Stories – English through Stories

Find everything you need to teach English through stories! There are Activity Packs, Storytelling Videos, Digital Resources, Related Songs and much MORE on these Story Resource Pages.

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Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

A classic catchy song that kids love. Who doesn’t love jumping on a bed?! See the related resources to help kids acquire language for numbers, counting and body parts.

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The Three Billy Goats Gruff

The Three Billy Goats is a really fun story to do with kids. They can join in easily with our adapted telling of the story and learn some really useful phrases. It’s a nice way to focus on nature and appearance language too.

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The Pig in the Pond

This fun story of a pig that wants to swim on a hot day will get the kids giggling.
There are lots of places where the kids can join in with the farm animals shouting the news that ‘There’s a pig in the pond!’.

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The Gruffalo’s Child

This story build’s on the popular Gruffalo story and gives kids plenty of opportunities to build language to describe appearance. Great for body parts and vocabulary for forest animals.

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The Gruffalo

This popular story will be familiar to a lot of kids in their first language. This makes it perfect for building their language in English. A good story for consolidating body parts, describing appearance and talking about forest animals.

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The Giving Tree

A beautiful story about generosity and helping others. Follow the life of the boy and his relationship with the tree. A bit more serious than most children’s stories, but definitely a valuable one. Talk about helping others, nature and/or family & friends.

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The Enormous Turnip

A classic story that is full of useful repetition. See our resources for helping kids acquire language related to friends and family, pets and food. Teaching with this story is great for learning lots of useful phrases too.

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The Cow That Went Oink

A wonderful story about a cow and a pig who are different from the rest. Great to talk about the importance of not laughing at others for being different. Kids can learn useful farm animal vocabulary and language to talk about feelings and emotions.

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The Ants Go Marching

A wonderful song story that kids can learn a lot of language from. At a basic level, you can use it for counting and numbers practice but it is also great for rhyming, weather and even clothes vocabulary.

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The Yoga Ogre

This fun story is perfect for learning sport vocabulary. What sports can your kids play?
The Yoga Ogre tries all sorts of new sports but some might suit him better than others!

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See You Later, Alligator

This fun puppet book is great for daily routines, house, chore and leisure vocabulary.
A nice way for kids to pick up some useful phrases, as well as language to talk about their daily lives.

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Penguin

A lovely story about a boy who gets a penguin for a present. it ties in very nicely to Christmas or other celebrations with gift giving. Connect to topics of friendship and expressing feelings and emotions.

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Pants

This funny book will have kids giggling at all the strange pants. What kid doesn’t like pants?! This story will obviously tie in with the topic of clothes, but is also useful for a focus on colours, patterns.

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Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me

A magical story about a Dad who gets the moon for his little girl.
See our resource page for some great songs that connect well with this story and help kids learn about the moon.

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Owl Babies

Owl Babies tells the tale of three baby owls who are waiting for their Mum to come home. Young children will identify with the littlest owl’s cries for his Mum: ‘I want my Mum!!’
This story is a nice springboard into feeling and emotions language. It is also a nice link into a project on the forest and learning about forest animals.

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One Moose, Twenty Mice

An attractive picture book, this is a great story for practising counting to 20, learning animal vocabulary and learning phrases such as, “Where’s the cat?”

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We’re Going On A Bear Hunt

One of our favourites, this story captivates little (and not so little!) minds. Rich in language, kids will learn useful phrases and language to talk about feelings, nature, family & friends and more.

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One Mole Digging a Hole

A favourite with young kids, this story is perfect for practising numbers and counting. Set in a garden, it’s also great for learning animal vocabulary. The catchy rhymes and silly actions can also be used to increase memorablity.

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Walking Through the Jungle

A classic picture book that is fantastic for animal and action vocabulary. Kids quickly learn the chant and join in as they meet the various animals in the jungle.

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Where the Wild Things Are

A classic story that stimulates kids’ imaginations. Journey to the land of the Wild Things.
Great for learning animal body parts. You could combine with a focus on nature too.

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Rainbow Fish

A beautiful story about sharing and friends. The story lends itself well to colour and number vocabulary. How many scales does the Rainbow fish have? How many special scales do the other fish have?

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The Seals on the Bus

This picture book based on the Wheels on the Bus song is easy for kids to join in with. Kids enjoy predicting the next animal and the funny pictures. Good for learning animal language. What other animals could go on the bus? What sound do they make?

