Make story time more magical with Google Nest and Google Home speakers and displays

Google Nest and Google Home speakers and displays can now make story time a little more magical. As you read select books aloud, your speaker or display will play relevant sound effects and music to bring the story to life. To get started, just say "Hey Google, let's read along with Disney.”

This feature is currently only available in the U.S.

Book Titles

This feature works with the following Little Golden Books:

Check back for new titles!

How it works

Once your speaker or display is set up, you can begin by saying “Hey Google, read along with…” and the title of the book you’re going to read. The microphone will stay on while you read, but commands, searches, and answers will be disabled. You can say “Okay Google, stop” anytime. Your speaker or display will seamlessly adjust to match wherever you are in the story. If you pause for any reason, ambient music will play and the microphone will stay on for about a minute until you’re ready to begin again.

Note: The microphone must be on for this feature to work.

Try Read Along now with a free ebook:

  1. Download a free copy of Ara the Star Engineer here or a short sample of Disney’s Coco: The Little Golden Book here:

Ara the Star EngineerCoco: The Little Golden Book

  1. Open the book on your phone, tablet, or laptop.
  2. Sit within six feet of your Google Home and say “OK Google, Read Along with Ara” or “OK Google, Read Along with Coco”
  3. Begin reading when you hear the music!

To purchase physical copies of these books, go to:

Ara the Star Engineer

Coco: the LIttle Golden Book

Exit Story Mode

Your speaker or display will turn off the mic and exit the read along experience if:

  • The end of the story is detected
  • There is about a minute pause in the reading of the story
  • You say “Hey Google, stop."

At the end of the story, your speaker or display will play an ending chime.

Note: You can resume the reading session within five minutes of pausing by saying “Hey Google, resume read along.”

Protecting your Data

Though the mic is on throughout the read along experience to allow this feature to work, Google will not store the audio data after the story is completed. You can always see all your data at myactivity.google.com.

 

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