Book Trust Stories Tour

The Once upon a time tour ran from November 2013 to April 2014

We took the family story show to over 45 venues and more than 1500 children, before providing storytelling training to over 100 venue staff and volunteers.


The Stories Tour legacy

On these pages, you can download Toolkit resources for sharing best practice, watch videos and look at photos from the tour, as well as listening to story translations. There is also a Storytelling guidance section with downloadable and watchable advice and ideas. If you're ready for a story, check out top storytellers and Book Trust staff in our Storytelling playlist

Download toolkit resources

Explore our practical guide to story-sharing events, plus other support materials, all based on experience from the Stories Tour

Get advice and inspiration

Watch top storytellers giving advice, view our storytelling playlist (and add your own clip!), download session ideas, and explore tips and tools for families

Watch Stories Tour videos

You can watch an overview of the tour and a trailer for the Once upon a time story show, plus interviews and footage around the audience, venues and artists.

Listen to the story while looking at the photos

You can listen to and share the Once upon a time story in five languages: English, Bengali, Panjabi, Urdu and Somali.

Download the Stories Tour evaluation

Visit the Bookstart research area to view the report or executive summary of an evaluation by the University of Sheffield

What was the story all about?

Time has stopped – can Ameera tell enough stories to make the clocks work again and get back home?

Ameera's family are so busy, she wishes time would just stop. But when her wish comes true she changes her mind.


It was an exciting show, aimed at 3-6 year olds and their families.