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Enabling every child to hear the story of the Bible at school in their primary years.

Children love stories – especially Bible stories when they’re interactive, engaging and fun.

Open the Book began in 1999 and since then thousands of school children have discovered Bible stories, during assembly and collective worship.

Today, so many children could miss out on the great classic stories from the Bible – Noah, Daniel and the life of Jesus could be closed chapters if youngsters don’t get an opportunity to engage with the Bible.

That’s why Open the Book is so important. It’s a three-year rolling programme of themed and dramatised storytelling at no charge to primary schools. Teams of volunteers throughout the country use drama, mime, props, costume – and even the children and staff themselves – to present the Bible stories in lively and informative ways.

Can we help you? Can you help us?


‘The stories actually make us laugh – and you wouldn’t have thought Bible stories were funny. It makes you smile because of how amazing the stories are.’

Darcey, aged 10


‘I like doing the acting with Open the Book because we do different things every week. My best story was the one with the giant, where the boy throws stones at the giant. I have never heard these stories before, but they are really good.’

Isabelle, aged 7

Are you excited about the project and would like to help?

Do you have members of your congregation who would like to see children experience great Bible stories?

Are you a teacher who has struggled to find Bible-related assembly material? Would you like storytellers to take an assembly once a week?


  • Special OtB Christmas poem booklets

    When you order the Christmas poem booklets please tell us that you are from Open the Book as we have special OtB booklets in stock!

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    Safeguarding updated and new leaflet

    We have just uploaded a revised Safeguarding Policy, Code of Conduct and FAQs to the About Us page. We will also be issuing a new handy leaflet for each storyteller via team leaders in the next few weeks.

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    CRE Eastbourne Pop-up 25 Nov 2015

    This is a one day exhibition so make the most of finding out about Open the Book. Speak to Julie and Val, they will have all the information you need to start up a team in your local primary school.

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  • Survey results

    Results revealed that 90% of the 165 schools who responded agreed that Open the Book raised spirituality among the children, with 29% of those going further to state that it had a positive impact on the children’s maturity, understanding and overall response to life. And 88% of the non-faith schools agreed that OtB had a positive influence on the children’s spirituality, with 23% of those agreeing most definitely.

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    Fond farewell to Dianne

    Open the Book say a fond farewell to Dianne Brookes, who was instrumental in developing the project into a national programme, but who has now decided to leave the programme in safe hands...

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    Now Open - OtB Branded Clothing Shop

    Visit our online clothing shop today!

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  • ‘This is magic!’

    How does the wider Bible Society movement make biblical parables relevant to children today? The Hellenic Bible Society’s response is proving extremely popular with both Greek children and adults.

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    Looking forward to the adventure ahead

    When Open the Book presented their work to the Durham Diocese Synod there was a great response.

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    It's not just teachers who like Open the Book - Ofsted do too!

    Margaret Gillespie, Leader of Open the Book team at St Margaret's, Leicester, explained, ‘We recently arrived at Fosse School for our regular assembly to be told there was an Ofsted inspection – so we had an inspector sitting in on the assembly!’

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