How to Tell Stories to Children (Paperback)

A step-by-step guide for parents and teachers

Silke Rose West, Joseph Sarosy

A delightful parents' and teachers' guide to creating and telling stories to children

'The best stories are told by the ones who know us deeply. And if you lack confidence, then here is loads of help' Steve Biddulph

Storytelling is one of the oldest and most essential skills known to humankind - it is also one of the best ways to help us raise healthy, well-adjusted kids, teaching them how to manage their emotions, build empathy and navigate life's complexities. In cultivating a meaningful bond between storyteller and listener, it builds intimacy and trust between parent and child.

In this delightful book, early childhood educators Silke Rose West and Joseph Sarosy distill the key ingredients of storytelling into a surprisingly simple method that can make anyone an expert storyteller. Their intuitive technique uses events and objects from your child's daily life to make storytelling easy and accessible. By shifting the focus from crafting a narrative to strengthening your relationship with your child, this book will awaken skills you never knew you had.

Complete with practical advice, helpful prompts, and a touch of science to explain how stories enrich our lives in so many ways, How to Tell Stories to Children is a must-read for parents, grandparents and teachers.

Publication date: 24/06/2021

£12.99

ISBN: 9781788167192

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Health & Wellbeing

How to Tell Stories to Children (Ebook)

A step-by-step guide for parents and teachers

Silke Rose West, Joseph Sarosy

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A delightful parents' and teachers' guide to creating and telling stories to children

'The best stories are told by the ones who know us deeply. And if you lack confidence, then here is loads of help' Steve Biddulph

Storytelling is one of the oldest and most essential skills known to humankind - it is also one of the best ways to help us raise healthy, well-adjusted kids, teaching them how to manage their emotions, build empathy and navigate life's complexities. In cultivating a meaningful bond between storyteller and listener, it builds intimacy and trust between parent and child.

In this delightful book, early childhood educators Silke Rose West and Joseph Sarosy distill the key ingredients of storytelling into a surprisingly simple method that can make anyone an expert storyteller. Their intuitive technique uses events and objects from your child's daily life to make storytelling easy and accessible. By shifting the focus from crafting a narrative to strengthening your relationship with your child, this book will awaken skills you never knew you had.

Complete with practical advice, helpful prompts, and a touch of science to explain how stories enrich our lives in so many ways, How to Tell Stories to Children is a must-read for parents, grandparents and teachers.

Publication date: 24/06/2021

£13.99

ISBN: 9781782838111

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B08HVZX2V6

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Health & Wellbeing

Reviews for How to Tell Stories to Children

'The best stories are told by the ones who know us deeply. And if you lack confidence, then here is loads of help'

Steve Biddulph, Internationally Bestselling Author of Raising Boys and Raising Girls 

'Storytelling is, without doubt, the best way to imprint information or ideas on the mind of the listener. This book will help to promote storytelling as a key education tool'

Dr Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace 

'Readers will walk away from the book feeling empowered and capable . . . An informative and practical guide for adults who want to be successful storytellers'

 Kirkus Reviews

'What a great idea for a book! Humans understand the world primarily through stories, which means you can shape the world of the small people you love with just a bit of fancy and a lot of love'

 Bill McKibben, Environmentalist and New York Times Bestselling Author of The End of Nature

'I wish I'd read this book before my children grew up. Its simple insights and practices will make me a better storyteller'

 Charles Eisenstein, author of The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible

'This book will quietly thrill you and deeply connect you with your children. It will give you the feeling I can do this'

 Kim John Payne, Family Counselor and Bestselling Author of Simplicity Parenting

'This isn't really a book about technique. It peels away technical concerns and takes you to the glowing heart of the matter: Telling stories to children is a bonding, nurturing, embracing, and thoroughly natural thing for any adult to do. Silke and Joe invite you to claim your rich human legacy and experience the joy and satisfaction of telling stories, any stories, to the children in your life'

 Joe Hayes, Bilingual Storyteller and Author of A Heart Full of Turquoise

Silke Rose West

Silke Rose West

Silke Rose West is a Waldorf teacher with over thirty years of experience teaching kindergarten-aged children. In 1995, she cofounded the Taos Waldorf School and today she runs an independent forest kindergarten called Taos Earth Children. She is renowned in Taos for her puppet shows and storytelling and consults with teachers and schools across the US.

Joseph Sarosy

Joseph Sarosy

Joseph Sarosy is the founder of The Juniper School, an outdoor school for children aged six to nine years. He contributes to Fatherly.com and is the author of A Father's Life, a finalist in the 2019 NIEA Awards. He works with men and fathers locally, and his blog The Storytelling Loop has been read by over 70,000 people worldwide.