Youtube is a very powerful medium. When I first discovered children’s books read-aloud channels, I was thrilled.
For a few reasons.
First, before purchasing a new book for my boys, more often than not I am able to find it on Youtube. In that case, I can check it out and make sure we will like it. It is kind of like a test drive without any strings attached.
Next, thanks to read-aloud books on Youtube, we have always something new and interesting to listen to during long car rides.
And lastly, I am able to find books in other languages. For those of you raising bilingual children, this is an amazing FREE way of foreign language exposure.
These reasons alone, in my opinion, are more than enough to spend a bit of time searching for the right read-aloud books.
But I can’t forget this one extra perk.
In case your children tend to watch too much TV, change it up and offer to have a Youtube story time instead. Nothing can replace reading one-on-one with you, but we all know how busy life can get sometimes. A “book on video” can come to the rescue from time to time!
Our Favorite Youtube Children’s Stories Read Aloud
Here is our top 10 list of read-aloud children’s books available on Youtube. I hope you and your kiddos will enjoy them as much as we do!
The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
We adore this book!
In fact, when I first bought it we used to read it at least three-four times per day! The story carries such a strong message that I actually wrote a whole separate article just about this one book.
And as I mentioned earlier, before I even purchased the book itself, I stumbled upon this read-aloud video online.
Jez Alborough’s Nat the Cat
Jez Alborough is probably most known by his naughty little Duck books. But his Nat the Cat book is just as fun and more suitable for very young readers. It also touches topics like friendship and feelings.
I Got Two Dogs by John Lithgow
I first came across this book as a teacher in my former daycare job. The little kids went bananas singing the “oooooo” part. It is more of a song than a story book. Nevertheless, it is nice to have a song to sing and a book to go with it for a change.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Of course, everyone knows this book. It’s a classic. But I want to point out the Youtube channel I found it on. It is read by the Storybook Nanny. This channel is simply amazing! Very high-quality sound and video, gentle voice and uploading new videos often. It is definitely worth subscribing to.
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
Giraffes can’t dance is an inspiring story every child should know. Through this book, our little ones can learn to cope with disapproval from others. the uplifting and positive message in the end will stay with them for life.
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
A story that never gets old. This is one of the best audio version available for free online, so take advantage of it.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
This book gives me chills every time we listen to it. Whether you agree with so much of selfless giving or are opposed to it, this book will definitely encourage many discussions with your children in the years to come.
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Who wouldn’t love the story of a cute cuddly bear that finally finds what he’s looking for? Listen to it right here.
Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type is a fun book that will spark your child’s imagination!
Iggy Peck Architect by Andrea Beaty
This book is another favorite one of ours. As long as my kids don’t build towers with dirty diapers, I am all happy to encourage their early years’ passions, lol.
Do you have any favorite Youtube channels for children’s books? Let me know in the comments!
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