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Getting started on your storytime journey

Storytime Tips

Reading with your child is a great way to bond and have lots of fun together.

Check out BookTrust’s top tips to help you get started.

  1. Make it personal: Don’t feel you have to stick to the words on the page. You could swap in names to make the story personal to your child – why not make them the star of the story, or set it in your home town? Ask questions, too – what does your child think will happen next? You could have some very interesting conversations…
  2. Bring it to life: Try using a soft toy to tell the story or experiment with silly voices (children will love hearing you putting on a new voice – the sillier, the better!). If your child can already read, perhaps take turns reading paragraphs. If you’re sharing a picture book, talk about the illustrations. What details can you spot?
  3. Take books on the move: Books aren’t just for bedtime – you can dive into a story anytime, anywhere. Why not take a book with you to the park, on the bus or in a cafe… and share the magic of stories wherever you are.


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