Chapter Fun

nili yelin!

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 Mom”).

Shake, Rattle, and Read
Before you begin a book, tell your child to stand up and wiggle around. It engages the senses and shakes out the sillies so he can focus on the story.

Say No to Monotone
Play with volume (loud whispers build suspense), pause, speed up, or slow down to accent the action. Make a lovable character sound like a grandmother and a villain sound like a lion or tiger.

Encourage Imagination
Ask your child to look at the cover and guess what the story is about. Before you finish the tale, prompt him to imagine different endings.

Make It Interactive
Invent a magic word; when it comes up, have your kid clap his hands or freeze. Get him to say aloud the phrases repeated throughout the book. It all sharpens attention to detail.

Oh, the places you’ll go.

Nili Yelin hosts story hour every Friday, at 11 a.m., at The Book Cellar, 4736 North Lincoln Avenue, at Giddings Street (773-293-2665 or bookcellarinc.com). For additional appearances, go to thestorybookmom.com.

this week in chicago!

Shedd Aquarium Free Admission Week
Access the water world’s original galleries at no cost. Also discounts on admission to the Oceanarium and Fantasea aquatic show.
Why: Soak up the savings.
When: Sat.-Jan. 21. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., at McFetridge Dr. (312-939-2438).

Giggle Winter Sale
Score 15-75 percent off the boutique’s holiday items, apparel, gear, decor, and more.
Why: Modern finds from Egg, Tea, Zutano, Stokke, and Dwell Studio.
When: Thru Jan. 31. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 2116 N. Halsted St., b/t Dickens & Webster Sts. (773-296-6228); online at giggle.com.

The Laurie Berkner Band
The Nick Jr. network fave performs a pajama party concert with catchy guitar grooves aplenty.
Why: New children’s books and pj’s are being collected to benefit The Pajama Program.
When: Sun., 1 p.m.
Where: Genesee Theatre, 203 Genesee St., at Clayton St., Waukegan. Tickets at 847-263-6300 or online at ticketmaster.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Nili Yelin

Genesee Theatre
203 S Genesee St
@ Clayton St
Waukegan, IL 60085
2116 N Halsted St
bt Webster & Dickens Aves
Chicago, IL 60614
4736 N Lincoln Ave
@ W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
1200 S Lake Shore Dr
@ Roosevelt Rd
Chicago, IL 60605