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Save with Stories during COVID-19

20 May 2020, Impact of Our Work

Good old-fashioned books and readings to keep you going

With many families at home now because of COVID-19 restrictions, there’s no better time to curl up with a favourite novel or have a classic storytime session with a kids book. 

Stories can push us to action, elicit emotions, or keep us learning about places and things we never knew about. At a time of heightened uncertainty around the world, they can be a salve for what we’re experiencing and feeling. 

Save with Stories – with Luke Arnold

During the coronavirus crisis, Save the Children is bringing you Save with Stories – books for young children read by actors and celebrities on Instagram and Facebook. The storytime sessions are providing fun and education to kids and parents stuck at home, showing us just how important a good book is for us all.  

Australian actor and Save the Children Ambassador Luke Arnold says being part of Save with Stories is a small contribution he could make to keeping kids engaged with books and reading while they might be at home. 

Screens tend to do most of the work but one of the best things about books is that they'll only meet us halfway. They leave all this space for us to fill by our imaginations. When you read someone a story, it becomes a collaboration between the writer, reader and listener, and it’s great to see this happening while so many of us are in isolation.

Luke Arnold - Australian actor and Save the Children Ambassador

Watch Luke Arnold read ‘Oi Frog’ published by @hachetteaus and written by Kes Gray and Jim Fiel.

Save with Stories – with Alice Zaslavsky

Alice Zaslavsky knows the importance of grandparents. Her own grandmother, who she called Babushka, inspired in her a love of food and cooking. Now, she’s an ABC Breakfast Culinary Correspondent, children's cookbook author, former teacher and is sharing her love of food with her own daughter, Hazel. 

At this time, when grandparents and children may not be able to see each other, they can share in online storytime as Alice reads ‘With Nan’, written by Tania Cox and illustrated by Karen Blair. 

Watch Alice Zaslavsky read ‘With Nan’ published by Windy Hollow Books. 

Save with Stories – with Rebecca McGregor

Australian author and schoolteacher Rebecca McGregor couldn’t wait to get behind Save with Stories. The mum-of-two says,

I’m thrilled to be reading my two books ‘Tummy Holes’ and ‘No More Kisses’ for kids at home. Save the Children does an amazing job and we are so lucky to have organisations that are still looking after our most vulnerable children.

Rebecca McGregor - Australian author and schoolteacher

Watch Rebecca McGregor read her latest book ‘No More Kisses’, illustrated by Olivia Goodbee and published by Little Steps. 

There are plenty of authors and plenty of stories to share with children, including readings from Jess McGeachin, Claire van der Boom, Stephen Curry, and more. Find them on our Instagram or Facebook pages. For even more stories, from Jennifer Garner, Jimmy Fallon, Margot Robbie and more – follow @savewithstories on Instagram. 

More books for the whole family 

If Save with Stories reading inspires your family's storytime, be sure to check out our Save the Children online bookstore. ⠀

We have a range of quality secondhand books for all the family, from children’s books to cookbooks to novels. You can shop from the safety of your own home and receive them through contactless delivery. 

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