Vibrantly Illustrated
Storytime Rhymes

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Vibrantly Illustrated
Storytime Rhymes

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Single Storytime Rhymes Children's Book Titles in Print and eBooks as Low as $.99

BONUS – coloring page(s) in the print editions at Lulu Press, on Amazon and at B&N.


NEW Storytime Rhymes children’s book titles every month.

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The perfect bedtime story reading for happy dreams.

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Available in paperback and eBook EVERYWHERE children’s books are sold.


Collector’s edition hardcover volumes are EXCLUSIVELY at Barnes & Noble.

Supporting Educational
Equity Around the World

A portion of all author royalties provide meals, shoes, and school supplies to the students at Kidsgear Infant School in Kampala, Uganda.

LITERACY is for EVERYONE! WORDS have POWER! That POWER can be YOURS!

Most WORDS have multiple definitions. LITERACY gives YOU the SUPERHERO POWER to CHOOSE which definition is right for YOU.


Better still, if YOU don’t like the definition of a WORD, LITERACY gives you the POWER to CHANGE what the word means to you.


DON’T let the world define YOU, cease the POWER of LITERACY and become a DEFINER of THE WORLD.


– Mike Gauss, author & creator of Storytime Rhymes

Hot off the Press Titles

The Power of Storytime Rhymes

Lyrical Storytime Rhymes nursery rhymes books

Lyrical Rhymes for Storytime

All about animals at play and things children see every day. These rhythmic nursery rhymes will get stuck in your head and make for happy dreams when kids go to bed.

Action-Packed Storytime Rhymes by Mike Gauss nursery rhymes children's book

Action-Packed Illustrations

We are all visual people, and it starts at an early age. Children develop their language skills by associating what they see with the sounds (words) adults use.

Storytime Rhymes for early readers learn multi-syllable words through nursery rhyme books

Words Match the Pictures

Each nursery rhyme children’s book features a single stanza per page with a matching image. This is helpful for early readers as they learn to sound out multisyllabic words.

See YOU! - Believe in YOU! - Be YOU!

Be Empowered - Storytime Rhymes nursery rhyme children's books

Self-Worth, Self-Confidence, Self-Respect & Self-Esteem

According to Susan A. Miller Ed.D., Ellen Booth Church, and Carla Poole in the “Ages & Stages: How Children Develop Self-Concept” for SCHOLASTIC Early Childhood Today.


Starting around 18 months old, children begin to see themselves as separate and unique individuals. Although forming one’s self-concept is a lifelong process, how the child feels about themselves in the early years (positive or negative) can set a pattern for the rest of their life.


Children define themselves in concrete terms between the ages of 3-5, including their physical attributes, names, ages, gender identities, social affiliations, possessions, and abilities. A young child’s self-image tends to be descriptive rather than judgmental.


How preschoolers feel about these characteristics relates to their self-esteem. Children need to absorb information about how others respond to them to confirm how they feel about themselves.


When children reach ages five and six, they transition from “me” to “us” awareness and begin to define themselves within social groups, and self-respect begins.


While self-concept is about “who I am,” self-respect is more about “how I take care of myself.” A strong sense of self allows children to speak up if they think something is not fair, if they are being ignored, or don’t feel well. The keyword is respect. As their self-concepts grow to include self-respect, children learn that what is fair for them also must be fair for those around them.

Be Empowered & Learn to Love YOURSELF with Storytime Rhymes

You don’t have to wear labels others create, including gender identities or roles – our characters don’t!

All names & pronouns are gender-neutral in our books, and there are no gender-exclusive roles or tasks.


Different ethnicities, cultures, ancestry & heritage are to be celebrated and shared – anyone can be from anywhere!

Our characters call imagination their home.


All colors, hues, tones, textures & patterns of skin, hair/fur & eyes are beautiful!

Our characters only compete with friends for fun in a foot/speed race.


The world is made up of assorted sizes, shapes, and types of mobility. Each is valuable and important to the situation in which one lives.

Our characters represent this spectrum of design, and when faced with a limitation, they use tools to overcome it.


Clothing and accessories show off your style, but they don’t define you!

Our characters like to wear blue jeans, t-shirts and have free-flowing, medium-length hair. How about you?


If you can dream it, you can achieve it – everyone is SMART! Everyone is ABLE! Everyone can be SUCCESSFUL!

Our characters have found that sometimes success is best as a shared experience and use teamwork for challenging tasks.

Become a CUB CLUB Book-A-Month Member

Storytime Rhymes nursery rhyme children's books Cub Club

Every CUB CLUB member is given the SUPERHERO POWER to make friends and family smile as they recite Storytime Rhymes. They are also granted special permission by the author of Storytime Rhymes and CUB CLUB founder to share their favorite Storytime Rhymes everywhere they go, including at show and tell, on the playground, during story hour, and whenever they attend a sleepover or play date.

4 mo. Subscription

$120+ VALUE* for ONLY $59.98
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Start out with a personalized welcome letter from the author, an Official CUB CLUB Membership card, and an EXCLUSIVE Storytime Rhymes sticker.


Each month, for 4 consecutive months, receive a Storytime Rhymes book, a matching sticker of that month’s main character, and an ADVENTURE letter from the author with activities and discussion to earn BONUS stickers and rewards.


At the end of the 4 months, the person who purchased the CUB CLUB subscription will be contacted with an opportunity to extend/upgrade/renew the subscriptions.

8 mo. Subscription

$260+ VALUE* for ONLY $129.98
50% SAVINGS & FREE SHIPPING

Start out with a personalized welcome letter from the author, an Official CUB CLUB Membership card, and an EXCLUSIVE Storytime Rhymes sticker.


