Storyline Online is a streaming video program featuring famous people reading children’s books aloud, helping to inspire a love of reading in children around the world. The site is presented by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Foundation, which has been committed to championing children’s literacy since 1993.
In 2001, the SAG Foundation was given a generous grant by Verizon to create five digital videos featuring professional actors reading quality children’s books. These imaginatively produced videos fully captured the intricate illustrations, colors and textures of each book. Those initial five stories turned into an internationally recognized website that currently streams 24 stories featuring celebrity readers including Annette Bening, Hector Elizondo, Betty White, James Earl Jones, Jane Kaczmarek, Bradley Whitford, Sean Astin, Esai Morales, and Elijah Wood.
Storyline Online also features supplemental PDF activity guides for each book, which were co-developed by an early literacy specialist. Together, the videos and related curriculum strengthen comprehension, verbal, and written skills of English language learners world- wide. Available free of charge 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Storyline Online ensures that every child who has access to an internet connection can have a story read to them.
A new and improved Storyline Online website was launched on October 13, 2013. If you haven’t visited it lately, check out the videos at www.storylineonline.net!
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