Long before we had access to so much in terms of digital media and technology, books were the source of imagination and the fuel of childhood fantasies.  Research in 2012 recently showed growing concern from teachers that the stories children most widely recognise in the classroom are Disney stories (from films rather than books) and indicated that it is characters from television and celluloid that spark the interest of most kids in the classroom. This is such a sad state of affairs, given how valuable storytelling and reading are to the development of a child’s imagination and free thinking.

Storytelling is an important part of childhood for so many reasons. Many children love to read independently but storytelling provides a different dynamic, one of equal importance.

Listening to a Story…

Listening to a story helps develop different senses and fuels the imagination in different ways. Through listening to a story, either at bedtime or school stor