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Storytelling Resource List

Compiled by Mary Ann Gilpatrick and Mary Morgan Smith
for "Storytelling 101" held June 27, 2004
at the ALA Annual Conference



COLWELL, EILEEN. Storytelling. Bodley Head, 1983.


LEEMING, DAVID ADAMS.    Storytelling Encyclopedia: Historical, Cultural and Multiethnic Approaches to Oral Traditions Around the World. Oryx, 1997


LIMA, CAROLYN W. A to Zoo:   Subject Access to Children's Picture Books.   Fourth edition. R.R. Bowker, 1993.


LIVO, NORMA. Storytelling: Process and Practice. Libraries Unlimited, 1986.


MACDONALD, MARGARET READ. Storyteller’s Sourcebook: A Subject, Title and Motif Index to Folklore Collections for Children. Gale Research Company, 1982.

_____. Storyteller’s Sourcebook: A Subject, Title and Motif Index to Folklore Collections for Children, 1983-1999. Gale Research Company, 2001.

_____. ed., Traditional Storytelling Today:An International Sourcebook. Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999.


NIEMI, LOREN and ELIZABETH ELLIS. Inviting the Wolf In: Thinking about the Difficult Story. August House, 2001.


ZIPES, JACK. The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales. Oxford University Press, 2000.

_____. When Dreams Came True: Classical Fairy Tales and their Traditions. Routledge, 1998.





FOREST, HEATHER. Storyarts Online, 


KING, CHRIS. Storytelling Power,


LIPMAN, DOUG. Story Dynamics,


NATIONAL STORYTELLING NETWORK. Storynet,  (includes excellent list of links)













Sing Out! The Folk Song Magazine.


Storytelling Magazine. National Storytelling Association.




BAKER, AUGUSTA and ELLIN GREENE.Storytelling: Art and Technique. Bowker, 1977.


BAUER, CAROLINE FELLER. Celebrations: Read-Aloud Holiday and Theme Book Programs.   H.W.     Wilson, 1985.

_____. The Whole Storytelling Handbook: Using Imagery to Complete the Story Experience. August House, 2000.


COLWELL, EILEEN.    The Magic Umbrella, and Other Stories for Telling: With Notes on How to Tell              Them. Hill & Wang, 1977.


DAVIS, DONALD. Telling Your Own Stories: For Family and Classroom, Public Speaking, and Personal Journaling.   August House, 1993.

_____. Writing As a Second Language: From Experience to Story to Prose. August House, 2000.


HAMILTON, MARTHA and MITCH WEISS. Children Tell Stories: a Teaching Guide.   Richard C. Owen, 1990.


MACDONALD, MARGARET READ. Bookplay: 101 Creative Themes to Share with Young Children.

_____. Booksharing:   101 Programs to Use with Preschoolers. Library Professional Publications, 1988.

_____. The Parent’s Guide to Storytelling: How to Make Up New Stories and Retell Old Favorites, August House, 2001.

_____. Storyteller's Start-up Book. August House, 1993.


MILLER, TERESA. Joining In: An Anthology of Audience Participation Stories and How to Tell Them. Yellow Moon Press, 1988.


PELLOWSKI, ANNE. The Story Vine: A Source Book of Unusual and Easy-to-Tell Stories from Around the World. Macmillan, 1984.

_____. The Storytelling Handbook: A Young People’s Collection of Unusual Tales and Helpful Hints on How to Tell Them.   Simon & Schuster, 1995.


SAWYER, RUTH. The Way of the Storyteller. Viking Penguin, 1977.


SHEDLOCK, MARIE.The Art Of Storytelling. Dover, 1951


SIERRA, JUDY. The Art of Storytelling. H. W. Wilson, 1997.





ANDERSEN, HANS CHRISTIAN. Andersen’s Fairy Tales. Trans. By Mrs. E. V. Lucas and Mrs. H. B. Paul. Grosset & Dunlap, 1945.


ASBJORNSEN, PETER C. and JORGEN MOE. East of the Sun and West of the Moon. Macmillan, 1963. (and other editions).


BRUNVAND, JAN. The Choking Doberman and Other New Urban Legends. Norton, 1984

_____. Too Good to Be True: The Colossal Book of Urban Legends. Norton, 1999.


CHASE, RICHARD. Grandfather Tales. Houghton, 1948.

_____. Jack Tales. Houghton, 1943.


COURLANDER, HAROLD. The Cow-tail Switch and Other West African Stories. Holt, 1974.


FILLMORE, PARKER. The Shepherd’s Nosegay: Stories from Finland and Czechoslovakia. Harcourt Brace, 1958.


GREENE, ELLIN. Clever Cooks. Lothrop, 1973.


GRIMM, JACOB and WILHELM. The Annotated Brothers Grimm, ed. by Maria Tatar. Norton, 2004.

_____. The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm. Trans. By Jack Zipes. Bantam, 1992.


         HAMILTON, MARTHA and MITCH WEISS. How & Why Stories: World Tales Kids Can Read and Tell. August House, 1999.


HAMILTON, VIRGINIA.The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales. Knopf, 1985.


HOLT, DAVID and BILL MOONEY (eds).Ready-To-Tell Tales: Sure-Fire Stories From America’s Favorite Storytellers. August House, 1994. 

_____. More Ready-to-Tell Tales from Around the World. August House, 2000.


JACOBS, JOSEPH. English Folk and Fairy Tales. Putnam, 1904.


KANE, ALICE. The Dreamer Awakes. Broadview Press, 1995.


KEDING, DAN. Stories of Hope and Spirit: Folktales from Eastern Europe. August House, 2004.


KELSEY, ALICE GEER. Once the Hodja. Longmans, 1943.


KIPLING, RUDYARD. Just So Stories. Doubleday, 1912.


LANG, ANDREW. The Rainbow Fairy Book. Morrow, 1993.


LESTER, JULIUS. The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit. Dial, 1987.


LUPTON, HUGH. Tales of Wisdom and Wonder. Barefoot Books, 1998.


MACDONALD, MARGARET READ. Earth Care: World Folktales to Talk About. Shoe String Press, 1999.

_____. Look Back and See: Twenty Lively Tales for Gentle Tellers. H. W. Wilson, 1991.

_____. Three-Minute Stories: 100 Stories to Read or Tell When Time is Short. August House, 2004.

_____. Twenty Tellable Tales. H. W. Wilson Co., 1986.


NIC LEODAS, SORCHE. Heather and Broom: Tales of the Scottish Highlands. Holt, 1960.


PARENT, MICHAEL.Of Kings and Fools: Stories from the French Tradition in North America. August House, 1996.


SANDBURG, CARL. Rootabaga Stories. Harcourt Brace, 1974.


SINGER, ISAAC BASHEVIS.Stories for Children. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1984.


WALKER, BARBARA. A Treasury of Turkish Tales for Children. Linnett Books, 1988.


WINDHAM, KATHRYN TUCKER. 13 Georgia Ghosts and Jeffrey. University of Alabama Press, 1987.


WOLKSTEIN, DIANE. The Magic Orange Tree and Other Haitian Folktales. Knopf, 1978.


YASHINSKY, DAN.   Ghostwise: A Book of Midnight Stories. Ragweed Press, 1997.



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A list of resources for those who want to learn more about the art of storytelling. Compiled by Mary Ann Gilpatrick and Mary Morgan Smith for the 2004 Annual Conference Program "Storytelling 101."