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Reading stories aloud

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On your marks:
It sounds so easy – ‘I’ll just read them a story’. But reading aloud from a book well is an acquired skill. Whatever situation we’re in, in school or church groups, it’s good to hone up our reading aloud skills to do the story full justice. Below are a few simple do’s and don’ts to consider. Perhaps this sheet would be useful to pass on to younger members of your leadership team to give them some fresh ideas.

Get Set:
You’ll need a book!

Needless to say, Barnabas has a wide range of stories to read aloud, from picture books for little ones to more complex stories for older children. Check out, for example, Knock Knock! Who’s there? or God sent a Baby King. But think out of the box too – there are other excellent children’s books around. Secular books can tie in beautifully with Christian themes. Think about The Very Hungry Caterpillar, for example – wonderful pictures and tight storyline with a strong message about transformation (or the sin of greed, if you’re feeling puritanical!)




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