Prepare your best monster impression for World Read Aloud Day!

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The StoryBots are super excited to support World Read Aloud Day! Celebrated on the first Wednesday in March, World Read Aloud Day, or WRAD, is dedicated to taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology.

Of course, a great way to celebrate this day and support the cause is to spend some time reading aloud to your child from Starring You Books! Have your child pick his/her favorite book, and settle in for some epic story time.

Here are some tips for reading aloud from LitWorld:

  • Be animated and use a voice that matches the expressions and emotions of the characters during a read aloud to bring the experience alive for listeners.
  • Use different voices for different characters so that children come to recognize dialogue within a text and individual character traits.
  • Ask questions as you read. Ask children to predict what will happen next, or the meaning of a vocabulary word that might be new.
  • Allow children to ask you questions and model the behaviors of an active reader, such as looking back to the text to answer questions.
  • After you finish the story, have a conversation that focuses on connecting the text to the children’s life, their favorite books, or any connections the children come up with.

Check out this kit with even more ideas on how you can celebrate the day!

We’re Crazy for Christmastime!

The holidays are upon us! The StoryBots have been as busy as elves preparing all of our holiday goodies for your family.

For some song & dance merriment, check out our new Starring You Video, Crazy for Christmastime. Personalize the video with the faces of five of your friends and family, and let the holiday spirit take over!

On the go? Cast this video from your iPhone, iPad or iPad touch, with our “Christmas: Starring You!” app available for FREE in the App Store. Download it here.

Bring some Christmas magic to tuck-in time, with the new Starring You Book, “The Christmas List.” The kids will love seeing themselves run through their wish list for Santa in this holiday adventure. Download the app here.

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What would the holiday season be without some crafty fun and delicious recipes? The StoryBots Holiday Activity Book is packed with ideas on how to deck the halls of your home with handmade crafts, bake yummy treats, and of course plenty of coloring and activity pages to fill those winter days.

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Happy holidays from the StoryBots to your family!