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 was made possible by players of People’s Postcode LotteryWe received £1 million from the People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund to deliver Story Starters from January 2017 through to March 2019. Due to it's success the programme continues to be delivered to settings across England. 

#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

#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