Hello! I'm popping in once again with a few more of my favourite links for online storytimes and author readings. These are doing so much to spread joy, relaxation and to give us a different focus for our time and energy in this time of isolation. Even the most adult among us will dip into to these tales and gain a sense of relief from the constant onslaught of news and information about the pandemic. It allows time for your mind to rest and to regain a sense of wellness and peace. Stories take us away into different worlds. And who doesn't like to be read to? So let's go! Choose a story; choose another place to be!

Cathy Cassidy has written so many wonderful books suitable for ages 9 to 99. Right now, Cathy is reading from the wonderful, heartfelt Love From Lexie. It is a lovely and comforting tale for these stressful times; addressing a lot of feelings we all have in common and bringing hope and beauty right into your home. Here's the YouTube link for chapter one... and the others are available, as Cathy reads to a chapter a day.

If you're in the mood for a bit of (bunny) madness, join Philip Ardagh over on YouTube for a Bunnies On The Bus read-along! This will become an immediate favourite and it's so much fun! He reads it three times, it's easy to learn the story and join in. It's just brilliant!

Wendy Meddour has written some beautiful, thoughtful stories that will speak to the heart of many of us. If you pop over to , you find "Story Time for Little Ones". Here, she's posting readings of her picturebooks. Currently there's Stefano the Squid, Lubna and Pebble and The Glump and the Peeble... and no doubt there will be more!And you'll feel like your sitting right in her back garden!

Before I go, if you are homeschooling right now (which I know you are), Here in Ireland The O'Brien Press has a link that just may help. Their Home-School Bundle contains a set of fantastic books covering a range of topics and interests and teaching guides available now at a discounted price to help parents make the most of the books. Included are Dare To Dream, The Great Big Book of Irish Wildlife, Race the Atlantic Wind, The Making of Mollie and Let's Colour Ireland!

Before I go, I'm going to leave you with a story reading by Malachy Doyle (who is giving us something beautiful everyday.) I put his link on the previous post, but this is one of my absolute favourites. Hearing Malachy read it warmed my heart and made me smile. Here is Molly and the Stormy Sea.


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