Dear Bel Air Families,

I am hoping everyone is safe at home during this uncertain time. I want to let you know that I am constantly thinking of my students and would love to have communication with them in anyway possible. I check my email each day and would love to have students email me with any information about what they are doing during this break. I also welcome any questions parents may have about instruction during this time.I would love to talk to students about books they are reading! 

Below are some links for activities for students to continue to engage in and enjoy reading during this time. 

Please stay safe and I am hoping to see everyone very soon!

Kathy Farrell

My email is

mportant Information:

COVID-19 UPDATE: Please check this page often for updates regarding any Coronavirus school closure work! I will also be sending  emails, so make sure your email is up-to-date in the Hub.

ACTUALIZACIÓN DE COVID-19: ¡Revise esta página a menudo para obtener actualizaciones sobre cualquier trabajo de cierre escolar de Coronavirus! También enviaré correos electrónicos, así que asegúrese de que su correo electrónico esté actualizado en el Hub. Envíeme un correo electrónico para nuestro código de clase de Google.

Online Read Alouds

Many authors and publishing companies are providing read alouds for families! Have your children listen to the stories and answer questions about the stories.


Author and Celebrity Read Alouds

These are read alouds that will be happening regularly as we are social distancing.

  • Dan Gutman is reading chapters from his popular book series My Weird School live each day at 2pm EST on his Facebook page
  • Diane Abler is reading aloud her popular books and offering corresponding printables on her Facebook page. Her books include: A Little Spot of Kindness, Scribble Stones, and Sticks.
  • James Dean, the author of the popular Pete the Catseries, is hosting virtual storytime each day at noon EST on his Instagram account. Definitely ideal for primary students!
  • Jarrett Krosoczka writes popular graphic novels and will be hosting daily drawing sessions on his YouTube page.
  • Jennifer Trafton will be reading a chapter a day from her book Henry and the Chalk Dragon and providing corresponding activities. View the vides at 10 am CST on her Facebook page.
  • Jerry Pallotta, author of the popular Who Would Win series, will be posting weekly video read alouds on his Facebook page but you can also view them on his YouTube channel.
  • Mac Barnett will be reading aloud his picture books on his Instagram Live at noon EST each weekday and then posting the videos on his website. Click the link to view his books.
  • Mo Willems is hosting daily Lunch Doodles encouraging kids to draw and make stories. He also provides a behind the scenes look into his studio and his popular books such as Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and the Elephant & Piggie series. You can view the new videos which are posted at 1 pm daily on The Kennedy Center’s YouTube page.
  • Oliver Jeffers will be providing daily read alouds at 1pm EST on IG Live and then sharing the saved videos to his website
  • Peter Reynolds is hosting daily read alouds of his popular books at noon EST on his Facebook page. His popular books include: The Dot, Be You, The Word Collector, and Happy Dreamer. 
  • Save With Stories is constantly posting new read alouds by celebrities on their IG account in efforts to raise money to provide kids with food and learning materials while schools are closed
  • Shark Story Hour will feature daily shark themed read alouds and corresponding activities.
  • Tara Lazar is hosting daily read alouds and writing tips at noon EST on her IG Live. These are read alouds that have been previously recorded by authors and/or celebrities.
  • Ben Clanton, the author of Rot the Cutest in the World and It Came in the Mail, has recorded two author visits that you can view on his Facebook page.
  • Brightly Storytime has read aloud videos with the text highlighted so kids can read along.
  • KidLitTV offers TONS of videos including read alouds, book trailers, drawing sessions, and interviews with authors.
  • Puffin Books has a vast amount of videos featuring read alouds by famous authors like Eric Carle, videos teaching kids to draw popular characters, and author interviews.
  • Storyline Online features various celebrities read popular children's books such as Enemy Pie, Snappsy the Alligator, and A Bad Case of Stripes. 
  • Storytime from Space features astronauts reading children’s books from space!
  • Todd Parr already has many recorded readings of his books on his YouTube page and is continuing to add more. His books are more ideal for primary students.