An author reading their picture book aloud brings an extra dimension to experiencing a story. Often, authors will share background information about how the story came to be, little Easter eggs to look for in the book, or other insights. Thanks to the digital age we live in, we can hear many authors read their books aloud via video. Today, I bring you author read-aloud videos you will want to watch.
Books for Kids Read by Authors
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I should preface all of this with the fact that I don’t think watching videos could or should replace reading aloud in person. Sharing a book alongside a child and having a back-and-forth conversation about the book is vital and shouldn’t be completely replaced with a screen.
One of the reasons I love to share author read-alouds is for children to see the creators behind the books. I want them to see that real people just like them make books and inspire them to do the same.
Many authors and illustrators have websites and social media accounts. A quick Google search of your favorite creator will often take you to their sites and often read-alouds. Another good spot to check are publisher accounts. Here are just some to get you started.
So, let’s get listening.
Christian Robinson shares You Matter.
Check out more Read Alongs on PBS Kids.
Jacqueline Woods reads The Day You Begin.
Also, see more of the Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices on Netflix Jr.
Grace Lin reads Thanking the Moon.
This next one is a treat even though Raúl the Third doesn’t read the entire book. Enjoy the beginning of Vamos Let’s Go Eat and then grab a copy of the book to finish reading.
Jessie Sima reads Love, Z.
Todd Parr reads us It’s Okay to Be Different.
Angela Dominguez reads Maria Had a Llama in English and Spanish.
Floyd Cooper reads Max and the Tag-Along Moon.
Michael Rosen performs We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.
Debbie Ridpath Ohi shares Where Are My Books?
I hope these ten ideas get you started on exploring books read aloud by their creators.
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