Virtual Reading Parties

Pajama Program continues to spark the imagination of children everywhere and bring people together by hosting Virtual Reading Parties online. Kicking off on March 20th in honor of World Storytelling Day, Pajama Program began hosting daily Virtual Reading Parties of some of our favorite stories across our social channels to help children connect over a story and continue a bedtime routine during these uncertain times. The Pajama Program team will host some readings, and we will be featuring some very special guest readers, too.

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Pajama Program Community Partners can email us for access to the catalog of Virtual Reading Parties!

Upcoming Virtual Reading Party Schedule

Past Special Guest Readings

June 3, 2020Nikki Grimes reading Bedtime for Sweet Creatures
June 1, 2020 – Mondays with the Mets!
May 29, 2020 – Kassie Baublit reading I Like Myself
May 27, 2020 – Kurt and Megan from Target reading You Are Kind and The Very Hungry Caterpillar
May 26, 2020 – Erin from Carters reading Grover’s Bad, Awful Day
May 22, 2020Judy Laufer reading What’s Your Birthday Wish
May 21, 2020 – Billy DiMichele reading Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark
May 19, 2020Cristian Allexis reading Prohibido Entrar A La Cocina
May 18, 2020 – Mondays with the Mets! Eddie reading Clark the Shark
May 15, 2020 Veronica Chapman, reading Yo Se Que Puedo!
May 15, 2020 Kiko Lee Harden reading Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
May 14, 2020 Veronica Chapman, reading I Know I Can!
May 13, 2020 Terre Harris reading Doodle the Deer 
May 13, 2020 Sandra reading Everybody Loves Bacon
May 12, 2020 – Devanie & Leslie from the Target team reading Llama Llama Red Pajama
May 12, 2020 Mariam Vahradyan reading Llama Llama Rojo Pijama
May 11, 2020 – Mondays with the Mets! A reading with Julianna and Donovan
May 10, 2020 Evita Giron reading The Girl with the Magical Curls
May 9, 2020 Laura from the Target team reading Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee
May 8, 2020 – Shari Caradonna reading Fiona Flamingo
May 7, 2020 Laura Widmaier reading Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
May 7, 2020 – The Target team reading Shake Them Bones
May 6, 2020 Marci Maurer reading Stone Soup
May 6, 2020 Trinitee Stokes reading Hair Love
May 5, 2020 Megan O’Keefe reading Are You a Magic Maker? 
May 5, 2020 – Manny from the Target team reading A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee
May 4, 2020 – Mondays with the Mets!
May 2, 2020 Carla Hall reading Where the Wild Things Are
May 1, 2020 – AJ Sarcione reading Radiant Ruth the Rhino Shines Bright
April 29, 2020 Roger Clark reading Who’s on First?
April 29, 2020 – Mariam Vahradyan reading The Word Collector and Maddie Castellano reading Lemon, Why Are You Yellow?
April 28, 2020 Jessica Hall reading My Rules for Being a Pretty Princess
April 27, 2020 – Mondays with the Mets! A reading of Cat in the Hat and Pete the Cat: Play Ball!  
April 27, 2020 Melissa Joan Hart reading Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo!
April 24, 2020 Stella Simona reading Tickle Monster
April 23, 2020 Manisha Moreira reading Llama Llama Home With Mama
April 23, 2020 Amy Davidson reading Llama Llama Time to Share
April 22, 2020 Prasan Kumar reading Alpacas Love Apples
April 21, 2020 Bethany Joy Lenz reading Bad Case of the Stripes
April 20, 2020 – Mondays with the Mets! A reading of Dragons Love Tacos
April 20, 2020 Peta Murgatroyd reading Candace Center Stage 
April 17, 2020 Eda Akaltun reading Marcel
April 16, 2020 – A live Laurie Berkner concert
April 16, 2020 Kel Mitchell reading The Chocolate Babies in It’s Bedtime Now
April 15, 2020 Kim Caldwell reading She’s Got This 
April 13, 2020 – Mondays with the Mets! A reading of Corduroy
April 13, 2020 – Jeremy Hassell reading Giraffes Can’t Dance
April 10, 2020 Thane Maynard reading Fiona, It’s Bedtime to Fiona the Hippo!
April 9, 2020 – Noelle Tate reading The Adventures of Abigail and Her Ball
April 8, 2020 Anthony Roth Costanzo singing an operatic lullaby
April 8, 2020 – Tara Stiles reading Yoga Animals
April 7, 2020 Christina Geist reading Buddy’s Bedtime Battery
April 6, 2020 Carly Anderson reading Good Day, Good Night
April 5, 2020 Lane Lindell Conrad reading How Rocket Learned to Read
April 4, 2020 – Jeremy Sisto reading Dr. Seuss’ The Sneetches
April 3, 2020 Genevieve Piturro reading Tigger Hates to Lose
April 2, 2020Annet Mahendru reading Is Your Mama a LLama?
April 1, 2020 – Jill Esbaum reading We Love Babies
March 31, 2020 – Stephen Sharer reading The Book with No Pictures
March 30, 2020Lisa DiCicco Cahue reading The Going to Bed Book
March 30, 2020 Cristian Allexis reading Mama Osa, Por Que Soy Diferente
March 28, 2020 – Jessica Oakes readingThe Little Blue Truck
March 27, 2020Dina Deleasa-Gonsar reading Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast
March 26, 2020Meaghan Murphy reading Kitten’s First Full Moon
March 25, 2020Brianne Manz reading I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness

