Sunday, April 27, 2008

StoryLine Online

See and hear your story book read to you over at StoryLine Online. This website takes a new and exciting approach in introducing children to storytime.

BookPALS Storyline Online is a website that is sponsored by a grant from and it's a program of The Screen Actors Guild Foundation. It uses various, real life actors to read from a selection of stories on-line.

As of April 2008, the have twenty one different stories to choose from, with readings done by Caitlin Wachs, Tia and Tamera Mowry, Amanda Bynes, Melissa Gilbert, Elijah Wood, and Haylie Duff (just to name a few).

Using Storyline Online is very simple, as you choose the book you would like to read and then click "let's read it". The book will open up on the screen along with the actor who will introduce the book and then read you the story. Along the right side of the book, there are buttons to choose your Internet speed, captions on or off, and screen size. Leaving the captions on lets you child read along with the story and be sure to click full screen to enjoy the beautiful illustrations.

With each storybook, you will also find related activities and an activity guide to be used by both parents and children. Activities include drawing pictures about the book, writing about what you enjoyed most about the book, related readings and more.

Truly another wonderful and entertaining website on the Internet for our children and one that you should add to your children's bookmarks.

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