The reality of distance learning and homeschooling might be setting in and some of the world's most generous, talented, and delightful authors and creators are keeping the goods rolling on #OperationStorytime across social media. There's a little something for all the little readers in your abode this week, and the list just keeps growing.
Nothing says "we're all in this together" like a massive internet readalong. Finally, a dose of screen time without the guilt. (But, really, cut yourself some slack on screen time, parents; it's really fine!) Romper put out a call back a week and a half ago (74 years in pandemic time) for authors and illustrators to do us all the honor of performing their works, and this week some new authors and illustrators are jumping in the mix. Step right up, we've got books for every reader! Books on raccoons and squirrels and foxes, bears and llamas and lions! Even some non-animal books about girls who love pink and girls who wield swords.
And if any of these titles strike your fancy do the authors and indie bookstores a solid and order them from a local indie.
Laurel Snyder Reading Hungry Jim
Author Laurel Snyder is back for more on week two. And it's always a good time for a cat cameo. This story is dark and funny, and we are here for it. Check out her YouTube channel for more where this came from!
Tara Lazar Reading Her Books On Instagram
Tune in on Instagram every day this week to read a new book with author Tara Lazar.
Marcie Colleen Reading From Her Series Super Happy Party Bears
If you'd like to join a super happy book club, Marcie Colleen has you covered. She's reading excerpts from her books, which feature really happy bears who are living in the Grumpy Woods.
Anna Kang Reading I Am (Not) Scared And That's (Not) Mine
Anna Kang is a prolific author of picture books and you can head on over to Instagram to find more books where this one came from! Her You Are (Not) Small series is adorable and reassuring.
Christian Heidicker Reading From Scary Stories For Young Foxes And Thieves Of Weirdwood
Objectively, Scary Stories For Young Foxes is one of the best spooky books of all time. The author Christian Heidicker has put together a fun (and spooky) author visit! Part 2 of the Young Foxes reading is here and you can find a playlist with all the parts on his YouTube channel. And get a sneak peek of an excerpt of his latest novel.
Find Christian Heidicker on Instagram.
Dashka Slater Reading Escargot
The author matches her little French snail. It's freaking adorable. That's not even mentioning the French accent.
Jonathan Stutzman And Heather Fox Reading Llama Destroys The World
You get the author and the illustrator on this one! Cool! Plus, this is one of the funniest, zaniest books ever. Romper was totally into this book from the start.
C.E. Miller Reading Racoon Sick Day
A reassuring book about illness is truly a balm right now, and Christine Miller is a reassuring storyteller whose character Raccoon has had a lot of adventures to check out.
Find more Raccoon goodness here.
Kristen Balouch Reading Mystery Bottle
Author and illustrator Kristen Balouch shares a tale of mail and loving relationships that exist even when the people we love aren't near. It's perfectly lovely.
Find Kristien Balouch on Twitter.
Victoria Kann Reading From Her Pinkalicious Series
Pinkalicious fans can tune into Instagram or Facebook live to hear the author Victoria Kann read from her many, many, many books.
Brian Biggs Reading Tinyville Town: I'm A Librarian And Bike & Trike
Brian Biggs is another author back for week two of #operationstorytime. Check out his Instagram for more storytimes and illustrations!
Find Brian Biggs on Instagram.
Grace Lin Demonstrating How To Draw A Dog From Year Of The Dog, Plus! Reading From Her Books
Excited for Mulan? Grace Lin has a book for that! She's posting excerpts from her books as well as some art tutorials. Follow her YouTube channel for more!
Jess Sanders Reading Love My Body
A celebration of bodies of all shapes, sizes, and ability? Permission for girls to take up space? Advice on showing yourself some love? Yes, please! Show this one to the girls in your life, and absorb it yourself, because, you're beautiful, you know?
Shannon Doleski Reading From Mary Underwater
Middle-grade author Shannon Doleski's debut book publishes April 7, and she's giving readers a sneak peek by reading the first few chapters (one a day) as part of Operation Storytime. It's about a girl who is obsessed with Joan of Arc and who builds and pilots a submarine across the Chesapeake Bay. Cool!
Matthew Swanson And Robbi Behr Reading Everywhere, Wonder
This husband-and-wife team seem to have a lot of fun making books together. (In fact, they've made a lot of books!) Here you get to read their book Everywhere, Wonder with their commentary on the process, including some basics of book production!
Barbara McClintock Reading The Five Forms
Would any kids relate to the idea of getting a lot of exercise while in their rooms? They might like this book. And parents who feel like they're living with a bunch of wild animals will, as well.
Find Barbara McClintock on Instagram.
Scott Magoon Reading Breathe, Teaching A Drawing Lesson, Answering Questions
Scott's Studio Storytime is truly the content we need. Breathe is his second storytime. If you want to check out his first, it's The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot. Go ahead and give his channel a subscribe, because I think there's more content where this is from!
Find Scott Magoon on Twitter.
Kate Messner Reading How To Read A Story
Well, prolific children's author Kate Messner sure has picked the perfect book for Operation Storytime. Other authors, take note! Sidebar: Kate has been leading the charge with making sure book readings are accessible to children during the school closures. Brava, Kate!
Find Kate Messner on Twitter.
Danny Ramadan Reading Salma The Syrian Chef
A cozy and warm tale for troubling times. Salma is a Syrian refugee, and when she sees the stress their new life places on her mom, she goes to great lengths to put a smile on her face. Ramadan speaks about the immigrant experiences and the beautiful Syrian mosaic motifs in the illustration.
Find Danny Ramadan on Twitter.
Find more authors and illustrators in our blowout first installment of Operation Storytime here.