Storytime with Anna-Christina
Storytime with a difference!
Storytime is presented by me, Anna-Christina! I began doing Storytime at nurseries and schools to test my audiobooks. I wanted to see first-hand, how children interacted with them. I then set about writing more stories with what I had learned from the children’s reactions, which is why my music audiobooks have been such a hit with children and teachers!
With over 200 Storytimes under my belt, I have become an expert storyteller! I have entertained and taught thousands of children at nurseries, schools, and libraries all over London. My Storytime has become so popular, I have requests for weekly and monthly visits!
My background in performing arts helps with song, dance, and drama and I love working with children. I have recently teamed up with illustrator Jenika Ioffreda to create a book series based on my Storytime.
I take part in many community events such as Family Fundraisers and the Baby & Children's Market UK but one of the most fun things I do is Storytime at libraries! I want to do my part to help keep libraries alive and buzzing! I believe libraries are important places, not just for children but for everyone!
I enjoy doing Storytime with parents involved as I also love to see how they react to my stories! I'm pleased to see they are as popular with parents as they are with children and this makes me very happy indeed! My workshops take place during the holidays and half-term holidays, so please do come and join me with your little ones at one of my musical Storytimes!
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Theatre, Festivals, And Fairs
I have done successful workshops, including a Christmas Special, with the Polka Children's Theatre. Learning and participation are at the heart of Polka’s work, encouraging children to explore and develop creatively. This is why my Storytime is a perfect fit for their workshops. My Circus Storytime, in particular, works very well in the children's theatre environment, as the theatrical theme is strong throughout.
I also do my Storytime at fairs and festivals! As well as doing my sessions with the children, I have my own stall too! This means major multitasking for me but it works well. Children can take part in my workshop and then their parents can visit the Music Audio Stories stall to get special offers and musical gifts.
One of my highlights was Storytime inside a beautiful chapel at the Brompton Annual Open Day! It was truly magical! I also enjoyed my workshops at the Redmond Community Centre at the Hidden River Festival!
Schools and Nurseries
My Storytime is a mix of listening, learning, drawing, drama, singing, and dancing. I cover a number of skills e.g: social interaction, developing self-confidence, and encourage children to use their imagination. My sessions are fun, engaging, interactive, creative, and educational.
My audiobooks have different themes, which at times connect to the children’s learning programs. Some stories are ideal for use at the beginning of the school year when new children are settling in. Others are energetic with movement and dance. However, they all stimulate listening and observation skills! Children learn about animals and insects, as well as other life lessons, and they enjoy singing and dancing along. Occasionally I use props and visual aids. My sessions compliment Key Stage 1 and areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
I cover a wide range of ages from preschool to Year One and Two school groups. My lesson plan varies. I ensure all children have individual attention and try to organise groups of 20 children at a time. Although, library groups are often large. I once had 52 children at one of my workshops!
Preschool and Homeschooling
Music Audio Stories are great for preschool use and homeschooling. They provide an entertaining tool to not only stimulate children's listening abilities but also improve their visualization skills. Due to the success of my library visits, families at my workshops requested a package from me, and so I decided to create two Storytime Packages!
Both packages come with a CD of my popular audiobook 'Billy Joins the Circus' and a beautifully illustrated booklet with fun pages and instructions on how to use the package.
My Preschool and Nursery Package is perfect for stimulating listening and observation skills while enjoying group storytelling and fun activities! Encourage your class to listen, sing, dance and draw with this activity package which can be used over and over again!
The Storytime with Anna-Christina Package has been created for parents to use on rainy afternoons, during the holidays or simply on the weekend when you want to encourage your child to be creative, and will provide endless hours of fun and entertainment.
After every first visit, I publish children’s drawings in an art gallery, making them a part of my creative world! This is popular with parents! At subsequent visits, children take their drawings home.
'Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure' drawings by Gower House School
You can submit drawings of my stories to my Kids Corner and have the joy of seeing your class or child's drawings in my art gallery! Include name, age, and the date, and post the artwork directly to Facebook or Tweet it @StorytimewithAC.
I have a number of stories tailored for different seasons throughout the year. 'Christmas Magic' is perfect for Christmas performances (which I have done at Treetops Nursery and other workshops). The audiobook includes a sing-along song that the children learn quickly. It incorporates Christmas themes such as giving and sharing.
'Chris the Caterpillar' is used in the summer when children are learning about the colours of flowers and spending more time outdoors. My story 'Weird and Wonderful' works well for Halloween. It teaches children about the less popular bugs such as centipedes and slugs and the importance of us not stepping on the insects! Plus children love to draw spiders in their webs!
The recent addition to this category is my Easter story called 'Easter Egg Hunt'. It was a hit on my Easter Library Tour 2019!
What's On 4 Kids Award Winner
Over the last decade, the What's On 4 Kids Awards have celebrated the UK’s most exceptional kids’ clubs and classes as voted for by the experts – the parents and carers. Finalists, sponsors, and special guests are brought together for an awards ceremony in London. The ceremony is a celebration for children's activities professionals, their teams and the sector as a whole.
A massive 80,000 parents and carers voted. I was delighted to win 'Most Loved Volunteer' - open to an individual providing children's activities anywhere in the UK on a voluntary basis. My award was presented by Ben Sutcliffe, the Director of Executive Projects at Caudwell Children (who sponsored my award category).
I cannot tell you how honoured and proud I am to receive this amazing award! I love visiting libraries with my Storytime and I put a tremendous amount of time and energy into organising my events for children all over London. To be recognised for my hard work is truly heartwarming.
I am super proud of how far my Storytime has come and the journey continues to take me to magical places!
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"Anna-Christina is such a brilliant advocate for the power of stories and music. The children have so much fun and really respond to the activities. These activities are not only fun but also aid the child’s physical and emotional development. Anna-Christina’s sessions are well planned and expertly delivered. We are always very happy to have her at the Barbican Children’s Library."Sarah Townsend - Barbican Children’s Library
"I would like to express our thanks to Anna-Christina for an amazing story time. It was very expressive, interactive and exciting for all. The children loved taking part during the session. I would highly recommend this style of storytelling as it encourages development in young children."Sona Kalenderina - Shoe Lane Library
"Both groups were engaged in the workshop presented by Anna-Christina. She explained the workshop well to the children and was calm and sensitive to their needs and responses. They really enjoyed acting out the story and got the message of putting rubbish in the bin."Wendy Kelly - Jelli Tots Nursery
"Anna-Christina is always very friendly, welcoming, and professional at all times. Her sessions are always well planned and delivered, and children and parents alike are delighted with the stories and related crafts. It's always a pleasure to host one of her sessions."Ami Sekhon - Kentish Town Library
“The presentation and story was absolutely fantastic. The children were all sitting, staring at Anna-Christina. They all interacted well and did some beautiful pictures and lively acting. Please come again soon.”Brenda Forrester - Nuffy Bear Day Nursery
"It was so interesting, the story was amazing, the children were sitting down without moving and listening nicely. They had a lot of fun and Anna-Christina interacted with them so well. It's something really interesting because they use a bit of their own imagination."Silvia Labra - Bubbly Day Nursery
"Absolutely amazing. Initiative to get children interested in reading. The music added a new dimension to storytelling. Full of fun and interaction for all ages."Jas Sineh - Community Event - Acton Library
"The children were really engaged. They were excited listening to the story and drawing what they could hear. Simple - easy to listen to and retell the story."Kirstie O'Connor - Stonebridge Primary School
“The story was great. It kept children's interest and attention and the children learnt a small lesson on tidying up and keeping the place clean."Manisha Pindoria - Happy Hands Montessori