Our favorite celebrities are reading to us as we all stay at home, and it's truly a wonderful thing.
In times of crisis, the world comes together in unexpected ways. One simple yet sweet way finds celebrities reading us everything from children’s books to Shakespeare.
Books are, for many of us, a way to escape and find comfort, as well as just a wholesome way to add a little bit of brightness into a very serious world. Here are a few of our absolute favorite celebrities reading to us right now.
Save With Stories, created by actresses Jenifer Garner and Amy Adams, is a partnership formed with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry. They are reading children’s stories online and recruiting plenty of celebrity friends to do the same. Along with that, they are working to raise money to help make sure millions of schoolchildren who rely on daily meals at school are still being fed.
The list of big names that have joined in for this cause is immense and has some of our all-time beloved favorite famous people, including both Garner and Adams, as well as Jimmy Fallon, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Evans, Eddie Redmayne, Lupita Nyong'o, and Jeff Goldblum.
Millions of kids in the U.S. rely on school for food & learning – and with the coronavirus outbreak keeping them home, they need help. That's why Jennifer Garner & Amy Adams teamed up with us, @nokidhungry & @Scholastic to #SAVEWITHSTORIES. Donate now: https://t.co/bdBKd8F9yJ pic.twitter.com/RbxKYAu4bt— Save the Children US (@SavetheChildren) March 16, 2020
Storyline Online is a YouTube channel devoted to reading stories made in collaboration with the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. The goal is to both entertain and inspire a love for reading in children. This channel is not new but has seen a lot of attention in recent weeks, as people enjoy the new stories added regularly and discover old favorites. If you want to hear famous celebs like Betty White, David Harbour, and Oprah Winfrey, you'll want to check this one out.
Operation Storytime is a hashtag and campaign started by Romper, asking celebrities, educators, and authors to read their favorite books online for kids and adults to enjoy. Illustrator Shawn Harris, author Jan Brett", and more can be heard reading or performing various books. There are so many more amazing authors jumping on board with this one and we love all of them.
Dolly Parton will be reading a new story every Thursday night at 7.pm. on Facebook. She'll be reading beloved favorites like “The Little Engine that Could” and books she herself has penned, such as “Coat of Many Colors”.
“The Book Lady”, as she likes to be called, has dedicated a lot of time and effort to bring children the joy of books and promote literacy in young children. Her Imagination Library was founded in 1990, and she has given away more than 120 million free books to children across the world. Inspired by her own father’s inability to read Parton dedicated herself to inspiring a love of reading in children.
The voice of our favorite snowman is tucking kids in every night around 7 p.m.! Josh Gad is reading books live on Twitter every night, and the reaction from fans is glowing. The #GadBookCLub is going strong, and he seems committed to continuing the reading until the world seems normal again.
The icon behind unforgettable characters like Captain Picard and Professor X is a real-life knight and a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as a professor and advocate against domestic violence. Stewart posted a reading of one of Shakespeare’s sonnets and was overwhelmed by the response, so he decided to make it a daily occurrence. For those who have never gotten to see such a master of the craft perform like this, this is a truly unforgettable experience. Sir Patrick Stewart connects with us from his living room, in causal clothes just like us, reminding us all that no matter who we are or what we do, we are in this together. #ASonnetADay
“I was delighted by the response to my posting of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116.
It has led me to undertake what follows. When I was a child in the 1940s, my mother would cut up slices of fruit for me (there wasn't much) and as she put it in front of me she would say: "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." How about, “A sonnet a day keeps the doctor away”? So...here we go: Sonnet 1.”
We'll just sit back and enjoy the show.
“Take a Look, it’s in a book, a reading rainbow.” For those of us who grew up on the classic Reading Rainbow show, we know and love Lavar for the many adventures he led us on, both in books and as his role as Jordy on Star Trek. Burton is reading live three times a week with different audiences in mind. And yes, really, he is hosting an adult storytime. Burton kicked the live stream off on Friday, April 3, and we just have to say we love it and we think you will too. (All readings are on Eastern Time).
We are going to end our roundup with the one and only Samuel L. Jackson. Jackson made waves a few years ago for his rendition of the now-classic “Go the F*** to Sleep", a story loved and truly felt by parents worldwide. Well, the man is back with another rendition and this one the world needs now more than ever. This time he wants us all to “Stay the F*** At Home. Author Adam Mansbach, who penned the original children’s book "Go the F*** to Sleep”, reached out to Jackson because he knew the world needed to hear this message, in exactly this way.
*Disclaimer: harsh, crude language ahead.
Did we mention your favorite celebrity reader? Do you know of any other amazing ways celebrities are inspiring us to read and share stories as we all stay home? We want to know what you are watching, listening to, and reading right now so sound off in the comments.