By Kitty Felde

Remember when parents complained about the amount of TV their kids watched? Now, it’s YouTube.

I hear from parents over and over again that their kids aren’t reading, not because they’re distracted by video games or binge-watching Netflix, but because their eyeballs are glued to YouTube videos.

Yet, YouTube can also be a valuable tool. I’ve learned how to edit photos, sew welt pockets, and hook up my Roku by watching YouTube videos. 

Candace Williams, Teen Services Library Assistant at the Tracy Public Library in California, says YouTube can also be a way to get reluctant readers to pick up a book. Williams notes that many YouTube stars have written books “about their life, about their show, about their beauty tips.” She says that whatever the topic,when she pulls a book by a YouTube star off the shelf, she watches her patrons’ eyes light up. “Oh, I know that person!” they tell her, and then they go home with the book.

Here’s a few titles that might tempt your YouTube fan: 

Common Sense Media put together its own booklist by YouTube stars. (

Of course, YouTube is also a place where you can watch author interviews (, book trailers, and even book reviews (

In addition, Book Club for Kids has its own YouTube channel (

Kitty Felde is the Executive Producer of the Book Club for Kids podcast and The Fina Mendoza Mysteries podcast. She’s also the author of State of the Union, a Fina Mendoza Mystery.

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