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Save your voice. Let these folks do the reading for you.
Reading out loud to kids is an important way to build a love of books that lasts a lifetime. Read-alouds also demonstrate reading fluency and book skills, like turning pages and reading from left to right. That’s why it’s important to choose quality book videos for kids, so the online experience mimics in-person reading as much as possible. Fortunately, we’ve done the legwork for you and found the best read-alouds on YouTube to share with the kids in your life.
YouTube has an enormous selection of read-aloud videos. Some are amazing—and some are not. Though any time kids spend with books has merit, we feel that quality videos should provide the same educational experience that in-person reading does. A good read-aloud:
With that in mind, here are the read-aloud channels we love. We hope you do too! As always, please preview any video to ensure the content is appropriate for your audience. ( Get tips for using read-aloud videos at home here. )
Stories for kids—read by a kid! This channel features tons of favorite books, read beautifully by a child who knows how to make the story engaging and fun. Kids will find it easy to connect with a voice that sounds more like their own, encouraging them to try reading aloud on their own more often.
Ready for some titles you haven’t seen before? The Story Time Family has a big virtual bookshelf with playlists for animals, social-emotional learning, and more. No commercial characters here, just good-quality selections kids haven’t already heard dozens of times.
Ms. Becky has such a comfortable presence onscreen, and she asks viewers questions before and after reading in an incredibly natural way. She has several hundred videos to choose from, with favorite standbys and newer titles too.
This channel includes a giant selection of books, with titles to interest any child. Page flips are animated, but in general these are good videos with books read in an engaging voice.
Mrs. K often includes interesting facts during the introduction, then gets to the book itself. Her playlists include funny books, informational books, holiday books, and more.
Looking for read-alouds with some personality? Check out Ryan and Craig! They’re comedians who read children’s books and comment (in kid-appropriate ways) as they go. They’re fun and entertaining, but the reading is good quality and so are the book choices.
The puppet voices might seem a bit much for parents, but kids love the high energy of these read-alouds on YouTube. The variety here is exceptional, with whole sections of Hispanic Heritage books, seasonal books, and STEM books.
Looking for a selection of books that embraces multiple cultures and identities? This channel has a terrific selection of inclusive books to expand kids’ horizons. We do wish the videos featured the text on each page a little more instead of zooming and panning, but the diverse library of titles makes up for it.
Read Right Now uses e-books instead of paper books, so the page flipping is a little different. But the reader uses a clear and engaging voice, and their selection of titles is top-notch.
If your kids are always begging “Do the voices!” when they listen to read-alouds, they’ll like Awnie. Although these videos don’t show the pages of the book being flipped, they do ensure the text is featured as Awnie reads. We especially like the playlists for School Days and Kindness and Acceptance.
Brightly Storytime is another channel that doesn’t show physical books with flipping pages, but they do have one unique feature: The words are highlighted as they’re read, making it easier for kids to follow the text. The playlist where authors read their own books has some of the best read-alouds on YouTube.
If you’re looking for well-read classics, check out this channel. There are two dozen books to watch, all read in a way that’s perfect for little ones to follow along.
The basic read-alouds here check all the boxes: clear reading, engaging voices, and a wide selection, including many that older readers will like. This is a super channel for struggling readers to plug into during center time, as there are many high-interest Pete the Cat books and other popular characters from mainstream movies and programs.
There are lots of commercial-character books here, but the Reading Unicorn does them well. Parents might appreciate these read-alouds on YouTube most; let the playlist run while you catch up on some laundry or check your email.
Dolly Parton is a huge champion of children’s literacy. During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, she put out a series of 10 “bedtime story” videos. Her charm and sweetness shine through on every page of these gems, and though there are only a handful of read-alouds, you’ll want to watch them again and again.
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Lately I have found myself craving very chill book related content, as I have been stuck in a very long reading slump but I also want to keep up with the latest releases. So I tend to turn to YouTube book reviews.
