Storytelling is one of the oldest and most essential skills known to humankind, a timeless parenting tool that helps families celebrate life’s joys, navigate its challenges, and raise healthy, well-adjusted kids.
Stories help children manage their emotions, empathize with others, and better understand the complex world we live in. More importantly, storytelling cultivates a rich and meaningful bond between storyteller and listener, building intimacy and trust between adult and child.
In this delightful book, Silke Rose West and Joseph Sarosy—early childhood educators with thousands of storytelling hours between them—distill the key ingredients of storytelling into a surprisingly simple method that can make anyone an expert storyteller. Their intuitive technique uses events and objects from a child’s daily life to make storytelling easy and accessible. By shifting the focus from crafting a narrative to strengthening one’s relationship with a child, this book will awaken skills that everyone has.
Complete with practical advice, helpful prompts, and a touch of science to explain how stories enrich our lives in many ways, How to Tell Stories to Children is a must-read for parents, grandparents, and educators.