When the thought of one more run through Fox in Socks
is too much for parents to bear, help is just a phone call away. Kids calling Storyline
get stories read to them by local celebrities
. The stories follow monthly themes, and the selection changes weekly
. Readings last about five to 10 minutes - or more, for kids who know where the "redial" button is! Pass the cell phone
into the backseat and kids can even get a story "read to them" while you drive
An online version of the service, Storyline Online
, is also available, as is a free email newsletter outlining upcoming themes and offering reading suggestions.