Books on Storytelling

Her. BV 1472 S6 1946
Spalding, Arthur. Christian storytelling and stories for parents, teachers and students. Rev. ed. Mountain View, CA: Pacific Press, 1946.
Discusses why teachers and parents should use stories and shows how to tell them effectively. Includes stories.

Her. BV 1534.3 D3 1966
Dart, Archa. Tips for storytellers. Nashville: Southern Pub. Assoc., 1966.
Briefly discusses storytelling techniques and how to use the story for children's evangalism. Includes stories with moral lessons.

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Johnson, Carl G., ed. Fifty-two story telling programs: miracles and melodies for your ministry. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1974.
A book of religious stories appropriate for older children. Provides songs and a scripture to accompany each story.

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Gardner, Lucile. The story teller's manual. Dallas, TX: Thurman C. Gardner, c1946.
Discusses various types of stories and how to adapt them for telling.

LB 1042 B3 1971
Bailey, Carolyn. For the storyteller: storytelling and stories to tell. Ann Arbor, MI: Gryphon Books, 1971.
Shows how stories can be used as part of the learning process. Includes stories and bibliographies.

LB 1042 B34 1987
Baker, Augusta. Storytelling: art and technique. 2nd ed. New York: Bowker, 1987.
Covers techniques of story selection, preparation, and presentation. Includes chapters on planning storytelling programs and workshops. Special chapter on storytelling to children with special needs. Includes bibliography.

LB 1042 B37 1986
Barton, Bob. Tell me another: storytelling and reading aloud at home, at school, and in the community. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann Educational Books, c1986.
Discusses how to tell and read stories to children. A special chapter on storytelling in the classroom.

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Bauer, Caroline. Handbook for storytellers. Chicago, IL: American Library Association, 1977.
Provides guidance on all aspects of storytelling from finding a story to creative ways of presenting the story. Includes bibliographies.

LB 1042 B6 1975
Bone, Woutrina. Children's stories and how to tell them. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1975.
Discusses the origins of stories and their place in childhood. Especially good with myths and legends. Includes stories and bibliography.

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Cundiff, Ruby and Barbara Webb. Storytelling for you: a handbook of help for story-tellers everywhere. Yellow Springs, OH: Antioch Press, 1957.
A brief introduction to the importance and how to of storytelling. Includes stories and bibliography.

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Moore, Vadine. Pre-school storyhour. New York: Scarecrow Press, 1966.
Shows how to plan and run a pre-school storytelling program. Includes lists of books both for potential stories and to help parents develop skills in reading with their children.

LB 1042 R67 1980
Ross, Ramon. Storyteller. 2nd ed. Columbus, OH: Merrill, c1980.
Principles of choosing and telling stories. Final chapters deal with choral readings and making and using your own props such as puppets and flannel boards.

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Schimmel, Nancy. Just enough to make a story: a sourcebook for storytelling. Berkeley, CA: Sister's Choice Press, 1978.
Takes the reader through the processes of choosing, learning, and telling a story. Includes some stories and bibliographies.

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Shedlock, Marie. The art of the story-teller. 3rd ed, rev. New York: Dover Publications, 1952.
Covers principles of story evaluation as well as providing stories and bibliography.

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Tooze, Ruth. Storytelling. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1959.
Section 1 deals with evaluation of potential stories while section 2 provides the text of some stories. Includes bibliography.

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Wagner, Joseph and Robert Smith. Teacher's guide to storytelling. Dubuque, IA: W.C. Brown Co., c1958.
Introduces general principles of storytelling, covering 43 stories in detail.

LB 1042 W34 1979
Briggs, Nancy. Children's literature through storytelling & drama. 2nd ed. Dubuque, IA: W.C. Brown, c1979.
Introduces general principles of storytelling. Includes special sections on dramatic forms of storytelling and children as storytellers. Includes extensive bibliography.