Each month, for 8 consecutive months, receive a Storytime Rhymes book, a matching sticker of that month’s main character, and an ADVENTURE letter from the author with activities and discussion to earn BONUS stickers and rewards.


EXTRA PLAY BONUS – Receive an EXCLUSIVE Storytime Rhymes coloring book and a sticker book.


12 mo. Subscription

$400+ VALUE* for ONLY $189.98
50%+ SAVINGS & FREE SHIPPING

Start out with a personalized welcome letter from the author, an Official CUB CLUB Membership card, and an EXCLUSIVE Storytime Rhymes sticker.


Each month for 1 year, receive a Storytime Rhymes book, a matching sticker of that month’s main character, and an ADVENTURE letter from the author with activities and discussion to earn BONUS stickers and rewards.


BIG BIRTHDAY BONUS – Receive a Storytime Rhymes SHIRT with your favorite character, an EXCLUSIVE Storytime Rhymes coloring book, and a sticker book.


Group Subscriptions

Reading is a life skill to be enjoyed and shared as a community. Economics should never be a barrier to literacy and a love of books.

— Author Mike Gauss


Group subscriptions are perfect for pre-K groups, daycares, home-school networks, kindergartens, libraries, community centers, Sunday schools, YMCAs, after-school programs, Boys and Girls Clubs, scout troops, or neighborhood gatherings.


There is no better way to encourage literacy and a love of books than by enrolling a group friend and playmates together in the Storytime Rhymes CUB CLUB.


Let’s work together on a package that fits your group’s needs and the economic situation of the families involved, so no child feels left out or excluded.

CUB CLUB Fine Print

First-time subscribers begin with Bailey’s Blue Jay and receive a new title each month in the order the books were written. If your child already owns some of the Storytime Rhymes titles, drop us a note and we will be glad to customize the CUB CLUB subscription selections and gift you with stickers to match your previous book purchases.


Exclusive stickers, coloring books, sticker books, and adventure activities are not publicly available online or in stores. These are specially-created, select Storytime Rhymes offerings only available to CUB CLUB members.


8-month subscription Extra Play Bonus items will ship with book number four.


We will contact people who purchase a 12-month CUB CLUB subscription the month prior to the child’s birthday in order to gather size/shirt color/character info for the birthday t-shirt.


At the end of the subscription period, the person who purchased the CUB CLUB subscription will be contacted and afforded the opportunity to extend/upgrade/renew the child’s subscription to begin receiving books from subsequent volumes.


*value is calculated on purchasing the same items individually, including related shipping costs. Exclusive items are valued according to the estimated retail price and shipping costs as if they were for sale to the public.

Enjoy the Lyrical Rhythm as Read by the Author

Connects with ALL Kids

Kids see themselves in every book! The names of the characters are gender-neutral. The characters (animal and human) are gender- and race-neutral. All the action reflects childhood dreams and play.

Encourages Discussion

The dynamic illustration makes everyone want to stop and talk about what they see and what the story is telling them.

Broadens the Mind

Each poem offers unique facts about the animal and surroundings to get kids thinking and asking questions.

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About The Author

Mike Gauss - author Storytime Rhymes nursery rhyme children's books

Mike Gauss (he, him)

I wrote the first of the Storytime Rhymes, Bailey’s Blue Jay, at the age of 14. The lyrical and rhythmic nature of this nursery rhyme stuck in my head as I grew up and made a career in media relations. After years of authoring business articles and ghostwriting copy for clients, I decided to apply my craft to more joyous pursuits – educating, empowering, and entertaining children. With a keen sense of observation, a childlike heart, and a passion for helping marginalized people understand, relate, and overcome the world around them, I released my first set of children’s books for publication in December 2020.

What Readers are Saying

3 out of 4 stars!

The pictures are bright and engaging, and each page includes a lot of details for young children to analyze. The illustrations are cartoonish, which is appropriate for the target audience. the majority of the illustrations are cute and fun to examine.

The rhyme scheme is strong, making for an enjoyable book to read out loud.

- Marisa R.

Great story poems and beautiful illustrations.

I read several to my grandson. Great story poems and beautiful illustrations. Kids can learn and repeat the poems. They're very educational too.

- Nazi K.

Perfect for children’s learning!

Bright, Educational, and Fun! HIGHLY recommend this poem series for children.

- Billy W.

Amazing!!!

This book is great for inspiring young children to read and write poetry. The illustrations are bright and stunning. Highly recommend it!

- Mark G.

My favorite!

I read four poem stories. Wallis' Willow is my absolute favorite, even though all of them were quite good. It reminded me of the joy I had as a child whenever a tree was involved: climbing it, sitting in its shade reading a book, having a picnic, etc.

- Paully A.

Great Series!!

These are great additions for any child's reading!! Simple, easy and have wonderful storylines. Thank you Mike for your contribution to a growing world! Can't wait to read more!!

- Sandra W.

Wonderful rhythm and illustrations!

These poems are very quick reads, beautifully illustrated. The rhythm of the poems feels... right. I'm looking forward to an opportunity to read these with my youngest niece (4 yo) and I think these would be especially great for 2-4 year olds - those at an age who like their favorite bedtime stories read again and again.

- Debbie C.

Children under five will most likely enjoy this book the most.

It is impressive that a book with so few words conveys so much information. Without even realizing it, children will be exposed to information about animals.

Moreover, each page only includes a few words, making the illustrations, not the narrative, the focus of the book.

- Marisa R.

Great poems for the kids.

Art and poems put together to match - your kids will love them like my kids.

- Brigner M.

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