Abbott Elementary star Sheryl Lee Ralph reads Jabari Jumps for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Storyline Online®

February 6, 2023

LOS ANGELES (February 6, 2023) – Award-winning actress and Abbott Elementary star Sheryl Lee Ralph is the newest reader for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s children’s literacy program Storyline Online®. Ralph delivered with her unmatched talent and enthusiasm for her read-aloud of Jabari Jumps. This story was written and illustrated by Gaia Cornwall, who like Sheryl Lee Ralph, received numerous awards and accolades for her brilliant storytelling. 

Jabari Jumps is about working up the courage to take a big, important leap. Jabari is almost ready to make a giant splash, but he needs to figure out what kind of special jump to do. In a sweet tale of overcoming your fears, Gaia Cornwall captures a moment between a patient and encouraging father and a determined little boy who the reader can both relate to and root for.

SAG-AFTRA Foundation President Courtney B. Vance is delighted to welcome Jabari Jumps to the popular children’s literacy library — and is particularly excited to add the incomparable talent Sheryl Lee Ralph to the Storyline Online cast of readers.

“Sheryl Lee Ralph is the perfect storyteller to kick off our 2023 lineup at Storyline Online. Many will recognize Ms. Ralph from her award-winning role as Barbara Howard on Abbott Elementary, but I and many others know her for the myriad of beloved performances she has been bringing us for decades. It’s thrilling to see Ms. Ralph receive all of the recognition she rightly deserves, and we’re so grateful she chose to share her talent in this wonderful way that will add so much value to millions of children’s lives,” says Vance.

As with all Storyline Online read-alouds, Jabari Jumps is accompanied by a complementary supplemental activity guide for teachers that aligns with Common Core Standards that strengthen verbal, written and comprehension skills. Jabari Jumps has themes like courage, perseverance, fear and family support and is aimed towards children from 1st to 3rd grade.

With over 900 million views worldwide, Storyline Online has been a trusted educational brand and free literacy resource for teachers and parents since 2001. Storyline Online remains committed to providing extra help to teachers in classrooms and parents with school-age children at home.

Sheryl Lee Ralph joins the illustrious cast of Storyline Online readers including Angela Bassett, Kristen Bell, Connie Britton, Terry Crews, Viola Davis, Rosario Dawson, Cynthia Erivo, Sutton Foster, Jennifer Garner,  Allison Janney, John Lithgow, Rami Malek, Seth Meyers, Chris Pine, Justin Theroux, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Yeoh, and dozens more who have volunteered their time and talent to promote literacy and inspire a love of reading in hundreds of millions of children worldwide.To watch Jabari Jumps and all of Storyline Online’s read-alouds, visit Keep up with new videos by subscribing to Storyline Online on YouTube and following Storyline Online on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Sheryl Lee Ralph reads for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s children’s literacy program Storyline Online® / Photo courtesy of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation


An Emmy®-nominated program of the nonprofit SAG-AFTRA Foundation, Storyline Online® streams 74 videos at no cost to children, parents, and educators worldwide. The site receives over nine million views every month and is endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers and the American Library Association, as well as 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


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