You might not know it while on an island vacation luau, but traditional hula dancers dance not to a beat, but to language, Hawaiian-language chants or songs. Without the words, the dance loses meaning as a story. Hula shares traditional stories as well as mythology and creation tales, including those of the gods and goddesses of the islands.

This week we are going to have an international focus and look at stories and storytelling around the world.

All around the world people learn similar life lessons from the stories, fables and parables told in their culture. Although they are told in different languages and in different traditions, these stories share more similarities than differences.

Stories from other places and cultures help us to understand other people’s experiences and imagine what life is like for different people. International stories can help you imagine what it would be like to celebrate Eid in Kuwait, go on a family road trip in Australia, wait for the Biblioburro to arrive in Colombia and much more.

Enjoy exploring these international authors, books and stories from around the world.

– Mrs Colquhoun

Monday 17th August: A story from Wales


  • Eloise Williams, the Children’s Laureate Wales (2019-2021), reads the first chapter from her book Wilde.

BBCTeach - Tales Around the World

A series of short animated short films, for children 5 – 7, based on folktales from around the world. This includes stories from Brazil, India, Israel, Iraq, Pakistan and Nigeria. The stories are narrated by Maureen Lipman, Meera Syal and others.

Storynory - Audio stories from around the world

Storynory provides a range of free audio books to enjoy – including a section on myths of Greece, Rome, ancient Norse legends, and stories from around the world.


WorldStories is a growing collection of stories from around the world. The collection includes retold traditional tales and new short stories in the languages most spoken by UK children. Stories are available in 31 different languages!