So You Want to Be a Storyteller

Developing your talent for storytelling can enrich your life in so many ways. The basics of how to tell a good story will help you in your family life to better entertain the troops, on the job when making a presentation, or in any classroom setting whether as a classroom aid or in your house of worship. There are professional storytellers--librarians among them!--who get paid to tell tales, and this list gives some of their best advice and best stories with which to get started.

Raising Voices: Creating Youth Storytelling Groups and Troupes

By Judy Sima

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Written by two veteran storytellers, this practical handbook shows teachers how to start a youth storytelling group, taking readers through the process of planning, managing, and growing a group, and offering a wealth of games and activities as well as reproducibles and checklists.

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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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The Storyteller's Start-Up Book: Finding, Learning, Performing, And Using Folktales Including Twelve Tellable Tales

By Margaret Read MacDonald

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An experienced storyteller provides encouragement, advice, and excellent, workable stories.

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The Story Vine: A Source Book of Unusual and Easy-to-tell Stories from Around the World

By Anne Pellowski

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This classic guide has stories that are short and may employ some props: string, trouble dolls, thumb pianos, and sand.

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The Story Performance Handbook

By R. Craig Roney

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Provides detailed information to help adults develop basic skills in reading aloud, mediated storytelling, and storytelling. Chapters move readers from the easiest to the most difficult storytelling experience, building skills in selecting, preparing, and delivering stories and poetry to audiences. Instruction is based not only on the author's own extensive experience, but also on empirical research related to teaching adults to tell stories.

This electronic book is available to read online for our patrons who have a netLibrary account.

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The Power of Personal Storytelling: Spinning Tales to Connect with Others

By Jack Maguire

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The ability to tell interesting, relatable stories and anecdotes is valuable in personal and business interactions. The author shares his tips for telling such stories and telling them well.

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The Family Storytelling Handbook

By Anne Pellowski

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This book encourages you to begin a warm family tradition of stories, rhymes, and anecdotes.

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Storytellers' Research Guide: Folktales, Myths, and Legends

By Judy Sierra

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Tells how to find unique stories from older, written sources as well as original stories from the oral tradition. Includes a chapter on copyright concerns with sample forms for requesting consent.

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Spinning Tales, Weaving Hope: Stories, Storytelling and Activities for Peace, Justice and the Environment

By Ed Brody

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This storytelling sourcebook features 29 wondrous children's stories from around the world. From the mythic and the fantastic, to the silly and the serious, these timeless tales encourage conflict resolution, compassion, and sensitivity to the Earth and all living things.

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