Storytelling is one of our oldest activities, a way to convey values and keep cultures alive. Stories are also an important educational tool. By age six, children who have been read to or told stories have a vocabulary of 20,000 words compared to a vocabulary of 3,000 words for their less-lucky counterparts. Stories awake imagination, soothe the soul, and engender a life-long love of books and reading.
Thoroughly revised and updated, the fourth edition of the classic Storytelling: Art and Technique is an essential guide for beginning and experienced storytellers alike.
Ten years ago, Book Report called the third edition of Storytelling: Art and Technique, "invaluable ... a volume no librarian will want to be without." This fourth edition of the classic storytelling “how to” is even better—with 30 percent new material, additional chapters, new stories, and updated bibliographies.
This edition provides both a history of storytelling in libraries and accessible instruction for bringing storytelling to contemporary listeners. It details the selection, preparation, and presentation of stories, as well as planning and administration of a storytelling program. Full texts of 13 stories for various ages and occasions are included, as is an extensive list of resources. Bonus essays offer a fascinating international perspective through a survey of storytelling in Ireland and the British Isles and a look at storytelling in contemporary China. Complete with everything one needs to know to launch a successful storytelling program, this is the perfect book for librarians, teachers, parents—and professional storytellers, too.
• Includes complete texts of 13 stories with source, culture, telling time, audience, and a comment for each
• Examples of a cue card, movement warm-ups for storytellers, a seating arrangement for a storytime, a storyboard, publicity posters, and more
• Offers resources for the storyteller, including professional books and articles, websites, storytelling books by genre, stories to tell to different age groups, read-alouds, and recordings
• Presents an overview of storytelling in libraries in the United States from its beginnings in the late 19th century to the present day
• Details how to select and present stories and how to program and administrate a successful storytelling program
• Includes an international perspective, with essays about storytelling in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and in China
• Offers the full text of 13 stories, ranging from the well-loved nursery tale, “The Gingerbread Man,” to “Rubies,” a story of seduction, betrayal, ghosts, and vengeance for teenagers, to “The Legend of the Christmas Rose” for family sharing