If you are a part of the book community online, you probably have fallen down the rabbit hole that is BookTube. From cozy reading vlogs to book hauls and wrap-ups, there is something for everyone, even if, like me, you were a bit scared for the sheer amount of City of Bones or Sarah J. Mass there when you first discovered BookTube, don’t worry. The community has grown and diversified, with genres and topics for any taste. In this post, I wanted to highlight some review BookTubers, so that if you are looking to explore more in-depth reviews, want some book recommendations, or just a good laugh, you have some excellent places to start.
These are my favorite channels for YouTube book reviews and related bookish content. And, if you’re not already, check out Book Riot’s YouTube channel , too!
By far, one of my favorite reviewers on the platform, The Poptimist is almost exclusively a review channel. By all metrics, he is an unconventional BookTuber in that regard, but his super in-depth and top-notch GIF game reviews make every book he talks about super interesting. Whenever he uploads, I know that my TBR is about to grow.
Do you want to laugh your socks off? Look no further than Reading With Cindy. I can safely say one of the funniest people on YouTube. With self-aware and critical humor, her channel is refreshing, with its hyper-analytical rant reviews.
Jean was one of the first creators I started following when I joined BookTube, and I am still in awe whenever she posts. I would define her content as a mix of fantasy and intellectual; she is getting her PhD in ancient history, and always has excellent recommendations for most genres. Still, I would say her specialty is fantasy and political books. She has also started doing videos that are several short reviews in one go, which are nice if you just want a quick opinion.
With lots of energy and a super cool TBR card game, Bowties and Books is the perfect channel if you are looking for mini-reviews/recommendations, to expand your TBR with lots of great LGBTQ and diverse books.
Another very funny creator, Chanelle is awesome. Her book reviews combined with makeup tutorials make you feel like you are just having out with one of your funniest friends and talking about books, what more could you ask for?
Ariel Bissett is one of the most expansive creators on BookTube, with a channel that has evolved from your traditional YouTube book reviews and hauls to a documentary miniseries on bookstores and music and book combo reviews. Her videos are well thought out and researched and it definitely shows her range and creativity.
Simon’s videos always feel very cozy to me, his wrap up reviews are very interesting, and I feel like he truly thinks about his reading in a more analytical way. So, if you just want to learn about some more books and watch a soothing video, check out his channel.
You want to have ups and downs, honest and funny commentary? Look no further. Paperback Dreams is a great channel if you want your reviews to go through the motions; many times she even vlogs her reading process together with the reviews, so you can see her opinions throughout the entire books as she goes.
Starlah Reads does the more traditional formate of reviews, generally in her Best/Worst books of the year videos. But what I like the most is her series “Author Anew” in which she reads a new book from an author she has not liked in the past. These are part vlog, part review.
Jessica has a super fun and light energy channel and her reviews combined with wrap-ups always put me in a chill mood. She definitely spends a good amount of time and detail in each book, without spoiling or overlooking content.
With a wide range of genres, Angel does great reviews about both new releases and backlist titles. So if you want to explore anything from romance to sci-fi and horror, she is always a good and reliable source for YouTube book reviews.
One of the most dynamic reviewers on BookTube, Adri has something for everyone. However, I particularly appreciate their reviews, as I feel they are super in-depth without being too long, and the topics they choose to approach when analyzing their reading really resonate with me.
A more straightforward reviewer, I love turning to her channel whenever I am unsure about a book. Her reviews are deeply honest and very interesting; she is not afraid to speak her mind even on super hyped books.
Olive reads and reviews almost exclusively adult fiction and nonfiction, which makes her a rare reviewer on BookTube. She does dedicated reviews as also the more traditional wrap-up reviews. If you are looking for a pandemic-related book, she has recently uploaded a very good summary of Spillover by David Quammen.
Kamil’s channel is almost exclusively review based, and with reason. His reviews have historical backgrounds, language analysis, and a very in-depth explanation of why he did or did not like a book.
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Want to quickly grow your YouTube channel, gain more subscribers, and get more views? Well, I’ll be honest. Learning how to do this from scratch takes time, commitment, and a lot of passion. Luckily, these best books about YouTube offer tons of great insider hacks and tips that’ll make your journey that much quicker and smoother.
