We’re blowing our own trumpet a bit this week because we have some hugely exciting news. Our wee Storytime venture – the dream of three people in a little studio in London – has taken flight and has officially gone global.
Storytime magazine is now available to home and school subscribers in Singapore, with other territories to follow.
We’re absolutely thrilled to be working with one of Singapore’s biggest and most respected educational publishers, ILoveReading.Sg, plugging a gap in the market for a children’s story magazine, which can help make learning the English language easier, more appealing and more engaging.ILoveReading.Sg founder, Nikson Low, commented, “When we first saw Storytime, we knew that this awesome publication would create an impact in Singapore schools. Storytime is now part of the compulsory reading programme in many schools and its wonderful stories and illustrations have engaged students right from the beginning. We already have thousands of subscribers, and subscriptions are growing by leaps and bounds.”
We have to admit that seeing images of school children reading our magazine in Singapore is pretty mind-blowing and proves our theory that stories can be a great universal force for learning, for good, for empathy, for cultural diversity and for creating globally-minded citizens – some of which we’ve discussed here before. We’re delighted to be part of it.
Storytime in Singapore has launched at Issue 1, making it our first official international edition. However, since launching in 2014, we have amassed subscribers in over 40 countries (we ship worldwide!), and we have been very fortunate to find a distributor in Hong Kong, who has been placing Storytime in many schools there – again, helping children to perfect and polish their English.
In more exciting news, we’re also working with a new partner in South Africa, which we’ll reveal more about in future.
Though Storytime magazine is a UK-based product, made in the heart of London, we’ve always considered ourselves global in our outlook. Perhaps having a Brazilian art director helps, perhaps it’s the fact that we’ve always made a point of collaborating with illustrators from all over the world. Maybe it’s because we take such pleasure in featuring Around the World Tales in every issue. Now we’re in Singapore though, we feel we can truly claim ‘Storytime goes global’.
Needless to say, we’re hugely thankful to all our readers, wherever they are, and glad that they’re part of the international Storytime family. Stories are for everyone, everywhere.
If you’re interested in licensing Storytime for your territory, see our Content Licensing page for more information or contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to chat with you and play a larger part in helping children everywhere enjoy learning the English language.
We’ll put the trumpets away for now. Have a great week, story lovers!