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#GEP12Days — Day 9 : Share a Story

People tell each other stories a lot. They often start with phrases like “You’ll never believe what happened!” or “Guess who I saw?” Or maybe they begin with prompts like “How was your day?” and “What did you learn at school?” Storytelling can also look like grandparents talking about their lives with children, performing plays, sharing folktales, and keeping oral histories alive. Storytelling helps people from different ages and backgrounds connect, as well as developing listening skills, expanding vocabulary, and applying meaning. Telling good stories can take practice, but it’s worth it in the end. Here are some ideas for sharing stories in your family:

  1. Here is a breakdown of different types of stories, how to create your own story, and how to create stories with kids.

  2. Scholastic shares some tips for reading aloud and storytelling, like using gestures and descriptive words to paint a picture.

  3. Sesame Street suggests ways for grandparents to share talents and traditions with their grandchildren, so children can appreciate what makes their family special.

  4. PBS tells how to put on a folktale play and how to create homemade dice to aid in imaginative storytelling.

Need book recommendations? Drake Community Library has got you covered with a Storytelling booklist!

  • The Idea Jar by Adam Lehrhaupt

  • No Boring Stories by Julie Falatko

  • Pete Seeger's Storytelling Book by Pete Seeger

  • Show Me a Story: 40 craft projects and activities to spark children's storytelling by Emily K. Neuburger

  • The Too-Scary Story by Bethanie Deeney Murguia

For more titles check out our online catalog at:

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