National Tell a Story Day
Stories can be read from a book or other written material, be told from memory, or be created as they are being told. They can be true or make-believe; they can be newer accounts or pieces of folklore. All these types of storytelling and more are celebrated with National Tell a Story Day. On the day, stories are told to children—to one's own kids, to students, and to other children. Some libraries hold special storytelling events for children. But stories are also for adults, and they hear them today too, when family members, friends, coworkers, and members of clubs and organizations tell them to each other.
How to Observe National Tell a Story Day
Celebrate the day by telling and listening to stories!
- Tell a story to family members, friends, coworkers, or members of an organization you belong to.
- Organize an informal storytelling competition with friends or family.
- Read a book to help you improve your storytelling skills.
- If you are an older member of your family, share stories about your youth and about your family's history.
- Tell a story to a child.
- Check to see if any storytelling events are being held at your local public library.
- Record stories with someone for Storycorps.
- Watch some Storycorps Animated Shorts.
- Tell a story at or attend a Moth event, or listen to the The Moth Radio Hour.
- Listen to conversations with or read a book by Studs Terkel.
- Visit the International Storytelling Center.