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Homebound? Read this!

March 20, 2020 | bookmark | Leave a Comment

I’ve been an illustrator for more than 20 years. As a result, I’ve been practicing “social distancing” almost my entire working life. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems that most of you are learning this new routine right now, and everyone is home, sitting around realizing that “working from home” isn’t always as awesome as one might have thought.
I suspect this is especially true for kids, who miss their friends, miss their teachers (except Mrs. Stokes, my 2nd grade teacher from back in 1976 — no one misses her) miss the cafeteria food, and so on. Having the entire day off from school isn’t so cool when one can’t hang out with friends and socialize.
A week or so ago, I heard of a thing that was ramping up on Instagram under the hashtag #OperationStorytime. Authors and illustrators are reading their books and posting online. I knew immediately that this was something I wanted to jump in on.
Since last Tuesday, I’ve been reading books and posting the videos on my Instagram account and to a special area of my YouTube channel. I hope to do this every weekday. I mean, I’ve illustrated like 80 books, I hope that’s enough. If not, I’ll start reading favorite books I had nothing to do with. And then maybe restaurant menus, and magazine articles.

I think there are various equivalents on Twitter and various publishers’ YouTube channels as well. Mo Willems and Bob Shea are doing doodles. Greg Pizzoli and Mac Barnett have been reading books on live Instagram feeds.

Kids’ books to the rescue! I hope you’re all safe and sound and healthy. Keep in touch, and post requests in the comments.

Let’s do this.