Samuel L. Jackson and other celebrities read books on social media to entertain us

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Our favorite celebrities are reading to us while we’re all staying home, and it really is a wonderful thing.

In times of crisis, the world comes together in unexpected ways. A simple yet sweet way to find celebrities who read us everything from children’s books to Shakespeare.

Books are, for many of us, a way to escape and find solace, as well as a healthy way to add some light to a very serious world. Here are some of our absolute favorite celebrities reading us right now.

Save with stories

Save With Stories, created by actresses Jenifer Garner and Amy Adams, is a partnership formed with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry. They read children’s stories online and recruit many famous friends to do the same. Along with this, they are working to raise funds to ensure that millions of school children who depend on daily school meals are always fed.

The list of big names who have joined this cause is huge and includes some of our all-time favorite celebrities including Garner and Adams, as well as Jimmy Fallon, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Evans, Eddie Redmayne, Lupita Nyong’o, and Jeff Goldblum.

Online scenario

Storyline Online is a YouTube channel dedicated to reading stories made in collaboration with the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. The goal is to both entertain and inspire a love of reading in children. This channel isn’t new but has been getting a lot of attention over the past few weeks as people enjoy new stories added regularly and discover old favorites. If you want to hear from famous celebrities like Betty White, David Harbour, and Oprah Winfrey, you’ll want to check this one out.

Operation story time

Operation Storytime is a hashtag and campaign started by Romper, asking celebrities, educators and authors to read their favorite books online for kids and adults to enjoy. Illustrator Shawn Harris, author Jan Brett”, and many more can be heard reading or interpreting various books. There are so many more amazing authors joining this one and we love them all.

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton will read a new story every Thursday night at 7 p.m. on Facebook. She’ll read beloved favorites like “The Little Engine that Could” and books she’s written herself, such as “Coat of Many Colors.”

“The Lady of the Book“, as she likes to call herself, has devoted much time and effort to bringing children the enjoyment of books and promoting literacy in young children. Its Imagination Library was founded in 1990 and it has distributed more than 120 million free books to children around the world. Inspired by her own father’s inability to read, Parton dedicated herself to inspiring a love of reading in children.

Josh Gad

The voice of our favorite snowman surrounds the children every evening around 7 p.m.! Josh Gad reads books live on Twitter every night, and the fan reaction is overwhelming. The #GadBookCLub is doing well, and they seem determined to keep reading until the world returns to normal.

patrick stuart

The icon behind unforgettable characters like Captain Picard and Professor X is a true knight and member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as a teacher and advocate against domestic violence. Stewart posted a reading of one of Shakespeare’s sonnets and was overwhelmed with the response, so he decided to make it a daily occurrence. For those who have never seen such a master of the art perform like this, it is a truly unforgettable experience. Sir Patrick Stewart connects with us from his living room, in casual clothes like us, reminding us all that no matter who we are or what we do, we’re in this together. #ASonnetADay

“I was delighted with the response to my publication of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116.
This led me to undertake the following. When I was a child in the 1940s, my mother used to cut me slices of fruit (there weren’t many of them) and putting them in front of me she said: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away. How about “A sonnet a day keeps the doctor away”? So…here we go: Sonnet 1.”

We’ll just sit back and enjoy the show.

Lavar Burton

“Take a Look is in a book, a rainbow of reading.” For those of us who grew up with the classic reading rainbow show, we know and love Lavar for the many adventures he’s taken us on, both in the books and in his role as Jordy on Star Trek. Burton reads live three times a week with different audiences in mind. And yes, really, he’s hosting an adult story hour. Burton kicked off the live stream on Friday, April 3, and we just have to say we love it and we think you will too. (All readings are in Eastern Time).

Samuel L. Jackson

We’ll end our roundup with the one and only Samuel L. Jackson. Jackson made waves a few years ago for his take on the now classic “Fuck You to Sleep”, a story loved and truly felt by parents everywhere. Well, the man is back with another rendition and this one the world needs more than ever. This time he wants us all to “Stay the F*** at Home.” Author Adam Mansbach, who wrote the original children’s book “Go the F*** to Sleep,” reached out to Jackson because he knew the world needed to hear that message, just like that.

Enjoy it, friends.

*Disclaimer: Coarse and coarse language ahead.

Did we mention your favorite famous reader? Do you know of any other amazing ways celebrities inspire us to read and share stories while we’re all staying home? We want to know what you’re watching, listening to and reading right now, so let us know in the comments.

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