This week’s BTT celebrates the power of storytelling, particularly its ability to unite people from various eras and backgrounds. As inspirational, cinematic music plays, narrators of all ages briefly summarize the history of storytelling, be it oral, visual, or written. Colorful two-dimensional drawings illustrate these traditions, ranging from cavemen paintings and Egyptian hieroglyphics to censorship and e-readers.
This adorable video shows how stories can change over time, but it also optimistically suggests that the people telling these stories still have a lot in common. Check out Annie Greengoss’s review of Dan Yaccarino’s I Am a Story (Harper), where she says, “Perhaps the most endearing message is how a story transcends time and space: it can ‘live forever’ and be carried with you anywhere—in the mind.”