A place to come and read stories which are as much of a delight for the reader as they are for the listener.

This is a "BY INVITATION ONLY" site, to aid in children story construction, comprehension, and illustration.

Come right on in. If you've found this address it's no accident. READINGTOCHILDREN.COM is for you to enjoy and participate. It all began with a need for quality Children Stories that could be shared with young readers. You know, the kind of stories that open the imagination, fire up interest. Good for grown-ups to read aloud with kids ages 4 to 6 and kids ages 6 to 8 to read on their own.

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After reading at several schools and libraries, I received hundreds of enthusiastic children's letters and decided to share some of my stories with a larger audience. Aside from being entertaining, my stories are constructed with sound learning concepts.
Above all, reading must be fun.


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SNOW ALLIGATORS
Illustrated by Amy Ting and Written by Peter Collier

SNOW ALLIGATORS - (4 to 8 year-olds) as a parental 10 to15 minutes reading; This fully illustrated rhyming story is just for fun, ideal as a quick bedtime story Children are thoroughly enchanted with the original concept of "Snow Alligators". This story establishes a new myth, placing snowmen as the defenders against ‘Snow Alligators’, with only snowmen built by children having the necessary enchantment to ward off this snow menace. Children delight in this innocuous fearsome threat. It perpetuates the construction of snowmen, and solidifies a reason for this already common activity. In warm or seasonally cold climates, this story fires a child's imagination. On the very last page is the word "scare!" Adults should use this opportunity to explode and to tickle the child. From then on, children will often giggle with anticipation of this activity and the nature of the story.



PRESSED IT TO TEST IT
Illustrated by Katie Balfe and Written by Peter Collier

PRESSED IT TO TEST IT - (4 to 6 year-olds) as a parental 10 to15 minutes reading; This original rhyming story is constructed as several small rhyming story vignettes, about innovative situations about children pressing buttons. It is ideal for a flexible bedtime reading. The story is a collection of amusing individual incidents caused by children pressing the wrong buttons. It acts as a warning against pressing buttons just to test what will happen.



SICK AGAIN
Written by Peter Collier

SICK AGAIN - (6 to 9 years old) as a parental 10 to15 minutes reading; This story is a series of vignettes about children with creative, silly, imagined, or other kinds of illnesses, the reasons for missing school. It is intended to be an amusing bedtime read. This is not illustrated but provides ample imagery for children to visualize. The best illustrations will often come from children's imaginations.



EVERYONE HAS A NAME
Written by Peter Collier

EVERYONE HAS A NAME - (6 to 9 year-olds) as a parental 10 to15 minutes reading. This original story is constructed as several small rhyming story vignettes about silly nicknames and fanciful characters, such as Nasty Nathan, Bubble McCall, or Crackerjack Mack. It is Ideal for a flexible bedtime reading. “Sweetie Pie or Sugar Plum, it makes no difference, whichever one; They all are really sickly sweet; They come from the heart, but smell like some stinky feet.” This is not illustrated but provides ample imagery for children to visualize. The best illustrations will often come from children's imaginations.



THE GARDEN PARTY
Illustrated by Alyson Evans and Written by Peter Collier

THE GARDEN PARTY - (4 to 8 year-olds) as a parental 10 minutes reading; Ideal for a bedtime reading, this original rhyming story amuses the reader by setting ample action and imagery. Tina and Tom sneak into a living garden, knowing they shouldn’t trespass; no matter how thick the bushes and grass. It's difficult to forget what happens to a garden, when left to grow old. It offers a primary lesson by suggesting that humour can be disarming.



HECTOR THE COLLECTOR
Illustrated by Simon Redekop and Written by Peter Collier


HECTOR THE COLLECTOR - (5 to 8 year-olds) as a parental 10 to12 minutes reading; This fully illustrated original rhyming story is just for fun, ideal as a quick bedtime story about hoarding or pathological collecting. “So, their house has filled up, with things of all sorts; that's what we hear from the neighbour’s reports; Cereal boxes, tomato soup cans, chocolate bar wrappers, and empty jars from fruit jams; To the right and the left, everything and much more, so much stuff that it's hard to shut the front door.” It is filled with the silly and impossible, but still stamps the awareness of this genetically influenced obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, in a way for children to accept and understand it.



