Indian temple dancers, or devadasis, perform bharatanatyam, a dance that is considered a form of prayer. The dances tell the stories of specific deities, such as Krishna or Shiva, and are unique to different temples and spiritual days. While the bharatanatyam, which originated in Tamil Nadu, in South India, has been in existence for millennia, it has experienced a renaissance in the past century.

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

Friday 21st August: A story from Netherlands


  • The Netherlands Children’s Laureate, Manon Sikkel, reads from her book Geheim agent oma. Featured book: Geheim agent oma by Manon Sikkel and illustrated by Katrien Holland, published by Lutingh Sijthoff Publishers.

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!