Auli’i Cravalho, the voice of Moana, is the latest Disney star to read a children’s story for the Disney Magic Moments initiative. The Walt Disney Company has been using the #DisneyMagicMoments hashtag to bring Disney magic to families while they are spending more time at home.
For her Disney storybook, Cravalho selected “Moana and the Ocean.” This book, written by Heather Knowles and beautifully illustrated by Annette Marnat, follows Moana’s journey as she learns why the ocean calls to her.
The word “Moana” actually means “ocean” or “sea” in Hawaiian and “vast body of water” in many Polynesian languages!
— Disney (@Disney) April 15, 2020
Cravalho takes families on a fun adventure as they go on Moana’s journey alongside her. The hardcover Disney children’s book was published before Disney Animation Studios’ Moana released, but can still be purchased online if you’d like a personal copy for your little minnows!
The stylized illustrations are reminiscent of vintage island artwork seen on retro travel posters. Your family is sure to love exploring Moana’s world with Auli’i Cravalho as she reads this Disney Press children’s book!
Other Disney Stars Read!
Paige O’Hara, who voiced Disney Princess, Belle, in the 1991 animated Beauty and the Beast, and Disney Channel actress, Brenda Song, have both recently read aloud short Belle bedtime stories that are perfect for little girls of all ages.
Daisy Ridley, who portrays Star Wars heroine, Rey, also recorded a Disney storytime video. She selected an adorable tale about BB-8, the rolling droid.
Josh Gad, Olaf’s voice actor in the Frozen franchise, was among the first Disney celebrities to start reading bedtime stories online. Gad took to Twitter to provide families with a daily respite from quarantine in March.
For more great stories for young children, join Mary Poppins actress, Julie Andrews, as she launches a new podcast called “Julie’s Library” this spring.