National Storytelling Week

Celebrating stories 30th Jan- 5th Feb

This week is National Storytelling Week, a time to celebrate and encourage the sharing of stories. Storytelling is all about sharing stories through writing, reading aloud, or performing. Storytelling is an exciting way that children develop their imagination, literacy, listening and communication skills. By taking just 10 minutes a day to share a story with your child you will be:

  • Introducing your child to new vocabulary
  • Letting your child’s imagination develop
  • Giving them the opportunity to ask questions
  • Having fun!


Some ideas to make your story time special

  • Ask questions

Encourage your child to talk about the pictures as you read. When you’ve finished reading, ask your child if they enjoyed the story and if they had a favourite character. This will improve their vocabulary and comprehension skills.

  • Look at the pictures

It doesn’t matter if you don’t read all the words, you can still tell a story from the pictures. Let your child have a go at becoming a storyteller by looking at the pictures in the book. This will improve their confidence in storytelling.

  • Have fun!

Reading a story with your child can be a magical and fun experience. Use different voices for different characters or add in sound effects like animal sounds, beeping cars or splashing puddles. This helps to engage your child in the story as well as providing a wonderful bonding experience.

  • Visit the library

Visit your local library with your child to discover a wide range of different stories you can enjoy together. To find out more about your local library click here. 

  • Child Friendly Medway
  • Department for Education
  • Medway Council

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