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Storytelling and Storymaking

Language and literacy in the early years

The importance of immersing young children in language that relates to story cannot be overlooked. Telling stories is something that we all engage in every day of our lives. Narratives shape and help us to make sense of the world around us, and it is the power of stories and storytelling that is harnessed in this book to illustrate effective learning opportunities.

Educators can maximise such opportunities by understanding every child's language learning journey and engaging with them in meaningful, knowledgeable and intentional ways.

This book provides valuable information about the role and importance of storytelling and storymaking in early childhood, and shows how to plan learning opportunities to engage and interest young children.

Ages: 0-5 | Pages: 56 | Code: TS0110 | ISBN: 9781921613784

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Judith Stevens

Judith Stevens has had a long and diverse career in early years education and has written a number of books and numerous articles in a wide range of early years journals.

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Bridie Raban

Bridie Raban was the Foundation Mooroolbeek Professor of Early Childhood Studies at the University of Melbourne. She is currently an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and in 2021, she was awarded an Honorary University Fellowship by Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU). Her past research has focused on language and literacy development, teacher change and development, curriculum and assessment for the early childhood years and quality provision. She was the first Professor of Early Childhood Education in Victoria and the second in Australia, and before this she was Professor of Primary Education (Early Years) at the University of Warwick and President of the UK Reading Association.



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Andrea Nolan

Andrea Nolan is Professor of Education (Early Childhood) in the School of Education at Deakin University. She has had extensive experience teaching in early childhood education settings as well as in primary schools, and has taught in the TAFE and university sectors, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as supervising higher degree research students.
Andrea has conducted research in both schools and preschools and has worked on a number of state, national and international projects on literacy development, program evaluation and professional learning for teachers. She has researched the impact of the current Australian reform agenda on professional identities and educator practice, leadership, mentoring, inter-professional work, and reflective practice as a means to better understand practice.


1. Learning about story1
The value of talk3
2. Stories & books in the early years5
The family’s role5
3. Learning about written language8
4. Using language, spoken and written11
Looking around the room14
5. Storying and the EYLF17
Learning outcome 517
6. Planning to make a difference for children23
A child-friendly approach to planning25
Thoughtful educators: effective planning25
Children make a difference to planning25
Experiences worth talking and thinking about27
Scope for creativity27
The EYLF and planning28
Making connections to home life29
7. Learning about:
Finger rhymes and action rhymes30
Puppets for all ages32
Story props34
Story sacks36
Telling stories using favourite toys38
Pick-and-mix stories40
Storytelling and story acting42
Story sticks and story cards44
Making story maps46
Story boxes48
Story chairs and hot-seating50
Imaginary characters52
Reflections on learning about storytelling and storymaking54
Finding out more55