There is nothing better than reading a good book.
And from a young age, some of our best bonding comes from reading storybooks with our loved ones.
For me, watching stories being read on Play School as a child, was always spellbinding. The beautiful stories, the different voices and characters and the pure magic of it all.
So, it’s no wonder that during the coronavirus pandemic, storytelling is a great tool to calm the anxieties of you and your children.
If you’ve already exhausted every single book in the bookshelf and you’d like someone else to take the reigns for a moment — so you can sit back and enjoy it too — website Storyline Online has enlisted some of your favourite A-list celebrities to read to your kids. And it is mesmerising.
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website is available 24 hours a day of children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide.
The video features celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations including Oprah Winfrey, Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and more.
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Other celebrities are posting social media videos of themselves reading various children’s books aloud, lending their voices to Operation Storytime and Save With Stories (a new initiative from US charities Save the Children and No Kid Hungry) — aimed at lifting the spirits of children and parents alike.
Amy Adams, Josh Gad and Jennifer Garner have already taken part with Gad, famous for being Olaf in the Frozen franchise first reading Dr Seuss’ Hooray for Diffendorfer Day.
In another story, the father-of-two offered support to those in isolation.
“I also want to thank everyone who is in self-isolation right now. I know it’s hard not to be out there socializing with everybody. Trust me, I want to be out there too,” he said.
“But it’s important that all of us protect everybody who is somewhat fragile right now, or immuno-compromised, so thank you. And now I’m going to read a book that I have a lot of trouble getting through and haven’t actually read in a long time because I find it a difficult one.”
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) March 16, 2020
Entertainment site Now This also made a compilation video, including Gossip Girl herself, Kristen Bell reading Quackenstein Hatches a Family.