National Storytelling Week 2019

As we come to the end of National Storytelling Week 2019 (26th Jan - 2nd Feb), we thought we'd ask some of our consultants and their families to tell us about their favourite stories! Are they the same as any of your favourites?

Claire Taylor, Nursery Specialist at Connect2Staff

As a child, my favourite book was Guess How Much I Love You written by Sam McBratney.

Some of my earliest memories revolve around this book and the times spent with my mum where she would read this as a bedtime story. The theme throughout the book gave me a feeling of unconditional love, and even now, the memories provide me with a feeling of comfort and security.  


Emma Jordan, SEN Specialist at Connect2Staff

When I was a child (quite a long time ago now!!) I loved my Roald Dahl books; they transported me to another world full of balmy and interesting characters and lands. My favourite had to be the Revolting Rhymes - I always thought it was quite naughty the way Cinderella “whipped her pistol from her knickers!!” and I loved the way the stories rhymed, I also remember being so moved by the story of Danny Champion of the World and the life this little boy lived in the beautiful English countryside.

James and the Giant Peach was another favourite, making me thankful I didn’t live with evil aunts, but jealous I couldn’t talk to bugs and have an adventure in a Giant Peach.

The proof of a great writer is that they stand the test of time and Roald Dahl stories are still as popular today as ever and I was so excited to revisit the stories, reading them to my daughter when she was little.


Fleur (aged 12)

My favourite book is The Midnight Gang, By David Walliams

The story is about this boy who goes to a private school and he doesn’t really like it there, but one day he was playing cricket with his mates and he got hit hard in the head with a ball and he got knocked out so his coach took him to the hospital and he got put in a children’s ward. He made friends with some people in the ward, then he went to sleep and as he was getting to sleep he heard footsteps alongside him and the wheels of a wheelchair so he sat up and asked where are you guys going but they couldn’t tell him ........

I like this book because It has a lot of characters, and the children go on adventures in secret.


Hope (aged 12)

My favourite book is The Naughtiest Girl in the School by Enid Blyton.

It is my favourite book because it is funny and very detailed. The main character is Elizabeth Allen and she gets sent to a boarding school and acts naughty so she can get sent home because she dislikes the Whiteleaf School so very much. She then realises that she loves the school because she has made a lot of new friends and she then starts to act nice. Elizabeth turns incredibly smart and then becomes the Head Girl.


Storytelling is a great way to increase creativity in the classroom. If you're looking for a new job to inspire you, contact our specialist education team on 01622 236695. Similarly, if you are recruiting for inspirational and creative staff for your school, call us to discuss your requirements today. We hope you enjoyed #NationalStorytellingWeek !

Emma Jordan

Principal Consultant  
Specialisms: Education
Tel: 01622 236814
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