Next week, we will be hosting the award-winning storyteller Lyn Ford at our Southern Boone County, Callaway County, and Columbia library branches. She uses her unique “Affrilachian” (African-American and Appalachian) style to captivate audiences of all ages.
To celebrate Lyn coming to our libraries, I want to provide a few simple storytelling tips for you and your little ones. Storytelling can seem daunting, but anybody can do it! Here are a few general tips that many of us at the library follow that make for a fun story time.
Interact with your children when reading or telling a story. This is not only fun, but it is also better for keeping your child’s attention. Incorporate “call and response” songs, fingerplays and catchy tunes to make your kids feel like they are a part of the story!
Get inspiration from storytelling resources. Online, there are countless free videos and blogs that contain fantastic ideas for songs, rhymes, puppet shows and flannel boards that go with stories. We at the library are constantly referencing various sources and mashing them with our own creative discretion to provide the best possible story times and programs. Jbrary and Saroj Ghoting are a couple of resources that many parents and librarians use for storytelling.
Have fun! If you are having fun, your kids will have fun too! Are the characters in your book roaring, dancing, jumping, painting or clapping? Then do it with them! There is always a way to make stories fun, and that’s one of our main goals here at the library.
Mix it up! It’s extremely beneficial to mix up content often. Change up the stories you tell, the rhymes you chant and the songs you sing to help your children develop a large range of learning and literacy skills. Plus, you never know when you’ll find a new favorite!