“We’re not here to preach or teach, we’re storytelling…”  (Jill Lees, 66)

The Bible is full of inspirational, gruesome, funny, sad, real and relevant stories. Open the Book is here to share them with Primary school children throughout the UK.  Since it began in 1999, Open the Book has developed 10,000 dedicated storytellers.

The teams of volunteer storytellers use drama, mime, props, costume and audience participation to present Bible stories in ways that are lively, interactive, engaging and fun! At no cost to schools, this programme is OFSTED and SIAS approved and is a fantastic way to share the Bible.

So far, Open the Book has reached 1,500 primary schools in the UK but the vision is for every child to hear the story of the Bible at school in their primary years. This would mean reaching 4.5 million pupils in 18,280 schools across the UK. So there is still more work to do…

Here’s what some of the kids involved have said about Open the Book:

‘Wednesday is my favourite day, because it’s Open the Book assembly’ (Overheard in a school corridor)

‘It makes the stories seem as if they’re actually happening’ (Year 4 girl, Gloucestershire)

‘Sometimes when you read a book, you go off it because there are too many words. Open the Book brings the stories to life.’ (Alfie, 9)

Hear from those involved with Open the Book




Get involved

To get involved or read more about Open the Book, click here or call 01793 418222

Download resources (click the links below to download each resource)

Open the Book PowerPoint presentationOpen the Book volunteer pack
PowerPoint scriptOpen the Book volunteer pack
How to get startedOpen the Book volunteer pack
Prayer cardsOpen the Book volunteer pack
Fundraising ideasOpen the Book volunteer pack
Sample story introductionOpen the Book volunteer pack
God's FriendOpen the Book volunteer pack (used with permission of Lion Hudson plc)
Children's activityOpen the Book volunteer pack
FactsheetOpen the Book volunteer pack
Bible quiz for childrenOpen the Book volunteer pack
Bible quiz for adultsOpen the Book volunteer pack
PosterOpen the Book volunteer pack
The Big MissionOpen the Book volunteer pack
Gift FormOpen the Book volunteer pack