Past Staff Readings

June 1, 2020 Douna Hunter reading Green Pants
May 28, 2020 Chrissie Martinez reading Peanut Goes for the Gold
May 25, 2020 – Chrissie Martinez reading Vlad the Rad
May 20, 2020 – Chrissie Martinez reading I Am Perfectly Designed
May 18, 2020 Douna Hunter reading If You Give a Pig a Party
May 14, 2020 Douna Hunter reading Tomorrow Most Likely
May 11, 2020 Chrissie Martinez reading Violet the Hugging Octopus
May 8, 2020 Chrissie Martinez reading The Bear’s Garden
May 4, 2020 Chrissie Martinez reading Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug
May 3, 2020 Douna Hunter reading Fancy Party Dresses
May 1, 2020 Chrissie Martinez reading Put Me in the Zoo
April 28, 2020 Chrissie Martinez reading The Day the Crayons Quit
April 26, 2020 Chrissie Martinez reading Runny Babbit
April 25, 2020 Jamie Dyce reading a special story for World Penguin Day 
April 24, 2020 Chrissie Martinez reading Dragons and Marshmallows
April 22, 2020 Douna Hunter reading Recycling Day
April 21, 2020 Aminata Solammon reading Lulu the Tutu
April 19, 2020 Douna Hunter reading Don’t Throw it to Mo!
April 18, 2020 Chrissie Martinez reading Runny Rabbit
April 17, 2020 – Laura Lindeman reading Rosie Revere, Engineer
April 15, 2020 – Chrissie Martinez reading With All My Heart
April 14, 2020 Douna Hunter reading Moose!
April 12, 2020 Jen Henriquez reading The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Libby Piper reading Poems for Bedtime
April 11, 2020 Chrissie reading Get Off That Camel
April 9, 2020 – Chrissie Martinez reading a special National Unicorn Day book
April 8, 2020Douna Hunter reading Firebird
April 7, 2020 – Jen Henriquez reading Ghost Town at Sundown (Chapter 8-10)
April 6, 2020 – Chrissie Martinez reading Fancy Nancy 
April 3, 2020 – Jen Henriquez reading Ghost Town at Sundown (Chapter 6-7)
April 2, 2020Chrissie Martinez reading It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny
April 1, 2020 – Chrissie Martinez reading Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
March 31, 2020 – Jen Henriquez reading Ghost Town at Sundown (Chapters 4-5)
March 29, 2020 Chrissie Martinez reading Tiny T. Rex and the Very Dark Dark
March 28, 2020 Douna Hunter reading Not Norman
March 24, 2020Chrissie Martinez reading Love You Always
March 23, 2020Chrissie Martinez reading Waiting Is Not Easy!
March 22, 2020Jen Henriquez reading Ghost Town at Sundown (Chapters 2-3)
March 21, 2020Jen Henriquez reading Ghost Town at Sundown (Chapter 1)
March 20, 2020Douna Hunter reading I Am Truly

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About Pajama Program Reading Parties

Reading Parties at Pajama Program Reading Centers are hosted by caring volunteers for children ages 4-18 from schools, shelters, and other Community Partners that work with children facing residential, income, or familial instability. During the hour-long Reading Party, children gather in circle time to introduce themselves, are paired with a volunteer who shares a story with them, enjoy a healthy snack, and then select a book to take with them. Book in hand, they rejoin the circle where each is invited to come forward to receive pajamas as they are surrounded by warm applause. Reading Parties are a one-time event, although some children visit more than once if their school or organization returns the following year.

Reading Parties provide a time for children and volunteers to share a story. Through that connection, we seek to provide children with a sense of safety, stability, and nurturing. We provide pajamas for the children to wear at bedtime as a comforting reminder that someone cares about them, and a book reinforces the feeling of connection and sparks the imagination. When we nurture and inspire children, we give them tools to help them at bedtime, which prepares them for a good night for a good day.