5 Activities to Celebrate World Storytelling Day

Celebrated each year on the Spring Equinox (or Autumn Equinox if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere), World Storytelling Day is happening on March 20th and is a celebration of the art of oral storytelling. The event started in Sweden in 1991 and has evolved a lot to become a worldwide day where people share stories and try to listen to as many stories as possible and even in as many languages as possible. To help you celebrate, we’ve got a list of five fun activities you can do to enjoy World Storytelling Day.


Listen to an Audiobook

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World Storytelling day back to the root of storytelling where people would sit around a campfire and tell stories orally. One way to get into the spirit of listening to stories is with an audiobook, where you’ll get to mimic that feeling of someone else telling you a story.


Read something new

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Each year, World Storytelling day has a theme, and this year’s theme is “New Beginnings.” So in the spirit of new beginnings, why not try something new. Read a book from a genre you’ve never read before, start a new book series, or try a new medium like audiobooks, ebooks, or a podcast. Find a new and exciting way to explore stories.



Have a Zoom Storytelling session

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With the COVID-19 pandemic still going on it can be difficult to get together to celebrate and have fun, but that’s where Zoom comes in. Invite your friends to connect and share stories virtually. Have a list of story prompts that everyone can choose from to tell a story, build a story together by taking turns about what happens next, or channel your high school English class and have everyone take turns reading a story or play. There are so many different ways to have fun perhaps challenge people to read in an accent or funny voice or add visual elements by searching Google for pictures. Make your story whatever you want it to be.


Read a bedtime story

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Take a trip down memory lane and gather your friends, roommates, family, or kids, and put on some PJs, and grab some blankets to read a book out loud for everyone to enjoy. There’s nothing like getting cozy while reading or listening to a story, so this activity is a great way to end World Storytelling Day.


Find an Event

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Check your local library or bookstore to see if they are having any events for World Storytelling Day. They might have additional activity ideas or might be hosting an event where they bring in a storyteller to entertain their audience of book lovers.



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