Hearing stories can help children manage their emotions, empathize with others and better understand the complex world we live in. But more importantly storytelling cultivates a rich and meaningful bond between parent and child, building intimacy and trust.

In How to Tell Stories to Children, educators Silke Rose West and Joseph Sarosy distil the key ingredients for storytelling into a surprisingly simple technique for creating imaginative stories from the events, objects and activities in your child's day. A tantrum over a lost toy becomes the story of a toy that wanders off in search of adventure. A fight between siblings inspires a story about a quarrel between squirrels in the park.

No two stories are ever the same and good stories are as diverse as the people who tell them. With practical advice, helpful storytelling prompts and a touch of science to explain why stories enrich our lives, this book teaches you how to discover the stories that are already inside, just waiting to be told.