“Making Storytime an Edutainment Experience”

Why Reading?

Children have an innate love of stories. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Storytelling is a unique way for children to develop an understanding, respect and appreciation for other cultures, and can promote a positive attitude to people from different lands, races and religions. (British Council)

Stories can…

  • Promote a feeling of well-being and relaxation
  • Increase children’s willingness to communicate thoughts and feelings
  • Encourage active participation
  • Increase verbal proficiency
  • Encourage use of imagination and creativity
  • Encourage cooperation between students
  • Enhance listening skills
  • Enhance intercultural understanding and communication

In terms of educational and socio-economic benefits…

  • Reading aloud to kids each day puts them almost 12 months ahead by school age.
  • The best predictor for academic success is the quantity and quality of words kids hear by age 4.
  • Kids hear more 72% more unique words from books than from conversation.
  • Kids in welfare homes hear 30+ million fewer words than kids in well-to-do homes.
  • 85 percent of juveniles who enter the court system are functionally illiterate.

Governments and businesses are now responding….

  • The United Arab Emirates has declared 2016 as the Year of Reading.
  • Childhood literacy as a primary initiative for Indigenous Australians to “close the gap”.
  • The UK government has announced a phonics drive to help children master reading basics.
  • McDonalds worldwide has begun replacing toys in Happy Meals with books.

You can read more literacy facts and reading initiatives on Our News.