Literacy Tips for Storytime

It’s no secret that daily reading with kids can have pretty significant improvement in overall literacy, concentration, imagination, and empathy (just to list a few benefits). Daily reading helps, but these gentle nudges will help guide your reading time!

preview the book

SPOILER ALERT: Before you jump into the story, check out the ending! Tap through a few pages on your tablet or thumb through the first pages in your book. Quickly looking through the story will prime your little one and let them know what to expect. It’s kinda like watching the trailer before committing to something on Netflix…always a good idea!

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Here’s your chance to be sneaky. During the book preview, or maybe just before you read a specific page, point out 1-2 words to your kid. Pick a hard one! This takes the mystery out of certain words and encourages your child to be a confident reader.

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Share the mic! Kids want to read, but sometimes they can get burned out before the end of the story. When you and your little one take turns reading, you’re helping build stamina and showing them that they can finish the story (even if it takes a little help).

retell the story

After the story (whether that’s right after reading time or at your next reading session), have your kiddo retell it from memory. If they need extra help, have them hold the book (or flip back through the tablet ) to spark their memory. This is vital for comprehension and will help them learn to find the key points of the story.

connect the story

Kids learn empathy from learning about other stories that they may not have personally experienced. Connect your story to something your little reader has experienced. Read a story about school? Ask them about their class. Read a story with emotional connections? Ask them about a time in their life when they felt the same way!

The key for improvement is taking a few minutes everyday to read with your little one. It may be slow, but everyday your student will learn something, big or little, that will help them become successful readers.

Happy Reading,

-Raffi, Team StoryBots

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Looking for a super special bedtime story? Check out the Starring-You Books on StoryBots.com! Each Starring-You Book features the ability to change out the face and name for a fully-customized bedtime story. Try it out with the “The Biggest Pizza Ever”!

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Back-to-School with the StoryBots!

Wait…it’s that time already?! The floors have been waxed, the dollar stores have been raided, and your bulletin boards are ready to emerge from their summer slumber.

At StoryBots HQ we’ve collected a few resources that will help make back-to-school season a little easier (and much more exciting).

Activity PacketBlue Banner Single

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This activity packet features craft ideas, writing practice, a calendar, bookmarks, and coloring pages. Print out the first week of school for in-school activities, or send home with students to encourage at-home learning!

BookmarksBlue Banner Single

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Reading should be a daily habit! Encourage even the youngest readers to mark their spots with our StoryBots bookmarks. Don’t forget to write names on the back!

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Encourage your learners to try their best everyday, plus spruce up your classroom! Our Poster Pack includes 5 different designs you can print on standards US Letter paper.

CertificatesBlue Banner Single

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Whether you’re saying congratulations for a successful first week, celebrating a birthday, or highlighting the student-of-the-week, these certificates come in handy.

Classroom PassesBlue Banner Single

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Print these passes and don’t forget to laminate! Includes one hall pass, bathroom pass, library pass, and a blank pass to customize.


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•Use our Art Pack!• 

Make your class a StoryBots party with our Art Pack. Use these images on your teacher-created materials, bulletin boards, and classroom signage. Share your classroom creations with us on Twitter and Instagram!


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Join the StoryBots Teacher Panel

Are you a StoryBots Rockstar? Join our StoryBots Teacher Panel to test out beta updates, provide helpful feedback, and be the first to know about upcoming events (both online and in-person).

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I’m super excited about back-to-school! If there’s anything we can help with, let us know!

Welcome Back,

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StoryBots makes my job as a teacher so much easier and it doesn’t hurt that I enjoy watching it as well!

Ashley, PreK