Virtual Readers

Oh, The Books We’ll Read!

During this unprecedented time, and the update from Metro Nashville Public Schools on the extension of school closures for the remainder of the 2019-2020 School Year, Ride for Reading and Book ‘Em are still committed to keeping kids reading and focusing on at-home resources for students. With that in mind, we are launching a new program, “Oh, the Books We’ll Read!” With help from community partners, local volunteers, and some fun books, we will be posting videos weekly. Check out our website and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube) to stay up-to-date on our interactive videos as well as resources parents can use at home during this time. We hope you enjoy and keep reading!

If you are interested in volunteering as a Virtual Reader with Ride for Reading, sign up HERE.

Scroll down to begin listening to our Virtual Readers from each month. Keep checking back- we’ll be adding new ones frequently. We may even have some special guest Readers for you!

You can also find more Read Alouds on Book ‘Em’s website.

If you are interested in volunteering with us remotely in other ways, please CONTACT US and we can provide more ways to help out Ride for Reading from the comfort of your home. Thank you so much for your time and dedication to Nashville’s students!


June 2020

Brooklyn & Bailey: Tails of a Girl and Her Dog by Courtney E. Hicks
In honor of Pet Appreciation Week (June 1-7) and National Take Your Dog to Work Day (June 26) we wanted to share this great Read Aloud by Brooklyn H. and her dog Bailey. This book was written by Courtney E. Hicks (Brooklyn’s Mom) and Illustrated by Andi Clark.

Three Little Pigs by Paul Galdone
Today feels like a good day to read about the classic Three Little Pigs. his book was written by Paul Galdone, Published by Clarion Books and read by Sarah Daniels. Sarah is a teacher in Waukesha, WI. She has provided a fun activity to do from home. Listen to this read aloud to participate!


May 2020

The Cycling Wangdoos by Kelly Pulley
Kelly Pulley is a Nashville-based Children’s Book Author and an avid cyclist and volunteer with Ride for Reading. You can view his YouTube channel HERE.

Miffy Rides A Bike by Dick Bruno
Our Executive Director, Brenda Mikec, is a passionate cyclist that loves to read and wanted to read a book for you after she rode her bike.

Becca’s Bike by Justin McCory Martin
Glenn Kamka is an avid road, mountain & gravel cyclist that volunteers with Ride for Reading!

The Best Bike Ever by Charlotte Towner Graeber
Mr. Kindel is a 5th grade Teacher at Crosspointe Elementary in Boynton Beach, FL and a big supporter of Ride for Reading! He has hosted several Ride for Reading book deliveries to schools in his area as well!

When I Was Little by Jamie Lee Curtis
We wanted to share this book in honor of Mother’s Day this month! When I Was Little – A Four-Year-Old’s Memoir of her Youth is a book by Jamie Lee Curtis, Illustrated by Laura Cornell, Published by Harper Collins and Read by Aly Powers, a Belmont University Student.

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
In honor of National Police Week this month, we wanted to share with you Madeline, read by our very own Metro Nashville Police Department Officer Gary Peters, a member of the Community Engagement Team with the Midtown Hills Precinct. This book was written & illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans and Published by Viking Press.

Bicycling Rules of the Road by Kelley Pulley
Kelly Pulley is a Nashville-based Children’s Book Author and an avid cyclist and volunteer with Ride for Reading. You can view his YouTube channel HERE.


April 2020

Earth Day Every Day by Lisa Bullard
In honor of Earth Day (April 22nd) we wanted to share this great Read Aloud by Author Lisa Bullard and her book Earth Day Every Day!

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Several Belmont University students volunteered their time to read to Nashville children virtually. This book was read by Riley Walker.

Max On The Farm by David Lewman
Another Belmont University student, Jordan Sawdy, volunteers to read this book about Farms!

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