• Laurentien van Oranje

    Princess of the Netherlands

  • Olena Zelenska

    First Lady of Ukraine

  • Elke Büdenbender

    First Lady of Germany

  • Doris Schmidauer

    First Lady of Austria

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  • "Better Time Stories", makes it possible for Olivia to hear her dad's voice when she goes to sleep at night, even when they're apart.

    "Before we fall asleep we listen to his voice and fall asleep more safe, more quiet," she said.

  • Connecting families, separated by war, with a night time message. Millions of children have been separated from their dads by the war in Ukraine but with the help of an interactive story app, the bedtime ritual can continue.

  • Can you hear me?
    With "Better Time Stories," Ukrainian children can have their loved ones read to them from afar.

  • "No ordinary childhood for Ukrainian children"
    At the Frankfurt Book Fair, Olena Selenska presented the "Better Time Stories" book project, which aims to give Ukrainian children a piece of their homeland.

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26.885 (re)connecting books gifted

5377 Gifts Shipped

More than 2 million

Ukrainian children have become refugees.

We welcomed them!

They are our guests, our neighbors, our children’s classmates, or living nearby.

Stories read by father, even from afar!

Bring Joy to Children: Read-along to books with family voices!

Helping children to cope with separation. Each book is remotely recordable by family members staying behind in Ukraine. Connecting children with separated fathers and other relatives for a storytime.

  • 1. Mother sends the link

    Simple as sending a text

  • 2. Father narrates the book

    Opens his personal link and start reading the story without the need to buy the book.

  • 3. Children Read-Along or Listen

    Connecting children with separated fathers and other relatives for a storytime

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Read and listen in two languages

Reading is essential for children’s language development. Our bilingual picture books include both text and enchanting audiobooks with music and sound effects in two languages narrated by proffesionals.

They gifted their voice

Expertly narrated audiobooks with a heart for children in need. Each audiobook comes complete with music and immersive sound effects for a truly enriching listening or read-along journey. Seamlessly switch between read-along mode with page-turn indication or enjoy uninterrupted listening anytime, anywhere.

  • Separated from their relatives

    Fathers and many other relatives are staying behind in Ukraine with the possibility that they will never see or hear from them again.

  • Adjusting to new environment

    A new language environment causes children to fall behind in development, combined with social distress.

  • Don't have books

    Books were left behind with only a few things to carry while fleeing the war in Ukraine. No reading time for months, and counting.

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  • Relatives read to kids (even from afar)

    Helping children to deal with separation. Fathers and other relatives narrate the books that could be read along anytime and as many times as kids wish.

  • Learn new language

    Bilingual books with professionally narrated audiobooks in both languages helping kids with early reading and new language.

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    Set of five interactive books

    Carefully selected stories from the Top 5 bestselling illustrators and authors that help children cope with their situations. Bringing a piece of home to the children.

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Helping children to (re)connect

A specially designed gift package tailored for children aged 3 to 7 facing unique circumstances, this specially curated package features five bilingual interactive picture books. These books not only connect children with their fathers but also aid them in acclimating to a new language environment.

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Top 5 pictures books for kids aged 3 to 7

Children's books from bestselling Ukrainian authors and illustrators helping kids to cope. All in bilingual format.

Read, listen, and learn together with bilingual picture books and family narration!

Our collection of bilingual picture books is the perfect way to introduce your child to a new language. With side-by-side text in Ukrainian and German, and professionally narrated audiobooks with immersive music and sound effects, your child will be learning and having fun at the same time.

But what makes our collection truly unique is the ability to have your family members narrate the stories, even if they don't have the book! With just three simple steps, you can create a personalized audiobook that your child will cherish for years to come.

  • Als der Krieg nach Rondo kam / Війна, що змінила Рондо

    War has come to the idyllic town of Rondo. Can three gentle but brave friends stop War's destruction and save their beloved home? This picture book serves as a tribute to peace, resistance, and hope.

    🎧 Play sample 
  • Ja, ich will ins Bett! / Так, я хочу спати

    All important things in the woods are managed by wonderful tukonis. And now they are preparing to visit the animals who fall asleep in winter. But there are animals who do not sleep in winter…

    🎧 Play sample 
  • Eine tierisch gute Idee / Ідея на мільй000000н

    When a farm loses its owner, a flock of ducks living there start thinking about their future. The ducks decide to write an advertisement…

    🎧 Play sample 
  • Sascha zählt lieber Leuchttürme / Саша любить рахувати маяки

    When Sascha cannot fall asleep, Dad offers a proven method to enable his son to fall asleep. It’s counting. So, what will they count?

    🎧 Play sample 
  • Meinе Оmi / Моя Ба

    Every person has a special memory hut where their kin lives... value every precious minute spent together and accept each other the way they are.

    🎧 Play sample 
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Bringing a piece of home to the children

Books from bestselling Ukrainian illustrators and authors. The title selection is done by experts from the Children's Reading Laboratory of Junior Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Barabooka. In partnership with Ukrainian Book Institute.

Our story

Better Time Stories started as non-profit to help Ukrainian displaced children seeking shelter in Europe. With an aim to support 2 milling refugee children.

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