Let These Famous Actors & Actresses Read to Your Children


Storyline Online has become more popular than ever! Tune in this May to hear celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

Plus, many stories featured will also include free activity guides aligned with Common Core Standards to help strengthen comprehension and verbal and written language skills! This month’s opportunities include:


Bradley Whitford
In celebration of Older Americans Month (May), Whitford reads the book Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge.

Wilfrid lives next to a retirement home, and his favorite old person is 96-year-old Miss Nancy. Everyone says Miss Nancy has lost her memory, and even though Wilfrid doesn’t even know what a memory is, by accident, he helps her find it.


Rashida Jones
In celebration of International Workers’ Day (May 1, 2020), Jones reads the book Please Please the Bees.

Life is sweet for Benedict. Every morning he wakes up to find jars of fresh honey on his back porch. He makes honey toast for breakfast, bakes a honey cake in the afternoon, and drinks honey tea before bed. But one day, the jars on Benedict’s porch are empty. The bees in his backyard have gone on strike! They are tired of doing all the work around the hive. What can Benedict do to make the bees happy and bring sweetness back to his days?


Betty White
In celebration of National Pet Week (May 3-9, 2020), White reads the book Harry The Dirty Dog.

Harry is a white dog with black spots who loves everything…except for baths. So one day before bath time, Harry runs away.


Elijah Wood
In celebration of National Pet Week (May 3-9, 2020), Wood reads the book Me and My Cat.

Late one night, Nicholas sees a witch enter his bedroom and hears her say some magic words. When he wakes up the next morning, it doesn’t take him long to realize something extraordinary is going on — especially when he pulls at his whiskers!


Jane Kaczmarek
In celebration of Teachers’ Day (May 5, 2020), Kaczmarek reads Thank You, Mr. Falker.

Little Trisha is overjoyed at the thought of starting school and learning how to read. But right from the start, when she tries to read, all the letters and numbers just get jumbled up. Her classmates make matters worse by calling her “dummy” and “toad.”


Ed O’Neill
In celebration of Europe Day (May 9, 2020), O’Neill reads 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.


Barbara Bain
In celebration of Mother’s Day (May 10, 2020), Bain reads The Kissing Hand.

School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester’s fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to reassure him of her love any time his world feels a little scary.


Allison Janney
In celebration of Eat What You Want Day (May 11, 2020), Janney reads Carla’s Sandwich.

When Carla brings weird sandwiches to school, her classmates have plenty to say about them. “That’s sick!” says Leslie. “That’s disgusting!” says Natie. But Carla thinks otherwise. “It’s unique. It’s creative.” — just like Carla.


Michelle Yeoh
In celebration of International Nurses Day (May 12, 2020), Yeoh reads Lotus & Feather.

A winter illness left Lotus, a little girl, without a voice and friends. A hunter’s bullet left Feather, a crane, injured, and unable to fly. As Lotus nurses Feather back to health, their bond grows. Soon Feather is following Lotus everywhere, even to school! Inspired by the true story of a crane that rescued a Chinese village, and graced with sensitive watercolor illustrations, this lovely book about respecting nature offers deep emotion and delightful surprises.


Kristen Bell
In celebration of International Day of Families/Family Day (May 15, 2020), Bell reads Quackenstein Hatches A Family.

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.


Melissa Gilbert
In celebration of National Brother’s Day (May 24, 2020), Gilbert reads My Rotten Redheaded Brother.

Tricia can’t stand her rotten redheaded older brother Richie, who can do everything better than she can. So when her grandmother tells her a wish made on a shooting star will come true, she knows exactly what to wish for — to be able to do something, anything, better than Richie.


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