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Starts With a Story: A Book Companion Collection for Elementary Teachers

As elementary teachers, we know children will never be inspired to be curious lifelong learners by picking books from leveled bins, annotating close reading passages, or filling in bubbles to prove their comprehension. The Starts with a Story collection, however, invites students into the world of reading and guides them through exploring high quality children’s literature. Learn more about this resource collection below!

What is Starts With a Story?

Starts with a Story is a collection of book companions based on high quality children’s literature. Each book companion includes teaching resources and student activities that are both printable and digital. Learn more about the Starts With a Story Collection!

Can Starts With a Story be Used for Distance Learning?

Yes! When the pandemic hit in 2020, we added digital resources to all of our Starts With a Story book companions so teachers could use them for their ever-changing teaching situation. Learn more about how to use our book companions for distance learning in this post about distance learning reading activities.

How to Access the Starts with a Story Resources

Below are 3 ways you can access the resources.

1. The Starts With a Story Membership

Learn about the membership below.

Starts With a Story membership

What is the Starts With a Story Membership?

The Starts With a Story membership is a growing resource library of standards-based book companions based on high quality children’s picture books. Each book companion includes resources for the teacher like a book summary, reading comprehension questions with sample student responses, teaching slides, and a list of vocabulary words from the story with kid-friendly definitions. In addition, each book companion includes digital and printable activities for students.

What is Included in the Membership?

The Starts With a Story membership includes all of the existing book companions we have created. In addition, it will include all of the new ones we make in the future.

What are the Benefits of Accessing the Resources through the Membership?

Here are the benefits for choosing the membership over the other options:

  • The Starts with a Story membership is the best value. When you break down how much you are paying per book through the membership compared to buying them one off, you’ll see that you’re getting more content at a much lower price per book companion.
  • The membership will give you access to all of the book companions so you can use any of them with just a click of a button.
  • It gives you access to an organized library of resources that is very easy to navigate.
  • It includes additional bonus materials.

2. The Clutter-Free Classroom Teacher Store

What are the Benefits of Accessing the Resources through the Clutter-Free Classroom Teacher Store?

Here are the benefits for choosing the Clutter-Free Classroom teacher store over the other options:

  • When you purchase from the store, the resources get emailed directly to you.
  • You can purchase as many or as little book companions as you’d like.
  • You can get a 10% off discount on the Starts With a Story resources using the code CFCBLOG.

3. The Clutter-Free Classroom Teachers Pay Teachers Store

What are the Benefits of Accessing the Resources through the Clutter-Free Classroom Teacher Store?

Here are the benefits for choosing the Clutter-Free Classroom Teachers Pay Teachers store over the other options:

  • When you purchase from the Teachers Pay Teachers store, your Starts With a Story book companion will be available in your purchases folder along with any other resources you purchase from Teachers Pay Teachers.
  • You can purchase as many or as little book companions as you’d like.

Where Can I Learn More about Starts With a Story?

Head on over to www.StartsWithAStory.com to learn more!

Try Our Book Companion Activities for Free!

We are beyond thrilled about the launch of our literacy resource line, Starts with a Story! We know you will love it! Try a complete Starts With a Story book companion packet for free!

The Recess Queen book companionThe Recess Queen book companion

Get the Free Reading Resource Bundle!

When you download these free reading resources, you will receive:

  • a list of seasonal picture books for each month of the year
  • blank book lists for you to record your own titles
  • printable reading logs for your students
  • print and go monthly reading challenge charts
free monthly reading logs

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