Spider-Man Storytime with Andy Schmidt from Comics Experience

Our spidey senses are tingling! It’s time for a story about Spider-Man, thanks to Andy Schmidt from Comics Experience. Andy is a comic book writer and editor who has contributed his stories to 5-minute Spider-Man Stories and is ready to read one to you! Andy is one of the comic industry’s most well known teachers, lecturers, and consultants!

Make sure to share using #ACJrAtHome and thank Andy for his awesome reading skills. You can tag and follow Comics Experience on Facebook and Twitter. Keep on reading!

2020-06-17T08:11:36-05:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , , |

Coronavirus: A Book for Children from Candlewick Press (+ more Stay At Home Resources!)

Looking for a way to talk about Coronavirus with your kids, in a real but easy-to-digest format? Thanks to our friends at Candlewick Press, you can do just that with Coronavirus: A Book for Children! Make sure to share using #ACJrAtHome and tag Candlewick Press to say “Thanks!” Candlewick Press can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

This informative and accessible guide for young readers defines the coronavirus, explains why everyday routines have been disrupted, and lays out how everyone can do their part to help. With child-appropriate answers and explanations, the book addresses key questions, like: How do you catch coronavirus and what happens if you have it? Why are people so worried about it? Is there a cure? Why do we have to stay home? What can I do to help? And what happens next?

Elizabeth Jenner is a writer and editor specializing in children’s nonfiction who has worked in publishing for fifteen years. Based in London, she is currently head of nonfiction at Nosy Crow. Kate Wilson is the managing director and founder of the UK children’s independent publisher Nosy Crow. Nia Roberts has worked in children’s publishing for more than twenty years, most recently as head of design at Nosy Crow. Graham Medley is a professor of infectious disease modeling at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Axel Scheffler is the author-illustrator of the Pip and Posy series and the Flip Flap series and has illustrated a number of books, including Julia Donaldson’s best-selling modern classic, The Gruffalo, which has sold millions of copies worldwide.

And when you’re done reading this book, Candlewick Press has provided even more resources to help you find something to do at home. They are offering activities, discussion guides, educational materials, videos, and more all at their website – for free! Click here to access their Stay at Home resources.

2020-04-26T14:04:59-05:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , |

2 Free Middle-Grade Short Stories by J.C. Cannon

Calling all book lovers, ages 8-12! J.C. Cannon has released 2 adventurous short stories for you. Are you ready to go on a mythical journey to Nubia? See what excitement and peril awaits! You can read Magic Lamp of Nubia and The Gods of Nubia by science-fiction author J.C. Cannon right now!

Show us how you’re reading at home using #ACJrAtHome. We’d love to see how you’re reading! You can tweet J.C. Cannon @jccannon7 to say “Thanks for the free reads!”

Click here to read Magic Lamp of Nubia by J.C. Cannon

Click here to read The Gods of Nubia by J.C. Cannon

2020-04-05T09:09:36-05:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , |

Celebs Who Will Read To Your Kids

We are so excited to see the world of artists and creators coming together to make amazing things for families at home. And thanks to a handful of well-known celebs and online resources, you can now hear Olaf read you a bedtime story, listen to a reading of Weird Al’s very own children’s book by Weird Al himself, and watch Samwise Gamegee regale you with a tale from the shire (or more specifically, about a bad case of the stripes…)

Are you curling up with a tablet or a smartphone to enjoy the sweet sounds of your favorite celebs reading you a bedtime story? Share a pic to #ACJrAtHome and show us how you are taking the time to hear a story with your family. Kids – make sure to ask your parents permission before using the Internet!

Save With Stories

Saves With Stories is a project on Instagram featuring celebrity readings of stories, for a good cause, and all using the #SAVEWITHSTORIES. It features story times with Weird Al Yankovic, Jennifer Garner, Amy Adams, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ellen DeGeneres and more. Started by Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner, the goal is best explained by Amy herself:

Amy: I’ve decided to finally join to shine a spotlight on kids across the country who need our help and support during this difficult time. My friend Jennifer Garner and I are launching @SAVEWITHSTORIES – a spot to watch your favorite celebrities read your favorite children’s books. We are galvanizing as a community to support a new fund for a combined effort between SAVE THE CHILDREN and Share Our Strength’s NO KID HUNGRY (and a big thank you to our founding publisher, Scholastic♥️). ⁣


THIRTY MILLION CHILDREN in the United States rely on school for food. School closures will hit vulnerable communities hard and @savethechildren and @nokidhungry are on the ground and ready to serve. They just need our help! ⁣

These funds will help us make sure that families know how to find meals when schools are closed, support mobile meal trucks, food banks and other community feeding programs, provide educational toys, books and worksheets, and support out-of-school-time programs to help kids make up for lost time in the classroom. ⁣
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If you can manage a one time gift of $10, please text SAVE to 20222. If another amount would work better for you, please visit our website—link in bio. There is no maximum and there is no minimum—together we will rise and together we can help. #SAVEWITHSTORIES

And see below for Awesome Con guest Weird Al Yankovic reading his children’s book, When I Grow Up.

Josh Gad from Frozen

Hello, it’s Olaf, reading your kids a story… need I say more? Josh Gad, bless his heart, is reading to kids on the regular via his Twitter account. Follow him @joshgad to see him read a story live or see when he has posted up the story time once he is done. There’s even a hashtag you can follow! #GadBookClub is your source for all of the Josh Gad Book Club magic!

Storyline Online

Storyline Online, SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, features readings from famous faces. You can hear a story from Sean Astin, David Harbor, Oprah, Sarah Silverman, Rami Malek, Betty White, and many more celebs. Some of the videos are older but that just adds to the awesome nostalgia vibes!

Make sure to peep the entire Storyline Online YouTube library for a nice sized collection of celebs reading. There are a TON of videos here to pick from, so curl up with your mom, kid, or cat, find your favorite celeb, and get listening.

2020-04-05T09:11:53-05:00Categories: Awesome Con Jr. at Home|Tags: , |