Putting Storytelling at the Heart of Early Childhood Practice: A Reflective Guide for Early Years Practitioners

1st Edition

Tina Bruce, Lynn McNair, Jane Whinnett

April 20, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 192 Pages - 43 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9780367245917 - CAT# 303530

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Putting Storytelling at the Heart of Early Childhood Practice is a brilliantly engaging and practical book that highlights the essential nature of storytelling in all walks of life, and how to best cultivate this in the early years classroom. The authors use a compelling Froebelian approach to explore the role of storytelling not just in the development of literacy, but also in the development of communication and language, and for maintaining good mental health and wellbeing.

Drawing on primary and contemporary research, and presented by a range of experienced authors, this book covers important topics such as:

  • The benefits of regularly practising storytelling
  • Storytelling during play activities
  • Group dynamics in constructing narratives
  • The roles of props and fantasy concepts in storytelling


This accessible guide is ideal for all early years practitioners looking to encourage literacy, communication and wellbeing in a supportive and creative environment, and for policymakers looking to develop best practice in the early years classroom.


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