Who doesn't love having a book read to them? Now that many in the world are staying at home, reading to each other is an even greater joy. We should all be sharing books and stories, for even a few minutes every day. It helps soothe the nerves, calm the mind and brings us closer together at a time when we may be feeling far apart.
Authors love to share their stories and there is nothing better than having a book read to you by the person who created it. But of course, going out to see your favourite author is not a possibility at the moment. Fear not! The authors will come to you.  As you may or may not know, many writers and illustrators have taken to the job of posting videos of themselves sharing their books. There is literally something there for everyone; every age group; every genre. And it is brilliant!
I want to share the links of some of these wonderful people and their marvelous books. Let's give them all a big shout-out!

Malachy Doyle is sharing many of his picture books, songs and poems online from his home on Cruit Island. You can find him on YouTube or on his Facebook page and you can't find better. I love all of Malachys' books! Here's The Dancing of my favourites. But there are many others.

Pop over to YouTube for James Mayhews' #StoryTime4HomeTime. James is quite an iconic figure in the childrens' book world and listening to him is a sheer delight. Here's his first; The Half Chicken (a Spanish folk tale.)

Over on Instagram (and you can find the link of Facebook, as well), local author and Tribes Press founder, Marguerite Tonery will be reading from her first book, Kapheus Earth every day at 3pm. I can't think of a better place to escape to in these strange days than the fantastical world of light, Kapheus!
Here's the link to the first chapter over on Facebook:

Lindsay Sedgwick is sharing something for those a bit older. She's reading from her wonderful, uplifting book The Angelica Touch. A chapter or two a day and it's the perfect book break!

Sarah Moore Fitzgerald is over on Facebook everyday reading from her amazing book, The Apple Tart of Hope. This wonderful, warmhearted and amazing story is just the right book for these strange times...really brings the hope and light into these strange, uncertain times. (Link to the first chapter below.)

You can find Irish author Maria Burke over on YouTube reading a chapter or so a day of her series, The Ark of Dun Ruah. This is a mysterious, magical story combining fantasy with the natural world to create something unique and wonderful.

There's six suggestions for you. I will be adding more as we move along...the authors are really pulling out the stops to help you make these stay-at-home days filled with journeys to the most incredible places.
Keep reading and keep reading together...and keep listening!


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