National Tell A Story Day
National Tell A Story Day is celebrated in the United States every year on April 27. National Tell A Story Day is celebrated by encouraging people of all age group to tell a story. A story can be narrated from a book, or from one’s imagination or based on an actual incident from a childhood memory. Storytelling is an ancient practice used to hand down knowledge from one generation to the next. It is the best way to pass on family traditions, histories, and long told tales which can be entertaining as well as educational. Back in days, kids used to grow up listening to the stories of their grandparents. It’s a day to celebrate the art of storytelling and is designed to get people telling, sharing, and listening to stories.
“Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.” – Robert McAfee Brown
History of National Tell A Story Day
George Rafeedie, an entrepreneur, is believed to be the founder of the day. He established Tell Your Story Day in 2009. He knew that storytelling is a powerful way to motivate, involve and connect with others. Everyone in the world has a great story, and by uncovering and telling those stories, we can connect with people, motivate and persuade people, and ultimately change behaviour.
Other Celebrations on April 27
April 27 is also celebrated as
- National Prime Rib Day
- Day of Silence
- World Tapir Day
- Morse Code Day
- National Hairball Awareness Day
How to celebrate National Tell A Story Day
On National Tell A Story Day, it does not matter if the story is a short story or a long story, fiction or nonfiction, a tall tale or folklore, it must be celebrated by telling any story. It is a day for everybody to gather friends and family and share those stories. Libraries around the country celebrate this day with special storytelling hours for kids. Various events are also held in community centres, churches, homes and gardens, libraries, schools or more unusual venues. Make Tell a Story Day a critical and pleasure-filled experience. Post images and share your thoughts on social media about National Tell A Story Day by using the hashtag #TellAStoryDay.