Nili YelinThe Storybook Mom
Award-winning Nili Yelin has combined her professional theatre career with mommyhood to create The Storybook Mom. Using an interactive, educational and highly amusing style, Ms. Yelin likes to call her story-telling, “Sit Down Stand-up.” She delivers a full performance of the written word, even though the words are few, rhyming, and surrounded by pictures.
Along with her many weekly storytimes, Yelin regularly hosts the annual Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest Children’s Stage. She story-tells for the Field Museum and their podcasts for children in association with The Crown Family Play Lab, The Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science and Industry, and various venues around Chicago and the suburbs. Yelin has expressed the lofty goal of having “every kid in Chicago know their ABC’s backwards before they enter preschool.”
Ms. Yelin’s outreach includes after-school programs with the Chicago Mayor’s office, homeless shelters and domestic violence centers; The Center for Companies That Care on their corporate literacy initiative, Terrific Tales, performing in schools and libraries on Chicago’s South Side; Bernie’s Book Bank, a not-for-profit organization that collects and distributes books to low income schools; and Creatively Caring and Sunrise Homes, storytelling for children with autism and special needs and older people with dementia.
After graduating in Theatre from Northwestern University, Ms. Yelin wrote and performed for MTV Networks and then for Saturday Night Live. She is also a voice-over talent. Today Yelin is the Chicago Ambassador for World Read Aloud Day presented by LitWorld.org, furthering global literacy.
Yelin has appeared on WGN TV News and in numerous magazines, newspapers, websites and blogs. Awarded “Best Storyteller” by Make It Better Magazine, Chicago Tribune and Time Out Chicago Magazine.
The Modern Mom Society Podcast, Episode 5: How to make story time fun and engage your children in stories, how to choose a good picture book, ways to encourage reading in your children, and tips for making up stories on the spot