Using Amazon Alexa for a Mini Storytime at Home

“Alexa, ask Amazon Storytime to read me a story” …. is what it takes to make mornings happen,  make snack prep happen, just a helpful thing to buy you 5 minutes.

How it works: If you have an Alexa device (like an Amazon Echo), go to the Alexa app on your iPhone/Android, click on the menu in top-left corner and go to “Skills and Games” search for any of the below “Skills.” Once you’ve enabled them, you then need to remember the exact words you need to say to activate the skills…yes.  You have to fit these phrases in your brain -OR- print out / grab a screenshot of the below.

Story selections are pretty limited, and don’t expect an award-winning performance (we’ve noted the narration style in the far-right column if you want to pick and choose). But lots of kiddos are enthralled even by the Alexa voice reading a story… and you’ll be shocked how quickly they start interacting with the story. 💗

Alexa “Skill” Name

Voice Commands

Narration Style

search for these on the Alexa mobile app say this to your Alexa device once you’ve enabled the skill on your mobile app what to expect
Amazon Storytime Say: “Alexa, Open Amazon Storytime” or “Alexa, ask Amazon Storytime to read me a story” professionally narrated stories with sound effects
Baby Einstein Story Time Say: “Alexa, launch story time” or “Alexa, start story time” Professional narration, asks listener some “choose your own adventure” questions, but there’s not much of a plot
Tale of Peter Rabbit Say: “Alexa, begin Peter Rabbit” or “Alexa, open Peter Rabbit” Read by creepy Alexa voice, but asks the listener some “choose your own adventure” questions
Three Little Pigs Say: “Alexa, begin Three Little Pigs” or “Alexa, open Three Little Pigs” Classic tale read by creepy Alexa voice. Asks listener, “should I continue?” prompting kiddo to shout “yes!”
Short Bedtime Stories Say: “Alexa, open bedtime stories” or “Alexa, ask bedtime stories to list all stories” Classic tale read by creepy Alexa voice. Asks listener, “should I continue?” prompting kiddo to shout “yes!”

 

 

Thanks to Poppy Parent and staffer, Sharon Pope, for the tip #whatittakes #poppyhacks

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