Author Adam Rubin Wakes Up Your Bedtime Routine

Storytelling Tips from a Pro

adam rubin storytelling tips!

Your little sleepyhead’s bedtime routine includes reading his favorite book — over and over and over.

So you don’t doze off, we asked local comedian, improviser, and writer Adam Rubin (Those Darn Squirrels and Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door) to count down his top ten ways to make story time less mind-numbing.

10. Read every single word in the book, including the copyright page, dust jacket, and any words that appear in the pictures.

9. Fake a German accent.

8. Sing the story to the tune of Don McLean’s “American Pie.”

7. Feign extreme difficulty turning the pages.

6. After each page, close the book, say “the end,” turn off the lights, and move to Canada.

5. Pretend to struggle pronouncing a simple word then insist your child is wrong when he tries to correct you.

4. Scream any word that begins with K.

1. Skip a few pages. (No one will notice.)

Those Darn Squirrels and Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door are available at The Book Cellar, 4736 North Lincoln Avenue, at West Lawrence Avenue (773-293-2665 or bookcellarinc.com); online at amazon.com, $7-$12.

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Photo: Courtesy of Adam Rubin

602 Davis St
@ Chicago Ave
Evanston, IL 60202
4736 N Lincoln Ave
@ W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
1400 S Lake Shore Dr
@ McFetridge Dr
Chicago, IL 60605
78 E Washington St
@ Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60602