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A screen shot of Kids Out: The Fun and Happiness charity website

Here are some useful, interesting or offbeat links that we have come across. Story lovers – and those who are harder to persuade – might enjoy a browse.

Please note: the Story Museum accepts no responsibility for the content of the websites in this section.

Quirky stuff

  • Inanimate Alice: A digital novel telling the story of a girl called Alice – brilliant interactive storytelling for the online generation.
  • Going West by Maurice Gee:  paper cut-outs bring this graphic story book to life. See it on this youtube clip.
  • Little Red Riding Hood, digital style: you’re never too old for a new take on a classic fairy tale.
  • We tell Stories: make up your own digital fairy tale.

Getting into stories

  • Quick Reads: books for teenagers and adults who have lost the reading habit, struggle with reading or simply want a fast fun read.
  • Storynory: free audio stories for children, a mix of classic and original stories
  • Playtimes: A century of children’s games and rhymes: explores and celebrates over 100 years of playground culture and street games Many examples draw on stories that children have heard.
  • Book Crossing: Find books, share books, and meet fellow book lovers.
  • An article offering advice to parents of children who can read, but don’t.
  • Bedtime Stories for children – free!
  • Springboard Stories is a magazine for teachers that have discovered the benefits of teaching through storytelling. Every issue comes with resources that show where a a story can take you. Free resources also on the website.’Creativity, critical thinking and cross-curricular activities all wrapped around a story.’
  • World Stories is a growing collection of stories from around the World. The collection includes retold traditional tales and new short stories in the 21 languages most spoken by UK children.
  • Sharkspark is Oxford’s story-telling club, which meets in the Turl St Kitchen on the last Monday of every month.
  • The Society for Storytelling is a central place to find out about storytelling events, to ask for advice on using storytelling, and to find storytellers.
  • Mazed is a project collecting the tales of South East Cornwall.

Blogs

Places to go

You can find story activities all across the country. Museums sometimes host storytelling events or temporary exhibitions celebrating children’s authors. Many theatres and theatre companies stage adaptations of much-loved books and stories. Festivals provide opportunities to hear and meet inspirational authors, illustrators and storytellers. As well as lending books and DVDs, most libraries also provide internet access, information on what’s on, and host small events. Just scroll down for ideas, or use these quick links: story trails, story centres, story attractions and galleries, children’s theatre, festivals, further afield.

Story trails

Story centres

Story attractions and galleries

Children’s theatre

Festivals

Further afield