Let’s face it…who doesn’t love a good story? What is more precious than snuggling up to with your little munchkins to spare a few precious moments to unravel a story from a book for them? To ignite their imaginations in a world of make believe, creativity, words and learning? To stir up emotions, interpretations and curiosity with something that hasn’t been pre-prescribed on a screen?
In this face paced, media-soaked world we live in, I say we need to rejoice once more in the beautiful thing that is story telling, and what better time to do it than this National Story Telling Week, taking place this week from 30th January – 6th February.
Over the week, the tradition of oral storytelling will be upheld across the country in a series of events but I say, don’t leave it to other people to ignite our children’s imaginations – let’s take a step back ourselves and share in the joy of storytelling with our little ones. With that thought in mind, here’s a little inspiration with three books I’ve picked out from the wonderful people over at independent publisher Miles Kelly which will get you well on your way to keep the story telling fire burning bright in the heart of your house.
Grimm’s Fairy Tales
It is impossible to write a post about storytelling without including the collection one of the most influential tales of folklore in the world. Those who grew up on Grimm’s Fairy Tales themselves will know that they are loved dearly for their creative way of delivering wit, wisdom and life lessons – and it is this value-teaching which is yet another reason to celebrate story telling. Featuring much loved favourites like Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty amongst other well know tales, plus many lesser known gems which are an absolute joy to discover, this incredible collection is one which will keep the story telling light alive for years to come.
Ten Minute Stories
Let’s face it, as parents we seem to live life in ten minute chunks and so this is a great book to enjoy the joys of storytelling when all you have is literally – ten minutes. As with all the Miles Kelly treasury-style books, I love the way the stories are sectioned out which means you can choose how to allocate your ten minute story telling quota by mood – fancy something crafty and cunning, a heroic deed, an amazing adventure and perhaps some good old rags and riches? This book has it all. Although this book does include some more classic short tales like Puss in Boots and Rumpelstiltskin, it is also a veritable treasure trove of fantastically entertaining stories you may have not heard of before which are a delight to discover.
This is an incredible collection of charmingly illustrated much-loved classic tales like all-time favourites Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Princes and The Pea and so many more which are such a delight to not only read for your little one’s pleasure, but also fill in your hazy memory of enchanting stories which go beyond those you hear every day. What is really fantastic about this book is the discovery and re-discovery of stories which are lesser talked about like The Nutcracker Prince, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Thumbelina – all stories I remember being read when I was a little button, and had absolutely forgotten the joys of.
This post is in collaboration with Miles Kelly Publishing. All opinions are my own.