Peter H. Reynolds, Founder of FableVision and Children's Book Author and Illustrator, suggests you:

  • Invite children to create with blank books
  • Try collaborative stories and art
  • Use cuttings from magazines to illustrate stories
  • Consider starting stories with pictures
  • Keep story messages simple
  • Tell stories about yourself as a child
  • Use old photographs as inspiration
  • Write down the stories you tell
  • Have fun with stories – use voices and role-play
  • Extend story themes with real-life activities


Like Bill Doucette:

  • Create games based on stories
  • Use favorite childhood interests to foster storytelling
  • Don't forget, having fun is contagious


Mom Elizabeth Hetzler recommends:

  • Read together and discuss stories from day one
  • When food is part of a story, try extending the story with cooking
  • Remember, fun activities can help children learn vital skills


Laurie Joy Haas, Executive Producer of Words that Cook!™ and co-author of Read it Aloud! A parent's guide to sharing books with young children, and Honey the Cookie-Bookie Bear suggest you:

  • Let children tell stories through pictures
  • Discuss pictures and use children's words for captions
  • Ask questions to keep stories going


Like storytelling Dad Luis Gonzalez:

  • Integrate your first language into storytelling
  • Tell stories when children are relaxed and comfortable
  • Try using characters children know as story starters
  • Consider incorporating lessons into stories
  • Let children build stories with you


Bonnie Greenberg, Professional Storyteller and Speech-Language Pathologist, recommends you:

  • Try repeating phrases and gestures in stories
  • Vary facial expressions, voices, pace and volume
  • Provide opportunities for children to participate
  • Try group storytelling games
  • Look for books with storytelling ideas and exercises
  • Create a ritual around storytelling


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