Storytelling Tips

5th Mar 2015
Storytelling Tips

Today is World Book Day, a celebration of all things wonderful about books. The main aim of this annual event is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading. To mark this important day we look at ways parents can help their children to develop a lifelong love of books.

Babies

It’s never too early to nurture a love of books by reading with your baby right from their earliest days.

Snuggle up
When you look at a book together hold your baby close so they will enjoy the cuddling and the sound of your voice.

Choose baby-friendly books
Bright and bold or high-contrast drawings will grab a baby’s attention.

Repetition, Repetition, Repetition
Read favorite stories over and over again as having fun with books will produce positive feelings about reading.

Toddlers

Toddlers love to move so maintain their interest in books by keeping things lively and engaging.

Choose interactive books
Select books with flaps to lift, different textures to touch or sound buttons to press to keep little hands busy.

Keep it short and simple
Little and often is best for toddlers. Look for text that is short and simple and then read a small section, several times a day.

Older Children

As children get older, many other activities compete for their time and attention so it is even more important to encourage your child to continue to read for pleasure.

Be a role model
Whether it’s the newspaper, a cookery book or a fictional novel make sure your children see you reading.

Make reading special
Give books or book tokens as presents.

Use your local library
Take regular trips to the local library and make choosing new books fun. Many libraries have visits from authors or organise reading schemes and events in the school holidays.

At Kids 1st we fully recognise the importance of introducing children to books and this is reinforced by having a large selection of books in each room for the children to look through and enjoy at their leisure.

During storytelling time we have devised a unique approach called the ‘no interruption zone’, so whenever staff see this sign they know that a storytelling session is taking place. This has allowed the children to be fully engaged in a story without interruptions which has helped their concentration and understanding. We have recently extended this idea to include parents, so if a parent arrives at nursery when a group session is taking place, they are politely reminded to be discreet and not interrupt the storyteller until the story is finished.

Staff prepare for each story time and they carefully choose the right book for the age group they work with, as this can be the difference between success and failure. The storytellers keep the tales exciting by using their voices as expressively as possible to help maintain the children’s interest.

Above all is the importance of keeping story time fun; this is crucial to the children’s enjoyment of books and of reading in the future.

Check out the World Book Day website at worldbookday.com for resources, tips, games and competitions.