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Celebrate July and August Holidays with Storyline Online!

July 9, 2019

Celebrate July and August 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.

Tuesday, June 9: Cow Appreciation Day

Watch Eric Close read When Pigasso Met Mootisse.
What begins as a neighborly overture between a painterly pig and an artsy cow escalates into a monumental modern art mess! Before you can say paint-by-numbers, the two artists are calling each other names and building a fence between them. But it turns out that what divides them also reunites them.

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Thursday, July 11: World Population Day

Watch Ed O’Neill read How I Learned Geography.
Having fled from war in their troubled homeland, a boy and his family are living in poverty in a strange country. Food is scarce, so when the boy’s father brings home a map instead of bread for supper, at first the boy is furious. But when the map is hung on the wall, it floods their cheerless room with color. As the boy studies its every detail, he is transported to exotic places without ever leaving the room, and he eventually comes to realize that the map feeds him in a way that bread never could.

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Sunday, July 14: Shark Awareness Day

Watch Chris Pine read Clark the Shark.
Clark is a shark with zing, bang, and boom. Clark zooms into school, crashes through the classroom, and is rowdy at recess. Clark loves life – but when his enthusiasm is too much for his friends, Clark’s teacher, Mrs. Inkydink, helps him figure out a way to tone it down. Clark the Shark celebrates boisterous enthusiasm – and knowing when it’s time for indoor voices.

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Saturday, August 3: National Twin Day

Watch Tia & Tamera Mowry read No Mirrors In My Nana’s House.
There are no mirrors in my Nana’s house. No mirrors to reflect the cracks in the wall, the clothes that don’t fit, the trash in the hallway. No mirrors. But there is love. The beauty in this child’s world is in her Nana’s eyes. It’s like the rising of the sun…

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Sunday, August 4: International Friendship Day

Watch Ty Burrell read Mice Twice.
Cat and Miss Mouse become involved in a round of uneasy hospitality when Miss Mouse accepts Cat’s dinner invitation. While Cat expects her to walk right into his trap, Miss Mouse outsmarts him by asking her close friend Dog to join her. The animals perform a literal game of cat-and-mouse through dinner invitations, continuously amping up their efforts until a hilarious and fitting conclusion results. Mice Twice is a charming, funny and thoughtful fable about friendship, cleverness, irony, self-awareness and manners.

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Watch Michelle Yeoh read Lotus & Feather.
A winter illness left Lotus, a little girl, without a voice and without friends. A hunter’s bullet left Feather, a crane, injured and unable to fly. As Lotus nurses Feather back to health, their bond grows. Soon Feather is following Lotus everywhere, even to school! The bird dances to the girl’s reed whistle, much to the delight of the other children. One day, when the village floods, Feather helps raise the alarm as Lotus and her grandfather urge their neighbors to get to high ground. Feather is a true friend to Lotus, but the time comes when Lotus must be a true friend to him–by encouraging him to migrate with the rest of the cranes. The next spring, Feather miraculously returns, and that’s not all . . . he has brought new life to the nearby lake. Inspired by the true story of a crane that rescued a Chinese village, and graced with sensitive watercolor illustrations, this lovely book about respecting nature offers deep emotion and delightful surprises.

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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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Sunday, August 10: World Lion Day

Watch Mindy Sterling read Library Lion.
Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren’t any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the children at story hour. And he never roars in the library, at least not anymore. But when something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how.

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Wednesday, August 14: National Monster Day

Watch Rita Moreno read I Need My Monster.
Ethan is a little boy who can’t fall asleep without the ragged breathing and claw-scratching of his favorite monster, Gabe. But Gabe has left a note that he’s gone fishing, so Ethan knocks on his floor to summon a series of substitute ghoulies.

