Are quarantines and social distancing giving your kids cabin fever? If so, actor Josh Gad is here to help.
The star of The Book of Mormon and Frozen has been using his Twitter account to read books to children (and their parents) who are in desperate need for an escape from the news, Good Morning America reports.
“Thinking about LIVE reading at night for all of you who have kids out there or are just weird and want to hear a grown man read and are stuck at home,” Gad tweeted last Friday. “What say you?”
After getting positive responses from his followers, he posted a video in which he said, “OK, so, since we’re all stuck at home right now I figured we would have a little fun together. So I’m going to see how this goes, but I decided I’m going to read to you and your children, or just you, depending on what you prefer. I’m not going to pass judgment right now since the world is a little bit of a hot mess.”
He then read Ian Falconer’s Olivia Goes to Venice, about the titular pig’s vacation to Italy.
The following two nights, he treated his fans to readings of Drew Daywalt’s The Day the Crayons Quit and Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree.
The readings proved to be a hit with Twitter users. “Who knew what I needed today was Josh Gad reading a random book live,” one user tweeted. “You brought comfort and giggles to my 10 yo and I. We very much appreciate this and you,” another wrote.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.