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my story matters

The Best Story by Eileen Spinelli


This book is a tool to help the Womples become more aware of the importance of storytelling. Storytelling isn’t just telling any story, but telling YOUR story. It is important to provide the space and time for kids to tell their stories because it helps them to process and own their experiences.


The best story is one that comes from the heart. The library is having a contest for the best story and the quirky narrator of this story just has to win that rollercoaster ride with her favorite author! But what makes a story the best?

Her brother Tim says the best stories have lots of action. The father thinks the best stories are the funniest. And Aunt Jane tells her the best stories have to make people cry. A story that does all these things doesn't seem quite right, though, and the one thing the whole family can agree on is that the best story has to be your own.

Discussion Questions

  1. What was the prize for winning the story?

  2. Who did she ask to give her story ideas?

  3. Why do you think the other stories didn't seem quite right?

  4. Did she win the prize?

  5. What makes a story the best?

  6. What are 2 things you would put in your story? (have one of the Kaleiders write these down)

  7. Say to the Womples, “Just like the girl in the book, you have your own story to tell. Your story matters because no one has a story exactly like yours.”