I ask that you please carve out 11 minutes from your busy life and watch Bartlett and Daniels read the children’s story, Knots on a Counting Rope. The counting rope is a metaphor for the passage of time and for a boy’s emerging confidence facing his greatest challenges: blindness and the approaching death of his beloved grandfather. It was written by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault and illustrated in watercolor by Ted Rand.

In a time when people’s differences are being amplified and exploited to challenge America’s future, this sweet story is astoundingly relevant.

Native American Heritage Day is Friday, November 23

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.

Story Line Online receives over 100 million views annually from children all over the world.

You can learn more about Story Line Online here. Consider supporting this program—you can help the SAG-AFTRA Foundation create more Storyline Online videos and new content, so that we can read to millions more children every month. By giving a gift to Storyline Online, you can help advance children’s literacy, and improve children’s lives. Your support makes a world of difference.

Just as learning the concept of truth is important to youngsters, telling stories to children helps make important truths come alive.