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Quackenstein Hatches a Family

March 5, 2018

Crack open this tale of family and fright, as cute as it is creepy. All the animals in the zoo have friends and family to play with and love. All of them, that is, except Quackenstein. Lonely and bitter in his ramshackle corner, he decides to adopt an egg. He cares for it diligently, waiting until the moment when it will hatch a baby duck of his own.

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

February 20, 2013

Mr. Hatch is a drab, predictable gentleman who leads a painfully ordered and uninteresting life. One Valentine’s Day a giant candy-filled heart is delivered to Mr. Hatch with a note that reads, “Somebody loves you.”

Celebrate a New Year (and Decade!) with Storyline Online!

January 28, 2020

Celebrate January holidays and special dates with Storyline Online® and take advantage of our free activity guides aligned with Common Core Standards to help strengthen comprehension and verbal and written language skills! 

Downloadable activity guides (pdfs) are located beneath each video.


Saturday, January 4: National Spaghetti Day

Watch Mary Steenburgen read Strega Nona.
Strega Nona – “Grandma Witch” – is the source for potions, cures, magic and comfort in her Calabrian town. Her magical ever-full pasta pot is especially intriguing to hungry Big Anthony. He is supposed to look after her house and tend her garden, but one day, when she goes over the mountain to visit Strega Amelia, Big Anthony recites the magic verse over the pasta pot, with disastrous results.

View the activity guide here.

Monday, January 6: Sherlock Holmes’ Birthday

Watch Esai Morales read Private I. Guana.
Leon the chameleon is missing! But Ace detective Private I. Guana is on the case. This engaging adventure will tickle your funny bone.

View the activity guide here.
Watch Wanda Sykes read The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake
When crime happens, especially when food goes missing on Ed’s farm, mouse crime fighters and food detectives Wilcox and Griswold are the animals to call. When Miss Rabbit’s carrot cake goes missing, they do what it takes to track down the thieves.

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Tuesday, January 8: National Bubble Bath Day

Watch Betty White read Harry the Dirty Dog.
Harry is a white dog with black spots who loves everything…except baths. So one day before bath time, Harry runs away.

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Monday, January 13: National Rubber Duck Day

Watch Robert Guillaume read Guji Guji.
Guji Guji is quite content with his life as a duckling, despite the fact that he doesn’t look anything like his brothers. Then one fateful day, he meets up with three nasty, grinning creatures.

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Watch Kristen Bell read Quackenstein Hatches A Family.
Crack open this tale of family and fright, as cute as it is creepy. All the animals in the zoo have friends and family to play with and love. All of them, that is, except Quackenstein. Lonely and bitter in his ramshackle corner, he decides to adopt an egg. He cares for it diligently, waiting until the moment when it will hatch a baby duck of his own.

View the activity guide here.

Tuesday, January 21: Squirrel Appreciation Day

Watch Sarah Silverman read A Tale of Two Beasts
There are two sides to every story. In Part One, a little girl finds a strange beast in the woods and takes it home as a pet. She feeds it, shows it off to her friends and gives it a hat. But that night it escapes. Then, in Part Two, the beast tells the story of being kidnapped by the girl, who force-fed it squirrel food, scared it with a group of beasts and wrapped it in wool. Can the two beasts resolve their differences? A Tale of Two Beasts is an eye-opening story that makes you look at things from a different perspective.

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Thursday, January 23: National Pie Day

Watch Camryn Manheim read Enemy Pie
It was the perfect summer. That is, until Jeremy Ross moved into the house down the street and became Enemy Number One. Luckily, Dad has a surefire way to get rid of enemies – Enemy Pie.

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