MARMALADE JAM AND CHOCOLATE ECLAIRS
Written by Peter Collier

MARMALADE JAM AND CHOCOLATE ECLAIRS - (5 to 8 year-olds) as a parental 8 to10 minutes reading. This fully illustrated original rhyming story is ideal as a quick bedtime story about reading. This story establishes a new, unusual, and amusing creature, which seems oblivious to all but its own needs and pursuits. It's how children will sometimes view adults, as exhibiting similar self-absorption and incomprehensible behaviour. The creature’s habits are not destructive and it primarily focuses on a desire to read, except for collecting marmalade lids.



MARY McGINNIS IS MISSING HER SOCK
Written by Peter Collier

MARY McGINNIS IS MISSING HER SOCK - (4 to 6 year-olds) as a parental 8 to10 minutes reading. It is ideal as a quick bedtime story, concerning the international problem of losing socks in the laundry. Mothers especially like to read this story to children, as it is a reminder of numerous bad habits that children exhibit daily – i.e. putting clean clothes in the laundry for washing, sometimes finding dirty clothes under their beds, things left in pockets that can go through the laundry, turning the legs and arms inside out when removing clothes, messing rooms, leaving toilet seats up, etc. These habits always need some additional instruction and reminders to be changed but the story goes a long way to provide an atmosphere for positive reinforcement.



OVER THE FENCE
Illustrated and Written by Peter Collier

OVER THE FENCE - (4 to 6 year-olds) as a parental 10 to15 minutes reading; This fully illustrated original rhyming story is ideal as a quick bedtime reading. This story encourages children to the use of visual comprehension - i.e. not always will answers be given. Sometimes visual observations, deductive reasoning and elimination may reveal additional answers. This is what I see as the first real mystery story for children. The amusing rhyming story asks only questions, and never does answer the question: "What's in the box?", but the illustration does. It is written and to be illustrated so that children maintain some focus on Fred, the dog. The ending is with Fred providing the answer to the mystery, by digging a hole in the shape of the object in the box.



I THINK IT'S A ROCK
Illustrated by Cam Craig and Written by Peter Collier

I THINK IT'S A ROCK - (3 to 5 year-olds) as a parental 8 to10 minutes reading, to act as a short break or bedtime activity. This fully illustrated original rhyming story is just for fun, written for young children. A small boy uses his imagination, visualizing what may, or may not, be moving inside his shoe. This was my very first story and is still my wife’s favourite story. I feel more comfortable writing for older children, but that doesn't mean this story is any less amusing, plus it holds all the values of what I believe a bedtime story should include.



GINGERSNAP DRAGONS
Written by Peter Collier

GINGERSNAP DRAGONS - (5 to 8 year-olds), as a parental 10 to12 minutes reading. This rhyming story is just for fun, ideal as a quick bedtime story, including some real gardening tips to remember. The story revolves around a silly gardening myth; a lesson to never plant seeds with home baking, and what happens when a young girl, Jennifer Anne Muldoon, plants pumpkin seeds accidentally with gingersnap cookies and milk. This is not illustrated but provides ample imagery for children to visualize. The best illustrations will often come from children's imaginations.



LOTS AND LOTS
Written by Peter Collier

LOTS AND LOTS - (6 to 9 year-olds) as a parental 10 to15 minutes reading: This original story is constructed as several small rhyming and linked story vignettes. This is a silly and amusing story about a smart little girl, Frances Anne Nicolson, and her many curious and diverse questions. “She always needs to know one thing new; Once she does, she needs to know two.” For children, it helps to recognize the need to ask questions and that no questions are wrong. Asking questions is how everyone learns. This is not illustrated but provides ample imagery for children to visualize. The best illustrations will often come from children's imaginations.



CROSS YOUR FINGERS
Written by Peter Collier

CROSS YOUR FINGERS - (6 to 9 year-olds) as a parental 10 to15 minutes reading; This original story is constructed as several small rhyming story vignettes, about silly superstitions and innovative situations. It is ideal for a flexible bedtime reading. Judy Proud who would… “Cross your fingers, close your eyes, and hold your breath, to win the prize!” Hubert Connors who put horseshoes above all of his doors for good luck; Larry Wade had troubles sleeping, until he learned more about pillows and dreaming. I’ll tell you now, to wrap everything up neatly; Superstitions are mostly made up completely; This is not illustrated but provides ample imagery for children to visualize. The best illustrations will often come from children's imaginations.



