UK parents are very familiar with the wonderful CBeebies Bedtime Stories, where celebrities and actors read children's stories each evening to help soothe young ones to sleep. But did you know there are more celebrity storytime videos available for free, and some are being used to raise money for charity during the COVID-19 crisis with Save the Children too?
Here's where you can see celebrity children's storytime videos for free:
Harry Potter At Home
The official Harry Potter website, Wizarding World, has just launched a 'Harry Potter At Home'video series, with the whole of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone being read by celebrities from their own homes!
Each celebrity fan will be reading one chapter of the first book in the series, with Chapter 1 being read by Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe. Future readers include Stephen Fry, Dakota Fanning, Eddie Redmayne, and even David Beckham, with more to be announced.
CBeebies Bedtime Stories
Parents of toddlers and pre-schoolers in the UK have probably all seen plenty of CBeebies bedtime stories, whether with familiar children's presenters like Floella Benjamin and Justin Fletcher, chart stars like George Ezra and Guy Garvey, or actors like former Captain America, Chris Evans, and the welcome return of Tom Hardy.
As well as tuning into the free CBeebies channel at 6.50pm every night, you can also view a selection on BBC iPlayer with the last 30 episodes available for free. iPlayer is available for free to everyone with a UK TV license.
Save With Stories
Save With Stories is a brand new initiative from Save the Children and No Kid Hungry set up to help children across the US during the COVID-19 crisis, with celebrities offering stories on Instagram and Facebook to provide a little fun, a little education, and a little distraction for kids and parents.
Some of the most popular posts are from actors Chris Evans, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sebastian Stan, Gal Gadot, Brie Larson, Natalie Portman as well as singer Camila Cabello.
Founded by Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams, they are challenging people they know – actors, athletes, musicians, politicians, anyone sitting at home with a book, a phone and a little time on their hands – to join them.
These videos feel much more intimate and personal that the studio based ones, after all these are celebrities in their own homes, in lockdown like the rest of us, reading story books that they read to their own families.
So far, over 180 stories have been read, enabling Save the Children to give food and critical educational resources to nearly 90,000 children in 200 school communities across the US.
Disney Magic Moments Storytime Videos
The new Disney Magic Moments* website is packed with boredom busting ideas, crafts, recipes and more, along with the highlight of celebrity storytime. The free Disney storytime videos have stars of Disney movies and TV shows reading kids books to entertain children, all from their own homes during the coronavirus lockdown. Join Ming-Na Wen for a Mulan story, Daisy Ridley for a Star Wars story about BB- 8, or original Disney stories read by actors like Elizabeth Olsen and Jeff Goldblum amongst others.