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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Santa Storytime w/Award-Winning Author

Atlanta, United StatesPart of Field Trips Online Experiences

Online experience hosted by Jesse

60 mins
Up to 10 people. Private groups available for up to 100
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English

What you'll do

- First, you'll meet Santa and have an opportunity to introduce yourself.

- Then, I’ll share my journey on how I went from the world of sports to Silicon Valley to storytelling as a children's book author.

- Next, I’ll perform two storytime readings, cover-to-cover, of holiday classics.

- After the reading, we'll explore some of the creative elements involved in bringing this book to life (world-building, color theme, character journey, mood arc, etc.) and share ways children's picture books go from idea to a finished book.

- Lastly, we’ll have an open discussion where kids and adults can ask questions about creating children's books, the stories we read, my backstory, or advice about how to move forward with their awesome story idea(s).
Other things to note
Please log in 5–10 minutes early to ensure everything is working smoothly with the connection.
- First, you'll meet Santa and have an opportunity to introduce yourself.

- Then, I’ll share my journey on how I went from the world of sports to Silicon Valley to storytelling as a children's book author.

- Next, I’ll perform two storytime readings, cover-to-cover, of holiday classics.

- After the reading, we'll explore some of the creative elements involved in bringing this book to life (world-building, color th…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Use Zoom to participate on your desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book for a private group
    Jesse can host private groups of any size, up to 100 guests. Private group rates start at €216.

What to bring

  • Something to write and on (in case you want to take old-school notes or jot down ideas or questions)!
  • Your imagination!
From €5
/ person
Thu, 3 Dec
08:00 - 09:00 (EST)
Private groups only
From €216 per group
From €216 per group
Thu, 3 Dec
10:00 - 11:00 (EST)
Private groups only
From €216 per group
From €216 per group
Sun, 6 Dec
12:00 - 13:00 (EST)
€7 per person
€7 per person

Meet your host, Jesse

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 113 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I’m an award-winning children's book author with six published works and a decade in the field. I was fortunate to read my stories to over 11,000 students in 2019 alone and am excited to now bring this experience to Airbnb. My current work includes creating children's books for ex-NBA athletes, non-profits, businesses, and individual commissions.
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Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 113 reviews.

Sylvia
October 2020
Very interesting experience! Jesse showed us photos of his personal experiences around the world. We could clearly see the book in a slide show presentation while he read aloud in a walrus outfit. He asked questions throughout making the experience interactive. My daughter enjoyed seeing pictures of all the animals. Thank you!
Very interesting experience! Jesse showed us photos of his personal experiences around the world. We could clearly see the book in a slide show presentation while he read aloud in…
Eleonore
October 2020
Jesse was great - made the process of writing a children’s book feel much more attainable and less mysterious/daunting. He’s clearly very knowledgeable but humble and personable at the same time. Would recommend!
Ashley
October 2020
My niece absolutely loved storytelling with Jesse. He shared pictures with her that inspired his book, and she just loved being able to interact with him. This was an incredible experience, and I recommend booking Jesse if you have little ones or if you work in a school!
My niece absolutely loved storytelling with Jesse. He shared pictures with her that inspired his book, and she just loved being able to interact with him. This was an incredible ex…
Anaika
October 2020
Our family really enjoyed our experience today with Jesse. Our daughters are 10 and 11 years old and we each enjoyed hearing about how Jesse evolved into a writer. We enjoyed learning about the overcoming of obstacles (like funding his first book) and the support that helped him along the way. We liked to learn about the methods or structure that goes into writing children’s books and also to learn how authors work with the illustrators to achieve a final product. It is a different process than any of us had imagined. Jesse was fun to interact with and his stories were great. We feel like we made a new friend. We highly recommend Jesse’s experience.
Our family really enjoyed our experience today with Jesse. Our daughters are 10 and 11 years old and we each enjoyed hearing about how Jesse evolved into a writer. We enjoyed learn…
Kathryn
September 2020
Experience this virtual storytelling with your kids, grandkids, or just the kid in you. Jesse Byrd has a definite point of view to share, found in the plot construction, characters, and color choices in his children's books. My Florida-bound self (as in "stuck" in my FL house) shared the experience with a London mother and her 2 children...clearly not a homogeneous group...yet Mr. Byrd included targeted comments and friendly quips, interspersed with readings from two of his books, as well as previews from his new series in development. Additionally, to demonstrate how story ideas develop, he took us on a photo trip to Dubai, Thailand and Africa, places meant to stimulate and inspire. (My particular favorite was the kissing the giraffe gambit, although the sky-high meal came in a close second.) Need to connect to your more-than-socially-distanced grandkids, nieces, nephews? "Zoom-up" and share this experience together/apart. As well, you will want to get his books for your own kid collection--I'm headed online now to search for some.
Experience this virtual storytelling with your kids, grandkids, or just the kid in you. Jesse Byrd has a definite point of view to share, found in the plot construction, characters…
Sarah
September 2020
I signed up to this storytime for my 4 year old daughter for her bedtime treat as it caught my eye. I loved the authors passion and sharing screens to see the books. He was really great at communicating with children. He shared row of his own books and asked her questions linked to the books. He also shared insight into planning a children’s story book that I never have seen before and found interesting as a parent.
I signed up to this storytime for my 4 year old daughter for her bedtime treat as it caught my eye. I loved the authors passion and sharing screens to see the books. He was really…

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  • Thu, 3 Dec
    08:00 - 09:00 (EST)
    Private groups only
    From €216 per group
  • Thu, 3 Dec
    10:00 - 11:00 (EST)
    Private groups only
    From €216 per group
  • Sun, 6 Dec
    08:00 - 09:00 (EST)
    Private groups only
    From €216 per group
  • Sun, 6 Dec
    10:00 - 11:00 (EST)
    Private groups only
    From €216 per group
  • Sun, 6 Dec
    12:00 - 13:00 (EST)
    €7 per person
  • Mon, 7 Dec
    08:00 - 09:00 (EST)
    Private groups only
    From €216 per group
  • Mon, 7 Dec
    10:00 - 11:00 (EST)
    €7 per person
  • Tue, 8 Dec
    08:00 - 09:00 (EST)
    Private groups only
    From €216 per group

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.