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Ketchup On Your Cornflakes

This split-page book is fantastically interactive. Kids change the picture combinations to ask ‘Do you like..?’ questions. Salt on your head? Toothpaste on your toast? Ketchup on your chips? What other combinations can your kids come up with?

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What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?

Kids guess which animal the various body parts belong too then learn about the amazing ways the animals use their eyes, nose, ears, tail etc. A great real-life picture book that will interest kids as they learn about animals, body parts and the 5 senses.

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Meg and Mog

The original Meg and Mog story is perfect for halloween. The kids will enjoy the spell that goes wrong and the colourful images. Good as a springboard into clothes, animals and/or food vocabulary.

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Dinosaur Roar!

A colourful picture book full of dinosaurs. There’s lots of rich vocabulary here for describing appearance and personality that go beyond the basics in a course book. Which dinosaurs do your kids identify with?

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Stick Man

Will Stick Man make it back to his family for Christmas?
Focus on family, weather, seasons and animals vocabulary. It’s also a great story for describing purpose. What uses can they imagine for a stick?

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The Snail and the Whale

Kids follow the snail and the whale in their adventure around the world. Wonderful for exploring landscape, nature and weather language, this story also highlights the message to help others.

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The Smartest Giant in Town

What a lovely story about giving to others. Kids develop their clothes and animals vocabulary and can use their imaginations to think about how to repurpose clothes. The rhyming element helps make the language memorable.

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Eat your Peas

Kids really connect with Daisy in this story. They love talking about their likes and dislikes and what would convince them to eat their most hated foods. Perfect for developing food, daily routines, places in a town and conditional language.

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Meg’s Eggs

Meg, Mog, Owl and DINOSAURS! What a combination!
Great for reviewing colours, shapes and numbers in this fun story of a spell going wrong.

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Socks

Socks is a fun picture book that will send kids’ imaginations into overdrive. How many things can they repurpose a sock for?! The socks songs on this page will give them a giggle too : )

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Peace at Last

Will Daddy Bear get some sleep?!
Peace at last is perfect for practising house and home vocabulary. This page also includes a fun video about Steve’s house.

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Nine Ducks Nine

A classic counting down story with a twist! Kids enjoy watching the ducks escape as the hungry fox comes nearer and nearer. Perfect for learning numbers and some key nature vocabulary too.

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Brief Thief

Brief thief is a very funny story that kids love. It involves poo, pants and conscience! It’s a great springboard into the topic of clothes. It could also connect well to the topic of nature too.

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Goodnight Gorilla

Follow the gorilla around the zoo as he lets each animal out of its cage! This is a funny and enjoyable story with a simple but effective storyline. It’s a good story to practise greetings and animal vocabulary and phrases such as ‘I’m sleepy’, ‘I’m not sleepy!’

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From Head to Toe

From Head to Toe is a fantastic picture book that kids can interact with easily. Kids enjoy joining in with the question and answer running through the book: “Can you do it?”; “I can do it!” It is also a great book for learning the parts of the body, actions and, of course, animals.

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Fidgety Fish

Fidgety Fish is a story that most kids can easily relate to. Tiddler the fish can’t stop moving so his Mum sends him out to play. Follow him on his adventure! This story is great for practising all language related to life under the sea.

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is a classic kids’ book perfect for the littlest learners. The wonderful illustrations and catchy rhyme easily capture the attention of young kids. It’s perfect for helping kids learn colours and animals vocabulary.

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Monkey Puzzle

Monkey Puzzle (also known as “Where’s my Mum?”) by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is a firm favourite with children in our classes. See our resource page to help kids learn body parts, adjectives and describing ability and actions, as well as jungle animal vocabulary.

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That’s Not Funny!

That’s Not Funny is a colourful, entertaining story with the important message not to laugh at others’ misfortune. This story can help children learn animal and action vocabulary and of course, “That’s not funny!”

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Shark in the Park

Shark in the Park is the fun story of a boy playing in the park with his telescope. Excellent for helping kids learn complete sentences with ‘There is/There are’, it’s also great for prepositions. Best of all, it lends itself well to play and exploring the world around them.

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Ten in the Bed

Ten in the Bed is based on the classic song but with a fun subplot. Perfect for learning numbers and animals along with the song. The message of sharing is also clearly illustrated.

