NATIONAL TELL A STORY DAY
National Tell a Story Day on April 27th each year in the United States encourages people of all ages to share all kinds of stories. Whether it’s read from a book, one from your imagination, or an actual story from a childhood memory, the day supports gathering with friends and family to share those stories.
Storytelling is an ancient practice used to hand down knowledge from one generation to the next. It’s a wonderful way to pass on family traditions, histories, and long told tales and can be entertaining as well as educational. Some of the very best stories come from real-life experience.
Many people enjoy listening to their grandparents share their stories about when they were growing up (back in the day). Spending time telling stories with family, friends, and loved ones is a time for all to learn from each other, to remember, and to grow closer together.
Besides creating a bonding environment, oral storytelling provides rich opportunities to reminisce. While connecting the past to our present, oral storytelling also fosters creativity. It encourages the use of imagination that lasts a lifetime.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTellAStoryDay
Libraries around the country participate in the day with special storytelling times for children. Do you have a story to tell? It does not matter if the story is a short story or a long story, fiction or nonfiction, a tall tale or folklore. Seek the storytellers in your life and encourage them to regale you with stories. As you listen, record them in some way. This is a day for them all.
While you’re practicing your storytelling skills, try these tips to make your tales come to life:
- Engage your audience and invite them to participate, too!
- Be sure to give your characters their own voice.
- Get physical! Body movements give your stories extra impact. You will capture your audience’s attention, and you’ll also bring your story to life.
- Ask your audience questions.
- Use misdirection to surprise your audience.
- Facial expressions punctuate your words. Use this powerful tool to drive a character’s emotion home.
We encourage you to tell your stories and even share them on social media using #NationalTellAStoryDay.
Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for lessons designed around National Tell a Story Day.
NATIONAL TELL A STORY DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this storytelling day.
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