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. 

Story Starters


  • Dolly Parton

    Dolly Parton

    “Beanstalk and my Imagination Library have joined together to launch a special program which will help children become more ready to read and to learn. We call it Story Starters. We send books into the children’s homes and our caring volunteers work one-to-one with the children to give them the extra support they need with their reading. We need you to help us make a lifelong difference in a child’s life so please apply to be a Story Starter. Let’s make sure their stories have a happy ending!”

  • Baroness Floella Benjamin, OBE DL 

    “I always say ‘childhood lasts a lifetime’ so children need the right kind of encouragement and support in their early years to help them reach their full potential. That’s why I’m proud to promote Story Starters to start children off on the right track. Story Starters provide one-to-one learning support to pre-school children so they start primary school with language and communication skills, a fired up imagination and a lifelong enthusiasm for books, that mean they are more “ready to read”.” If you would like to make a lasting difference to a child’s life, then apply to become a Story Starter today and make a difference!”

Story Starter news

  • Story Starters needed in Suffolk

    Beanstalk in Suffolk is looking for volunteers to become Story Starters in pre-schools and nurseries in Ipswich and across the county. Read more

Story Starters views

  • #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

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