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Friday 27th January 2023

As part of National Storytelling week, residents of Cavell Court Care Home in Norwich have created videos retelling classic children’s stories, such as Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and The Three Little Pigs. They are now ready to be watched by children all over the country. When we listened to them in the Reading Chest office, we all stopped what we were doing and were transfixed from beginning to end, as they were so calming and mesmerising. It reminded us of the importance and magic of listening to stories in childhood.

Apart from being a wonderful activity in itself – listening to stories and sharing books from a young age has huge educational benefits. Listening to stories opens up new worlds and vocabulary for children. It can be particularly beneficial for reluctant readers to maintain their focus and interest in books. Enjoying listening to stories also helps children to understand that reading is not just something that must be done for school, but that we read for pleasure.

Sharing stories also offers opportunities to discuss a wide variety of subjects and situations that children may not encounter in their own lives.

It is never too late to help spark your child’s interest in reading. Sharing stories is the key to giving children the best possible start in life. Be inspired by National Storytelling Week and read to someone!

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