StorylineOnline.net

 
Actors read high-quality kids' books online.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Aims to foster an appreciation of children's literature.

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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Visitors can opt to sign up for a newsletter; email address is required and first and last name are optional. However, with no posted privacy policy on the site, it's not clear whether the information is used for any other purposes.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although kids younger than 4 can probably use this site with some simple pointing and clicking, parents will want to guide very young children on the site. This well-produced reading portal was established by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Your computer must have Macromedia Flash Player to view the movies.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Parents might favor reading books in person instead of staring at a computer screen, but STORYLINEONLINE.NET -- a hip combination of Reading Rainbow and Hollywood --  features excellent book-related questions and activity guides that accompany each book to make the experience more interactive and educational. After reading Me and My Cat, for example, you can "list the things Nicholas could do as a cat that he couldn't do as a boy. Discuss your list with a friend" or "write a Haiku about a cat." One caveat: After families visit this site, parents may need to pump up their storytelling showmanship -- kids may expect Oscar-worthy reading performances at every bedtime.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the themes addressed in each book's companion guide. What are some of the themes in the stories?

  • Discuss whether or not the actors did a

  • good job reading a particular book. What did you like the best about the

  • way they read the books?

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Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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Adult Written bymaria trejo October 12, 2014
age 7+
 

princesa

Para educar mi hija
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Kid, 9 years old September 27, 2012
age 6+
 
LEARNING

alright

it is good my teacher uses it there s a book called enemy pie on there and the main charecter thinks about the pie doing bad things to the other kid but it turns out to just have made them friends
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Too much violence
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 July 9, 2012
age 2+
 

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