CBeebies releases new stories and updated look to its CBeebies Storytime app
Children and parents can enjoy 10 new interactive stories in the new look CBeebies Storytime app, from celebrated children’s authors including current Waterstones Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell MBE, Destynee Onwochei and Olly Pike.
"Countless studies show that reading for pleasure develops creativity, empathy and intelligence, and is crucial for future academic success, mental health and even later economic success. This new CBeebies Storytime app will help even more children develop a lifelong love of books.” — Cressida Cowell
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Available for free on app stores, CBeebies Storytime encourages a love of stories in early years and supports literacy, vocabulary and reading skills. The app has been updated to make it easier to use for little ones, with a brand new look and stories full of playful interactions.
The new stories celebrate diversity and inclusivity to better reflect the lives of all children from across the UK. There’s lots of magical adventures to explore – from experiencing a first day at school with Olanna’s Super Senses, to partying with JoJo & Gran Gran in It’s Time For Carnival, or learning about making friends with Pinchy the Dragon.
The stories have been created by a range of talented authors, actors and illustrators. There’s stories from authors Andrew Davenport, Caleb Femi, Destynee Onwochei, Lucia Haynes, Mandy Archer, Olly Pike and Sophie Dutton. The stories come to life with narration from actors including Nina Sosanya, Tamsin Greig, Ben Bailey Smith and Pippa Bennett-Warner and illustrations from James Munro, Mariko Umeda, Mark Bird, Noriko Matsubara and Sarah Rees.
There’s also Little Bo Peep’s Library Book, a story from bestselling author, illustrator and Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell. Voiced by actor Matthew Lewis, it takes children on an enchanting trip to the library with Little Bo Peep, as she searches for the right book to help her find her lost sheep.
Current Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell MBE, says: “I'm delighted to support the CBeebies Storytime app and to make the magic of books accessible to as many children as possible. Countless studies show that reading for pleasure develops creativity, empathy and intelligence, and is crucial for future academic success, mental health and even later economic success. This new CBeebies Storytime app will help even more children develop a lifelong love of books.”
Rachel Bardill, Executive Editor, BBC Children’s, says: “CBeebies Storytime is all about inspiring a love of stories for every child - something that’s so crucial for improving literacy, vocabulary and reading skills. Whether it’s ramping up morning energy levels to prime minds for learning, or to help wind down at the end of the day, there’s stories for everyone and every occasion.
"We’re excited to be bringing lots of great stories to the app from some incredibly talented authors and illustrators, and we hope there’s some new favourites that little ones, parents and guardians will all enjoy.”
The current stories available on CBeebies Storytime include:
Goodnight, Friends (Moon And Me) narrated by Nina Sosanya, written by Andrew Davenport and illustrated by Mariko Umeda
Friends, Always (Moon And Me) narrated by Nina Sosanya, written by Andrew Davenport and illustrated by Mariko Umeda
It’s Time For Carnival (JoJo & Gran Gran) narrated by Llewella Gideon and written by Lucia Haynes
Little Bo Peep’s Library Book, narrated by Matthew Lewis, written and illustrated by Cressida Cowell
Mr Tumble At The Beach, illustrated by Sarah Rees
Olanna’s Super Senses, narrated by Sarah Amankwah, written by Destynee Onwochei and illustrated by Noriko Matsubara
Pinchy The Dragon, written and narrated by Olly Pike and illustrated by James Munro
The Tale Of The Unexpected Discovery (Peter Rabbit), narrated by Ben Bailey-Smith and written by Mandy Archer
Today I Am Five And A Half, narrated by Pippa Bennett-Warner, written by Caleb Femi and illustrated by Mark Bird
Treasure Hunt Day (Love Monster), narrated by Tamsin Greig and written by Sophie Dutton
Along with Storytime, CBeebies has three other free apps - Get Creative, Go Explore and Playtime Island - all giving little ones a place to explore, play and enjoy a fun learning experience with their favourite CBeebies characters. There’s also a children’s experience on BBC iPlayer, giving little ones a safe place to watch their favourite shows and discover new ones.
CBeebies Storytime was developed by BBC Children’s with help from BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity. Download the Storytime app now from the Apple, Google Play and Amazon app stores.
July 15, 2021 4:00am ET by Pressparty