Nerissa's Celebration (a collection of 30 read-aloud stories)

Nerissa's Celebration (a collection of 30 read-aloud stories)

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Nerissa's Celebration is the 3rd volume in our Story-a-Day Initiative: a Literacy Program that drives progress through fun, compelling and affordable stories each and every day of the month.

  • This collection includes stories about
  • roly-poly fat cats and super-duper-staticy cats,
  • dancing bears and piggy princesses,
  • a boy with lead boots,
  • kids who actually want monsters under their beds
  • and more!

And of course, there are dragons and a whole lot of other adventurous and exciting things hiding inside.

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Our Stories

This is a collection of knowonder! Read-Aloud stories.

Read-aloud stories and picture books are very different from each other. They are both needed, but they provide very different benefits. (learn more on

Consider these key benefits of read-aloud stories:

  • Listening skills are built
  • concentration improves as children learn to sit still and focus
  • comprehension and understanding of events (cause and effect relationships) is enhanced
  • imagination is actively exercised as children imagine the scenes, characters and worlds the words create
  • vocabulary is increased as children discover new words
  • a child’s ability to guess meanings of new words grows
  • children become more confident because they know they are cared for and loved and because they can express their thoughts and needs
  • children are better-enabled to make friends and good relationships because their communication skills are increased
  • learning in all subjects becomes much easier because the brain is literally being wired to learn and take in new information
  • family bonds are strengthened and reinforced, creating an atmosphere of love, trust and communication in the home which will last a lifetime

While it can be said that many of these benefits come from picture books, most of them are developed much better, faster, and deeper with read-aloud stories. When you consider the sum-total of all these benefits, it’s easy to see why reading to your child every day from birth is the single-most important thing a parent can do to ensure a child’s success in life.

Designed by Experts

The knowonder! story collections have been designed by literacy experts and educators specifically to enable, enhance and promote daily family reading from a young age. The books make it easy and fun for parents to read to kids every day!

Each story is written by professional children’s writers from around the world giving you and your child insight into many different ideas, people, cultures and more, thoughts, experiences and more.

Stories in this volume include:

  1. Nerissa's Celebration
  2. Just Plain Sarah Jane
  3. I Want My Own Monster
  4. To Be or Not to Be a Princess
  5. Kabungo & the Pumpkin, Part I
  6. Dance Walking
  7. Roly-Poly Fat Cat
  8. Ellie the Zoo
  9. Bot-in-a-Box
  10. Blackbird and Owl
  11. Princess Piggy
  12. Zora Zooms from Planet Zot
  13. The Small World
  14. The Boy with the Lead Boots
  15. Merinda’s Gift
  16. Where are the Ducklings?
  17. A Damselfly in Distress
  18. The First Snowflake
  19. A Puzzling Surprise
  20. Martian Cookies
  21. Dr. Franklin’s Staticy Cat
  22. A Dark and Stormy Night
  23. Robert’s Shirt is Gone
  24. Beware of the Dragon!
  25. Polly Porcupine’s Prickly Problem
  26. Kabungo & the Pumpkin, Part II
  27. Harry, a Prince of a Dog
  28. Ellie’s Art Rocks!
  29. Sapphire and Weld
  30. The Grasshoppers Who Learned to Sing