Nili Yellin–The StoryBook Mom

For the past few months I have been suggesting some amazing pictures books for your little ones to promote the love of reading, but today I am focusing on Chicago’s celebrity reader, Nili Yellin, The StoryBook Mom.


But as a Reading Specialist, I know that putting a book in your little ones’ hands will only take you so far. In order to truly instill a love of reading and learning, you need to provide your children with enriching literacy experiences.

Thankfully we parents in Chicagoland have the talented storyteller Nili Yelin Wronski, otherwise known as The Storybook Mom, to create engaging and enriching book experiences for your family.


What Makes the StoryBook Mom So Special

Nili Yelin Wronski truly makes stories come alive by being energetic and just plain silly, which can be surprising to kids since adults tend to be a bit on the stuffy side. Using her famous “Storytime Stretch,” to start each reading session, Nili uses her powerful voice to have her audience, young and old, hang on her every word.


She describes her storytelling style as “Sit Down Stand Up,” and provides an engaging reading of the written word using a child-centered approach. Her charismatic personality and love of children’s literature is evident with each story telling performance and leaves her audience coming back for more, week after week, month after month.


Where To Find The StoryBook Mom


Mondays 10:30am, Little Threads, 2033 W. Roscoe Street, Chicago

Tuesdays 10:30am, Little Beans Café, 1809 W. Webster Avenue, Chicago

Wednesdays 10:30am, preggers Boutique, 900 N. Michigan Avenue 5th floor, Chicago

(Ends Wednesday March 25th–store closing end of April–great sales going on!)

Wednesdays 4:15pm, Monica + Andy, 2038 N. Halsted, Chicago

Fridays 11am, The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago


First Thursday each month, 10:30am, The BookMarket in Glen Town Center, 2651 Navy Blvd., Glenview

Second Thursday each month, 10:30am, Little Beans Cafe, Evanston, 430 Asbury Avenue, Evanston

Third Thursday each month, 10:30am, Galt Baby, Lincoln Park, 1901 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago

Fourth Thursday each month 11am, Froyo Chicago, Southport, 3746 N. Southport, Chicago

Second and Fourth Fridays each month (starting April 10th) Explore and Much More, 9:45am, 3827 N. Southport, Chicago


Nili also shared some of her top book picks, read them here!


Hope to see you for story time!
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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    She sounds like so much fun. I can totally see why all the kids love her. Mine would, too!

  2. Reginia Cordell says

    When I was a teacher, we had an awesome story teller come to our school weekly. She could turn all books into magic. The kids truly enjoyed having her come. Instilling the love for ready is a great academic as well as social skill.

    • amandasimkin says

      How wonderful! I wish I had a resource like that as a classroom teacher. Instead I just wore silly hats and props while reading–even when I taught high school.

  3. Terri Ramsey Beavers says

    We always go to story time at the library during their summer programs. I really like to listen to the moms that make the stories come alive. The expressions on the kids faces while listening to them is priceless.

    • amandasimkin says

      It’s super important. As a Reading Specialist, I know how important it is to bond with your kids through reading. I’m sure your daughter loves that special time.

  4. Heather says

    Great ideas. I LOVE reading, and our family LOVES family reading time. We try to read together nightly. Even my 18, 15, and 13 year old kiddos still join us. 🙂 We have read some great classics together. I would LOVE to see this lady in person, but alas, Chicago is quite a drive from Knoxville for story time. Thanks for the ideas and inspiration.

    • amandasimkin says

      That’s great that you even have your older kiddos into family reading time–something I aspire to have once my kids are older!

  5. Ashley says

    What an awesome event to take your kids to! My daughters favorite when she was younger was always storytime at the library, I can only imagine how much more fun it would be told my someone so dynamic.

  6. CourtneyLynne says

    This sounds super awesome for young ones!!! Wish there was something like this where I live so my daughter could attend!

  7. Pinay Mommy Online says

    One thing I am passionate about is buying and giving books to my kids. I believe that the love of reading can really help them.

    As for storytellers, my kids love them too! They like it when people read stories for them with voice acting! I wish we can meet The Storybook Mom.

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