Alternative versions of fairy tales can help children understand how the stories came to be told, how they are passed down through generations and how they change over time.
Short stories are a brilliant way to fill a few spare minutes, whilst also engaging with reluctant readers and exposing children to world stories. They can be excellent fun for the storyteller too.
It is never too early to give a child a book. They don’t even need to be able to sit up. Prop them on your knee and as soon as their eyes begin to focus, babies will look at a picture with interest. Helen Oxenbury’s board books, All Fall Down and Tickle Tickle, are great starters but there are many other good first books out there that children love.
Children from ethnic minorities in our schools are in danger of going through school life never being able to identify with characters in the literature they read. Reading ideas by Gillian Harris about books to use in classroom story time and discussions.
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