Bright Ideas (& Newsletter)

Whether you want to learn more about telling stories or inspire love of stories and reading, Bright Ideas are simple ways to creatively access the joy of books. Natalie draws on her experience as storyteller, teacher, librarian and parent to pass on these tips.

Sing a Story

Want to catch the attention of a restless listener? Turn the story you are reading into a song. Stories like Bill Martin Jr's BROWN BEAR, and many other picture books work well when a simple melody is added.

Remember the Meal…

One way to begin telling your own stories is to start with quick memories. Perhaps at dinnertime, tell your family about a meal your mother once prepared.

The Poetry Solution

Is your second or third grader having difficulty mastering longer books? Try poetry! Kids love humorous verse from poets like Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein. Since poems are shorter, kids gain confidence and are still exposed to advanced vocabulary and themes.

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