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Friday, January 16, 2009

BookPALS Storyline Online

p>Welcome to Storyline Online, a Website where interesting children's books are read by SAG (Screen Actor's Guild) members. On the main page, you'll find some featured stories. While I was there, those stories were:
  • Enemy Pie read by Camryn Manheim
  • Romeow and Drooliet read by Haylie Duff
  • White Socks Only read by Amber Rose Tamblyn
  • When Pigasso Met Mootisse read by Eric Close
  • Dad, Are You the Tooth Fairy? read by Jason Alexander
  • Brave Irene read by Al Gore

To find more stories, click the More Stories button and the stories will switch. There are twenty stories in total as of this article.

To get started, simply choose a story. On the story's page, you will have several navigation options. You can select the Read By button and learn all about the actor reading the story or you can click the Let's Read It button and choose your connection speed to see the video.

The video will be of the actor reading the story with the story captioned as well. The video will show both the actor reading and the illustrations from the pages of the book. I thought that was very cool! On the Video page, you have the options of full screen, turning the captions on/off or changing the video's size.

As if the stories weren't cool enough on their own, they've even added downloadable activity guides. There are also Related Activities, which will pop up and suggest things you can do with the book. There's even a More Activities section you can check out!

Navigating the site with a screen reader will be a little different. The site uses flash, but the buttons appear to be labeled properly. Things may seem a little out of place, but I think with practice, you should have little difficulty.

I think this is a great site for kids and from reading the Viewer Comments, so do a lot of other people. Enjoy!

Click this link to visit http://www.storylineonline.net.

It's Time for Zinger Tales

From the site:

"Zinger Tales is a collection of stories told by great storytellers! Choose a storyteller to hear the tale and get some book recommendations too! Stories are provided in RealPlayer format, which requires the free RealPlayer plug-in."

Click this link to visit Zinger Tales.

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