Recently I attended National Bookshop Day at my local bookshop. An excited crowd packed the small space, waiting for story reading time, and the opportunity to speak with local children’s book authors and illustrators. Chrissy’s Organic Food tempted our taste buds while we waited. A table was packed with the children’s books on offer by these local celebs. The fact that by the time story reading time came around and there was only about five children deterred no-one.
As the first author was introduced, an excited hush fell over the crowd as all, adults included, leaned forward to listen to the first author read her story to the children. I had looked at the book earlier and I liked the story. It was a very lovely, enjoyable story. I had met the author earlier and she was delightful.
How to bore children
During her presentation I did learn a few things if you want to lose the children’s interest:
When I mentioned these observations to a friend, she replied that, “Not everyone who can write can present the story well to a crowd of children.,” (or something to that effect).
The third presenter read a story out of a compilation of stories. Picking one she started to read. I learned further how to lose the children’s interest.
Why I did I skip from the first presenter and straight to the last? The second presenter did not bore the children.
Here’s is what I learnt from the second presenter on how to read a story to children, and entertain them:
What about you? Have you got any tips to share about reading stories to entertain children?
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