDS’ Facebook and YouTube channel and remains available for viewing on-demand on both platforms immediately following.
“Read-Along” is intended to encourage reading and bonding between kids and parents. The story-times will feature bilingual books with diverse authors and characters. The first episode will feature NBA Legend and entrepreneur Dwyane Wade reading Gabrielle Union’s children’s book, “Welcome to the Party.” Other upcoming participants include Camila Alves McConaughey, Tim Gunn, Carla Hall, Anthony Ramos, Marley Dias, Boris Kodjoe & Nicole Ari Parker, with additional special guest readers added throughout the summer.