In the latest addition to its ongoing “Read-Along” initiative on Facebook and YouTube, PBS Kids has partnered with Little Free Library for a collection of story-time videos designed to encourage reading and togetherness for families.
Through the collaboration, each special guest will read a children’s book and designate a location in the U.S. where a Little Free Library will be installed, complete with a supply of books to make reading together more accessible for families across the U.S.
PBS KIDS and Little Free Library will kick off these story times on June 29, at 12:00PM ET with NBA Legend and entrepreneur Dwyane Wade, who will read Gabrielle Union’s children’s book, “Welcome to the Party.”
Other upcoming participants include Camila Alves McConaughey, Tim Gunn, Carla Hall, Anthony Ramos, Marley Dias, Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker. Additional special guest readers will also be added throughout the summer. The story times will feature books with diverse authors and characters, as well as bilingual readings.
To encourage engagement and a love of reading while many families are spending much of their time at home, the ongoing PBS Kids “Read-Along” effort gives kids and parents a place to come together and read-along with fan-favorite books.
Launched in March, PBS KIDS Read-Alongs have featured Michelle Obama, Kristen Bell, Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush, among others. Each reading is livestreamed simultaneously on PBS Kids’ Facebook and YouTube channel and remains available for viewing on demand on both platforms immediately following. Companion literacy resources for each “Read-Along” are available on pbskidsforparents.org.