These YouTube books are written by people who themselves are enjoying successful careers as YouTubers. In other words, they know what they’re talking about. Thus, you can trust that they have the right knowledge to share with you. As an aspiring YouTuber, I’ve also read them all and found them immensely valuable.
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I’ve been following Brian G Johnson’s YouTube channel for quite awhile now. Before my very eyes, I’ve watched him grow from a mere 3k subscribers to over 115k – all in a short period of time! In short, Brian walks the walk, and knows exactly how to help you grow your own YouTube channel.
Brian covers a lot of ground in his book. For example, he goes over the basics that every YouTuber should know. This includes how to properly setup your YouTube channel, the best way to create thumbnail art, and much more.
In addition, Brian also teaches you how to do good YouTube SEO, finding rich keywords that help people discover your channel more easily. You’ll also learn how to attract the most engaged audience for the kind of videos you’re thinking of making.
In sum, I think Brian G’s Tube Ritual is one of the best books about YouTube to get you started on your video creator journey. I’ve learnt a lot from him – and so will you!
Sean Cannell & Benji Travis are two YouTubers who are absolutely crushing it on the platform. Across multiple channels, they’ve amassed millions of followers and views, creating content that teaches people how to earn a healthy living as full-time YouTubers.
YouTube Secrets is the perfect starter’s guide for aspiring YouTubers. For example, it shows you how to set a clear channel niche from the start, how to edit your videos in optimal ways, what’s the best gear to get on a budget, and much more.
However, I think the main appeal of YouTube Secrets are the tips that cover how to generate an income from your YouTube channel. This includes building a strong brand identity, learning how to offer great value to your viewers, and – most importantly – sustaining a diversified income stream.
Overall, I think YouTube Secrets is packed to the brim with tons of useful strategies that’ll aid you in growing your YouTube channel quickly. In short, it’s easily among the best books about YouTube available.
Sometimes, the best books about YouTube aren’t directly about the platform itself. Instead, I think there are a few closely related books that’ll greatly enhance your skills as a video creator.
Grounded in scientific research, Contagious focuses on the nature of internet virality – in particular, why some videos and other content go viral. Author Jonah Berger discusses the core elements that separate run-of-the-mill content from those that rise to attract millions of views and / or potential customers.
I find that understanding how virality works is a key learning curve for any aspiring YouTuber. The main takeaway here for me was grasping the importance of connecting with people, so that we can thus craft our content in ways that maximize social sharing potential.
Will virality always happen for you, each time? Probably not. However, I believe reading Contagious will surely improve the chances of you hitting a viral home run on YouTube – or, at the very least, earn you brand new subscribers from your impactful content!
4. crushing youtube: how to start a youtube channel, launch your youtube business and make money.
Is it too late to start a successful YouTube channel? Is the platform already too saturated?
Well, despite the naysayers, Joseph Hogue – an online financial adviser – is living proof that it’s never too late to join the YouTube fun. In just a few short years, he’s grown his own channel from 0 to 160k subscribers. This has helped him multiply his previous income by several folds. In short, he shows us that success as a YouTuber in 2020 is still very much possible.
In Crushing YouTube , Joseph teaches you some incredible tips and hacks that’ll quickly jumpstart your YouTube career. This includes learning how to cultivate a loyal audience, getting comfortable on camera (even if you’re shy!), and so much more.
In short, I find Crushing YouTube to be one of the best books about YouTube out there. It really helps that it’s written by someone who’s gone through the grind himself and speaks from experience.
Becoming a successful YouTuber requires you to know a little bit of basic video editing (obviously). However, if you’re a complete noob, don’t worry! How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck is an incredibly easy-to-follow guide that’ll help you become an empowered creator of great content.
I think it’s reassuring that author Steve Stockman is himself an award-winner director with tons of career experience. In his book, he shows us the ropes on how to create amazing video content – even if you’re an amateur with only modest equipment (yes, that includes your smartphone!).
