Being told stories and being read to leads children to develop the rich storehouse of language, grammar and vocabulary they need to bring to texts when learning to read and write.
Try our multilingual stories below or send us your own stories to share with others.
Here’s a silly little story to read and act out like a play, with 3 or more parts. The ending is left open for you to finish yourselves.
One day a mouse went to visit a cat and can you guess what the cat was doing?
She was sitting and sewing…
The mouse said:
What are you doing Cat Catty, Cat Catty,
What are you doing Cat Catty Cat Cat?
The cat answered proudly:
I’m sewing pyjamas, Mouse Mousie, Mouse Mousie,
I’m sewing pyjamas Mouse Mousie, Mouse Mouse!
The mouse laughed and said:
I can’t wait to see them Cat Catty, Cat Catty,
I can’t wait to see them Cat Cattie, Cat Cat!
The cat replied, with just a hint of anger in her voice:
You’re laughing at me Mouse Mousie , Mouse Mousie
You’re laughing at me Mouse Mousie Mouse Mouse!
The mouse laughed again, pointing at the cat and squeaking:
A cat in pyjamas Cat Catty, Cat Catty
A cat in pyjamas Cat Catty, Cat Cat!
At that moment, the cat stopped sewing and what do you think happened next?