So You Want to Be a Storyteller

Asian Tales and Tellers

By Cathy Spagnoli

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More than 30 stories from the rich Asian cultural panorama illuminate the wisdom and humor of Eastern cultures. In her search for stories, Cathy Spagnoli has slid through Indian rice fields, sipped sake with Japanese epic singers, met with monks in Thailand and Korea, and hiked the Himalayas with Tibetan dancers.

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Chalk in Hand: The Draw and Tell Book

By Phyllis Noe Pflomm

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Draw along with a piece of chalk to make your stories memorable. Especially good for teachers!

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Folding Stories: Storytelling and Origami Together as One

By Christine Petrell Kallevig

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These nine stories unfold (and fold!) into lovely artwork.

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Jackie Tales: The Magic of Creating Stories and the Art of Telling Them

By Jackie Torrence

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Jackie Torrence is one of our most treasured storytellers. She performs mostly African American folktales. These sixteen jump tales, Jack tales, Br'er tales, family tales, and scary tales are written in such a way as to give a sense of the telling. Jackie's work is also available on audio and video tape.

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Just Enough to Make a Story: A Sourcebook for Storytelling

By Nancy Schimmel

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For parents, teachers, librarians, group leaders, and people who just like to tell stories, this is a first rate introduction to the art, based on Schimmel's years of professional storytelling and teaching.

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Len Cabral's Storytelling Book

By Len Cabral

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Cabral gives helpful stage directions with his 23 stories and includes with each a teaching guide of questions to ask listeners.

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More Ready-to-Tell Tales from around the World

By David Holt and Bill Mooney

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Funny tales, tall tales, and stories about family and community--a multicultural collection of traditional tales contributed by experienced storytellers, with tips for telling the stories.


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Mudluscious: Stories and Activities Featuring Food for Preschool Children

By Jan Irving

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This light-hearted sourcebook for teachers and librarians describes food-related activities, including stories, rhymes, fingerplays, crafts, cooking and tasting experiences, and short skits, designed to delight young minds while teaching skills. Each group of recommended picture books is supplemented by topical songs, poems, chants, flannel board constructions, and puppet skits.

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New Handbook for Storytellers

By Caroline Feller Bauer

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This guide for beginners as well as more experienced tellers has tips, tricks, and techniques for narrative timing, and performance skills. Whether you want to be a better storyteller at bedtime or in front of an entire class, this book has something for you.

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Our Stories Remember: American Indian History, Culture, and Values Through Storytelling

By Joseph Bruchac

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Bruchac is a nationally-known Native American storyteller and author of some 70 books of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry for adults and children. In this collection, he retells a number of traditional Native American stories drawn from a variety of Native groups from throughout the country.

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