Virtual Reading Parties

Pajama Program continues to spark the imagination of children everywhere and bring people together by hosting Virtual Reading Parties online. We’re hosting 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. Many thanks to the publishers for allowing us to host these Virtual Reading Parties!

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This Week’s Virtual Reading Party Schedule


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Past Special Guest Readings

October 19, 2020 – Cierra Walker reading A Birthday for the Boots
October 16, 2020 Beth Waller reading Whatever
October 15, 2020 – Jack Liu reading I Love My Mama
October 14, 2020 – Emily Staudt reading Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
October 13, 2020 – Eric Goodman reading Green Eggs and Ham
October 9, 2020 – First Fridays with Fenwick & West
October 8, 2020 – Rishi Chillara reading Happy Pig Day! 
October 7, 2020 – Jen Henriquez reading Mice and Beans
October 6, 2020 – Sucheta Kumar reading How Do Dinosaurs Eat Cookies
October 1, 2020 – Clementine Roth reading Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendiner Hogan Logan Bogan Was Her Name
September 30, 2020 – Christina Palmieri reading Froggy Eats Out
September 29, 2020 – Veronica Nicoloff reading Perdito y Encontrado
September 28, 2020 – Lori Morrow reading I, Dissent
September 25 – 27, 2020 – A marathon series with Discovery Inc.!
September 24, 2020 – Lauren Foster reading Peck, Peck, Peck
September 23, 2020 – Wande Okunoren-Meado reading Harlem Grown
September 22, 2020 – Lauren Dragona-Breen reading Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too
September 21, 2020 – Olivia Rudder-Wilson reading A Great Day for Up
September 18, 2020 – Sanjna Ayyar reading Be Peaceful
September 17, 2020 – Amanda reading Today I’ll Be a Princess
September 16, 2020 – Manaka Shiomi reading If You Give a Cat a Cupcake
September 15, 2020 – Logan Misher reading The Carrot Seed
September 14, 2020 – Marlene Way reading The Tale of Peter Rabbit
September 11, 2020 – Seth Jefferies reading What Was I Scared Of?
September 10, 2020 – Carolyn Bilton reading The Giving Tree
September 9, 2020 – Ari Bersch reading Alphabet Adventure
September 8, 2020 – Telstra International’s Bedtime Stories Marathon!
September 4, 2020 – First Fridays with Fenwick & West!
September 3, 2020 – Elisa George reading If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
September 2, 2020 – Karly William reading The Kissing Hand
September 1, 2020 – PJ Masks Storytime Adventures Finale!
August 31, 2020 – Harini Manda reading The Lorax
August 28, 2020 – Erin Seitz reading Gary’s Gigantic Dream
August 27, 2020Mahika Palana reading Pete the Cat and the Tip-Top Tree House
August 26, 2020Jennifer Goldfinger reading Hello, My Name is Tiger
August 25, 2020PJ Masks Storytime Adventures #3!
August 24, 2020 – Fanicia Williams reading I’ve Loved You Since Forever
August 21, 2020Nivetha Rajapandi reading The Bird, the Monkey, and the Snake in the Jungle
August 20, 2020 – Olivia Rudder reading I Am Not Going to Get Up Today! 
August 19, 2020 – Katie Chekan reading Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? 
August 18, 2020PJ Masks Storytime Adventures #2!
August 17, 2020 – Sharon McDougle reading The Upside Down Fish
August 14, 2020 – Judy Bamping reading The Bad Seed
August 13, 2020 – Gauri Nair reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom 
August 12, 2020 – Devorah King reading Swimmy
August 11, 2020PJ Masks Storytime Adventures #1!
August 10, 2020Valene Campbell reading The Amazing Zoe Defeats the Germie Germlins
August 7, 2020Megha Nair reading Otsaliheliga / We Are Grateful
August 6, 2020 – Marissa reading Sky Color
August 5, 2020 – Kiko Lee reading Princess Truly: I can build it!
August 4, 2020 Jah Shams reading Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library
August 3, 2020 – Kathleen Katzenstein reading Good Night, Peppa
July 31, 2020 – Ella Seo reading Fly Guy’s Amazing Tricks
July 29, 2020 – Jack Liu reading Froggy Goes to the Doctor
July 28, 2020
– Danielle Mevorah reading Where Do Balloons Go
July 27, 2020
Lauren Dragona-Breen reading The Pout-Pout Fish
July 24, 2020 – Kathleen Katzenstein reading Love Forever
July 23, 2020Tamara Whatley reading The Giving Tree
July 22, 2020 – Edwina Robinson reading Little Joe Chickapig
July 21, 2020 – Dolores McDonald reading The Monster at the End of This Book
July 20, 2020Ella Seo reading Buzz Boy and Fly Guy
July 17, 2020 – Angela King reading Bedtime for Batman
July 16, 2020 – Susan Banki reading Unlikely Friends
July 15, 2020 – Laurice Veillard reading We’re Different, We’re the Same
July 13, 2020 – Danielle Mevorah reading The Brand New Kid
July 10, 2020 – Andaiye Reeves reading Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend
July 9, 2020 – Noah reading Salt in His Shoes
July 8, 2020 – Almira Mohammed reading Itty Bitty Kitty
July 7, 2020 – Allison reading Lola Loves Stories
July 3, 2020 – Jack reading Let’s Go Froggy
July 2, 2020 – Kiko Lee Harden reading The Gruffalo
June 30, 2020 – Christine Petrini and Melissa Brun from Big Idea Committee reading I’m a Frog
June 25, 2020 – Tracie Uraga reading I Am Invited to a Party
June 24, 2020 – Lauren Dragona-Breen reading Wacky Wednesday
June 19, 2020Kiko Lee reading It’s In You
June 16, 2020 Cherie Johnson reading Lil Cherie Dresses Herself
June 12, 2020 Stephanie Dreyer reading Not a Nugget
June 11, 2020 Andrea Mack reading Pequeña María, Little María
June 10, 2020 – Robyn Hodess reading The Penny Pot
June 9, 2020 – Mary Clark reading You Are My Work of Art
June 9, 2020Kiko Lee reading I Love You to the Moon and Back
June 8, 2020 Deb Gruelle reading Ten Little Night Stars
June 5, 2020 – Meredith Burton reading Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
June 4, 2020Angelique Bates reading I Am Enough
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 reading The 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

July 30, 2020 – Jyothi Nair reading My Hair is a Garden
July 14, 2020
– Chrissie Martinez reading Mixed: A Colorful Story
July 6, 2020 – Jyothi Nair reading Cool Cuts
July 1, 2020 – Douna Hunter reading Rosa
June 29 2020 – Jyothi Nair reading Separate Is Never Equal
June 26, 2020Douna Hunter reading The Day You Begin
June 23, 2020Jyothi Nair reading Don’t Touch My Hair!
June 22, 2020Douna Hunter reading All Are Welcome
June 18, 2020Chrissie Martinez reading Parker Looks Up
June 17, 2020Douna Hunter reading This is the Rope
June 15, 2020Jyothi Nair reading Beautiful Blackbird
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.