Bedtime Storytelling

Become Your Child's Storyteller

Beatrys Lockie


Quick Look

Includes advice on how to tell stories to children and the advantages of doing so, rather than reading from a book, as well as a collection of classic tales.

Floris Books
Parenting & Child Health
152 pages
Publication date:
30 Apr 2014


Anyone can master the art of storytelling with the right advice and plenty of practice!

Storytelling allows you to lift a story from the page and bring it to life. Without a book you're free -- to personalise stories, make gestures, use props or give a hug or a tickle! But most importantly you have eye contact -- creating a greater connection between you and your child and allowing you to guage their reactions -- are they excited? Frightened? Engaged?

This inspiring collection of tales, suitable for children aged from about three to seven years old, includes advice on how to become a confident storyteller.

Collected by age interest, each of the classic stories are easy to memorise, adapt and enhance using simple storytelling know-how. You’ll find many are old favourites that are regularly told in kindergartens, nurseries and schools -- tales about magical creatures and exotic animals as well as stories from everyday life.

Stories include: The Little Jug, The Mitten (Any Room for Me?), The Tomten, The Star Child, How the Zebra Got its Stripes, King Grizzly Beard and Hans in Luck.

Table of Contents

Telling Stories to Children
Why tell stories?
Getting started
Creating a mood
Angels and fairies
Animal stories
Stories for special purposes
Stories for Children Aged Three to Four
The Little Jug
The Mitten
The Pearl-grey Cockerel
The Tomten
The Easter Hare
The Star Child
The Little Star's Search
Stories for Children Aged Five to Six
A Farm Story
How the Snowdrop Got its Colour
Hendrika's Adventure
Miaula and the Twins
Giant Grummer's Christmas
Ameliaranne and the Green Umbrella
Joanna and the Jumble Sale
Bad Mousie
Susannah's Bears
The Seven Ravens
The Lion and the Mouse
The Story of Beth
Erwin the Elf
Granny Glittens and her Amazing Mittens
Stories for Children Aged Six to Seven
King of the Birds
How the Zebra Got its Stripes
How the Elephant Got its Trunk
The Cat Who Walked Alone
Long-nose the Dwarf
The Square Box
A Tale of Two Children
King Grizzly Beard
Hans in Luck
The Harp with Five Strings
The Story of Ten Fingers
The Twelve Months
The Five Goats
A Tale of Nine Children
The Dog with Two Masters
A Michaelmas Story
Three's Company


'A wonderful collection of classic tales guaranteed to enchant young book lovers. And don't worry if you think you can't tell stories very well, as author Beatrys Lockie gives you countless tips on making storytelling a pleasure for both reader and listener! We say... a wonderful collection of stories for everyone to enjoy.'
-- Creative Steps


Beatrys Lockie (1927-2023) was born in The Netherlands and began to tell stories at an early age. After moving to the UK Beatrys married Edinburgh-born James Lockie and they had five children. Once the children had grown, together the family rebuilt an 18th-century stable block in Lamancha, Peebleshire. As well as being a talented weaver and spinner, Beatrys was a class teacher at Edinburgh Steiner School until her retirement. She lived with her family in the Scottish Borders for many years.

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