SAG Life Achievement Recipient Rita Moreno Reads to Rosa Parks Elementary Students in Berkeley, CA for SAG Foundation’s Children’s Literacy Initiative

January 24, 2014

BERKELEY, CA (January 24, 2014)This morning, legendary actress, singer and author Rita Moreno performed a live reading for second and third grade students at Rosa Parks Elementary in Berkeley, California following the release of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s newest Storyline Online video: I Need My Monster written by Amanda Noll, illustrated by Howard McWilliam and featuring Ms. Moreno as the reader. A gifted and charismatic storyteller, Moreno employed distinctive and fantastical monster voices to tell the story of a boy who discovers the monster that has been living under his bed has gone fishing and he must find a substitute monster.

“The SAG Foundation is grateful to Rita Moreno for creating such a memorable recording for our Storyline Online website. The fan mail from teachers and parents who have watched the video I Need My Monster is already streaming in,” says Jill Seltzer, Executive Director of the SAG Foundation.

On January 18, 2014 at the 20th Annual SAG Awards®, Moreno was presented with the SAG Life Achievement Award for her career achievements and humanitarian work, including her volunteer contributions to the SAG Foundation’s children’s literacy programs. Moreno joins fellow SAG Life Achievement Award recipients Ernest Borgnine, James Earl Jones and Betty White as SAG Foundation Storyline Online readers.

Click here to watch Rita Moreno read I Need My Monster. View the entire SAG Foundation Storyline Online collection of celebrated actors reading to award-winning books to children at

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To help inspire a love of reading in children, Storyline Online streams 25 creative videos that feature celebrated actors reading award-winning children’s books. With more than 50 million lifetime views, Storyline Online videos are available 24 hours a day for children, parents and educators around the world. For each video, the site provides supplemental curriculum developed by an early childhood literacy specialist that aims to strengthen comprehension, verbal and written skills for English-language learners worldwide. Visit Storyline Online at
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