Are you looking for fun kid-focused, kidlit videos for your class, home, or library? Here are the best KidLit Video Resources in 2019! We know you are here because KidLit TV is the go-to multimedia resource. However, variety is the spice of life! Therefore, we put together a list of highly recommended kidlit video resources (other than your fave KidLitTV!) because we love our tech-savvy bookworms.
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning and Daytime Emmy-nominated children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams imaginatively produced videos featuring celebrated actors for FREE. These include Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Chris Pine, etc. reading children’s books.
Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, and educators worldwide. For each book, a supplemental curriculum developed by a literacy specialist is provided. This collaboration aims to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners worldwide.
YouTube Kids is a video app developed by YouTube. The app provides a version of the service oriented towards children, with curated selections of content, parental control features, and filtering of videos deemed inappropriate viewing by kids 12 and under.
YouTube Kids gives your family an easy way to watch their favorite shows, or explore anything that captures their imagination. It’s free, simple to use, and full of family-friendly videos.
The Van Show – Austin Public Library
Have you ever wanted to see a blue monster talk to your favorite author? Us too! Learn about the people and ideas behind your favorite books. Pro-Tip: KidLit TV team member Roxie Munro was a guest on the show.
Check out Van’s interviews with todays most influential authors. Also available with each show are these wonderful teachers guides.
Kid’s Poems and Stories with Michael Rosen
You can also check out the collection of his books on his website HERE.
Reading is Fundamental (RIF)
RIF offers a splendid video library with read alouds and book trailers for kids K-12. You can also choose books according to Lexile for use in the classroom.
Epic! is the leading digital library for kids, where kids can explore their interests and learn with instant, unlimited access to 25,000 high-quality ebooks, audiobooks, learning videos, and quizzes for kids 12 and under.
If you enjoy Ready, Set, Draw! here on KidLitTV, Blueprint is another fantastic resource we recommend. From doodling to pastels, from colored pencils to color schemes, Bluprint offers future kid lit illustrators a world of creative tutorials. Check out the videos HERE.
On Nick Jr. you can watch full episodes, clips, music videos and exclusive online videos of your preschooler’s favorite Nick Jr. shows!
National Geographic Kids
Watch the best STEM videos with you little explorers! Find groundbreaking videos from the best and brightest scientists, explorers, photographers, and filmmakers in the world – NatGeoKids
PBS KIDS is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of children through curriculum-based media. They use new and traditional platforms to support children in their acquisition of knowledge and critical thinking skills while empowering their imagination and curiosity of the world.
Providing the highest-quality programming and learning environment for children, PBS’ children’s media invites kids on a journey to explore the world around them with non-violent, age-appropriate content that offers positive role models for children to learn from and grow with.
A few of our favorite channels on PBS:
Peg + Cat
The Peg + Cat book series by Penguin RandomHouse Kids has a total of 13 lovely books.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
You can find the complete Daniel Tiger book series on Simon & Schuster.
Sesame Street has been entertaining kids for over 40 years. Parents and caregivers, you don’t have to wait for Sesame Street to come on TV for your kids to be entertained.
The Sesame Street YouTube channel has all kinds of great, educational videos, some of them starring your favorite actors and musicians. Additionally, renowned kid lit author Samantha Berger is a writer for Sesame Street in Communities and Sesame Street International for Syrian refugees.
Coming This Fall:
Welcoming Worlds, a new six-book series launching in Fall 2019, beloved Sesame Street characters will help readers connect to new friends who speak different languages including Spanish, Mandarin, Hebrew, Arabic, and more. Read on to hear about Lerner Publishing Group and Sesame Workshop’s new Children’s Book Collaboration HERE.
Word World PBS
If your kids are just starting to learn to read then the World World PBS YouTube channel is a great place to complement what they are learning in school or home. Word World offers a great selection of videos about words and spelling.
Mister Rogers Neighborhood
For over 50 years and more than 870 episodes, Mister Rogers Neighborhood, with his caring and trusting ways created a calm, safe place for children to learn about themselves, about others, and about the world around them.
While some adults wondered at the time what made this television program so fascinating, the children knew: Mister Rogers brought them a one-to-one affirmation of their self-worth and offered them a place where they felt accepted and understood. Episodes are available on the Mister Roger’s Neighborhood site or PBS.
Oxford Owl Reading
This website has 250 free e-books for you to share with your child, as well as simple ideas, top tips, activities and games to help your child with their reading at home. You can read books aloud, have books read to you (including chapter books) or watch interactive book videos.
Google Lit Trips
Most agree the benefits of taking kids on field trips and culturally rich experiences is valuable. Traveling is a fantastic way to raise global citizens. By using Google Lit Trips as a kidlit video resources, you can travel the world from your living room.
Connecting geography with literature, Google Lit Trips is a truly valuable resource. Peer into The Grapes of Wrath by riding in an old beat-up jalopy and watch the world while you sit next to the characters. Or shake your tailfeathers next to Mr. and Mrs. Mallard’s duckling family in Make Way for Ducklings.
Check out this list of fantastic resource for other free online field trips on The Ultimate List of Virtual Fieldtrips.
SciShow Kids explores all those curious topics that make us ask “why?” Every Tuesday and Thursday, Jessi and her robot rat Squeaks answer your questions and explain fun, complex science concepts for young, curious minds. Whether conducting experiments, researching new questions, or talking with experts, there’s always something new to discover with SciShow Kids, no matter what your age!
Pair these kidlit video resources with books from author/zoologist Jess Keating and author/illustrator of incredible gorgeous non-fiction books Lily Williams.
Be There Bedtime Stories
If you want to create storytime videos yourself, I recommend Be There Bedtime Stories. This is a wonderful option for families with a parent/caregiver who is traveling a lot/deployed. Be There Bedtime Stories allows you to choose a book from their e-bookstore library (about 250 titles).
Next, you as the parent/caregiver read your story in front of your webcam or iPad camera, as it displays on the screen.
Lastly, the site will email a private, protected link of your story. You can send the link to anyone, anywhere, to be enjoyed on their computer or iPad. Then a child has access to your voice and your amazing personality at the click of a button.
Furthermore, for recommendations on the best and most affordable tablets and headphones MADE safely for kids, check out Travel Hacks for Bookworm Kids on Biracial Bookworms. These are the perfect gift for bookworms to enjoy these kidlit video resources.
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