Art and Technique, 5th Edition
by Janice M. Del Negro, Editor
June 2021, 449pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-7208-2
$70, £54, 61€, A96
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Whether used as a text or professional guide, this book is one that no librarian will want to be without.

This book serves as both a textbook and reference for faculty and students in LIS courses on storytelling and a professional guide for practicing librarians, particularly youth services librarians in public and school libraries.

Storytelling: Art and Technique serves professors, students, and practitioners alike as a textbook, reference, and professional guide. It provides practical instruction and concrete examples of how to use the power of story to build literacy and presentation skills, as well as to create community in those same educational spaces.

This text illustrates the value of storytelling, covers the history of storytelling in libraries, and offers valuable guidance for bringing stories to contemporary listeners, with detailed instructions on the selection, preparation, and presentation of stories. It also provides guidance around the planning and administration of a storytelling program. Topics include digital storytelling, open mics and slams, and the neuroscience of storytelling. An extensive and helpful section of resources for the storyteller is included in an expanded Part V of this edition.


  • Offers readers a thorough overview of the role of story and storytelling in the library
  • Gives a convincing argument for the value of storytelling
  • Provides practical tips on selecting, preparing, and telling stories
  • Presents insights on storytelling to specific populations, including children, young adults, and those with special needs
  • Includes an extensive list of resources
Janice M. Del Negro, PhD, is tenured associate professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. An award-winning writer and storyteller, Del Negro has been a featured storyteller, speaker, and workshop leader at the National Storytelling Festival, the Illinois Storytelling Festival, the Northlands Storytelling Conference, the National Storytelling Conference, and many other celebratory events. Del Negro's most recent book is Folktales Aloud.


2022 Storytelling World Award—Storytelling World, January 26, 2022


"Significantly updated with new content (such as digital storytelling and cultural appropriation) and an expanded attention to core concepts, Del Negro’s fifth edition of the classic storytelling textbook remains an enduring staple for LIS coursework and curious practitioners. The inclusion of new voices strengthens the volume and widens the appeal while also building upon the foundations created by Augusta Baker and Ellin Greene, the authors of previous editions. Packed with more research on the power of stories, a stronger emphasis on diversity, additional practical suggestions for program development, and a plethora of recommended resources, this is the essential guide for all purveyors of story, from librarians and other educators to professional storytellers. Del Negro and her authors have created an absolutely indispensable purchase for all library collections!"—Jamie Campbell Naidoo, PhD, Foster-EBSCO Professor, University of Alabama, SLIS
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