What is National Storytelling Week?
In 2024, National Storytelling Week will take place from 27 January to 4 February.
This fantastic annual event is a joyful celebration of the power of sharing stories. Stories teach us about the world, they allow us to step into someone else’s shoes and feel empathy, they help us to relax and escape and they can help develop essential literacy skills.
National Storytelling Week Activities: Dream Up a World
Engaging with writing role models can inspire children to be deeply experimental, creative, and develop confidence in their own writing ability. Through programme of online classroom events and follow-up resources, pupils can engage with a variety of fantastic authors and storytellers to help them discover the young storyteller within themselves.
- Dream up a World: storytelling project with Swapna Haddow for ages 5 to 7 (KS1)
- Dream up a World: storytelling project with Steven Camden for ages 7 to 11 (KS2)
- Dream up a Gaming World: storytelling project for ages 11 to 14 (KS3)
- Dream up a world: storytelling in the early years
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Additional classroom storytelling activities
- Storysack Guide for Early Years – Explore our activities, tips and ideas for how to use a Storysack to tell stories creatively (available on this page).
- Explore 28 ways to turn children into storytellers – take a look at this fantastic StoryQuest resource, packed with original ideas and fun activities to turn children into storytellers – created by Kate Norgate of The Crick Crack Club.
- Write an Alex Rider adventure story – if you have Alex Rider fans in your class, why not challenge them to write their own Alex Rider adventure story? Explore the resource to access a story writing kit and accompanying resources with lots of ideas for how the tasks can be incorporated into class time.
- Enjoy stories across a range of themes and genres in our Young Readers Story Club.
- Looking for a storyteller for your school? If you’re looking for a brilliant storyteller to bring the magic of storytelling to life, who is local to your school use our listings tool.
- Free River of Stories collection – the A River of Stories anthologies can strengthen your pupils’ imaginations, critical thinking, and their ability to participate in culturally diverse local and global communities. Each volume contains a story or poem from each of the 53 countries in the Commonwealth, great for sharing with your class.
Storytelling resources for families
There are also resources to help families enjoy the age-old tradition of storytelling and share their own stories, memories, and experiences.
Visit our Words for Life webpage for top tips on storytelling at home, and to download our ‘dream up what’s behind this door’ activity sheet.
Find out more about the week and discover helpful resources here