About storytelling

The Ant and the Big Bad Bully Goat

Storytelling has been around since the dawn of man. The earliest stories evolved as a mixture of spoken words, gestures and facial expressions. These stories, passed down from generation to generation, have been used to teach history, settle arguments and to share experiences with other people.

For children, stories are a window to the outside world.

Traditional tales continue to tell generations that the world is filled with great adventures, with heroes and heroines, and ogres and monsters we must battle.

Modern picture books help children learn to decode images and ‘read between the lines’ - assimilating information through pictures is a crucial key skill and a fast-developing method of communication in our modern visual world.

Digital storytelling is continuing to evolve with new interactive technologies, opening up a new world for children. The Signed Stories philosophy is that traditional print books and digital books can live happily side-by-side:

  • stories are available to watch for free on this website
  • we provide links to the publisher’s website where you can buy the book in print
  • stories are available to buy on the free iOS app for iPad, iPhone and iPodTouch with interactive games and a sign language dictionary

"Parents tell us they love having an alternative to games and videos on their mobile devices. Digital books give kids an interactive, educational experience. We’ve found that parents are eager to substitute that for a game or passive viewing". Josh Koppel, ScrollMotion.

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