Get out the earplugs, it’s noisy story time in Episode Two of Story House…


Listen in and learn how this crazy-bonkers story helps kids learn about the joy of books. Thanks to Nicola O’Byrne and Nick Bromley for this brilliant bit of story time fun, and to Dr Patricia Lucas for explaining the clever stuff.

If you missed Episode One, you can listen here, and if you like what you hear, look out for one more episode coming next week.

As well as making podcasts, I write short stories and stories for picture books. I also help out with the wonderful organisation that is the Society of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators.  Feel free to look me up on Facebook or Twitter @helen_liston or leave a comment below. Happy listening!

Listen to Story House here… and find out why these kids just LOVED this book.

FeaturedListen to Story House here…   and find out why these kids just LOVED this book.

I’m really excited to release the first episode of Story House, a short podcast for grown-up picture book lovers.  In the picture above you can see story sparks Rudy, Digby, Disa and Jack taking a look at the first of our featured books, No! by Marta Altés.  In this episode of Story House we set the format for those that follow. You’ll hear the kids listening to – or taking part in – the story, after which Dr Patrica Lucas sheds light on some developmental aspects of their story experience.

Our aim is to reveal some of the hidden secrets of the picture book and child relationship: what elements tickle them and why? Why do certain joys never wear thin? What learning is going on under the surface of the story chaos?

I hope that if you are a parent or carer, librarian, teacher, writer or simply a picture book lover, you’ll find something out about picture books that you didn’t quite know before.  And if you don’t, I hope you’ll simply enjoy the sweet sound of children loving stories and two big people getting all excited about it.  But watch out – it’s a noisy one!

Picturebook Patricia


Story House wouldn’t be possible without Patrica, and here she is having fun with kids.  Usually her work is harder than this.  Patricia is a Reader at the University of Bristol, a lover (and teacher) of children’s literature, and all round brilliant person.  You can find out more about her work here and you can listen to her talking about her favourite childhood, picture books below – worms and bottoms feature.