The world has turned topsy turvey as the COVID-19 pandemic asks us to stay safe at home. At such times, many authors, illustrators and publishers all around the world have decided to reach out to their fans with storytimes and workshops so that they bring some fun to everyone.
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We are supporting Spring into Storytime by sharing clips of Authors and Librarians reading stories, gathered together here.
First up, two readings from Aine O'Regan from Westmeath Libraries
"Everybody got a Gift" read by Aine O'Regan
"Dear Zoo" read by Kathleen Cleary
"Farmer Duck" read by Kathleen Cleary
I Love You, Little Monster
Tiny and Teeny
Take a look at some of the other storytime and readings below:
A story a Day by Oliver Jeffers - award winning and fun, Oliver Jeffers is locked down in Belfast and determined to share a story a day.
- Dolly Parton, in her role as the Book Lady, has now started a weekly bedtime story series at the Imagination Library. As well as the stories there are activity sheets and tips for parents to help them feel comfortable reading the story.
- Closer to home, local authors have also been sharing their stories. From Dolores Keaveney to Malachy Doyle, there are a wealth of stories being told.
- Don’t forget to check out resources such as the Booktrust; everyone’s favourite- Owl babies by Martin Waddell -can be found there with resources to help parents as well. You’ll also be surprised at some of the narrators who are taking part in the SAG AFTRA Foundation's StorylineOnline project- let us know who your favourite is.
- Publishers such as Futa Fata are also hosting Scéal an Lae and The O’Brien Press have some fantastic online storytime readings with favourites like Brianóg Brady Dawson making sure that there are stories as gaeilge for younger readers.
- Stories don’t have to be just for younger children- sit down and find out what older children are reading as David Walliams and Neil Gaiman are some of the bestselling authors sharing their stories
- And don’t forget that sharing stories doesn’t have to be just about reading books- The new Sharing Stories initative from Children's Books Ireland encourages Grandparents who cant see their grandchildren, to read a book if they can or tell a story from their childhood if they have nothing to hand.
Storietimes are about sharing words, sharing time and sharing experiences together. In times of uncertainty, storytimes can help become reinforce routines and having routine can help keep anxiety at bay.
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Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 07/04/2020