"The highly popular Storybook Mom"
-Chicago Tribune Feb. 2007
"The most popular storyteller in these parts"
-Time Out Chicago March 2008
"The Storybook MomTM... she cracks me up"
-posting on Yelp.com Spring 2008
"Mahalo for the wonderful story telling you provided at the Shedd Aquarium this past weekend. I’m so sorry I was not able to meet you in person, but I was the gal standing to the side watching you dazzle the children with a surf adventure."
The Island of O‘ahu, The Heart of Hawaii
Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Nili Yelin, A.K.A. the Storybook Mom. A Wilmette resident and NU graduate, Nili is known throughout the Chicagoland area for her interactive style of storytelling and ability to communicate her passion for literature to her listeners.
New Year's Eve 2014–First Night Evanston
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When the moment came for Nili Yelin to name her daughter 16 years ago, there was really no debate. It was going to be Emily, after Emily Dickinson, her favorite poet. It was Dickinson, after all, who wrote: "A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day."
It can be fun for youngsters, too, as parents, children and other family members who visited the Wilmette Public Library on Saturday learned.
The Book Cellar (4736 N Lincoln Ave, 773-293-2665) 11am, free. A week’s worth of story times wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Nili Yellin, a.k.a. The Storybook MomTM and the most popular kids’ storyteller in town. We like catching her at this Lincoln Square store best so we can browse the awesome selection of grown-up titles and get a good cappuccino, too.
Be My Guest! An Interview with Nili Yelin, Jack of all Trades, Master of Many from Planning Possibilities, New & Views Brought to You by Michelle Coussens, Plan B Consulting, www.businessplanningforyou.com
Nili Yelin is a storyteller--part-time for kids and part-time for adults. A graduate of the Northwestern University theatre school, Nili spent twelve years in New York as a working actress in theater, film and television. She was a writer and performer for MTV Networks, appeared regularly on Saturday Night Live and performed her own original stand-up comedy in clubs throughout the East Coast.
Your little Antsypants thinks Goodnight Moon’s a snore and won’t sit still for Seuss. Help him get on page with these storytelling tips from Nili Yelin (a.k.a. “The Storybook MomTM”).
Books on Vernon Event to Benefit Preschool
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. Read more>>
Chicago-area authors continue to tell us about their favorite characters from childhood books as a preview to this year's Children's Read & Write Program, which invites children to submit book reviews for possible publication. Read more>>
The Art of Storytelling
Actress brings drama to kids books
“I loved it,” said Yelin, who is The Storybook MomTM.
It’s a business she started five years ago, reading and dramatizing picture books to young children.
Every night at my house ends with my kids begging me to read them “one more” story! Although I truly enjoy reading my kids books, I have to admit that I get a bit tired of reading the same books every night. I like to spice it up with new books, especially books that tie into the season or an upcoming holiday. Read more>>
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On the Block | A New Chapter
Boutique owners offer an educational shopping experience that appeals to book enthusiasts of all ages.
As children's retailers begin preparing for the bustling back-to-school shopping season, many merchants are filling their calendars with in-shop storytimes to entertain local children and lure customers.
At Alexis Eyler's boutique, Lollie, located just north of Chicago, tots are treated to regular performances by Nili Yelin, a 12-year veteran of New York's theater industry, a frequent Saturday Night Live guest and a popular storyteller in the Chicago area.
On the 3rd Thursday of each month, Lollie hosts a free story time lead by Nili Yelin, (The Storybook MomTM). Join them for song-singing and story-telling fun. Nili is a vibrant, engaging storyteller who is a master at making books come alive. The story time is open to all ages and a lot of fun for kids and adults!
Tomorrow is the first ever World Read Aloud Day. Pam Allyn author of “What to Read When”, and founder of LitWorld created this day to celebrate the wonderfulness of reading aloud to our children, or to anybody for that matter.
When we read out loud to our kids there is a super-special thing that happens. Everybody slows down, we focus on each other and the story, and we share an adventure together.
For today’s Top Five Tuesday post I’ve invited one of Chicago’s most popular storytellers Ms. Nili Yelin to share her five most favorite books to read aloud to her audiences.
Nili is known for making books come to life for children as well as teaching grown-ups how to make reading aloud to kids an amazing experience for everyone. She’s a performer at heart and has a nack for drawing kids in and presenting books in unusually new and exciting ways.
Time Out Chicago Summer 2009
Real "Desperate Housewife" Turns Her Passion into Something Creative for Kids
The 'Storybook Mom' ignites children's imaginations by combining storytelling with crafts music and dance.
OK, so she's not so much a 'desperate housewife' as a "frustrated artist,' but suburban Chicago mom Nili Yelin - mother of Emily, 10 and Matthew, six - has found a way to turn her passion for acting and storytelling into enriching entertainment for kids. A graduate of the Northwestern University theatre school, Nili spent twelve years in New York City as a stand-up comedienne and working actress, making appearances on MTV and Saturday Night Live, and performing her comedy in clubs throughout the East Coast. After marrying, relocating and moving to the Midwest, Nili needed a new way to keep her creative juices flowing, earn some money, and balance it all with being an attentive wife and mother. Fortunately, her overactive imagination came to the rescue.
Today she is in high demand, working the children's party circuit north and west of Chicago, and performing for diverse audiences everywhere from the Chicago Botanic Garden, to Chicago Parents magazine, to local museums and bookstores. She was recently invited to entertain children at Chicago's First Night 2004. She does anywhere for four to ten storytimes a week.
"It's a great job," says Nili of being the 'Storybook Mom.' "I'm having fun, and so are the kids - what could be more rewarding than that?"
Article by Amy Borell, Boston, MA, Nov. 2004
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