This can often be the hardest part of a story to write. that first sentence can really set the scene and transport the reader somewhere completely different!
below are a few examples of great openings to a story. these are there to inspire you!
Once upon a time there were three children, Joe, Beth and Frannie. They lived with their mother and father in a little cottage deep in the country. They had to help their parents both in the house and in the garden, as there was lots to do.
Now, one day their mother had a letter. She didn't very often have letters, so the children wondered what it was about.
The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
It's a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.
Some parents go further. They become so blinded by adoration they manage to convince themselves their child has qualitites of genius.
Matilda by roald dahl
Butterflies live only short lives. They flower and flutter for just a few glorious weeks, and then they die. To see them, you have to be in the right place at the right time. And that's how it was when I saw the butterfly lion - I happened to be in just the right place, at just the right time.
The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo
Mr and Mrs Brown first met Paddington on a railway platform. In fact, that was how he came to have such an unusual name for a bear, because Paddington was the name of the station.
Paddington by Michael Bond