This week we are celebrating National Storytelling Week from the 30th January to the 6th February by highlighting some of the great story books focussed on rubbish, litter and recycling.  

If you’re looking for some inspiration this National Storytelling Week, then look no further. As educators we know how important storytelling is for developing our imagination, as well as our listening and language skills.   

What may be less obvious is the fact that they can help us better understand and even empathise with important environmental, cultural, and social issues.  

This doesn’t just apply to children either, even as adults we are gripped by stories whether it’s a dramatic segment on the news or the latest Netflix series.  

Today we want to highlight some of our favourite stories that talk about the important environmental issues around our rubbish. We hope to encourage you to start a conversation around waste with your students or children.  

You could also talk about what kept you interested in the story, was it the relatable main character, the storyline or something else? How could you use these things when telling your own story?  

For more information and ideas about National Storytelling Week, World Book Day and teaching resources visit the BBC webpage

A Song of Gladness 

by Michael Morpurgo and Emily Gravett 

Image of book cover for A Song of Gladness by Michael Morpurgo and Emily Gravett

Suggested age group: 4-8 

Summary: A story of hope, where animals and humans unite to make the world a happier and healthier place to live for everyone. It reminds us that we all live on this same planet together and we must protect it in order to protect all living things.