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School Librarian Saturday: Storyline Online

In School Librarian Saturday, I’m going to share the websites, databases, apps, and other stuff I use with students in my K-5 teacher-librarian role, under the cover of internet darkness (see: the weekend).

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Today we have a website that students love: Storyline Online.

What It Is: Storyline Online is a program of the nonprofit SAG-AFTRA Foundation. It features read alouds by a variety of actors, comedians, and public figures, including Betty White (RIP), Kevin Costner, Oprah, and many more.

What’s Good About It: Most of the readers are performers, which makes for a good read aloud experience. Images from each book are interspersed into the reading, which allows kids to see the artwork up close and better understand the stories.

What’s Bad About It: The website “relies entirely on gifts, grants and donations” meaning that content is added fairly infrequently.

Last Words: I love when technology can grow a kid’s love of stories and reading. I think this site does that. If it isn’t already, add it to your library website.

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.

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