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Jan 21

Storytelling

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Craig Jacobson

Untitled Document As the days get increasingly cold and the snowdrifts pile increasingly high, I usually find myself reaching for books more and more frequently. But reading is something many of us do alone, so lately, I’ve been trying to focus my attention on storytelling instead. Storytelling invites the people around you and the people you love to participate in your experience, whether it’s a retelling from a well-loved book or a fresh creation.

I most often experienced storytelling swapping stories with other kids around a campfire (or in a dark room with a flashlight). Some of those tales can be found collected by William Forgey in his Campfire Tales.

Those who wish to expand their skills further might consider resources dedicated to helping budding storytellers:
The Storytelling Handbook
 [372.64 P367s]
 for kids and The Family Storytelling Handbook [027.62 P367f] for adults - both by Anne Pellowski
Improving Your Storytelling [808.543] by Doug Lipman
The Storyteller’s Start-Up Book [372.6] by Margaret Read MacDonald
The Way of the storyteller [372.2] by Ruth Sawyer
The internet is also brimming with helpful tipstechniques, and great advice.

Do you prefer to dive right in? Try one of these collections of read aloud friendly stories:
Hey! Listen to This [j372.6] by Jim Trelease
Mythology for storytellers [201.3] by Josepha Sherman
The Read-Aloud Handbok [j372.6] by Jim Trelease
Twenty Tellable Tales by Margaret Read MacDonald
The Storyteller's Sourcebook [398] by Margaret Read MacDonald. [398]

Stories About Storytelling HarounAndTheSeaofStoriesbyShouehara.jpg
Shadowbridge by Gregory Frost
Damascus Nights by Rafik Schami
Darling Jim by Christian Moerk
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
The Last Storyteller by Frank Delaney
Poisoned Prose by Ellery Adams
Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
World War Z: an Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

Young Adult Fiction

The Storyteller’s Daughter by Cameron Dokey
The Naming by Allison Croggon
The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery

TheStorytellingPrincessCover.jpgChildren's Fiction

The Storytellers by Ted Lewin.
The Storyteller's Secrets by Tony Mitton
My Abuelita by Tony Johnston
The Storytelling Princess by Rafe Martin
Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip Christian Stead

Narrative Non-Fiction

The Good War : an Oral History of World War Two [940.5481] by Studs TerkelTheGoodWarCover.jpg
The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness by Joel ben Izzy
Hard Times: an Oral History of the Great Depression [309.173] by Studs Terkel
The Storyteller’s Daughter [921 Shah] by Saira Shah
My American Century [973.092] by Studs Terkel.

For a more academic look at the subject, Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth and The Storytelling Animal [808.543] delve into stories, how they’re shaped, and their impact on humanity, while Handbook of Oral History [907.2 H236] edited by Thomas Charlton, et. al. provides a well-rounded examination of the history of oral history.Beyond their entertainment value, there are many other reasons to tell stories: elevator pitches, preserving family history, marketing impact, teaching values, improved interviewing skills. You can also connect with other storytellers by participating in StoryCorps, a national project dedicated to recording oral histories, or in World Read Aloud Day. The National Storytelling Network also has a lot of great resources. The library can also provide access to other great resources, for example, “Say It Aloud," an article on becoming an oral historian available through the Literary Reference Center, or The Boy Who Became King, an independent film about coping through stories available through our IndieFlix service.

And of course, if you’d prefer to watch experts in action, feel free to join us on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays for storytime at 11a.m.

Image Credits:
[1] http://shouehara.blogspot.com/2010/01/salman-rushdies-haroun-and-sea-of.html
[2] http://pictures.abebooks.com/MRSDIXON215/1225644308.jpg
[3] http://www.amazon.com/The-Storytelling-Princess-Rafe-Martin/dp/0399229248