Storytelling techniques that work for children include creating character voices that are unique, high-pitched and low-pitched. Readers should set up the story by describing the setting in an animated voice, using hand gestures to keep children engaged.
Storytelling techniques should also include variations in volume, movement and story pace. An energetic moment that moves quickly into a quiet moment helps show the dramatic portions of the story. Children may also become more engaged in the story when they are asked to repeat phrases, ask questions or join in song during exciting portions of the story. Storytellers can ask each participant to anticipate what is going to happen following a dramatic portion of the story, too.