Folktales Aloud: Practical Advice for Playful Storytelling

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A good folktale triggers the imagination, connecting children to a wider world as well as increasing their vocabulary and comprehension skills. In this delightful and easy-to-use book, teacher and storyteller Del Negro gives librarians, teachers, and parents the keys to storytelling success. Including more than a dozen original adaptations of folktales from around the world, tailored specifically for library and classroom use, she

  • Reviews storytelling basics such as selecting a tale and learning the story
  • Offers tips for dealing with stage fright and reluctant listeners
  • Presents a bibliography of recommended online and print resources, steering readers to more wonderful tales to tell

For young listeners the folktale is a perfect gateway to the exciting worlds of culture and literature, and Del Negro's book invites their engagement with proven techniques and original story scripts that can be used by experienced as well as beginning tellers.

1 A Narrative Journey: A Librarian's Tale
2 Storyplay: Ages 3 to 6

StoryCoaching: "The Three Billy Goats Gruff"
Stories for Ages 3 to 6
"The Great Big Enormous Turnip"
"The Hungry Wolf"
"The Teeny-Tiny Woman"
"PLOP! Splash! A Folktale from Tibet"
3 Cooperation and Community: Ages 6 to 9

StoryCoaching: "The North Wind and the Sun"
Stories for Ages 6 to 9
"The Hedley Kow"
"Jack and His Comrades"
"King Hairy Goat Ears"
"The Monkey, the Dog, and the Carabao"
4 Surprise and Laughter: Ages 9 to 12

StoryCoaching: "Tailypo, a Jump Tale"
Stories for Ages 9 to 12
"Four Friends and a Lion"
"The Demon Goblin of Adachigahara"
"To Your Good Health!"
5 Intensity and Honor: Ages 12 to 14

StoryCoaching: "Mr. Fox"
Stories for Ages 12 to 14
"A Ghost Story"
"Clever Grethel"
"The Magic Pipe: A Norse Tale"
"The Wild Geese"
6 Beyond the Legacy: Storytelling Now
References and Resources

Resources for Researching Folktales and Storytelling
Storytelling How-To Books
Folktale Picture Books
Folktale Collections
Stories and Storytelling on the Web

Janice M. Del Negro

Janice M. Del Negro is an associate professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, where she teaches storytelling, children's and young adult literature, and foundations of library and information science. She is also on the advisory board for the Butler Center, Dominican's new center for children's and young adult literature. Before coming to Dominican, she was the editor for The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. Her list of presentations and publications is extensive and includes a textbook on storytelling coauthored with Ellin Greene; two children's picture books, the ALA Notable Book Willa and the Wind and Lucy Dove, which won the Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award; and a collection of supernatural tales for young adults, Passion and Poison. She has served on several ALA book selection committees and is an active storyteller, having appeared at the National Storytelling Festival and similar events around the country.

"This excellent resource aims to show that storytelling is still vital in librarianship and throughout the greater community … With Del Negro's selections and a substantial ‘References and Resources' section at the end, readers will have stories and collections to consult for years. Highly recommended for anyone involved in storytelling and children's services."
— Booklist (starred review)