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Sir David Attenborough is going to read children's stories for CBeebies


Parents across the land who thought bedtime stories had peaked with Tom Hardy: think again, because the big dog is here.

Yes, you read that headline correct: the nation’s most beloved broadcaster Sir David Attenborough has become a children's storyteller.

He has narrated Attenborough’s Adventures, a five-part series of animated stories for the CBeebies Storytime app. And, yes, before you scream at us for the links to download it – here they are, for Apple, Android and Kindle Fire.

The stories are interactive, and follow Sir David from his Zoo Quest series in the 1950s to his Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur documentary, broadcast last year (and you can watch that here).

Attenborough Gorilla

He has said that he is “thrilled” by the project, which is aimed to help children up to the age of six to read, adding: "We've brought to life many fond memories of my exploration of the natural world for young children to enjoy and learn". 

The first episode, entitled ‘David and the Gorilla Quest’, is available now (just add it to your book library once you’re in the app) and is based on a moment from his 1979 series Life on Earth – we’ve read it (or rather, let Sir David read it to us) and, what do you know – it’s absolutely brilliant.

Attenborough Gorilla
Attenborough Gorilla

The four remaining stories are entitled ‘David and the Giant Dinosaur’, ‘David and the Hidden City’, ‘David and the Dragon’ and ‘David the Treasure Hunter’ and we will be listening to every single one of them.

CBeebies controller Kay Benbow said: "The grown-up and child can enjoy reading, playing and learning together. Sir David has led an extraordinary life, and we're over the moon that his enthralling tales are now helping children to learn while being inspired by the natural world."

Attenborough Gorilla
Attenborough CBeebies



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