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The Storyline Online Oscars


Storyline Online is a SAG-AFTRA-produced website with videos of actors and actresses reading well-known picture books aloud. I’ll occasionally take my students to the website and they seem to like it quite a bit.

After watching all the videos, here are my completely biased and in no way official awards

Most Comfortable: Ed O’Neill, HOW I LEARNED GEOGRAPHY

Guy’s kicked back. Chair looks actually comfy, so I don’t blame him. These read alouds provide a window into the reader’s soul, and this is a guy who clearly isn’t overthinking the whole endeavor.

Best Props: Chris O’Dowd, ARNIE THE DOUGHNUT

Not even close. A pile of doughnuts to accompany a story about doughnuts – this is unbeatable. Bonus points for the doughnuts actually being edible – as O’Dowd shows at the end of the story.

Most Animated: Allison Janney, CARLA’S SANDWICH

The hope when you have actors read picture books is that they’ll be able to use their dramatic skills to make the reading great. No one brings the dramatic skills like Janney, who should legitimately win a best actress Oscar for this performance.

Best Voice: James Earl Jones, TO BE A DRUM

JEJ is sort of known for the pipes, and he brings all the baritone you could ever need in this reading.

Most Unexpected Paring, But Let’s Go With It: Ernest Borgnine, THE RAINBOW FISH

Can’t say the actor was an obvious choice to read Marcus Pfister’s much loved (and maligned) book, but the guy has a great voice and it all works out well.

Actor-Book Love Award: Sean Astin, A BAD CASE OF STRIPES

Does any actor love a book as much as Samwise loves this David Shannon classic? Answer: no.

Click here to visit Storyline Online

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Dana Frank says:

    Frodo? Your Nerd license is revoked!