Kids in the UAE can listen to their favourite stories being read by some of their favourite authors and actors online.
From classics like Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, to educational stories like Goodnight Daniel Tiger, there is something for any little bookworms whatever their age.
James and Giant Peach with Taika and Friends
Where: The Roald Dahl HQ YouTube channel
The fantastical children's classic by Roald Dahl will be read cover to cover by a stellar lineup including Meryl Streep, Benedict Cumberbatch, Nick Kroll, Ryan Reynolds, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson, Cara Delevingne and others, and directed by the Academy Award-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi, who is currently working on Roald Dahl projects for Netflix.
Goodnight Daniel Tiger with Kristen Bell
Where: The PBS Facebook page
Princess Anna herself – well, the actress who voices the upbeat, quirky Frozen sister – reads one of the stories in the Daniel Tiger series on the PBS Facebook pages. There are also loads of other celebrities reading some beloved kid’s books on here so have a scroll and find your favourites.
Celebrities Read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Where: On the Harry Potter hub website
Potterheads, get ready because a host of celebrities are reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone one chapter at a time. The all-star lineup was kicked off by Daniel Radcliffe reading "Chapter One: The Boy Who Lived." He's followed by Stephen Fry, David Beckham, Dakota Fanning and others. The videos will be archived on Harry Potter at Home.
Hans Christian Anderson Stories
Where: On the Hans Christen Andersen Storytelling Center's Facebook Page and YouTube Channel
These readings usually take place in Central Park in New York, but have been taken online during the pandemic, which means kids around the world, including those here in the UAE, can now enjoy them.
Julie’s Library Podcast
Where: On the Apple store
Julie Andrews and her daughter, writer and educator Emma Walton Hamilton, have launched a story time podcast where little ones can listen to loads of books read by the Mary Poppins actress.