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Watch Lily Tomlin read Hey, That’s My Monster.
When Ethan looks under the bed for his monster, he finds this note instead: “So long, kid. Gotta go. Someone needs me more than you do. –Gabe” How will Ethan ever get to sleep without his monster’s familiar, comforting snorts? And who could need Gabe more than Ethan does? Gabe must have gone to Ethan’s little sister’s room! She has been climbing out of bed every night to play, and obviously needs a monster to help her get to sleep – but not HIS monster! Ethan tries to help his sister find her own monster, but none are the perfect blend of cute and creepy. Just when it seems that Ethan will lose his monster forever, an uninvited, tutu-toting little monster full of frightening fun appears.

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Wednesday, August 14: World Lizard Day

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.

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Saturday, August 17: National Honeybee Day

Watch Rashida Jones read Please Please the Bees.
Life is sweet for Benedict. Every morning he wakes up to find jars of fresh honey on his back porch. He makes honey toast for breakfast, bakes honey cake in the afternoon, and drinks honey tea before bed. But one day, the jars on Benedict’s porch are empty. The bees in his backyard have gone on strike! They are tired of doing all the work around the hive. What can Benedict do to make the bees happy and bring sweetness back to his days?

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Wednesday, August 21: National Senior Citizens Day

Watch Bradley Whitford read Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge.
Wilfrid lives next to a retirement home, and his favorite old person is 96-year-old Miss Nancy. Everyone says Miss Nancy has lost her memory, and despite the fact that Wilfrid doesn’t even know what a memory is, by accident he helps her find it.

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Monday, August 26: International Dog 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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Watch Haylie Duff read Romeow & Drooliet.
Romeow the cat and Drooliet the dog are two star-crossed lovers who meet by chance, marry in secret and are kept apart by a snarling rottweiler, appalled owners and the animal control warden.

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Celebrate June Holidays with Storyline Online!

Celebrate June 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.

Wednesday, June 5: World Environment Day

Watch Justin Theroux read Here Comes the Garbage Barge.
Before everyone recycled…there was a town that had 3,168 tons of garbage and nowhere to put it. What did they do?  Enter the Garbage Barge! This mostly true and completely stinky story is sure to make you say “Pee-yew!”

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Friday, June 7: National Doughnut Day

At first glance, Arnie looks like an average doughnut – round, cakey, iced and sprinkled, with a hole in the middle. He was made by one of the best bakeries in town, and admittedly his sprinkles are candy-colored. Still, a doughnut is just a doughnut, right? WRONG! Not if Arnie has anything to say about it. And, for a doughnut, he sure seems to have an awful lot to say. Can Arnie change the fate of all doughnuts – or at least have a hand in his own future?

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Saturday, June 8: World Ocean’s Day

Watch Chris Pine read Clark the Shark.
Clark is a shark with zing, bang, and boom. Clark zooms into school, crashes through the classroom, and is rowdy at recess. Clark loves life – but when his enthusiasm is too much for his friends, Clark’s teacher, Mrs. Inkydink, helps him figure out a way to tone it down. Clark the Shark celebrates boisterous enthusiasm – and knowing when it’s time for indoor voices.

View the activity guide here
Watch Ernest Borgnine read The Rainbow Fish.
The Rainbow Fish is an award-winning book about a beautiful fish who finds friendship and happiness when he learns to share. The book is best known for its morals about the value of being an individual and for the distinctive shiny foil scales of the Rainbow Fish.

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Sunday, June 16: Father’s Day

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.

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Thursday, June 20: World Refugee Day

Watch Ed O’Neill read How I Learned Geography.
Having fled from war in their troubled homeland, a boy and his family are living in poverty in a strange country. Food is scarce, so when the boy’s father brings home a map instead of bread for supper, at first the boy is furious. But when the map is hung on the wall, it floods their cheerless room with color. As the boy studies its every detail, he is transported to exotic places without ever leaving the room, and he eventually comes to realize that the map feeds him in a way that bread never could.

View the activity guide here

Monday, June 24: International Fairy Day

Watch Tony Hale read No More Noisy Nights.
Who is making so much noise and how will Jackson ever get to sleep? Despite some silly, sleepy mistakes, genteel Jackson finds a fun and quiet activity for each of his noisy neighbors. He finally gets a great night’s sleep — and discovers three new friends in the morning.

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