Steve goes through all the basics of video production, including how to frame your shots, get good sound, lighting, and so on. Above all, he teaches us how to convey a clear message to our intended audience. This is a skill that every YouTuber needs to master.
In short, I fully enjoyed How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck for its insightful and simple tutorials. This is a must-read for any aspiring YouTuber who wishes to take their channels seriously.
6. influencer: building your personal brand in the age of social media .
The more your YouTube stardom rises, the more likely you’ll become a viable online influencer. This book sets you on the right path by giving you a blueprint for growing your personal brand. It also explains how to earn an income from your said influence. Great stuff!
Ann Eckhart offers a no-frills guide that shows you how to start your YouTube journey. This includes some mistakes to avoid, as well as several ideal videoing and uploading practices. In short, I think this quick and easy read is among the best books about YouTube for true beginners available.
Like Stockman’s book, Make Your Own Amazing YouTube Videos teaches you what you need to know to create engaging video content. However, author Brett Juilly also goes the extra mile by covering stuff that relate directly to YouTube, such as the best video export settings and so on.
I think there’s a rising trend of young YouTube stars who are absolutely dominating the platform. So, maybe you’re a parent with a kid who wishes to join in the fun. If so, this book is a perfect fit! It’ll show you need-to-know strategies and ideas that’ll nurture your child’s passion in healthy – and potentially profitable – ways!
Vlog Like A Boss is an fantastic starting point if you’re keen on growing a vlogging YouTube channel. Amy Schmittauer shows you her master formula for creating engaging vlogs and grow a community of eager fans. In short, this is one of the best books about YouTube that caters specifically to aspiring vloggers. A must-read!
This well-reviewed book brims with useful strategies to fuel your rapid YouTube growth. I especially loved how YouTube Success breaks everything down in clear and specific tips that are easily actionable.
In addition, author Clark Kegley himself has gone through the struggle of being a small YouTuber. He’s endured – and thanks to applying his own tips, now enjoys great success as a content creator with over 300k subs. With his advice, I’d expect you’ll be able to do the same!
This book may seem a little left-field. However, I firmly believe that getting into the right mindset is key to achieving your YouTube dreams. In short, you have to start thinking optimally to also create optimal results!
It Works is a short yet extremely powerful read that’ll keep you focused on your genuine life goals (which, hopefully, include being a successful YouTuber!). The road ahead will challenge you, of course. However, I have no doubt that this book will help get you there with ample joy and a thrist to live the life you desire.
Your YouTube channel is only as strong as your fanbase. And there are no better fans than superfans! Superfans are the persons who will truly support you in whatever you aspire to create – and help you spread the word!
Pat Flynn’s Superfans goes over all the strategies and tips you need to know to convert a casual follower into a diehard advocate of your work. Trust me, this is info that’ll greatly benefit your growth as a YouTuber!
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BookTube is an unofficial corner of YouTube where book lovers read an astounding number of books and then make videos about them. But what are the best YouTube channels for book lovers? What about channels for book summaries? And book reviews? In this article, we list the best YouTube channels about books and for people who enjoy reading... 1.
These 50-must read books by YouTubers span the genres of self-help, DIY guides, cookbooks, fiction, poetry, and more. Disclosure: I work for Simon & Schuster Audio, which publishes the audiobook edition of several of the books by YouTubers included in this list.
We are providing you TOP 15 most popular and best free audiobooks on YouTube for everyone’s taste – from Novels to the Sci-Fi genre. All these recommended audiobooks on YouTube are provided in random order – pick the most suitable and interesting for you and enjoy! 1. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley.
Books written by YouTubers, or books written by authors with active YouTube channels. flag. All Votes Add Books To This List. 1. The Fault in Our Stars. by. John Green (Goodreads Author) 4.15 avg rating — 4,773,893 ratings. score: 18,315 , and 186 people voted.
That’s why it’s important to choose quality book videos for kids, so the online experience mimics in-person reading as much as possible. Fortunately, we’ve done the legwork for you and found the best read-alouds on YouTube to share with the kids in your life.
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