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Cook, Elizabeth. The ordinary and the fabulous: an introduction to myths, legends, and fairy tales for teachers and storytellers. London: Cambridge U.P., 1969.
Shows how myths and fairy tales are important to children and discusses techniques for presenting this type of story.

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Velder, Milton and Edwin Cohen. Open-ended stories. Chicago: Globe Book Co., 1973.
Stories of various situation faced by teenagers. The end of the stories is left out, to be supplied by the reader.

Curr-I Z 718.3 s55 1987
Sierra, Judy. The Flannel Board Storytelling Book. H.W. Wilson Co., 1987.
Introduction gives general flannel storytelling tips. Part I (3-5 yr. olds) and Part II (5-8 yr. olds) provide story texts for their respective age groups along with patterns for making flannel figures. All folk tales.

Journal Articles on Storytelling

Schwartz, Marni. "Storytelling--A Way to Challenge Stereotypes." English Journal. Vol. 74:3, Mar. 1985. p. 91-92.
Indicates how storytelling can teach messages that students can use to solve problems in their lives.

Williams, Lynnda. "Storytelling, Oral Literature or...Any Other Name Would Sound So Sweet." English Journal. Vol. 71:7, Nov. 1982. p. 36-37.
Argues that it is important for high school teachers to present literature orally to students, and explains the proper way to do so.

Sylvester, Fran. "Once Upon a Time..." Instructor. Vol. 97:2, Sept. 1987. p. 34-36,41.
A teacher describes how she uses storytelling in her fifth grade classes, because storytelling combines listening skills and imagination with the nuances of language, history, culture, and values. Resources are listed. Two insets discuss the benefits of storytelling and offer tips on becoming a storytelling teacher.

Taub, D. Deborah. "The Endearing, Enduring Folktale." Instructor. Vol. 94:4, Nov-Dec 1984. p. 61-70.
Folklore offers a multitude of instructional possibilities for the elementary classroom. Students learn about other cultures, develop their imaginations, explore customs, discuss common problems, and heighten their sense of language. Several folktales and classroom resources are offered for teacher use.

Brazeau, Martin. "Storytelling: An Underused Teaching Aid." Journal of Outdoor Education. Vol. 19, 1984-85. p. 23-24.
Describes ways to integrate storytelling into outdoor education programs. Discusses use of storytelling to teach history, culture, concepts, or values; stimulate imagination; learn new words; set a mood; encourage listener participation; and foster caring attitudes about the envrionment.

Frick, Hollee. "The Value of Sharing Stories Orally with Middle Grade Students." Journal of Reading. Vol. 29:4, Jan. 1986. p. 300-303.
Offers tips and suggestions to teachers wishing to engage later elementary and adolescent students in storytelling and oral reading. Indicates how these activities can increase students' reading motivation and improve their language and learning skills.

Schwartz, Marni. "Connecting to Language through Story." Language Arts. Vol. 64:6, Oct. 1987. p. 603-610.
Shows that storytelling can be used in elementary language classes to build self-esteem among students, because telling stories drawn from their memories reveals students' lifelong relationship with language. Emphasizes the importance of choosing appropriate stories to tell, and discusses an activity where students retell the story of a book they have read.

Nessel, Denise. "Story Telling in the Reading Program." Reading Teacher. Vol. 38:4, Jan. 1985. p. 378-81.
Suggests that teachers use gothic tales, Indian legends, and other appealing stories to develop students' schema for the literature they will eventually read. Explains how to use storytelling effectively.

Reed, Barbara. "Storytelling: What It Can Teach." School Library Journal. Vol. 34:2, Oct. 1987. p. 35-39.
Describes a 12-week pilot project by the Connecticut Storytelling Center, which involved assembly programs and storytelling sessions in six elementary school classrooms, including two bilingual classes. Teacher's reactions to the storytelling experience and observations on the emotional impact of the project and its effect on learning skills are noted.


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