Tell Along Tales!

Playing with Participation Stories

by Dianne de Las Casas


Audience participation is the key to engaging listeners, no matter what age. For young children, using humor and kinesthetic motion is an ideal way to gain their attention. When children participate in story presentations, they have ownership and retain the story, resulting in greatly improved reading comprehension.

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May 2011

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 125
Volumes 1
Size 8 1/2x11
Topics Children's and Young Adult Programs/Storytelling, Resources and Collections

This book makes the perfect addition to teachers' and librarians' story time selections, containing 25 educational and entertaining tales from around the world as well as proven storytelling techniques.

Storytelling predates reading. Storytelling is a vibrant tradition in nearly every culture on earth. And of course, storytelling serves as a perfect medium for educating young children and early readers.

Specifically intended for elementary school and public librarians, teachers, storytellers, and camp counselors, Tell Along Tales!: Playing with Participation Stories contains 25 adapted tales from Czechoslovakia, Germany, Ireland, Korea, Norway, Spain, and West Africa that are appropriate for kindergarten through sixth grade students. These stories are linked to standards and are full of fun audience participation, making them perfect for the library, classroom, camp, or home. The book will illuminate the best methods for telling a tale, describe various types of audience participation and how to encourage it, identify elements in a story that provide opportunity for participation, explain when to include audience participation, and share the author's proven audience management techniques.


  • Provides suggestions on storytelling techniques specific to each tale
  • Includes spot drawings that enliven each of the stories
  • A bibliography provides all the details for the story sources


  • Contains information that will help educators with every aspect of the storytelling, from choosing and coaching children for directed dramatization to telling the tale and controlling audiences
  • Provides powerful audience management techniques, including the author's famous "settle downs"
  • Contains a section on curriculum connections using IRA and AASL standards
Author Info

Dianne de Las Casas is an author and award-winning storyteller who presents programs and provides educator/librarian training, workshops, and artist residencies. Her published works include Libraries Unlimited's Story Fest: Crafting Story Theater Scripts; Kamishibai Story Theater: The Art of Picture Telling; Handmade Tales: Stories to Make and Take; and Stories on Board!: Creating Board Games from Favorite Tales. Her children's books include The Cajun Cornbread Boy: A Well-Loved Tale Spiced Up and Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach.



"Teachers, public librarians, school librarians, and storytellers will find this book valuable for engaging elementary students. Tips for making storytelling an active learning experience will help even the novice librarian captivate students. De Las Casas has selected a diverse group of multicultural titles for use in entertaining children and encouraging their interest and participation."Library Media Connection

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