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Story Friends™

Story Friends™

Curriculum name

Story Friends


Improves children’s oral language skills, specifically vocabulary and comprehension, through interactive listening sessions.

Age range

4–6 years

Completed by

Early childhood educators, special educators, literacy specialists, literacy coaches, speech-language pathologists, paraprofessionals, teacher aides, classroom volunteers

Time commitment

Each listening session takes approximately 10–15 minutes. Children have 3 sessions a week for 26 weeks, listening to the same storybook/narration 3 times.

Reading success starts here.

How do children become successful readers and learners? It’s a story that starts in their earliest years, when they acquire the language and literacy skills they’ll use for the rest of their lives. Sometimes, though, the story gets off track when young children struggle to learn and understand new words. Intervene early and keep these kids from falling behind with Story Friends™, a fun and engaging language intervention program for 4- to 6-year-olds.

Through 26 interactive storybooks about funny, relatable animals, Story Friends effectively boosts the early language skills that predict success in reading. The program encourages active response: each storybook provides up to 20 opportunities for interaction, as children answer vocabulary prompts and comprehension questions. Not only does Story Friends introduce children to challenging new words—from enormous to exhausted—it also helps kids master key concept words like highlowmany, and few, which will help them learn new academic content faster and easier. And through the lessons woven into the animals vibrantly illustrated stories, children strengthen other important skills, such as solving problems, empathizing, working together, and making friends with others who are different.


  • Gets children ready to read and succeed in school by addressing predictors of reading success
  • Gives children the foundation they need to “learn new concepts through literacy while learning how to use literacy to learn.”—Nickola Wolf Nelson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, Professor Emerita, Western Michigan University
  • Hooks young attention spans with fun illustra­tions, appealing animal characters, rhyming text, interactive story components, and lively narration from Wanda the Word Wolf
  • Helps children learn critical social and emotional skills, including empathy and cooperation
  • Answers the call for research-based interventions—Story Friends was developed by leading early childhood researchers
  • Fits into your existing schedule and requires no special training


What You'll Need

Story Friends™

Story Friends™ Classroom Kit


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Teacher Guide
3 complete sets of 26 storybooks
USB with the audio tracks
Set of 18 shrink-wrapped picture cards

Additional products and resources

Free resources

Story Friends™ sampler

Download the sampler to learn more about Story Friends, a literacy intervention focused on improving oral language skills for preschool and kindergarten children. This sampler includes program benefits, research behind…

Research behind Story Friends™

Read about the research evidence and pilot studies behind Story Friends, a literacy intervention focused on improving oral language skills for preschool and kindergarten children.

Story Friends frequently asked questions

What areas of oral language are addressed in the intervention? How were the words in the Story Friends program chosen? Discover the answers to these and other frequently asked questions.

Training and free webinars

Story Friends is easy to implement, with no specific training needed. Free online professional development modules are provided. All the instructions to the children are provided in the pre-recorded audio narration.

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Strategies for encouraging reading readiness in young children

Do you have children in your program that struggle with oral language skills? The developers of the Story Friends and PAth to Literacy intervention programs present how to help improve…

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Story Friends includes 26 interactive storybooks about funny, relatable animals.