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If You Give A Mouse A Cookie

A fun story of consequences, this story might remind children of the ‘if’s and ‘when’s that parents give them! It’s also great for leading into house and home vocabulary and it can help kids acquire conditional structures and talk about the future.

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What’s the time Mr. Wolf?

What’s the Time Mr. Wolf? is a fun interactive puppet book. The hungry wolf goes through his day until….dinner time! This is the perfect book to learn daily routine language and telling the time. You can also focus on the house and furniture vocabulary in the colourful images.

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Here we go round the Mulberry Bush

Based on the classic song, it’s a great song story to help kids learn the language to describe daily routines. It could also work well as a way to revise clothes or home and furniture vocabulary too.

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Over in the Meadow

Over in the Meadow is a popular folk song with many different variations. The song goes from 1 to 10 so is excellent for learning / consolidating numbers and counting. It’s great for learning about animals, their habitats, actions and sounds too.

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Elmer

Elmer is one of the most popular kids’ books in many languages around the world. The message that it’s ok to be different is an important one for children. Check out our Story Resource Page to help kids practise colours, patterns and animal vocabulary.

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

This song picture book is a lot of fun. It’s perfect for practising colours, farm animals and pets and learning chunks such as, ‘I don’t know why’ and ‘there was a’.

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Go Away Big Green Monster

Kids love telling the monster to ‘GO AWAY’ bit by bit. Young children learn to overcome their fears of monsters and at the same time, they learn lots of body and descriptive language. See all related resources on this page.

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All mine!

All Mine! is a fun story about sharing that young children can easily relate to. This story is also a good springboard for exploring emotions, animals and food language.

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Children Make Terrible Pets

Children make Terrible Pets turns the idea of having a pet on its head. Imagine if an animal had a human for a pet! It’s a great springboard into several topics, including animals, home, family and responsibility. It’s also a good story to introduce and practise prepositions.

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Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

CLICK, CLACK, MOO: Cows that type is an amusing story about cows that use a typewriter to negotiate better terms of work with the farmer. This story provides good opportunities to explore the idea of compromise, practise writing and literacy skills or simply explore the topic of farms and farm animals.

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Goat Goes To Playgroup

Goat Goes To Playgroup is a story that preschoolers will find very easy to identify with. Follow Goat through the adventures of a typical day at kindergarten. This story connects well to a number of different topics. You could explore daily routines, sports and leisure or school.

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Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon is a classic children’s book that has stood the test of time. This is a lovely book to create quiet and calm moments or at the end of the day. It ties in nicely to the themes of routines and home.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This famous story is always a hit with the kids. Choose to focus on food, days of the week or the butterfly lifecycle. See our resource page for lots of useful related resources.

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I am the Music Man

I am the Music Man is an engaging book based on the popular children’s song. This song is language rich and kids easily pick up the key phrases. See our resources that help you make the most of the music, home, family and pets vocabulary.

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It’s not Fair

It’s Not Fair is a story that all children with brothers or sisters can identify with. This story connects well to the topics of Family and Daily Life.

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My Teacher is a Monster

A fun reflection on perceptions, this story can provide a way to talk about behaviours and feelings. It’s also a great story to springboard into body, numbers and school vocabulary.

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Never Tickle a Tiger

Never Tickle a Tiger is a fun story of a girl on a school excursion to the zoo. She can’t sit still! How many kids can identify with that?! Witness the chaos unfold when she can’t resisit the temptation to tickle the tiger. It’s a great story to practise animal and movement vocabulary.

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Oi! Get Off Our Train!

Oi! Get Off Our Train is the story of a boy who has a dream about a train ride with his dog. They meet lots of endangered animals along the way. This story is a good springboard into topics such as transport, nature and the environment, animals and the weather.

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Old Macdonald Had a Farm

Old Macdonald Had a Farm is a book based on the classic song. It’s catchy and kids quickly pick up the chorus and love making the animal noises! Perfect for learning farm animal language and acquiring useful language chunks from the song. See our favourite verions of the song on our resource page.

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Old Macdonald Had a Zoo

Old MacDonald Had a Zoo is a fun twist on the traditional children’s rhyme. The illustrations in this song story are very engaging. This is a great story to build on animal vocabulary in a memorable way. Add actions too for added fun.

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One Duck Stuck

This is a wonderful picture book about the marshland animals and insects helping a duck stuck in the muck.
See our resources that help you help kids with numbers, counting, animal vocabulary and other useful phrases in this story.