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Storyline Online 

Established in June 2002, Storyline Online is an interactive website featuring videos of celebrated actors reading children's books alongside creatively produced motion graphics which include visual effects such as camera pans, movement, sound effects and music. Illustrations are respected and not substantially changed. It's free, and perfect to entertain kids during extended breaks from school.

Let SAG-AFTRA actors, like Betty White or Oprah Winfrey, read children’s books to your child. Each book also includes a teacher guide that parents could use to supplement the reading. It is free and every video is available on YouTube, SchoolTube.

The Foundation's children's literacy website originated in 1999 as Storyline--a toll-free telephone line where children could call in and hear stories read by well-known actors. Established in June 2002, Storyline Online is an interactive website featuring videos of celebrated actors reading children's books alongside creatively produced motion graphics which include visual effects such as camera pans, movement, sound effects and music. Illustrations are respected and not substantially changed. Each video features a celebrated reader such as Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Elijah Wood, Betty White, Allison Janney, Rita Moreno, Christian Slater and more! These professional storytellers help to inspire a love of reading in children worldwide. 

Storyline Online is an award-winning and free literacy resource for children, teachers and parents, receiving the 2016 Parent's Choice Award, 2017 Telly Award and Communicators Award.

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If I Ran For President read by Lonnie Chavis, Parker Bates and Mackenzie Hancsicsak
  • Multiple Subjects
  • K-2, 3-5
Common Core
If you ran for president, you would have to do a lot of hard work. You would study the nation’s problems, tell the American people about your...
The Coal Thief read by Christian Slater
  • Multiple Subjects
  • K-2, 3-5
Common Core
Brrr! Georgie wakes up to a freezing morning in 1920’s Pennsylvania and gets the bad news that there is no coal to heat the farmhouse—and he knows...
Harry the Dirty Dog read by Betty White
  • Multiple Subjects
  • K-2, 3-5
Common Core
Harry is a white dog with black spots who loves everything..except baths. So one day before bath time, Harry runs away. Storyline Online's Harry the...
As Fast As Words Could Fly read by Dulé Hill
  • Multiple Subjects
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
Common Core
Young Mason Steele takes pride in turning his father’s excited ramblings about the latest civil rights incidents into handwritten business letters...
No More Noisy Nights read by Tony Hale
  • Multiple Subjects
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
Who is making so much noise and how will Jackson ever get to sleep? Despite some silly, sleepy mistakes, genteel Jackson finds a fun and quiet...
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble read by Reid Scott
  • Multiple Subjects
  • K-2, 3-5
Common Core
On a rainy day, Sylvester finds a magic pebble that can make wishes come true. But when a lion frightens him on his way home, Sylvester makes a wish...
The Tale of Peter Rabbit read by Rose Byrne
  • Multiple Subjects
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
The quintessential cautionary tale, The Tale of Peter Rabbit warns naughty children about the grave consequences of misbehaving. When Mrs. Rabbit...
The Kissing Hand read by Barbara Bain
  • Multiple Subjects
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester's fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called...
Hanukkah in Alaska read by Molly Ephraim
  • Multiple Subjects
  • K-2, 3-5
Common Core
Hanukkah in Alaska is unlike anywhere else. Snow piles up over the windows. Daylight is only five hours long. And one girl finds a moose camped out...
Brave Irene read by Al Gore
  • Multiple Subjects
  • Elementary (Grades K-2)
Common Core
This winning heroine will inspire every child to cheer her on as she ventures through a bitter cold snowstorm in William Steig's classic Brave Irene...