Definition of storybook in US English:



  • 1A book containing a story or collection of stories intended for children.

    • ‘Have a box of storybooks with you: fairy tales, Bible stories, etc.’
    • ‘Rose proudly held her new rag doll up for everyone to see, while Adam carefully pocketed his toy soldiers to protect them from his brother and examined his storybooks.’
    • ‘Certainly, contemporary storybooks to fit your child's age and interests will be at the top of the list.’
    • ‘We loaded the car up with snacks, comics, some storybooks and a selection of toys in order to keep up Zachery's interest.’
    • ‘This summer, children have enough to choose from, be it films based on storybooks or those inspired by cartoons.’
    • ‘Mrs. Miller found some old storybooks that used to belong to her little boy.’
    • ‘After reading storybooks that contain rhymes and/or alliteration, teachers can engage the children in story extension activities that promote thinking about sounds and words.’
    • ‘Whether allowed to take the books home, or read them only inside the library premises, children who begin reading interesting storybooks lose track of the time and get totally involved in the narration.’
    • ‘The range includes two storybooks to read with children and four activity books.’
    • ‘Illustrated fictional storybooks can play a key supportive role in developing young children's awareness of and aesthetic response to the environment.’
    • ‘Maybe you'll land a gig as a helper at the daycare center or volunteer to read storybooks in the children's library.’
    • ‘The saga of tiny things abounds in children's rhymes, songs, storybooks and protected collections.’
    • ‘Throughout the month of December there will be a special display in the library of Christmas and winter storybooks for children.’
    • ‘But they will not experience the joy of playing indoor and outdoor games and reading storybooks.’
    • ‘Storybooks make great gifts for children.’
    • ‘I also inherited one of my teacher's daughter's collection of storybooks.’
    • ‘Harry sat down in an oak rocker near the bed and opened one of Sean's favorite storybooks, then began to read it to him.’
    • ‘I read storybooks and poetry, not at all the things that would possibly appear in the exams.’
    • ‘She craves blue eyes, thinking that if she looked like the blue-eyed girls from storybooks, her parents, teachers, and boys would love her.’
    • ‘He gave me a lot of background on the original King Arthur myths, and it was enlightening because so much of my knowledge of King Arthur was based on children's storybooks and movies.’
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    1. 1.1as modifier Denoting something that is as idyllically perfect as things typically are in storybooks.
      ‘it was a storybook finish to an illustrious career’
      • ‘The more time I spend with J, the more he becomes my role model… he's successful beyond belief, and throughout his storybook journey has remained gracious, down to earth and friendly.’
      • ‘It was the perfect ending to a storybook season, that saw the 17-year-old Russian dethrone Williams at Wimbledon to become the darling of the tennis world.’
      • ‘Our culture is also to blame, Huston says, for perpetuating the myth of storybook romance, which is more likely to doom a marriage than strengthen it.’
      • ‘Just five years after the triumphant New York to Paris flight, his storybook life began to unravel when his infant son was kidnapped.’
      • ‘Another thing that I cannot stand are the other kids my age who are the storybook image of what perfect is supposed to be.’
      • ‘In August 1972, her father's failed attempt to overthrow King Hassan brought an abrupt end to nineteen-year-old Malika's storybook youth.’
      • ‘Pantano also boasts a storybook life: After serving in the Marines as an enlisted man and graduating from New York University, he embarked on careers on Wall Street and then as a TV producer.’
      • ‘Ilsa too is fresh-faced, much less mysterious in her motives; only Victor's storybook idealism is chiefly unaffected by the full lighting.’
      • ‘And, in storybook fashion, he recovered sufficiently to play a starring role as England claimed the World Cup in 1999.’
      • ‘Movies often portray this same storybook image - that falling in love is really just that: falling, out of control, toward that one person who is meant to be with you and you alone.’
      • ‘Much of the credit for crafting the team's storybook season has gone to the coach, who demanded and got a superhuman work ethic from his players as they knocked off division leaders three times to advance to the final.’
      • ‘Days disappeared in a flurry of sea and sand and the evenings became storybook forays to find a beach where we could barbecue sausages and toast marshmallows.’
      • ‘It was a charming wedding, filled with storybook happiness and, nine months later, I arrived.’
      • ‘Sir Malcolm was a charismatic, storybook figure, who combined fierce ambition with a playful sense of adventure - as his expedition in 1926 to find buried treasure on the Cocos Islands showed.’
      • ‘The Dodgers' storybook season ended in defeat at the hands of the Yankees.’
      • ‘Do you own a twee, high-ceilinged, airy old-fashioned storybook home near York that you plan to leave for a few days next month?’
      • ‘After all, they reasoned, the tall ceilings, deep moldings, and storybook wraparound front porch made the house a good candidate for remodeling.’
      • ‘We're on a misty riverbank, with lush, flowering trees and towering storybook castles in the background.’
      • ‘In short, she was your everyday, run of the mill, storybook best pal - like the friends you get in Enid Blighton books or Disney films.’
      • ‘This study provides students a clear example of how technological choices are not the storybook cases of perfected innovations replacing hopelessly outclassed traditional methods.’