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  

Ada’s Violin 
by Susan Hood 

Image of the book cover for Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood

Suggested age group: 6+

Summary: The story of a young girl in Paraguay who struggled to afford a musical instrument. The community pull together to create musical instruments for the children from recycled rubbish from the local landfill, Cateura.  

This book will (help you) save the world 

by Sue Turton 

Image of the book cover for This book will (help you) save the world by Sue Turton

Suggested age group: 11+

Summary: Sue Turton discusses the political system that rules our daily lives and exposes its flaws. She also gives readers all the inspiration and empowerment they need to get out there, challenge the status quo and change the world themselves. Turton shows young activists how their actions and words really can make a difference. With a toolkit demonstrating how to avoid fake news, triumph in debates and grab the spotlight for your campaign, this is the ultimate teen guide to changing the world.