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Virtual Story Time

Guidelines to create a great story time:

Setting up

  • Pick a location that is a quiet space without interruptions.
  • Make sure the sound quality is clear. Oftentimes, an iPhone may be better quality than a laptop.

Picking a book 

  • Pick a book you love to read.
  • Books with beautiful illustrations are encouraged.
  • Avoid picking a book that says things such as "feel better" or "get well soon".
  • We also welcome submissions of books read in languages other than English

While you are reading 

  • Introduce yourself and the book, perhaps by saying something like, “Hello friends, my name is [Joe]. Today, we are reading [Book Title] by [Author].”
  • Take your time, enjoy reading slowly. Feel free to be dramatic and fun in your reading!
  • Linger over pictures or details, showing them to the camera as if you were reading to a group of children in person.
  • Say “The End” when you finish the book.

Submitting your recording

  • Save your recording 
  • Send file to Children's National by visiting You do not need an account. Upload your video file and enter our email address to the “email to” section.

If you have any questions, email Allie Williams.