Actor, producer, and mom Connie Britton understands all too well how busy things can get in a child’s life after school. That’s why multiple Emmy-nominee decided to lend her talents to Storyline Online by reading the fanciful yet poignant story of The Busy Life of Ernestine Buckmeister —a little girl who’s over-scheduled, exhausted, and in need of plain old play!
Written by Linda Ravin Lodding and illustrated by Suzanne Beaky, the story offers a new, albeit quite retro, idea of possibly not packing every hour of a child’s schedule with things to do. Britton dives right into these possibly controversial waters and emerges a winner—after all, Ernestine’s thoughts on her schedule are certainly worth hearing, if not heeding!
Having Their Point of View Heard
SAG-AFTRA Foundation President Courtney B. Vance certainly agrees that everybody deserves to have their point of view heard.
“Allowing our kids to have all sorts of experiences is definitely a beautiful thing—and as we know, some kids have more choices than others. The important thing, I think, is to let every child have a say in how they spend some of their time each day. It builds character in the long run, and I love that Connie, who is one of the strongest advocates for kids out there, is bringing this delightful story to life for our young readers and their families.”
As with all Storyline Online videos, The Busy Life of Ernestine Buckmeister is accompanied by a complementary supplemental activity guide for teachers and parents. Aimed at 1st – 3rd-grade students, these activities encourage children to engage in critical thinking and explore the book’s themes, including the importance of play and imagination, overscheduling, and mindfulness and balance.
Britton joins the cast of Storyline Online readers including Oprah Winfrey, Rami Malek, Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Justin Theroux, Michelle Yeoh, Marc Maron, Nancy Cartwright, Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Garner, John Lithgow, and many more who have volunteered their time and talent to promote literacy and inspire a love of reading in hundreds of millions of children worldwide.
About Storyline Online
An Emmy-nominated program of the nonprofit SAG-AFTRA Foundation, Storyline Online streams videos at no cost to children, parents, and educators worldwide. The site receives over 15 million views every month and is endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers, and named one of the best websites by the American Association of School Librarians.
In addition to the website, Storyline Online offers a free app for iPhone and Chrome devices. Storyline Online, like all SAG-AFTRA Foundation programs, relies solely on support from gifts, grants and sponsorships to produce new content. For more information, visit storylineonline.net.
Top photo courtesy of SAG-AFTRA Foundation.
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