About Us

Bedtime Stories Reimagined

Four Starter Stories

Our Mission & Purpose

We believe that every child needs a chance to explore their imagination while living in a highly visual, digital world. By simplifying the creative process, we help busy parents initiate imaginative bonding experiences with their children. We deliver original bedtime stories right to the inbox, bridging the gap between modern parents and traditional storytellers.

“Story Tyke removes the need for parents to spend time creating or hastily search for stories to tell their children at bedtime.”

— Jacob Merkley, Founder & CEO of Story Tyke

Our Founder’s Story

Jacob Merkley, Co-Founder & CEO at Story Tyke

The idea for this service came one night when I was attempting to put my oldest daughter to bed. She asked me for a brand new story. After a long day at the office, coming up with something new and creative seemed too difficult. So I did what any modern parent would do… I turned to Google to find a story to read out loud!

Unfortunately, I found poorly designed websites with ads everywhere! The bigger problem, though, was trying to wade through thousands of stories on hundreds of websites to find the perfect one to read to my child. Deciding which one to pick was overwhelming. Plus, I found most of the stories to be of low quality. After browsing through a few bedtime story apps, I came to the same conclusion.

I spent almost thirty minutes browsing different sites and apps for the best story. My search took so long that by the time I settled on one, my daughter had already fallen asleep! The mass amount of story options pushed me into a state of inaction and cost me precious bonding time with my child.

Story Tyke not only provides entertaining and educational bedtime stories, but a simplified mode of delivery that saves time for busy parents. Just one click into their email, and parents can launch right into telling a story to their little one.

Our Team

A Close-Knit Family Bringing Stories To Life

Our team may be small, but we are quick on our feet and focused on delivering high quality stories right to your inbox. We come from a variety of backgrounds and are equipped with a diverse array of talents and expertise. But what we all share is a desire to work hard and share our love of storytelling to as many people as possible.

Jacob Merkley, Founder and CEO at Story Tyke

Jacob Merkley

Co-Founder & CEO

As CEO, Jacob focuses on helping families all over the world discover and love Story Tyke. His goal is to help parents increase bonding time with their children through easier storytelling. He is a proud husband to the girl he met in an elevator and is the proud father of three kids under six. His education and career pursuits have included a BS in accounting, an MBA, and over ten years in accounting and sales.

Melinda Hicks, Chief Content Officer

Melinda Hicks

Co-Founder & CCO

As Chief Content Officer, Melinda is entrenched in producing amazing stories for children around the world. Through her love of finding, creating, and sharing stories, she hopes to bring families together and inspire children to be their best selves. She is a certified health educator with a BA in health education and promotion. Along with writing, she teaches English and Spanish to youth and children abroad.

Troy Hicks, Customer Data Analyst

Troy Hicks

Customer Data Analyst

Troy loves making people happy. He enjoys creating products that are simple to use and make each day more fun. His goal is to make Story Tyke the go-to storytelling service for parents and solve the problems that they face when trying to educate and bond with their kids. He has a BA in business management and has worked over three years in analytics.


Our Professional Writers, Editor, and Story Developer


Jeffrey Morris

Children’s Writer

Jeff has always had a passion for storytelling. With a background in playwriting and journalism, he has written numerous plays, short stories, children’s books, poetry, and prose. As a proud uncle and resident bedtime storyteller for many of his friends’ children, Jeff has been honing this particular skill for quite some time. He is thrilled to help support parents and inspire the imaginations of young people everywhere.

Becky Bain

Becky Bain


Becky made a name for herself in the entertainment industry working as a screenwriter, staff writer, script reader, and digital media strategist for some of TV’s biggest shows (The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Kelly Clarkson Show). She launched Becky Bain Editorial Services to combine her lifelong love of comedy, writing, reading, and screenwriting. After her daughter’s birth, she discovered a fondness for children’s books and will be publishing her first book shortly.

Kathryn Kandra

Kathryn Kandra

Story Developer

Kathryn studied opera and rhetoric in New York and Capetown

and has a certificate in Copyediting from ACES/Poynter Institute. She has a

passion for communication, language, and stories with 6 years’ experience

ghostwriting and editing children’s literature. She is publishing her own

children’s book in 2021. She is a world traveler, musician, and performer who

lives and works in the French countryside just outside of Paris.

Sarah Lamb

Sarah Lamb

Children’s Writer

A lifelong lover of children’s literature, Sarah enjoys creating stories for others to enjoy. She has over twenty years of professional writing experience and another ten in proofreading and editing. She delights in helping others create and polish their own stories. She spends her days writing in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley with her husband and two children.

Blake Hoena

Blake Hoena

Children’s Writer

Blake has spent nearly twenty years as an editor and author of numerous published children’s books, including Chocolate Chimpanzees and a graphic novel about space aliens. His love of telling stories led him to pursue a MFA in creative writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife and many furry critters.

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