Actor, writer, producer Mark Duplass reads for SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Storyline Online®

February 11, 2020

LOS ANGELES (February 11, 2020) Actor, writer, director and Emmy® Award-winning producer Mark Duplass is the newest reader for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s children’s literacy program Storyline Online® ( Duplass reads When a Dragon Moves In (, written by Jodi Moore and illustrated by Howard McWilliam, and published by Flashlight Press. Duplass currently stars on the Apple TV+ series “The Morning Show.”

“We are so excited to have the multi-talented storyteller Mark Duplass read When a Dragon Moves In for Storyline Online. It’s a terrific new addition to our free digital library,” says Courtney B. Vance, President of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. “Mark’s animated read aloud and character voices are sure to entertain Storyline Online viewers, and his encouraging words when he closes the book about the power of imagination is an inspiring message for young readers.”

When a Dragon Moves In is an imaginative tale about a boy’s day at the beach with his real life family and a mythical creature’s visit to his perfect sandcastle. The story unfolds as Mom, Dad and Sis are busy with their own beach activities, while the boy and his pal engage in an afternoon of playful hijinks. His family disregards the boy’s exciting news about his new friend; however when sandwiches go missing, dragon laughter erupts and claw prints cover the brownies, the boy points to his mischievous friend. Reality and fantasy are called into question When a Dragon Moves In to the perfect beach sandcastle.

Following his captivating 5-minute read aloud, Duplass connects with his young viewers about the power of imagination, “The important thing here is that no matter what people say, if you believe it in your mind, if you can see it in your mind, you’ve got to hang onto it.”

As with all Storyline Online videos, When a Dragon Moves In comes with a complimentary supplemental activity guide aligned with Common Core Standards that strengthens verbal, written and comprehension skills. Aimed at K-1stgrade students, these activities encourage children to engage in critical thinking activities and explore the themes of this book including friendship, imagination and family.

Duplass joins the Storyline Online cast of readers including Oprah Winfrey, Rami Malek, Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Justin Theroux, Michelle Yeoh, Marc Maron and more who have volunteered their time and talent to promote literacy and inspire a love of reading in children.

An Emmy®-nominated program of the non-profit SAG-AFTRA Foundation, Storyline Online® streams 56 videos at no cost to children, parents, and educators worldwide. The site receives over 10 million views every month and is endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers, representing 1.7 million teachers and education professionals.

In addition to the website, Storyline Online offers a free app for iPhone and Chrome devices.

To watch When a Dragon Moves In and all of the Storyline Online videos, visit Keep up with new videos in 2020 by subscribing to Storyline Online on YouTube and following Storyline Online on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides vital assistance and free educational programming to the professionals of SAG-AFTRA while serving the public at large through its award-winning children’s literacy program Storyline Online®. The Foundation relies solely on support from gifts, grants and sponsorships to maintain its free programs. For more information, visit

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