THE IMMOVABLE ROCK
Written by Peter Collier

THE IMMOVABLE ROCK - (6 to 11 year-olds) as a parental 10 to15 minutes bedtime reading, and as an early reader selection for children; These are the feel-good kind of bedtime stories that everyone looks for when reading to children. The story revolves around a small group of farmers who decide to move a large bolder from their neighbour's field. It is simply magical to experience, like 'The Very Last Apple' or 'Foggy Daze'. These kind of stories are the author’s favourites. More such original stories will follow. This is not a fully illustrated story but provides ample imagery for children to visualize and comprehend. The best illustrations will often come from children's imaginations.



MONSTERS I KNOW
Written and Illustrated by Peter Collier

MONSTERS I KNOW - (7 to 9 year-olds) as a parental 10 to15 minutes reading. This fully illustrated original rhyming story is ideal for a bedtime read. It is conveniently written in the vignette style, allowing the reader to easily stop and start the book; or select the children's favourites, accommodating reading disruptions and focus. This original story is constructed as several small rhyming story vignettes, about monsters and innovative situations. It is ideal for a flexible bedtime reading. This one is just for fun. Kids love MONSTERS. It is ideal for bedtime reading.



KIDS I KNOW - aka SCHOOL PORTRAITS
Written and Illustrated by Peter Collier

KIDS I KNOW - (5 to 9 year-olds) as a parental 10 to15 minutes reading; This fully illustrated rhyming story is ideal for a bedtime read. It is conveniently written in the vignette style, allowing the reader to easily stop and start the book; or select the children's favourites, accommodating reading disruptions and focus. It is FUN and filled with amusing characters and silly situations and perspectives, as you have come to expect from my writing and illustrations. I find that by identifying children by full name, as these fictional story characters, it adds a sense of reality and identity. The children accept the diversity of people, which, in turn, opens the imagination to accepting limitless fictional situations and opportunities.



THE VERY LAST APPLE
Written by Peter Collier

THE VERY LAST APPLE - (6 to 11 year-olds) as a parental 10 to 15 minutes bedtime reading, and as an early reader selection for children; These are the feel-good kind of bedtime stories that everyone looks for when reading to children. The story revolves around town folk that become enthralled with the very last apple, still waiting to be picked, at the tip top of the tallest apple tree. It is simply magical to experience, like 'The Immovable Rock' or 'Foggy Daze'. These kind of stories are the author’s favourites. More such original stories will follow. This is not a fully illustrated story but provides ample imagery for children to visualize and comprehend. The best illustrations will often come from children's imaginations.



THE FISHING DERBY
Written by Peter Collier

THE FISHING DERBY - (6 to 11 year-olds) as a parental 10 to 15 minutes bedtime reading, and as an early reader selection for children; These are the feel-good kind of bedtime stories that everyone looks for when reading to children. The story is about amusing and creative fishing incidents revolving around a fishing derby. If you like fishy stories, this is one you'll enjoy. It is simply magical to experience, like 'The Immovable Rock', 'The Very Last Apple' or 'Foggy Daze'. These kind of stories are the author’s favourites. More such original stories will follow. This is not a fully illustrated story but provides ample imagery for children to visualize and comprehend. The best illustrations will often come from children's imaginations.



FOGGY DAZE
Written by Peter Collier


FOGGY DAZE - (6 to 11 year-olds) as a parental 10 to15 minutes bedtime reading, and as an early reader selection for children It's a read-in-the-dark fun story, that isn't really scary. This original story would be impossible to fully illustrate, since this rhyming story is about a town that is completely foggy for 2 days. “There was no open space, only grey fog filled every place; For over two days it stayed that way; Everything was completely grey;” The town has ways to deal with the fog, but 'Willy the Clown' has other plans. This is not fully illustrated but is simply magical to experience and a feel-good kind of bedtime story that everyone looks for when reading to children.



WHAT WAS THAT?
Written by Peter Collier


WHAT WAS THAT? - (5 to 8 year-olds) Go with the flow of your child's imagination. Adventure past picture books exclusively and peek into the world of audio visualization. Turn out the lights, break out the flashlights, and this story provides imagery for expanding perspective. Additionally, this story may introduce a variety of sounds to your child's repertoire. It's just for fun. The dark may not seem too scary anymore.



