Storyline Online Educational Book Activity Guides & Actors Reading Videos

By 6/10/2021 07:33:00 AM

Looking for a way to encourage continued learning in June and over the summer? Storyline Online® has free videos and activity guides, which aligned with Common Core Standards to help strengthen comprehension, verbal and written language skills!


Storyline Online, streams ad-free videos featuring celebrated actors reading K-5 children’s books aloud alongside creatively produced illustrations.

Each book includes a free activity guide developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aimed at strengthening comprehension, and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.

Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Rita Moreno, Viola Davis, Jaime Camil, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman, Betty White, Wanda Sykes, and dozens more. All of the readers donate their time and talent to this project.

Summer Reading Ideas throughout June


Friday, June 4: National Doughnut Day
Watch Chris O'Dowd read Arnie the Doughnut

www.storylineonline.net/books/arnie-the-doughnut/

At first glance, Arnie looks like an average doughnut - round, cakey, iced and sprinkled, with a hole in the middle. He was made by one of the best bakeries in town, and admittedly his sprinkles are candy-colored. Still, a doughnut is just a doughnut, right? WRONG! Not if Arnie has anything to say about it. And, for a doughnut, he sure seems to have an awful lot to say. Can Arnie change the fate of all doughnuts - or at least have a hand in his own future?

Saturday, June 5: World Environment Day
Watch Justin Theroux read Here Comes the Garbage Barge

www.storylineonline.net/books/garbage-barge/

Before everyone recycled…there was a town that had 3,168 tons of garbage and nowhere to put it. What did they do? Enter the Garbage Barge! This mostly true and completely stinky story is sure to make you say “Pee-yew!”

Tuesday, June 8: World Oceans Day
Watch Chris Pine read Clark the Shark

www.storylineonline.net/books/clark-the-shark/

Clark is a shark with zing, bang, and boom. Clark zooms into school, crashes through the classroom, and is rowdy at recess. Clark loves life – but when his enthusiasm is too much for his friends, Clark’s teacher, Mrs. Inkydink, helps him figure out a way to tone it down. Clark the Shark celebrates boisterous enthusiasm – and knowing when it’s time for indoor voices.

Watch Ernest Borgnine read The Rainbow Fish
www.storylineonline.net/books/the-rainbow-fish/

The Rainbow Fish is an award-winning book about a beautiful fish who finds friendship and happiness when he learns to share. The book is best known for its morals about the value of being an individual and for the distinctive shiny foil scales of the Rainbow Fish.

Thursday, June 17: National Eat Your Vegetables Day
Watch Jaime Camil read Zombies Don't Eat Veggies

www.storylineonline.net/books/zombies-dont-eat-veggies/

Mo Romero is a zombie who loves nothing more than growing, cooking, and eating vegetables. Tomatoes? Tantalizing. Peppers? Pure perfection! The problem? Mo’s parents insist that their niño eat only zombie cuisine, like arm-panadas and finger foods. They tell Mo over and over that zombies don’t eat veggies. But Mo can’t imagine a lifetime of just eating zombie food and giving up his veggies. As he questions his own zombie identity, Mo tries his best to convince his parents to give peas a chance.

Sunday, June 20: Summer Solstice
Watch Mark Duplass read When a Dragon Moves In

www.storylineonline.net/books/when-a-dragon-moves-in/

If you build a perfect sandcastle, a dragon will move in. And that’s exactly what happens to one very lucky boy at the beach. Dad is busy sunbathing and Mom is busy with her book, so the boy and dragon roam the beach together, flying a kite, braving the waves, and roasting marshmallows.

But no one believes him when he shares the news of his magnificent dragon: Mom only hears the roar of the ocean, Dad thinks the dragon feather is a seagull feather, and know-it-all sis claims there’s no such thing as a dragon.

That’s when the sandwiches mysteriously disappear, claw prints are found in the brownies, and dragon-giggles erupt from the strangest of places. Heh-heh-heh. Is there truly a mischievous dragon running around in the beach or is someone’s imagination running wild? Decide for yourself When a Dragon Moves In.

Sunday, June 20:Father's Day
Watch Kristen Bell read Quackenstein Hatches a Family

www.storylineonline.net/books/quackenstein/

Crack open this tale of family and fright, as cute as it is creepy. All the animals in the zoo have friends and family to play with and love. All of them, that is, except Quackenstein. Lonely and bitter in his ramshackle corner, he decides to adopt an egg. He cares for it diligently, waiting until the moment when it will hatch a baby duck of his own.

Sunday, June 20: World Refugee Day
Watch Ed O'Neill read How I Learned Geography

www.storylineonline.net/books/how-i-learned-geography/

Having fled from war in their troubled homeland, a boy and his family are living in poverty in a strange country. Food is scarce, so when the boy’s father brings home a map instead of bread for supper, at first the boy is furious. But when the map is hung on the wall, it floods their cheerless room with color. As the boy studies its every detail, he is transported to exotic places without ever leaving the room, and he eventually comes to realize that the map feeds him in a way that bread never could.

Monday, June 21: World Music Day
Watch Viola Davis read Rent Party Jazz

www.storylineonline.net/books/rent-party-jazz/

This story is set in New Orleans in the 1930s. Sonny and his mother are scraping by to pay their rent. Mama works in a fish canning factory, and Sonny works for the coal man before school each morning. When Mama loses her job, they no longer have enough money for the rent and fear that the landlord will turn them out.

One day Sonny meets Smilin’ Jack, a jazz musician who is playing his trumpet in Jackson Square. Smilin’ Jack offers to play at a party at Sonny’s house to help raise money for the rent. The neighbors all come to sing and dance and before they leave, drop some coins in a bucket. Sonny learns how people can help one another “if they put their minds and hearts to it.”

Watch Angela Bassett read Trombone Shorty
www.storylineonline.net/books/trombone-shorty

Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high. A prodigy, he was leading his own band by age six, and today this Grammy-nominated artist headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest.

Along with esteemed illustrator Bryan Collier, Andrews has created a lively picture book autobiography about how he followed his dream of becoming a musician, despite the odds, until he reached international stardom. Trombone Shorty is a celebration of the rich cultural history of New Orleans and the power of music.

Thursday, June 24: International Fairy Day
Watch Tony Hale read No More Noisy Nights

www.storylineonline.net/books/no-more-noisy-nights

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 activity for each of his noisy neighbors. He finally gets a great night’s sleep -- and discovers three new friends in the morning.

Storyline Online is a SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Daytime Emmy®-nominated and award-winning children’s literacy program, also endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers, has received the "Best Website" recognition award by the American Association of School Librarians, and one of the "11 Best Educational YouTube Channels for Kids" as recognized by Parents Magazine.

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