There has been a wealth of celebrity children's books to watch or listen to released online during the lockdown period. Here are a selection of great ones to choose from...
Harry Potter: Read by Daniel Radcliffe and other famous friends
If you have already signed up to Harry Potter At Home you will probably know that they have started special video readings of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone/Sorcerer’s Stone, each chapter read by a different contributor (including Stephen Fry, David Beckham, Dakota Fanning, Claudia Kim, Noma Dumezweni, and Eddie Redmayne!).
CBeebies Bedtime Stories (UK)
You can join a host of different celebrities for a different story read each night. Celebrities include Tom Hardy, Sam Mendes, Jodie Whittaker, Ewan McGregor, George Ezra, Simon Callow and Nadiya Hussain.
You can view Bedtimes Stories on BBC iPlayer
'Save with Stories'
Helen Mirren, Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Poppy Delevingne, Lily James, Nicholas Hoult and others are reading daily bedtime stories for Save the Children, to help raise urgent funds for the children and families who’ve been hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis.
If you can, please donate to Save the Children. #SAVEWITHSTORIES
Elevenses with The World of David Walliams
David Walliams has continued to release stories and chapters from his longer stories via his website.
Listen at The World of David Walliams
Another free resource during the Covid-19 epidemic, Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Their latest actors to join the team include Rami Malek, Michelle Yeoh and Elijah Wood.
PBS Kids Read-Alongs
In conjunction with the literacy initiative READ TOGETHER, BE TOGETHER, PBS Kids are providing a set of virtual storytime programs featuring a whole bunch of author and celebrity readers including Michelle Obama.
Daniel will be the first of many exciting contributors to help us read through the first Harry Potter book, as he introduces the Dursleys, who don’t like anything mysterious. Enter a cat reading a map, owl-filled skies and whispers about the Potters. So, get comfy and enjoy!