Jackanory – Narrating a love of books

Overview of the show: Jackanory is a British-made show wherein an actor will read a book to the audience. The storyteller is the only consistent part of the show; the format varies little from episode to episode. Jackanory maintains a consistent level of popularity, having been in production for almost half a century.

Each episode features a different book – the format will generally be the camera following the pictures in the book while the actor narrates. The stories range from traditional fairy tales to contemporary children’s books.

The purpose of Jackanory is to encourage young children to read more – the focus on the pictures and words are intended to promote junior scholarship and a love of reading.

Jackanory is an innocuous choice for children with a relatively large intended audience compared to other shows – between 2 and 8 years old.