Story Starters

Life is better when everyone can read well and express themselves with confidence. Story Starters is a new programme that gives children aged three to five years old the language and communication skills they need to start school ready to learn and all set to reach for the stars. 

Story Starters has been made possible by players of People’s Postcode LotteryWe received £1 million from the People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund to launch Story Starters in January 2017. 

#StoriesFromStoryStarters - meet Alison

Alison has volunteered as a Story Starters since April 2018 because she wanted to use her skills to help children who are lacking crucial early language and reading skills. Read her story here... Read more

#TheBestGift - Give a book this Christmas

We at Beanstalk and Story Starters believe it is the perfect time to remind everyone about the wonderful gesture of giving a book to children this Christmas because it can be really important for a child's development and progress future reading skills. Read more about our book recommendations here.. Read more

#WinterReads - book suggestions for this winter season

Christmas is right around the corner, and we at Beanstalk all agree that the best way to find peace and quiet in a busy time is to snuggle up in a warm space with the ultimate winter read. See our book recommendations here.. Read more

#StoriesFromStoryStarters - meet Yvonne!

Yvonne is one of our Story Starters volunteers in Shropshire and has been volunteering since June 2018. Read more about her exciting and rewarding sessions with nursery children here... Read more

#Summerreads - inspirational tips from Story Starter volunteers and staff

Summer is finally here and our volunteers and staff at Beanstalk and Story Starters have collected a list of recommendations for good summer reads. Read more here.. Read more

#ToddlerTales - Relating stories to own life experiences

Our Story Starters children often link the stories from the books they are presented with to situations in their own life and this can be a great springboard to further discussions on real-life topics. Read more here.. Read more

#ToddlerTales - The Story Starter books

When our volunteers go into nursery for the first time, they are presented with a set of books that both challenge and engage the children and introduce them to the world of books and stories. Read more here.. Read more

#ToddlerTales - Use of props in Story Starter sessions

Using props in storytelling can really enrich the experience and encourage a pleasant involvement with books and stories for younger children. Read more here.. Read more

#StoriesFromStoryStarters - meet Katie and Heleema

Our two Story Starters Heleema and Katie talk about why they chose to become volunteers and what they enjoy the most about the sessions. Read more here… Read more

#StoriesFromStoryStarters - read Penny's story

Penny is one of our lovely Story Starters who has volunteered with us since June 2017. Read more about her voluntary experience and her passion for books here.. Read more