This page collects youtube video clips which read loud picture books, recited by actors and voice actors. Many other resources exist both within youtube and beyond on the internet to use accordingly. Sources cited here typically have large channels that will much more content to review on both Japanese culture as well as traditional folk tales.
A reading of the famous Japanese tale with illustrations. ゆめあるチャンネル provides video content surrounding children's stories and translations of popular children's videos. For more content click here
Akino Nishihiro, a Japanese entertainer who is also known as the writer of children's literature. Via his youtube account, he introduces his own story, recited by Keiko Toda, a famous actress/voice actress. This beautifully animated video provides Japanese subtitles.
876 TV, BANDAI NAMCO's official Youtube site, presents read alouds by popular voice actors, including Kappei Yamaguchi, Kenji Nojima and Yurin. To see the list of video clips, click here.
Popo Kids provides the variety of read aloud video clips, including Japanese folk tales, famous tales around the world, and original picture books published by 森のえほん館, a streaming service company for picture books. To see their playlists, click here.
Kids Tube provides the variety of educational video clips for children ages 3-5. To see their list of read aloud video clips, click here.
This series, originally created by Yoshitaka Amano (character designer of Final Fantasy), tells the stories of the vegetable fairies living in the kitchen somewhere in New York. The video clip below is the first episode of the series. To see the whole playlist in Japanese, click here. The clips are also available in English. Too see the whole playlist of the English version, click here.