Dad, invent me a story!

Invent

Invent (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My father used to invent stories for me all the time. I remember sitting on his laps and asking him the kind of story I wanted to hear. To me, these moments are among the best souvenirs of my childhood.

My father was inventing stories about a little boy (that was me!) living some cool adventures in a variety of places I couldn’t even imagine.

I was sitting on his laps, listening attentively to the story, amazed some time, with some fear at other times, but always pleased to share this exceptional moment with my dad. During these moments, as a super hero or as any other character my dad was inventing, I was felling powerful and able to do anything of my life. That was a fabulous feeling for a little boy, a fabulous gift my father was giving me!

Every single children in the world deserve that an adult invent a story in which he or she is the main character. Even if it happens only once in the life of a child, it can end up changing his life, I’m convinced about that. This is what I want to giveaway to more than 1 million children in the world.

This project only needs to start with 7 parents enjoying to invent or tell stories to their 7 children.1 parent and 1 child in each continent of the world. That’s all it takes to start and that’s how we can show the world how we enjoy telling stories to our own children. That’s how the word will spread. The rest will come by itself with only a little bit of help. We can end up making a huge difference for millions of children in the world.

It only has to start somewhere!

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Taking a step back… to better move forward!

It’s been 12 posts and the same number of days since I started this blog. I started it with an idea in mind, i.e. I wanted to let the world know about a great project I have : Millions of Stories. I did not suspect however how your feedback was going to help me framing up this project.

So far, I’ve been writing mostly in 2 categories : Think About It and Make It Happen. The former meant to explain my dream and the reasons I believe so much that this is what I am in this world to do. According to my little blogger experience, this category has been successful. I’ve got a few likes and views in this category from my very first post and regularly in the next ones as well.

Although the success of the posts in the second category (Make It Happen) is not as great, the overall experience for me is fantastic! Together, the overall feedback tells me a lot already.

Lessons Learned

  • There are people out there who think my project is great and who like the idea! Nice!
  • There is a fantastic community of dreamers currently blogging in WordPress and ready to provide feedback on others’ ideas. Many bloggers actually already made their dream happen (from whom I can take example), other are going to make it happen (like me) and other will just keep dreaming because that is what they want to do (we should never stop dreaming!).
  • On my end, I still have some work to do to better frame the project before the wheel can get started. The bloggers’ feedback will help me do that over the next couple of posts, great!

That being said, thanks for my early supporters, you really made a huge difference already, believe it or not!

I was not able to find the blog address for all of you. I’m pleased to add it back if you let me know the URL.

That being said, it’s time for more feedback… 🙂 what is your ideas on how to use stories to make children love books and create happiness in their lives?

Help me to read, tell me a story!

HELP

HELP (Photo credit: marc falardeau)

Both my parents were teachers prior to retiring. My mother has been teaching first grade for quite a while She was the one by whom many children learned to read in our small town. When I was young, I heard all sort of stories about children learning to read.

Then I grew up and had children myself. One of the very first gift, my mother offered to my kids was a book. The babies weren’t even able to sit by themselves but they were looking at books while their grand-mother was telling them stories.

If you’ve been reading my previous posts, you know that I do absolutely love books myself. However, from time to time, while watching my mother tell stories to my baby daughter I was thinking: “Does she really understand what the book was about?”

Now my daughter grew as well, she is at school and has became a passionate reader. When we go to the library, she takes the maximum number of books possible (that’s 15!) and she read them all in less then 2 days over the week-end!

After watching my daughter read her books and be so passionate about them, I now know for sure that, when her grand-mother was telling her stories, my daughter understood what books were all about! It is now my turn to read stories to my younger boy, knowing that this can certainly make a huge difference in his life.

Reading to children all around the world is the best gift we can offer them. It will last for their whole life. Let’s together give them away more than 1 million of those gifts!

