Story in Children's Lives: Contributions of the Narrative Mode to Early Childhood Development, Literacy, and Learning

  • Kelli Jo Kerry-Moran
  • Juli-Anna Aerila

Part of the Educating the Young Child book series (EDYC, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Kelli Jo Kerry-Moran, Juli-Anna Aerila
    Pages 1-8
  3. Hearing Children’s Voices

  4. Recognizing and Applying Stories

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Laura Arias-Ferrer, Alejandro Egea-Vivancos, Linda S. Levstik
      Pages 175-198
    3. Natthapoj Vincent Trakulphadetkrai, Juli-Anna Aerila, Sari Yrjänäinen
      Pages 199-225
    4. Jennifer V. Butz, Stanton A. Hancock
      Pages 227-249
  5. Holistically Supporting Children’s Wellbeing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. Christan Grygas Coogle, Jennifer R. Ottley, Sloan Storie, Anne L. Larson
      Pages 253-274
    3. Pirjo Suvilehto, Kelli Jo Kerry-Moran, Juli-Anna Aerila
      Pages 299-314
    4. James Bowyer, Ben Munisteri
      Pages 315-331
    5. Juli-Anna Aerila, Marja-Leena Rönkkö, Satu Grönman
      Pages 333-353

About this book


This book is based on the power of stories to support children in all areas of their lives. It examines the role narratives can play in encouraging growth in contexts and domains such as personal and family identity, creative movement, memory and self-concept, social relationships, or developing a sense of humor. Each chapter describes innovative and research-based applications of narratives such as movement stories, visual narratives to develop historical thinking, multimodal storytelling, bibliotherapy, mathematics stories, family stories, and social narratives. The chapters elaborate on the strength of narratives in supporting the whole child in diverse contexts from young children on the autism spectrum improving their social skills at school, to four- and five-year-olds developing historical thinking, to children who are refugees or asylum-seekers dealing with uncertainty and loss. Written by accomplished teachers, researchers, specialists, teaching artists and teacher educators from several countries and backgrounds, the book fills a gap in the literature on narratives.

“…this work delves into the topic of narratives in young children’s lives with a breadth of topics and depth of study not found elsewhere.”

“Collectively, the insights of the contributors build a convincing case for emphasizing story across the various disciplines and developmental domains of the early childhood years.”

“The writing style is scholarly, yet accessible. Authors used a wide array of visual material to make their points clearer and show the reader what meaningful uses of story “look like”.”

Mary Renck Jalongo, Journal and Book Series Editor Springer

Indiana, PA, USA



Personal narratives and identity development in young children Autobiographical memory and young children’s narratives Story-based approaches to children’s physical development Young children’s creative movement through stories Developmental bibliotherapy with young children Narratives and child refugees, immigrants Family narratives and young children’s development young children’s mathematical reasoning through stories Social narratives with children with ASD Multimodal storytelling with young children Visual narratives and historical thinking in young children Developing critical literacy through young children’ stories

Editors and affiliations

  • Kelli Jo Kerry-Moran
    • 1
  • Juli-Anna Aerila
    • 2
  1. 1.Indiana University of PennsylvaniaPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.University of TurkuRaumaFinland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-19265-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-19266-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2543-0610
  • Series Online ISSN 2543-0629
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