Virtual Author Events for Kids
Updated April 5! Your favorite authors and illustrators conduct storytimes and drawing lessons online!
Stories, conversation and drawing lessons from some of our favorite children’s authors and illustrators. Some events are on Facebook, others on the author’s website, YouTube, Instagram Live or Twitter Live. If parents follow an author on Instagram or Twitter, they will have access to the content the author posts. Latest additions are marked by asterisks.*
Dav Pilkey at Home Every Friday at 7:00am, the Library of Congress releases a new video of Pilkey reading and teaching kids how to draw popular characters like Dog Man and Captain Underpants. Downloadable activities are updated weekly as well.*
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Learn how to draw characters like Pigeon, Elephant and Piggie, and more, every day at noon CST (Videos remain on the site).
Squiggles and Scribbles by Ben Clanton
Narwhal and Jelly author Ben Clanton talks about his drawing in Facebook Live videos on March 18 at 1:00pm CST and March 20 at 4:00pm CST. The videos remain online after the livestream (Go to the Facebook tab on his website, then to "Videos" on his Facebook page).
Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s Draw Every Day with JJK
Krosoczka’s many books include the Lunch Lady , Platypus Police Squad and Star Wars: Jedi Academy series. He’s drawing every weekday at 1:00pm CST on YouTube.
Mac Barnett, along with some surprise author guest-stars, reads a story each weekday at 2:00pm CST on Instagram Live; footage remains online for 24 hours.
Oliver Jeffers Stay at Home Storytimes
Jeffers reads one of his books each weekday at 1:00pm CST on Instagram Live, and then archives the readings on his website.
Dan Santat’s Instagram Online Survival School for the Pandemic , starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, offers a fun online program for kids and parents to learn skills, earn badges, and not panic!
James Dean's Pete the Cat Club Virtual Storytimes happens at 11:00 am CST on Instagram Live.
#petesclub #virtualstorytime #petethecat
Dan Gutman’s My Weird Readalouds is on Facebook Live, weekdays at 11:00am CST.
Bob Shea's Readaloud of Who Wet My Pants? is on YouTube and Twitter Live. The video is archived on YouTube.
Peter Reynold’s Facebook Live Readaloud happens daily at 11:00am CST. The videos remain on the site.
Books and art projects from Debbie Ridpath Ohi are on YouTube.
J.K. Rowling's Pottermore offers wizarding games and activities at Harry Potter at Home
Jarrett Lerner’s website teaches kids to draw comics on its activities and art pages. He is also on Facebook.
Roda Ahmed reads her picture book May Among the Stars on Instagram Live.
Kids Ask Authors Podcast , hosted by Grace Lin, features children’s authors answering kids’ questions about writing. Most podcasts end with a review, poem or joke composed by a listener:
For middle-grade and YA readers, author Kate Messner has compiled an amazing online gathering of middle-grade and YA authors and illustrators . You’ll find videos with writing prompts, drawing lessons and shared bits from the creators’ backgrounds, cultures and creative process. If your tween or teen loves books and reading, they will find much to enjoy here.
Stimola Literary Studios , representing children’s and YA authors and illustrators, will host livestreamed readalouds, craft activities and drawing demonstrations weekdays between 8:00am and 3:45pm CST. Matt Tavares will launch the program at 8:00am on Monday, March 23. Programs will be archived on the Stimola Live YouTube channel .
Celebrities read children’s books at #savewithstories on Instagram.
HarperKids Storytime Read Alouds on YouTube and Instagram Live offers new content every day at 11:00am CST:
KidLit TV Read Out Loud offers picture book readalouds.
Created by Mary Donovan on
Mar 20th, 2020 @ 11:57 AM.
Updated on Apr 5th, 2020 @ 1:49 AM.