Welcome to Storytime By Design, Inc, a children’s entertainment, licensing and publishing company specializing in producing musical story hours.   We also serve as a premiere “StoryTime” gift site. In addition, we have just launched our first “StoryTime Jam-This Book Rocks!” Awards to recognize top children’s authors and illustrators. We started out as a “Mommy and Me” company with our “StoryTime Jam” musical story hours. Endorsed by the producers of So Smart!, winner of over 30 National Parenting Awards, our mommy and me StoryTime adventures exposed children to classic and current fiction from exciting and upcoming authors in children’s literature. A perfect StoryTime adventure for children 6 months-5 years old, we have changed the face of story time by making it structured, educational, entertaining and interactive!  Today, we license our original story hours nationwide to early child hood centers, children’s gyms and to entrepreneurs looking to operate their own branch of STBD, Inc. StoryTime Jam classes.


We also create original musical story hours for children’s authors looking to launch a book.  We work with publishers as well as children’s authors and include original music, puppetry, art, and movement games to make a unique and exciting presentation that help sell books and make the author shine during their reading. We have created story hour presentations for many children’s authors and have created unique musical compositions for their books as well.  Our mailing list is also helpful to children’s authors and publishers.  StoryTime By Design, Inc. is the go to company when you want emails sent to our list of over 20,000 subscribers.


Advised by highly accredited educational experts and pediatricians, our curriculum incorporates educational activities which help develop fine motor skills, color and letter recognition, counting numbers and socialization skills through the stories of each book.


By using visual aides, funky hip-hop music, and various teaching components, children will experience the joy of storytelling, and take home unique language, speech and pre-reading comprehension skills.  Puppetry, dramatic play, music and art are also apart of the “Storytime By Design- StoryTime Jam” experience.


In addition, valuable socialization skills necessary for ongoing school success will also be stressed. Author visits and readings are also apart of this innovative experience.


We released our award winning cd “It’s a StoryTime Jam, Volume 1” and our book, “Millie and Her Magnificent Mess.” We also will introduce our Concept/Category “Im Thinking Of”  books which will help develop expressive and descriptive language and will provide activities to bond with your child and allow for communication.  And with our dvd/television series in the works, all children will be able to experience a StoryTime By Design jammin adventure.


Enjoy participating in Storytime By Design classes :

*Develop a love for reading and hearing a story

*Instill a passion for books in a variety of genres

*Exposure to expressive language and concepts with an emphasis on visual, verbal, sequential patterning, and comprehension skills.

*Open children’s eyes and minds to new ways of looking at the world and to encourage creativity to explore beyond the immediate story.

*Build on the children’s growing attention span as their experience allows them to be more attentive for longer periods of time.



Founders:

Karen Levine- Co-Owner

Cori Cohen- Co-Owner



Biographies


Cori Cohen


Cori Cohen has worked in Public Relations and Marketing for over 20 years.  Her clients have run the gamut from Lifestyle, Publishing and Fashion Corporations to Entertainment Personalities.  Cori also has a BA in English Literature and a BFA in Music from UCLA.


In addition to a career in PR and Marketing, Cori has worked as a songwriter  producing music for various production companies. She has also worked as a back-up vocalist at Record Plant for a number of established recording artists. A principal member of The Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, Cori toured for five years with the National Children’s Theater Company, LB Productions and appeared in over 15 of their productions.


Cori currently serves as Communications Director for the StoryTime By Design, Inc. brand and is the Executive Producer of “It’s a StoryTime Jam-Volume 1.”  She also is the author of “Millie and Her Magnificent Mess”  “Ben and His Magic Binky” and “Who Ate the Donut?”


Cori currently resides in NYC with her husband Jonathan and two children, Juliette and Benjamin.


Co-Founder Cori Cohen recommends her favorite picture pooks:


The Day Leo Said I Hate You by Robbie H. Harris


Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox


Lady Liberty: A Biography by Doreen Rappaport


A Child’s Day: An Alphabet of Play by Ida Pearle


The House In The Night by Susan Marie Swanson


Garmann’s Summer by Stian Hole


A River of Words: The Life of William Carlos Williams by Melissa Sweet


Rotten Richie and The Ultimate Dare by Patricia Polacco


Sally and The Something by George O’Connor


The Daddy Book by Todd Parr


Duck For President by Doreen Cronin


Millie and Her Magnificent Mess By Cori Cohen and Karen Levine


Ben and His Magic Binky By Cori Cohen


“I’m Thinking 0f---What Can It Be? By Cori Cohen and Karen Levine


Karen Levine


Karen Levine is a renowned physical therapist and former director of a large outpatient rehabilitation center.  She also designs and helps implement wellness/rehabilitation centers and programs for the disabled; lectures and teaches on preventative medicine and quality of life issues; and has worked with children, professional athletes, sports teams and corporations.  Additionally, she is a former United States health policy advisor to the World Economic forum in Geneva, Switzerland, and was an advisor to the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) and helped develop the “HEAL” partnership (Healthy Living and Active living Global partnership).


She has been very active in the educational community. Previously she was a management analyst to the vice dean for finance and administration at Columbia University's  Mailman School of Public Health, Served as a board of Advisor to Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, and even was a president of the Parents Association of a New York City Elementary School. 


Currently, she is a board member of Columbia University Children’s Center for Environmental Health and volunteers for numerous organizations. She resides with her husband and 2 young daughters in Manhattan and is very active in the community.


Co-Founder Karen Levine recommends her favorite picture books:


The Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown


GoodNight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown


If you Give a Mouse a Muffin, by Laura Joffee Numeroff


Barney's ABC, 123 &More, by Guy Davis


Are You My Mother?  by, P D Eastman.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle


Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?, by Bill Martin Jr.


Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?, by Dr. Suess   


For 2-3.5 year olds, “The Gimmies” by The Berensteins.

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