The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Storyline Online literacy website streams free storytime videos of actors of all ages reading books for kids. It’s a delightful and literacy-building program, and this summer the foundation is giving kids a chance to get into the act through Storyline Online Summer Camp.
To join in, kids just choose their favorite book – or write one of their own – and make a video of themselves reading it in the spirit and style of Storyline Online.
Readers can then post their stories on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #StorylineOnlineSummerCamp, and their read-alouds will be shared on the Storyline Online Instagram (@storylineonline) in its Summer Camp Stories so that every “camper” all over the world can join in the fun and enjoy stories read by their friends and peers.
The program runs through Aug. 31 and seeks to create a virtual collaborative atmosphere of young storytellers sharing their favorite books and letting the world know what the stories mean to them personally. For a fun introduction to camp, tune in to this video by readers Jaime Camil, Mark Duplass, CCH Pounder and Mary Steenburgen.
“Summer camp may be on hold,” says Foundation president Courtney B. Vance, “but there’s still good times to be had. We’ve spent close to 20 years reading aloud to kids, and they always want to join in the fun. By getting them on board as storytellers and creating a virtual Summer Camp where children can record their own stories to be shared, we believe that even more children will be encouraged to read, and read aloud, which is one of the most essential life skills. It’s also a great time for both children and adults. These young storytellers are really inspiring, and such a joy to watch!”
Storyline Online also continues to add stories to its bookverse and currently provides 60 video read alouds by some of the world’s most beloved storytellers, who engage young viewers with their animated interpretations of historic, adventurous and fantastical tales that promote imagination and inclusion. The Storyline Online cast of readers includes Kristen Bell, Jaime Camil, Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Rami Malek, Chrissy Metz, Chris O’Dowd, Sarah Silverman,Wanda Sykes, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Yeoh and more, who have volunteered their time and talent to promote literacy and inspire a love of reading in children. The program also provides supplemental teaching materials for many stories, which means that whether they’re in a classroom with a teacher or at home with a parent or caregiver, every young reader has access to a full range of educational possibilities.
To watch all of the Storyline Online videos, visit storylineonline.net. Keep up with new videos by subscribing to Storyline Online on YouTube and following Storyline Online on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.