Just what we needed! An easier way to put the kids to bed or just keep them busy – with story time apps and websites.

With so many to choose from, we’ve listed some of our favourites below – including some brilliant story times where celebrities like Oprah and Betty White read.

Story Time with David Walliams

Recommended ages 7+

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Tune into funny man and author David Walliams who will be launching a new free kids story book story every day at 2pm Dubai time. This will run for 30 days so tune in for 20 minutes of lots of fun and laughs!

Find out more and listen:

Website: https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/
Sound Cloud: https://soundcloud.com/harpercollinspublishers/the-worlds-worst-children-2-1/s-R3NzEPl8vhB

Storyskimo- Audio Books

Recommended ages 14 +

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STORYSKIMO is on a mission to offer beautiful audio experiences to children and give them an opportunity to create their own.

Search through Stortskimo’s audio channels to discover a range of fiction and non-fiction audio stories from the most talented creators.

You’ll find stories in loads of genres including humour, suspense, values and behaviour, science, history, geography, justice, equality, sustainability and more.

Website: www.storyskimo.com

Free Original Stories for Kids

Recommended ages 3+

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Founded in 2008, freechildrenstories.com operates on the simple principle that children’s development is paramount.

Their mission is to offer traditional, meaningful storytelling to every child, parent, or teacher around the globe with access to the internet, for free.

So that means you will always find a range of stories, books, audio books and videos for free mamas. Let the kids browse and listen to some wonderful story books. You can also browse by ages to find titles for your kids.

Website: https://www.freechildrenstories.com/


Storyline Online

Recommended ages 3+

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Listen to stories online read by actors of The Screen Actors Guild America. Listen to Oprah read a story time book or better still Betty White!

This is a great way to have the kids experience different languages and learn communication and story telling skills too, and lets be honest, it’s great to have a famous celeb pick up the work at story time when you just can’t any more!

Website: https://www.storylineonline.net/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/StorylineOnline

Virtual Tour: Children’s Literature Sites

Recommended ages 5+

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This one isn’t stories, but better still. Google has put together virtual tours of Children’s literature sites- places linked to some for the world’s favorite children’s stories, from Winnie the Pooh to the streets of Harry Potter!

Thank you again, Google.

Start browsing: Google Earth Literature Sites 


FREE Amazon Online Audible Books

Recommended ages 2+

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While schools remain closed, Amazon have canceled the subscription of books and audio stories for children and students of all ages so that kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.

Listen now: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen



Recommended ages 3+

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Storyberries offers both contemporary and classic stories in an easy-to-read-format with beautiful attractive illustrations and learning guides for parents and educators.

Stories are organized by theme which allow parents and educators to introduce and reinforce themes that happen in the every day world like bullying, beauty, self confidence and danger.

They also have a range of free audio books, podcasts and videos to bring to life stories in a different way.

Website: https://www.storyberries.com/

Bedtime.fm Story Time

Recommended ages 2-13 yrs

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Everyone loves being swept away by the magic of storytelling. Join Bedtimefm Story Time every fortnight for their free original story podcasts and listen to their library of stories for children of all ages.

Each story is usually less than 20 minutes long, hopefully just long enough to keep your toddler, preschoolers, and little ones engaged. Story Time is a free fortnightly audiobook podcast for children ages 2-13.

Listen now: https://bedtime.fm/storytime


Caribu Video Call Story App

Recommended ages 2-13 yrs

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Caribu is a family video-calling app integrating children’s books and activities creating a “virtual playdate” – a truly engaging experience for kids and their families.

This app is great for those who live apart, or when work takes you overseas. Or the perfect time to give it a go with #socialdistancing.

All you need to do is download it for free, invite family & friends and call them (for free!) then choose and read from 1000’s of well known titles together!

To help keep families connected during this uncertain time, AT&T (USA) is funding 60 days of free access and unlimited usage of Caribu. Offer valid March 24-May 24, 2020.

Download now: Caribu Video Call Story App

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