Screen Actors Guild Foundation and children's literacy
In 2001, the SAG Foundation was given a generous grant by Verizon to create five digital videos featuring professional actors reading quality children’s books. These imaginatively produced videos fully captured the intricate illustrations, colors and textures of each book. Those initial five stories turned into an internationally recognized website that currently streams 24 stories featuring celebrity readers including Annette Bening, Hector Elizondo, Betty White, James Earl Jones, Jane Kaczmarek, Bradley Whitford, Sean Astin, Esai Morales, and Elijah Wood.
In 2014, the SAG Foundation became a strategic partner with the Professor Garfield Foundation in order to expand the reach of this valuable literacy program.
Storyline Online also features supplemental activities for each book developed by an early literacy specialist. Together, the videos and related curriculum strengthen comprehension, verbal and written skills of English language learners worldwide. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, free of charge, Storyline Online ensures that every child who has access to an Internet connection can be exposed to a story.