CHICAGO — A good folktale triggers the imagination, connecting children to a wider world as well as increasing their vocabulary and comprehension skills. In “Folktales Aloud: Practical Advice for Playful Storytelling,” published by ALA Editions, teacher and storyteller Janice M. Del Negro gives librarians, teachers and parents the keys to storytelling success. Including more than a dozen original adaptations of folktales from around the world, tailored specifically for library and classroom use by experienced as well as beginning tellers, she:
- reviews storytelling basics such as selecting a tale and learning the story;
- offers tips for dealing with stage fright and reluctant listeners;
- presents a bibliography of recommended online and print resources, steering readers to more wonderful tales to tell.
Del Negro is an associate professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, Ill., where she teaches storytelling, children’s and young adult literature and foundations of library and information science. She is also on the advisory board for the Butler Center, Dominican’s new center for children’s and young adult literature. Previously, she was the editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. Her list of publications includes a textbook on storytelling co-authored with Ellin Greene; two children’s picture books, the ALA Notable Book “Willa and the Wind” and the Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award-winning “Lucy Dove”; and a collection of supernatural tales for young adults, “Passion and Poison.” She has served on several ALA book selection committees and is an active storyteller, having appeared at the National Storytelling Festival and similar events around the country.