Open The Book started in 1999 in 10 schools and now it has 16,973 storytellers who go into 3121 schools and reach 842,670 children. OTB is celebrating its 20th year and its vision is to go into 50% of schools.
Here we are at the 20 year celebration at Knutsford Methodist Church.
Our team at ACC started 11 years ago and has been going into schools regularly, firstly to Brierley Hill Primary then more recently to Amblecote Primary. We use the Lion Storyteller Bible written by Bob Hartman. We have seen Bob Hartman and his storytelling is inspirational. We have also used this book at Hawbush, Bromley, Chaddesley Corbett, Colley Lane, at SaturdaySpecial and in our own children’s work here at ACC. It is a very useful and child friendly book.
Our assemblies are very interactive and, after our welcome song, we ask for volunteers and nearly every hand shoots up. We let the teachers choose!!! We regularly dress up and have some handy tabards for the children to wear when they take part. There’s always some shouting or cheering or other sound effects to join in with and we’re surprised at how many times there’s a party going on!! Here’s a few photos….I wonder if you can possibly guess the story… and there’s a party at the end!