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Storybook Soldiers

Storybook Soldiers

Have you ever wanted to give your child something special? Then Storybook Soldiers provides a great way of maintaining a link between you and them while you're away on operations. The idea is that you record a bedtime story. It's then sent away to have music and sound effects added (by volunteers). It's then sent to your child who can listen to it at bedtime or any other time there is a cd player available.

How do I make a Storybook CD for my child?
Just contact us and we'll find out where your nearest Recording Centre is.

How does it work?
You can record stories either before or during deployment. After being given a small amount of training by the Storybook Soldiers Team, you can start making your recordings. Recordings are then sent to Tidworth or Rheindahlen for editing. The CD is then created and sent to your child. Storybook Soldiers aims to provide an easy, straightforward service that is available to all deploying soldiers.

Making a Recording:
The recording session takes about 15 minutes. You start by recording a greeting to your child, then read the story and end by saying goodnight. Stories should take no longer than 5-10 minutes to read. We have a recommended book list if you need help choosing a story. Unfortunately due to resources there is a limit of one story per child per tour as the editing can take up to three hours (all our editors are volunteers).

Children love the story CD and love hearing your voice.

Storybook Soldiers was set up in 2007 by Kirsty Alderson and Rosemary Meeke (Army Education Centre, Tidworth). The scheme is now available throughout the Armed Forces. The recording, making and posting of the CD is all free of charge.

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