Storytelling and Story-Reading in Early Years: How to Tell and Read Stories to Young Children

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Mary Medlicott

  • Storytelling and Story-Reading in Early Years

168 pages
Age Range: 2 to 5
2018
ISBN: 9781785922985

When a practitioner can tell and read stories well, it is proven to significantly improve young children's early communication and literacy. In this easy-to-read and essential guide, storytelling trainer Mary Medlicott gives professionals the tools to get the best out of oral storytelling and story-reading sessions, with management, performance and language techniques.

Included are examples of stories and post-story activities that are most successful with children of ages 2 to 5. Medlicott shows how to prepare for the session, spark children's imagination with props, voices and facial expressions, and encourage empathy with thoughtful use of language and variety. Importantly, she gives practical advice on how to cater for all learning needs, such as children with hearing impairment or learning difficulties, and children who are learning English as a second language.

"This is the book we've been waiting for! Everyone who believes that stories lie at the heart of young children's learning now has this splendid resource to draw upon. The author distills a lifetime of sharing stories into nine practical chapters. Which story? Read or told? Learnt from memory? All this and much more, recounted with energy, enthusiasm and love."
- Dr Hilary Minns, University of Warwick