If you’ve been into our Oxford Studio, you’ve probably met some wonderful characters who spend their days helping children bring out the best of their creativity, and introducing them to far off lands through stories, art and more. One of these people is Susannah Lambe, a volunteer storyteller who comes in regularly simply because she loves reading to children. We’re pleased to share with you a bit about her personal story, so read on and let us know what your favorite part about reading to children is!

Q: Why do you volunteer at storytime at the Oxford Studio?
I have volunteered to read stories because I wanted to help imbue children with the thrill of hearing a story read out loud, to stimulate imagination.

Q: If you had to describe the experience of reading to children in three word, what would they be?
A: It is a huge privilege to read to children, to see their “listening” faces which is a delight and to be involved in their comments and reactions.

Q: What is your favourite part of storytime?
Every part of story time is my favourite but perhaps—most especially—it is the look on the children’s faces as they become absorbed by the story.

Q: What is your most beloved memory of reading to children?
A: The way the children relate the reading to something with which they identify in their own little experiences!  For example, a dragon seen flying over their house!

Q: What is your top read-aloud book?
A: The Gigantic Turnip because all the characters are immediately identifiable and the children like the repetition of the increasing number of creatures.

Q: What stories do you pick when you have a group of children with very different ages?
A: Ruby’s School Walk and Shrinking Sam.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
A: I was an avid reader and read anything and everything! The Famous Five by Enid Blyton were much enjoyed, but the list is endless.

Q: What are you reading now?
A: An historical account of the life and times of a Tudor woman at the Court of King Henry VI.

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