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The 5 Core Elements of a Story


Characters, especially those who are well-developed, are what tie readers to the story and keep them reading. In most stories there is a main character or a protagonist who the plot of the story follows. This character is what the story builds around – including the central conflict and resolution.  You can have a main character or protagonist who is the central focus of the tale.


All stories must take place somewhere and somewhen. A descriptive setting can help a child’s imagination dive into the story, making it feel more real as they read along.


Simply put, the plot is the storyline. It has a beginning (where the characters and setting are described), a middle (where the conflict is introducted and comes to a climax), and an ending (where the conflict comes to a resolution).


Every story has an external conflict which culminates to a climax (for example a main character facing off against a villian). It may also have internal conflicts such as the personal conflicts within each character (for example, the main character having a personal fear).


The resolution is how the main external conflict or internal conflict is resolved or comes to an end. A resolution doesn’t always mean the end of the story; a new conflict could be introduced and the plot cycles back to another resolution. Or a second book is written!

Benefits of Read2MeDad Books

Read2MeDad publishes and promotes books created specifically for young and adventurous children in mind. Always meeting the 5 Core Elements of a Story, you can be rest assured that any book available from Read2MeDad will be exciting, engaging, and quite the page turner. Each of our available books is meant to capture the mind and imagination of the new or young reader, not to mention dad (or mom) themselves.

Children who are read to, or who spend as little as 20 minutes a day reading, have been statistically shown to perform better in school subjects, have greater confidence, and have a stronger relationship with their parent or guardian.

Our books can easily be purchased through our Amazon store or can be found at participating local libraries. If your library doesn’t carry Read2Me Dad books, you can submit a request to your local librarian to add Read2Me Dad books to the library’s collection. You can preview each available book below or view them all on Our Books page.