Share a Story

Share a Story

We have set up a Share a Story scheme at Shanklea Nursery.  Every week your child will bring home a new story book chosen by them to share with you at school.  These books are from our Northumberland County Council Library scheme and are high quality story books. 

We ask that you set aside some time and share the story. Here are some tips below on how to get the most out of the story time.


  • Find somewhere quiet without any distractions - turn off the TV/radio/computer
  • Sit close together - encourage your child to hold the book themselves and/or turn the pages
  • Point to the pictures if there are illustrations and relate them to something your child knows. Ask them to describe the characters or situation or what will happen next. Encourage them to tell you the story by looking at the  pictures.
  • Encourage your child to talk about the book - talking about the characters and their dilemmas helps children understand relationships and is an excellent way for you to get to know each other or discuss difficult issues. Give your child plenty of time to respond. Ask them what will happen next, how a character might be feeling or how the book makes them feel
  • Don't be afraid to use funny voices - children love this.

And finally above all - make it fun! It doesn't matter how you read with a child, as long as you both enjoy the time together.