The ancient art of storytelling has been around since time began. As a tribal species, humans have relied on storytelling to help people connect, learn and communicate, with ourselves and others.

The voice of narration has always had a place and purpose in our lives. The evolution of storytelling goes way back to cave painting and primitive art, through to tribes of people sat around a open fire listening to an elder passing down life lessons from generations before. Over time through to the 21st century, the mediums of communication have changed to books, audio books, social media, feature films and subscription TV amongst many.

Throughout this time, the core concepts of using a sequence of events in an exciting nature has remained the same, so what are these core concepts? and how can children benefit from them?

Well we’re here to today to find out, with our special guest Emma Mactaggart, a mother and an award-winning author and publisher, and one of our partners here at Kiddipedia.

For the last 15 years Emma has been teaching the craft of writing and illustrating to children and adults via her Child Writes program.

Her publishing business Boogie Books is the largest publisher in the world on Amazon of children’s picture books written by children for children. For five years, these same books also flew with Jetstar as part of their in-flight entertainment system!

Emma is a regular guest on ABC Southern Queens-land Radio and she is also the Founder of International Read to Me! Day: a reimagined global event this year, encouraging readers to share the love of story via Facebook live.

We ask Emma questions including:

  1. How do you think tales and storytelling can teach children basic life lessons?
  2. How do books help children strengthen their imagination?
  3. What do you love about teaching children how to write and illustrate their own books?
  4. What are the seven plots used in storytelling?
  5. How can books help children build resilience?
  6. Do you think listening to stories can help children develop empathy? If so how?
  7. How do you think books can children develop how to deal with their fears and insecurities?
  8. How can parents use storybooks to help open conversations with their children to learn about how they view and experience the world around them?
  9. How can you test if a child has high self-efficacy?
  10. Do you think the idea of increasing self-efficacy can help create a child’s resilience? If so, how?
  11. What’s your #1 book to help support your children’s fears and build adversity?

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