Readers may remember Storyline Online from the 05-08-2020 Scout Report. The site continues to serve as a wonderful resource for librarians, educators, and caregivers, and as readers return to the site, they may want to check out the special collections highlighted on the home page (including a collection to "Celebrate Black stories and Black voices,").
Providing a sweet story for the kids in your life and a sweet break for the caregivers, Storytime Online is a win-win. A project of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, this award-winning site offers just what one would expect from the title: a virtual storytelling experience. The site curates videos of celebrities reading famous children's books, accompanied by animations that bring the books to life. For example, viewers can enjoy comedian Sarah Silverman reading A Tale of Two Beasts (a story about unlikely friendships and differing perspectives), and actor Chris Pine reading Clark the Shark (a story about a joyful fish who uses clever rhymes to control his enthusiasm). Stories are selected for all elementary school age levels (and tagged with the appropriate age level in the description). In addition to the animated videos, stories are accompanied by an activity guide that expands on themes presented in the books. On the All Books page, visitors can sort through the abundance of stories and filter by author, reader, title, or run time (most are under 10 minutes). While the whole site is widely and globally visited each year, the stories are an especially excellent resource for families looking to keep children entertained while sheltering in place.