In surfing the internet tonight, I have found a veritable treasure trove of goodies to share with my Kindermusik families. I won’t unload all of them in one post because they’re just too good to cram them into one listing. Here’s the first treasure I found!
BookPALS Storyline Online - funded by a grant to the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) by Idearc Media – is a fabulous site for child and parent both to enjoy. It is an innovative site featuring well-known actors reading some of the best children’s books aloud with enjoyable music and terrific sound effects added. I found myself sitting here, enjoying Melissa Gilbert of “Little House on the Prairie” fame reading My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother, by one of my favorite authors, Patricia Polacco.
I also enjoyed Bonnie Bartlett and William Daniels, two of my very favorite actors, reading Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault, the story of a young Native American boy and his grandfather recalling the night of the boy’s birth. William Daniels is a magnificent grandfather (I love his distinctive voice!), and Bonnie Bartlett easily bridges the gender gap of the young boy’s voice.
Who better to read a child’s book and bring it to life than these two talented actors?
BookPALS is a program of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. It was founded in 1993 by Barbara Bain, star of 60′s television show “Mission Impossible” and wife of actor Martin Landau. It is founded on a very clear premise that “children should be exposed to the magic of books to develop a love of reading.” It has 12 chapters throughout the nation, with more than 2,000 volunteers who serve more than 100,000 children each week by reading aloud at public schools, hospitals, on the phone, online, and other cultural venues.
Give your child and yourself a treat by sitting down together at your computer, turning up your sound, and then face the difficult decision of which book to listen to first!