We are so in love with this site. It's called "Storyline Online", and it's where these wonderful books are streaming and read aloud by the beautiful and famous people we all recognize, actors and comedians from The Screen Actors Guild Foundation!
What books will you find there? These gems, among others:
- "The Polar Express" read by Lou Diamond Phillips (flashback to La Bamba and whoa Young Guns!)
- One of my son Joey's all-time favorites "Guji Guji!" read by Robert Guillaume. (remember Benson?)
- "Brave Irene" read by Al Gore. (ummm, yep, that Al Gore.)
- "Harry the Dirty Dog" read by Betty White (yep from the Golden Girls and The Proposal!)
What's the story behind the Storyline Online?
"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 5 stories turned into an internationally recognized website that currently streams 19 stories featuring celebrities including Jane Kaczmarek, Bradley Whitford, Sean Astin, Esai Morales, Amber Tamblyn, Eric Close, and Elijah Wood.
Storyline Online also features supplemental activities for each book developed by an early literacy specialist. Together, the videos and related curriculum strengthen comprehension, verbal and written skills of English language learners worldwide. Available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, free of charge, Storyline Online ensures that every child who has access to an Internet connection can be exposed to a story."
Storytime Online is so wonderful - my 2yr old and 4yr old both adore it and so we wanted to share it with you. And yep...it's a nice little break for any Mama. :D
Know of any other storytimes on the web? Let me know!