Read Aloud from Home

Check out our Facebook Page for read-aloud videos featuring authors and celebrities!

IF YOU HAVE A LIBRARY CARD# – Use the Libby app on your smartphone to check out e-books and audiobooks using your library card! On Android or Apple devices.


Stay Home – Candlewick Press offers free pdf download of a book about the Coronavirus pandemic and it’s implications. Please preview carefully before reading aloud to make sure it is appropriate developmentally for your audience.

Epic – copy your code below, click this link,  and create a profile. All you need to do so is to type your name, and then you will be able to access and track your reading! 

Kindergarten – Use Class Code cea5738 

1st Grade – Use Class Code tqk0948

2nd Grade – Use Class Code jhq8950

3rd Grade – Use Class Code hrz2448

4th Grade – Use Class Code lwn6652

Room to Read  – An online library made available by nonprofit dedicated to global literacy and gender equity.

International Children’s Digital Library – Books in different languages in -app, limited selection.

Audible – Free (for now) Children’s Audiobooks


Storyline Online by the SAG-AFRA Foundation

Storytime from Space – Exactly as advertised. Fantastic!

Julie’s Show– Read-aloud podcast featuring Julie Andrews and her daughter, a children’s book author

Just Books – Audio/visual read alouds

Brightly Storytime – Selection of video read-alouds, sortable by age.

Kate Messner’s Library of Resources

Harperkids Read Aloud Videos

Useful Websites and Videos

Wide Open School  – Collection of activities and resources to support learning from home. Check out the Reading/Writing Page!

The ABC’s of Active Reading – VIDEO

Scholastic’s Kids & Family Reading Report

Dialogic Reading Article by Reading Rockets

Diverse Book Finder

Relevant Articles

Why Some People Become Lifelong Readers by Joe Pinsker; September 19, 2019

The Power of Relationships Study from the National Mentoring Partnership 2018

Why Reading Aloud to Kids is Important by Sedley Abercrombie; April 28, 2017; Journal of the American Association of School Librarians

Study Says Reading Aloud, More Than Talking, Builds Literacy by Susan Frey; July 18, 2015; Edsource

An Evidence-based Approach to Improving Literacy Through Mentoring by Jean Rhodes; July 21, 2013; The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring


The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease

Additional resources from Jim Trelease available on his website.

Reading Magic by Mem Fox

Read-aloud tips by Mem Fox here.

Resources Created or Compiled by Read to a Child

Literacy is a Basic Need – White Paper

Why We Insist that Volunteers, Not Students, Read Aloud

Program FAQ

Program Policies

Engaging Your Student

Engaging Your Student – From Volunteer Manual

Making Connections

Tips for Book Selection

Tips for Book Selection – From Volunteer Manual

How to Choose a Book

Reading Up