My wife Diane, was the one who really sparked the idea for Storytime Pup. One night she said, "you like to act, Maybe you could read kids books on Youtube". I did a lot of acting in college and recently started again at a local community theatre. I pictured myself sitting in front of a camera reading books. Sounded kind of boring to me and I didn't think the kids would embrace it. I told her I wasn't too sure about that, but I would think about it more. .
I put the idea in the back of my mind, and occasionally I would ponder on it. The concept of reading books to children was great. I was pretty active in my kid's school when they were growing up. I used to help with all the parties and many times I read to their classes. I really enjoyed it. So, I loved the idea, but I wasn't thrilled with the delivery method. First I thought maybe I could dress up like an old man and be "Grampa Bill the Storyteller". But that still didn't seem right. Then I thought that maybe I could use a ventriloquist dummy or puppets to read the stories. Nope, not yet. But, I was on the right track. Then I began to think back as to what my kids liked when they were little. Immediately I thought of Barney the dinosaur. My son Ryan just loved Barney when he was little. He would have watched him all day if I let him. Hmm I thought. What if we had a character like Barney who read books to children? BINGO, that's it! Kid's love books and characters. I knew we had the recipe for something good. It was January 18th, the beginning of what I hoped to be an interesting and fun project.
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