The School Collection: Children's Literature at the Education and Social Science Library
The School Collection: Children's Literature at the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library

Storytelling, Booktalking, Plays, and Fingerplays

Online Resources

  • Storytelling

    Australian Storytelling
    Home of the Australian Storytelling Guild.

    Illinois Storytelling
    The homepage for storytellers in Illinois. Their motto is: community, diversity, and a touch of whimsy. This website includes a listing of storytellers.

    International Storytelling Center
    Connected with the Smithsonian, this website is a great resource to finding out the history of storytelling.

    StoryNet
    Bringing together and nurturing individuals and organizations that use the power of storytelling in all its forms. A part of the National Storytelling Network.

    The Storytelling FAQ
    Everything you wanted to know and more about storytelling. Includes an international focus. See also this site's large collection of storytelling links organized by category and annotated.

    The Storytelling Ring
    Featuring storytellers, organizations, events, and resources all dedicated, at least in part, to the vocal art of telling stories.

  • Booktalking

    Booktalking Ideas
    Provides two to four booktalking ideas for each title that is highlighted in this Web Site.

    Booktalks-Quick and Simple
    Launched in 1995 by Nancy Keane, a school media specialist, this database contains over 1,000 booktalks and is updated monthly. You can locate booktalks by title, author, subjects, and interest level. Also provides booktalking tips compiled from LM-NET listserv messages.

    Random House Book Talks
    Provides booktalks prepared by school library media specialists for more than 250 titles. You can locate booktalks by title or author.

    Scholastic Books for Children & Young Adults Booktalks
    Provides booktalks contributed by Joni Richards Bodart for several dozen Scholastic titles.

  • Plays

    Plays for Performance
    This site has a spreadsheet of approximately 100 play titles which includes information about each play, such as age group, number of players, and possible censorship flags.

  • Fingerplays

    Preschool Fingerplays, Action Poems, Nursery Rhymes, and Songs
    Has links to just what the title says!

Print Resources

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Freeman, Judy. Books Kids Will Sit Still for 3: A Read-Aloud Guide. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.

This annotated guide to read-aloud books examines 2,000 titles in the following categories: easy fiction and picture books; fiction; folk tales, fairy tales, myths, and legends; poetry, nonsense, and language-oriented nonfiction; biographies; and general nonfiction.

Q.S.016.812 K148p
Karp, Rashelle S. and June H. Schlessinger. Plays for Children and Young Adults: An Evaluative Index and Guide. New York: Garland, 1991.

This volume provides evaluative reviews for 3,560 plays for children ages 5-18 that were published between 1975 and 1989. The plays are indexed by author, title, subject, genre, and playing time.

Q. S.016.3982 M145s2001
MacDonald, Margaret Read. The Storyteller's Sourcebook: A Subject, Title, and Motif Index to Folklore Collections for Children, 1983-1999. Detroit, MI: Gale Group, 2001.

This volume indexes and summarizes over 500 folk tale collections and over 300 picture books.

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MacDonald, Margaret Read. The Storyteller's Start-Up Book. Little Rock, Arkansas; August House, 1993.

Begin your storytelling experiences with this friendly source book which includes tips for finding, learning, and performing folk tales. Twelve very tellable folk tales, arranged in an easy-to-use format, are also part of this great start-up book.

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