To celebrate storytelling week, which begins on 30 January, we have brought together some top storytelling resources you can share with your pupils to encourage them to read, write or tell their own stories.
Stories teach us about the world, they allow us to step into someone else’s shoes and feel empathy, they help us to relax and escape and they can help develop essential literacy skills.
We know from our research that children who enjoy reading are three times more likely to read above the level expected for their age as those who don’t enjoy reading.
What’s more, reading can also support children and young people’s wellbeing. We found that reading, writing and listening to audiobooks during lockdown has supported children’s mental wellbeing. Children said that reading (59%), writing (41.3%) and listening to audiobooks (31.8%) during lockdown made them feel better.
It’s never been a more important time to celebrate the magic of stories and encourage children to read for fun.
Check out these great resources this week!
Dive into the Young Readers Story Club
This collection of short films features some fantastic storytellers, poets, writers and illustrators telling exciting stories.
Each video has a different theme and a fun challenge to complete. The stories can be used in the classroom or at home, and you can build on them to introduce different themes and genres.
They can also be used to support children to create their own stories to share. Check it out here.
Hear about how author Helena Pielichaty writes characters in her stories in this Facebook Live
Children and their families can tune into the Facebook Live session with Helena Pielichaty and CBBC Match of the Day Kickabout presenter Ben Shires live on our Facebook page at 10.30am on Tuesday 2 February to hear all about Helena’s books, and how she creates and develops her characters.
You will also find football themed reading and writing activities during Storytelling Week on wordsforlife.org.uk/premierleague.
Support early years children in telling stories
Children make sense of the world around them through stories. Creative storytelling involves children making up their own stories based on their interests, experiences and imagination.
Support early years children to tell more stories in your setting by using our top tips here.
Share your class’s favourite stories with The Reading Tree Challenge
This challenge can be done all year round and is a beautiful and visual way of sharing stories.
Pupils are encouraged to write the name of a book they have read on a blank leaf, rate it out of five stars and add it to the bare branches of The Hope Tree, giving pupils the chance to showcase and celebrate all the stories they have been exploring while watching the tree grow.
Find out more here.
Write a story for a dear new friend
My Dear New Friend is our letter writing project which encourages children to exchange letters with older adults in care homes to increase children’s motivation to write and to help combat loneliness among older adults.
Why not encourage your pupils to write down a funny story or happy memory in a letter to a dear new friend, it’s sure to make someone’s day.
Find our resources and templates as well as information on how your class can get involved with the project and connect with a local care home here.
Download free River of Stories collection
The A River of Stories anthologies can strengthen your pupils' imaginations, critical thinking, and their ability to participate in culturally diverse local and global communities.
Each volume contains a story or poem from each of the fifty-three countries in the Commonwealth. The themes of the stories and poems are based on four key elements that sustain our planet: water, earth, air and fire.
These are great for sharing with your class, you can read them aloud together or come together to discuss the themes following independent reading time. Find out more here.
Write an Alex Rider adventure story
If you have Alex Rider fans in your class, why not challenge them to write their own Alex Rider adventure story?
You will find a story writing kit and accompanying resources with lots of ideas for how the tasks can be incorporated into class time. Find out more here.
Explore these 28 ways to turn children into storytellers
Take a look at this fantastic StoryQuest resource, packed with original ideas and fun activities to turn children into storytellers. Created by Kate Norgate of The Crick Crack Club in association with Children & the Arts.
Find out more here.
Looking for a storyteller for your school?
If you’re looking for a brilliant storyteller to bring the magic of storytelling to life, who is local to your school use our listings tool here!
Let us know what you and your pupils get up to on social media! @Literacy_Trust