One of the unexpected and extremely lovely benefits of my older sons learning to read is that they often read stories to the younger children. Like any narrator, a child will put their own mark on a story – whether it be creating voices for characters, emphasising a favourite part of the story or noticing things in illustrations others may overlook.
Smories was created by Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar after a very long family road trip. Whilst travelling in southern Africa, Swerling and Lazar’s eight-year-old daughter began filming herself reading Enid Blyton stories and then playing them back to her younger sister, providing hours of backseat fun.
On their return, Swerling and Lazar set up Smories, a site devoted to publishing stories for kids read by kids. Apart from the instant appeal of kids reading to kids, the site showcases unpublished stories, allowing writers to test their work in a friendly forum.
I love the little boy reading the Diggy the Digger stories – he manages a hundred different expressions with his eyebrows. Equally, the little girl presenting Matilda McBean must surely have a future on the stage.
If your children would like to try their hand at reading a story, Smories welcomes filmed submissions by young narrators – could be fun as there are lots of (very sweet) British accents featured but no Aussies at this stage.
There is a special version of Smories available for the iPhone and iPad so you are never caught without a decent story at hand (and someone to tell it). Smories are also conveniently sorted into categories by age and type so that you can find something suitable for your child. Best of all, Smories is completely free of charge.
(via Baby Gadget)