Toy Story 3 started it… 999,999 stories left to be told to children all around the world

Toy Story 3 display

Toy Story 3 display (Photo credit: diwong)

Tonight, I told a short version of Toy Story 3 to my little 3 years old boy. He was sitting on my laps, looking attentively at the book, just before going to bed. We both enjoyed this very special moment. We laugh together, I tickle him from time to time, give him some kisses while telling the story and he loved it.

To me, this is probably the best moment of the day we share together. In the morning, we’re too much in a hurry to go to kindergarten and then to work. We don’t see each other for the whole day, then when I come home late, my wife and the kids already ate dinner most of the time. Then we needs to clean things up, give the bath to the kids, finish the homework of the older sister, etc. Just like most parents with little kids, we’re running all over the place from 6 am to 7 pm all days of the week.

Bedtime stories are almost the only time of the weekdays when we can fully enjoy the moment with our kids. A true moment of pure dad and boy time. At this time, nothing else matter, we’re together!

Tonight, then, I decided that Toy Story 3 was going to be the very first story told for my project Millions of Stories. I admit it, that was not at all an effort for me, not even a small one. Who cares? The only thing that matter really is that by telling my son a story, I ended up sharing an awesome moment with him and I made him happy.

This is what I’m dreaming for the 999,999 other children who will be told a story during this project.

Already telling stories to your kids? Tell us by registering on our Be part of it, join us! page

First step : telling a story to a child in each continent in the world

Category:Transport by continent

Category:Transport by continent (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Six degrees of separation is the idea that everyone is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.” (Source: Wikipedia, Six degrees of separation).

Isn’t that powerful? When you think of it, spreading the word and convincing 1,000,000 of persons to read a story to a beloved children shouldn’t be that hard after all! It’s just a matter of starting the wheel and spreading the word to the right persons. We just need a few passionate books lovers willing to share their passion with a little one for few minutes and done!

In a previous post (4 easy steps to reach 1 millions stories told to children all around the world), I suggested that the first step was to get 1 story told in each and every continent, that’s 7 stories. I do have friends living around the world, so let’s see if I could do this first step only by myself.

  1. North America – I can take care of this one – easy!
  2. South America – I have family in Chile – sounds good!
  3. Europe – I have friends in Germany – great!
  4. Asia – My best friend from university lives in Hong Kong – nice!
  5. Africa – A few of my work colleagues are born in Africa, they must still have relatives over there – doable!
  6. Australia – Oupps! I’ve been there visiting Sydney a while back, but I do not happen to know anyone right now by there. Anyone? Do one of you, reading this post, know someone who may know someone who may know someone (up to 6 times) who lives in Australia? I’m pretty sure the answer is yes (actually, I’m sure!). If you are not convinced, share this post with all your friends and we’ll see.
  7. Antarctica – There is probably not much children in Antartica, but there must be at least one, I’ll have to do some research there. Worst case, I’ll have to go! My son would be crazy going there and having his father read him a story sitting on an iceberg. On top of that, he loves penguins! 🙂

So, that looks like a quite good start, isn’t it? I’ll take care of 1 to 5… any volunteer to help with Australia and maybe with Antartica as well? Come on, that will take you only few minutes. 🙂

Be part of it, join us!

I dream, therefore I am… going to tell 1 million stories to children all around the world

The Earth seen from Apollo 17.

The Earth seen from Apollo 17. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As far ago as I can remember, I always loved reading books. I started looking at comic books even before I could read. I learned to read with the Smurfs (which I still own and am now passing to my daughter for the same purpose). I have awesome recollections of reading good novels at the country house of my parents during many summer vacations when I was a teenager. I learned Spanish reading Mafalda, Garfield and Condorito (Chilean comic book). Books helped me pass through the difficult moments of my life and allowed me to fully enjoy the best moments as well.

My daughter recently learned how to read and is enjoying books as much as I was at her age. To me, this is fantastic and I’m proud of it because I consider that giving her this passion was the best gift I could giver her. The passion of reading will be with her forever and will help her during her whole life. I have no doubts about that.

