The SAG Foundations ‘Storyline Online’ program was started in 2001 with a generous grant by Verizon, and resulted in five videos featuring professional (SAG-AFTRA) performers reading notable children’s books. The videos attempted to fully capture the intricate illustrations, colors and textures of each book.
From these humble beginnings, the ‘Storyline Online’ website has evolved and today offer multiple bedtime stories read by celebrities (SAG-AFTRA members) ranging from James Earl Jones and Betty White to Jane Kaczmarek, Bradley Whitford, Sean Astin, Esai Morales, Amber Tamblyn, Eric Close, Elijah Wood, and more.
‘Storyline Online’ also features supplemental activities for each book co-developed by an early literacy specialist. Available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, free of charge – ‘Storyline Online’ ensures that every child with internet access can be read a bedtime story.
The positive effects of reading children bedtime stories are numerous. Experts suggest that even 20 minutes at bedtime could improve literacy by at least 10 school days a year. Reading children bedtime stories enhance their vocabulary and knowledge while extending many developmental benefits.
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