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 story time, a child is creating visuals in his or her mind without the focus of learning new and sometimes difficult words. Their imaginations are free to roam and they will create wild characters and scenarios from the words flowing into their ears. This is invaluable to the creative thinking process, and can mean that when a child comes to write his or her own story, their memory bank will be filled with different plots, storylines and characters, and the creative thinking process will be easier.



The use of props and different voices will also create an ambience that independent reading cannot.  This is important for many reasons including creating strong memories of enjoying books and stories.

Listening to a story being told is a great way to encourage the use of language both written and verbal.  When a child hears the use of certa