At the same time, I know that many children in the world do not have the chance my daughter had and may not be exposed to books like we both were. I want to make a difference in the life of those children. I want to tell them stories, show them how books can take them into the fabulous world of their imagination, how interesting they are and the million things they can learn by reading a book.

I want to give out 1 millions gifts for this project. This is why… I dream, therefore I am… going to tell 1 millions stories to children all around the world!

4 easy steps to reach 1 millions stories told to children all around the world

Step Pyramid

Step Pyramid (Photo credit: Ed Yourdon)

All rights! The fun starts now. In order to tell 1 millions stories to children all around the world, we need to start somewhere, right? Here are 4 simple steps to get there…

  1. Start telling 1 story in each and every continent – that’s 7 stories – Easy!
  2. Then tell 1 story in each and every country – that’s 196 more stories – Manageable!
  3. Then tell 1 story in each and every major city in the world – that’s 4,360 stories – Challenging!
  4. And finally, tell 1 story every 2 weeks in 10 schools of each of the major cities over the course of 1 year – that’s 1,133,600 stories! – Wow!

We’ve then over achieved our goal and brought happiness in the life of more than 1 million children in the world. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

Ready? Let’s start with step 1, 1 story per continent. This shouldn’t be too hard. I already have viewers, likes and followers from North America, Europe and Asia. I’m then only missing South America, Africa, Australia and Antartica.

Want to be in? Hurry up, it’s as easy as 1,2,3. Check out the 3 easy steps under my page Be part of it, join us!

What if we would all live like ducklings?

Ducklings

Ducklings (Photo credit: burnt in effigy)

There is probably Millions of Stories written for children in the world. I read a few myself to my own children of course. There is one I remember reading to my daughter a while back before she could read by herself. The story is called “Icky Little Duckling” by Steve Smallman and Tim Warnes.

It’s a funny story about a very organized Mr. Rabbit who finds a beautiful and perfect egg while walking outside. He brings it home, but suddenly the egg cracks and a icky little duckling goes out of it, saying “Mom!”. This adventure is going to change the life of Mr. Rabbit. Soon, his house became not as clean, calm and perfect as it used to be. Mr. Rabbit becomes frustrated and start searching for the duckling’s mother in the hope of getting rid of the baby and getting back his clean, calm and perfect house. Finally, after some time, Mr. Rabbit finds the mother and the duckling return to live with her. The house becomes again as clean, calm and perfect as it used to be. But then, guess what? Mr Rabbit finds himself no longer happy in this situation. He realizes that having a clean, calm, perfect, but empty house is actually quite boring! He finally goes out again to invite all the duckling’s family in for a party at his house!

The End.

To me, this is a simple story that illustrates well what really matter in life. Not only is it a funny story, but it teaches the importance of friendship to children. Think about it, are you living like Mr. Rabbit or like the little duckling?

“Icky little duckling” is one of the 1 millions stories I want to tell children all around the world as part of the project Millions of Stories.

And you, which children book do you remember? What are the best stories you have been told, or have told to your own children? Which ones really matter to be told to many many children in the world?

Suggestions welcome, I still need to find 999,999 more stories to tell!

Telling 1 million of stories to children, are you kidding?

That’s a lot of stories, right? But, when you think of it, it’s not that much. How many children do you think there is in the world?

Take a look a the map of children population from worldmapper.org. You’ll see that there are close to 2 billions of children in the world.

Reaching 1 million of them means reaching 0.05% of the world’s children population. Ah! Not that bad, then! 🙂

But, that’s not going to happen by itself, thus why the Story Ambassadors are key to the success of this adventure.

Anyway, we got to start somewhere, right? How about you tell a story to your children tonight?

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Is telling stories to children everyday too much?

Story Time

Story Time (Photo credit: Squiggle)

I tend to think that children deserve to be told stories everyday. This is what I’m trying to do with my own children and this is also what drove the idea of the project Millions of stories.

And you, how often do you read stories to your little ones? Reply here or fill in the poll on my home page to give your opinion.