LOU AND STU
Written by Peter Collier



LOU AND STU - (6 to 11 year-olds) as parental bedtime reading, and as an early reader selection for children; This is the story of a small town and how it is influenced in silly ways by twin brothers. It also includes a gang of goofy criminals and a theme of baseball on the side. Some stories are just impossible to explain. It has all the kinds of elements readers have come to expect from my stories. Just for fun, it is enjoyable to read. A bit longer than most of my children stories, it is a 25 to 30 minute reading to children at bedtime, or 15 minutes stretched over 2 nights. This is not a fully illustrated story but provides ample imagery for children to visualize and comprehend. The best illustrations will often come from children's imaginations.



THREE OLD MEN AND THEIR TEDDY
Written by Peter Collier



THREE OLD MEN AND THEIR TEDDY - (7 to 11 year-olds) as parental bedtime reading, and as an early reader selection for children; "THREE OLD MEN AND THEIR TEDDY" is part of my "OUR TOWN" collection. Most of Peter Collier's stories are difficult to describe, as all original works often are. It's about how three old men (A Magician, A Funeral Director, and A Clown) became obligated to share their Teddy bear.

As a preface:
This story is about a dog named Sean;
It’s about how some others don’t get along;
It’s about how hard it is to share;
It’s about three old men and their Teddy Bear.

Just for fun, it is enjoyable to read. A bit longer than most of my children stories, it is a 25 to 30 minute reading to children at bedtime, or 15 minutes stretched over 2 nights. This is not a fully illustrated story but provides ample imagery for children to visualize and comprehend. The best illustrations will often come from children's imaginations.



BELIEVE IT OR NOT
Written by Peter Collier



BELIEVE IT OR NOT READING COLLECTION - (6 to 11 year-olds) as a parental 10 to15 minutes bedtime reading, and as an early reader selection for children; These are the feel-good kind of bedtime stories that everyone looks for when reading to children.



FIVE ILLUSTRATED BOOK SET
Written by Peter Collier



FIVE ILLUSTRATED BOOK SET - (5 to 8 year-olds) as parental bedtime reading, and as an early reader selection for children; Just for fun, it is enjoyable to read. Each story is a 10 to 15 minute reading to children at bedtime.



OUR TOWN COLLECTION
Written by Peter Collier



OUR TOWN COLLECTION - (6 to 11 year-olds) as a parental bedtime reading, and as an early reader selection for children; These are the feel-good kind of bedtime stories that everyone looks for when reading to children.

My stories are designed for both the reader and the listener.
Children will request parents to re-read, over and over again, a story that has caught their imagination.
If not in rhyme, these stories will quickly become dull and a burden to read.
When written in unrestricted rhyme, a story is both a delight to read and to hear.
The reader feels accomplished when reading my stories and, in the act of story telling, begins exaggerating tone, inflection, and mood.

When constructed in unrestricted rhyme, while reading along, children quickly begin to retain portions of each story.
Once the child begins reading independently, these stories act as memory assisting templates to guide the beginning reader through their first reading selections from READINGTOCHILDREN.COM . The reading successes of a child will fuel additional comprehension activities and help to jump start reading skills that greatly motivate the young reader.

For the adult reader these stories are always a treat.
I understand the necessity to include a readers interests and needs as part of the story telling activities.

The length of these stories is designed to be between 10 to 15 minutes, to act as a short break or bedtime activity. Unlike Dr. Suess, I have avoided making up new nouns and adjectives for purposes of rhyme,
other than some tintinnabulation (words designed to give greater description of sounds), finding that teachers do not appreciate this activity.

I find that by identifying children by full name, as the story characters, it adds a sense of character reality and identity. The children accept the diversity of people, which, in turn, opens the imagination to accepting limitless fictional situations and opportunities.

My stories constitute several conceptual elements to motivate reading and precipitate a positive reading development. With all stories, some illustrations are an expanding element and necessary for a clear understanding of the story.

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For all teachers and Friends of READINGTOCHILDREN.COM , I applaud your support in exposing unrestricted rhyme to young children. Your efforts to improve early perceptions of reading will provide children with a foundation for continued learning comprehension and development.


The heart of any child is found within the pages of a good story.