The Magic of Stories
The Magic of Stories
Why build a story app for kids? As all great educators know, stories are incredible learning tools! Not only are they good for literacy, but they are also engaging tools for teaching social-emotional skills like empathy, self-esteem, and communication. With our SEL education-aligned storybook app, we can bring that magic to every classroom.
Our social skills books for preschoolers and elementary-age kids promote emotional development and essential social-emotional learning. But, more than that, they bring classrooms together!
Building Social-Emotional Skills With Stories
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is how children learn to understand and positively engage with themselves, others, and the world around them. SEL includes essential skills such as building empathy, managing emotions, and growing relationships.
Extensive research shows that strong SEL skills are linked to improved mental health, academic performance, and other positive life outcomes. Recent studies also show that reading and listening to stories are some of the best ways to teach SEL. Our read-aloud stories on the new Zoy app provide the perfect opportunity to help your students build these crucial skills.
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What Zoy Can Offer Your Classroom
The Land of Zoy is a magical place where students and educators can dive into the fun together! Our read-aloud stories support emotional development for preschoolers through engagement with relatable characters and unique plots with an undercurrent of humor. These stories are the perfect resource for incorporating SEL into everyday learning. Make sure to look out for our mascot – a silly baby elephant who’s learning these skills herself!
Explore the Magical World of Zoy
Every story at Zoy is created by our team of writers and illustrators, then given to our educators, mental health professionals, and parents to ensure that it’s fun, engaging, and effective in teaching essential SEL skills and concepts. Here are some examples of the books you can find in our reading app:
A Welcome Message From Our
The idea of crafting stories with a message is something near and dear to our hearts and home, and we’re excited to help you build this space for your family as well. We welcome you and your family to Zoy!
Zoy - From Our Family to Yours
As parents of two boys, our founders Afshin and Sahar are no strangers to the importance of developing social-emotional skills and their positive impact on a child’s life.
Reading bedtime stories as a family has always been a highlight of their day. They realized that even five minutes of dedicated time before bed allowed them to connect and bond. Through years of reading to their children, Afshin and Sahar have seen the power that stories hold as a learning tool and are excited to provide a platform for parents and educators that combines their love of bedtime stories with the skills kids need to thrive.
The development of these crucial social-emotional learning skills and mental health go hand-in-hand.
Meet Zoy’s Team of
Carrie is a children’s author and editor who’s written over 2 dozen children’s books and edited many more. After studying Child and Family Development at Stephen F. Austin, she taught for seven years before launching into writing and editing. She is passionate about creating stories that empower children to grow in their social-emotional skills while having fun.
Ashley Bugge is an award-winning author and K-12 educator, who utilizes her training and expertise in the subjects of human behavior and leadership to create authentic and transformational material for Zoy. Her hope is to inspire and empower the next generation of leaders by supporting their emotional intelligence, all starting with social and emotional learning from a young age!
Elena Gjorgjievska is a fine artist, painter, and illustrator living in Bitola. Love drawing and painting since an early age. She has an MA degree in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje, North Macedonia. She has more than a decade of experience as a fine art teacher. She’s also a game designer and children’s book illustrator.
Katy holds a Master’s Degree in Education with over ten years of special education classroom experience focusing on behaviors. Katy has a passion for social-emotional learning and has put her methods to the test both in and out of the classroom. She utilizes movement, dance, yoga, mindfulness, and, most importantly – fun – in all of her content.
Mary Beth Bass
Mary Beth Bass is an award-winning fiction writer with a side of teaching and theatre. She’s also written about life-changing food, far-off places, silly kids, and big secrets! She loves bad weather, punk rock, octopuses, and the Oxford Comma.
Richard Anderson is a comedy writer who grew up in Boulder, Colorado, where he fell in love with Dr. Seuss and other whimsical storybooks. After graduating from the University of Colorado, he moved to Chicago to study comedy and writing at The Second City. After thirteen years of writing, directing, and performing in comedy shows for all ages, he moved to Los Angeles, where he continued his journey in storytelling.
Saskia Helen is a former educator and SEL specialist who now provides countless families and classrooms with essential tools for building relationships, supporting and uplifting children, and helping them to develop crucial life skills – all through her work with Zoy!
David has a background in more traditional literature for older audiences, but after writing his first children’s book a few years back, he fell in love with the idea of expressing complex ideas in a simple manner for children to enjoy and learn from.
Dr. Sabahat Shah
Bibi Sabahat Shah is a therapist and child development expert who works with children and families. Her goal is to help families nurture what is most important for healthy minds and hearts: connection, presence, and social-emotional skills that will last a lifetime.
Natalia is an illustrator based in Indonesia. She has loved illustration and character design (and cute things!) since childhood. She currently works on children’s book illustrations and character design for video games.
Since childhood, Mariia was interested in painting and was charmed by how every painter depicted their vision of the world. Having become an illustrator of children’s books, Mariia obtained an opportunity to make unique stories embodied.
Enghel Garcia is a psychometrician turned graphic illustrator who has been drawing since she was 5. She loves watching animated series. After having a Psychology Degree and becoming a Psychometrician, Enghel started working in the industry. After working for some time, she had an epiphany where she wanted to pursue her dream of working in the art industry while spreading mental health awareness. Being a Children’s Book Illustrator made her proud that she could share it with children and can empower and guide them through purposeful stories.
Olena is an award-winning, proactive growth-minded strategic marketing leader with diverse experience in global marketing and consulting roles. Olena has over 25 years of experience developing new go-to-market strategies and targeted marketing programs as an internal entrepreneur, digital agency leader, or consultant to growing companies. Olena passionately innovates customer-centric solutions, integrates omnichannel strategies, and helps ensure efficient and flawless execution.
Educators can easily find various resources from quick, skim-friendly blogs to more in-depth articles. Develop social and emotional skills at your own pace and join a community of people doing the same!
Can’t get enough of this SEL teaching stuff? Neither can we! New resources are added each week.