Grab a comfy seat and settle in for storytime with some major athletes, chefs, fashion designers, and more!

Families can join some inspiring celebrities in PBS Kids’ ongoing Read-Along initiative on Facebook and YouTube, continuing this summer with the help of Little Free Library.

The PBS Kids Read-Alongs first launched in March, with special guests that included Michelle Obama and Kristen Bell, giving kids something to do at home during the COVID-19 closures. The new slate of summer readings will kick off on Monday, June 29, at noon EDT, with NBA player Dwyane Wade reading Gabrielle Union’s book, Welcome to the Party.

The partnership will feature special guests who will each read a kids’ book and designate a location in the U.S. where a Little Free Library will be installed, stocked with a selection of diverse books to encourage reading and togetherness. Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that seeks to inspire a love of reading, build community, and improve book access by fostering neighborhood book-exchange boxes around the world.

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Other celebrity guests include Carla Hall, Tim Gunn, Camila Alves McConaughey, Anthony Ramos, Marley Dias, Boris Kodjoe, and Nicole Ari Parker, with additional readers joining in throughout the summer. The read-alongs will feature books with diverse authors and characters, as well as bilingual readings.

Each reading live-streams simultaneously on PBS Kids’ Facebook and YouTube channel and remains available to view on-demand on both platforms.

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Jackie Cucco

Jackie Cucco

Jackie Cucco was a Senior Editor of The Toy Book, The Toy Insider, and The Pop Insider. She covered toy trends, pop culture, and entertainment news, and made appearances on national and regional outlets, including CBS, WPIX, News 12, and more. Jackie spends her time watching horror movies and working her way through every Stephen King novel out there.