Celebrate reading together!

Visit the second edition of the International Storytelling Festival
in Bibliotheek Amstelveen Stadsplein. Free entrance!

Storytelling is fantastic, in every language!

On the 1st of February we celebrate reading together during the International Storytelling Festival in Bibliotheek Amstelveen Stadsplein.

Stories will be read in 16 different languages and you can enjoy several theatre performances. Follow the event on Facebook for festival updates and storytelling tips, and inspire other guests with the cover of your favorite picture book!

Festival Programme

11.00 | Scratch Puppet theatre In English
with Amstelveens Poppentheater

12.00 | Celebrate reading together In Dutch & Sign language
with Mayor Tjapko Poppens

14.00 | ‘Nog 100 nachtjes slapen’ In Dutch
Storytelling with music by Mama Coelia

15.30 | ‘Ton heeft geen zin’ In Dutch
Theatre show by Ton Meijer

12.00 - 17.00 | Reading together In 16 languages
Grumpy Duck and other books will be read in 16 different languagues

12.00 - 17.00 | City of Children's Books

Storytelling tip #1: Family Ritual

Twenty minutes of storytelling each day is the best way to stimulate the language development of your child. Make a family ritual out of it and read for example ten minutes in the afternoon and ten minutes before going to sleep.

At the festival: Scratch Puppet Theatre

Circus director Tommy Tops tells everybody about his special horse ‘Peppermint’ but when the show starts Peppermint refuses to perform. Luckily Clown Pip and the dancing theapot know how to entertain the audience. Don't miss it! Saturday 1 February | 11.00

Storytelling tip #2: Make conversation

Ask questions about the story or about the illustrations and challenge your child to come up with how the story continues. Asking no more than one or two questions per page prevents your child of losing attention.

At the festival: Mayor Tjapko Poppens

‘Grumpy Duck’ has been chosen as picture book of the year and the mayor Tjapko Poppens of Amstelveen is going to tell this story from the main stage of the festival! Saturday 1 February | 12.00

The Storytelling Festival is made possible by