"Stor E Telling"

Links from Karen's column in
Storytelling Magazine
, and other authored publications.

Arts Education

Bird Stories from Around the World

Book Resources

The Business of Storytelling

Circle the Globe with Stories

Colleges and Storytelling Courses

Crafts and Activities

Grant Resources and Tutorials

Holidays, Celebrations and Observances

Music Resources

Oral History Resources

Princess Tales from Around the World

Puppets and Puppetry

Stories from A to Z

String Figure Sites

Teaching Tolerance ~ Promoting Peace

Teaching Tools

Voice Care and Relaxation Techniques



I confess, I am an avowed bibliophile and the Internet will never replace the feel of a good book in my hands. Yet, for those who do not have easy access to a library, the Internet can complement our own books, and work in partnership to provide a lovely literary oasis right in our own homes.


4 to 40

The name of this interesting site is based on their goal to cover age groups from 4 to 40. Offering folktales and stories from around the world, including Jakarta, Estonian and Ukrainian folktales, as well as the Panchatantra and more, I would say this site is ageless!


Aaron Shephard's Author Online

Aaron's specialty is retelling folktales and traditional literature from around the world. A wonderful collection of folktales, original scripts and articles. Aaron is known for his generosity and permission to tell his adaptations.


Absolutely Whootie: Stories to Grow By

Multicultural folktales searchable by continent and country; free writing assignments and play scripts as well. It also offers stories categorized by themes to foster positive behavior and reinforcement. You'll be wise as an owl in no time at all.


American Sign Language

Give a new twist to your stories. Explore this site and you can easily add some sign language to your tales!

Thanks to Shelby Smith for passing this site along.


Andrew Lang ~ The Literature Network

There isn't a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow, but a prism of fairytale books to add to your riches.



Jack Tales, poetry, authors, study guides and lesson plans, bibliographies and an index categorized by genre. The entire site is focused on Appalachian Literature.


Arthur's Classic Novels

Books of fairytales ripe for the reading, and when you are done with Lang, Ashliman, Baum and Kipling, you will find the literary works of Twain, Tolstoy, Dickens, Dean, Defoe and more. A literary feast for the serious bibliophile!


Audience Participation Stories

A great selection of tales that will put the children "in" the story.


The Baldwin Project

The Baldwin Project is a virtual page turner, a comprehensive collection of literature in the public domain. Read tales from as far back as 1880. The works of such luminaries as Padraic Colum, Howard Pyle, Andrew Lang, and James Baldwin will light your way.


The California Institute for Ancient Studies

If you are producing a program on ancient history or the bible, this site is worth a visit. From Agamemnon to Zoster, this site offers information on Egyptian and Biblical figures. There are also chronological charts, graphs, timelines, maps and pictures.


California Stories

Eureka! We've struck gold. Sponsored by the California Council for the Humanities, their mission is to "engage people across the state in a variety of story-based activities designed to address local issues and strengthen communities." The site offers links to local projects throughout the state, their Documentary Project Program, a newsletter and information on applying for grants.


The Call of Story

"The Call of Story is an ambitious television special presenting a collaboration between nationally known oral storytellers and cutting edge filmmakers." Enjoy listening to some of the best storytellers of today as they discuss various issues surrounding storytelling, memory, story prompts and more. The Call of Story is a feast for the eyes, ears and storytelling soul.


Children's Books Online: The Rosetta Project

A collection of antique children's books, mostly from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; indexed by age, interest and reading level.


Come Sit On Grandma's Knee

A brand new collection of stories and vintage images from days gone by. Jackie Baldwin, promises to add a new story every Sunday so visit often!


Digitized Juvenile Literature Collection

This collection of full-text scanned images of over 30 children's books in the public domain. Includes ABC books, holiday stories, and other examples of 19th century picture books.

Copyright 2005 by Librarians' Index to the Internet, LII.


The Electronic Text Center - University of Virginia Library

Browse by culture: English, French, German, Spanish, Latin, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Apache, Greek, Hebrew, Tibetan, Icelandic, Italian and Portuguese. You will never run out of stories to read. "Holdings include approximately 51,000 on- and off-line humanities texts in twelve languages; with more than 350,000 related images (book illustrations, covers, manuscripts, newspaper pages, page images of Special Collections books, museum objects, etc.)"


Flower Fables

From the gentle hand of Louisa May Alcott, nine lovely, short fables.


Folk and Fairy Tales From Around the World
Compiled by the librarian and students of Sunrise Mountain High School, this incredible index of Folk and Fairy Tales lists stories by country of origin, story title and book title. If you are preparing a multicultural storytelling program this is the place to start!


Folklore and Legend

Get ready to cruise the continents! From Africa to Sweden, surf creation stories, myths, Tall Tales and Legends, along with information on Gods, Goddesses, mythical creatures, fables and proverbs.


Folklore and Mythology

By far one of the most comprehensive sites on folklore and mythology from around the world. The tales are numerous and grouped alphabetically by genre. There is also another link to Germanic folklore. This is a jewel of a site, one you will visit again and again.


Gaslight Electronic Text

Gaslight was conceived in 1993 as an Internet discussion list. However, since the stories, written between 1800-1919 were not readily available they were prepared as e-texts, which are listed here. The stories are literary in nature from a wide variety of authors.


Good Stories for Great Holidays
1914 book by Frances Jenkins Olcott includes folktales, myths, and historical stories.


The Hans Christian Andersen Center

In celebration of HCA's 200th anniversary I offer you this incredible site. A dazzling array of information on his life and works, with additional links to music, manuscripts, illustrations, and more. You can even read his works in 123 different languages!


H-NILAS: "Stories for the Seasons"

An excellent array of seasonal stories. From forest to frogs, moons to maidens, storyteller Cathy Mosley offers us her folktale adaptations from around the world.


The International Children's Digital Library

A digital library of children's books in ten different languages. A unique searchable database makes your cyber searching a breeze.


Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

Complete texts of twelve pour quoi stories written by Rudyard Kipling and published in 1902.


Learning to Give

Be sure to bookmark this fabulous site! Lesson plans, complementary folktales, and parent resources to involve students in philanthropy and serving their communities.



Explore the world of pirates, princes and paladins. Come and see how legends are made.


Mermaids on the Web

Listen to their call; this site offers you more than 1,720 resources about mermaids, selkies and sirens.


Myths and Legends

These links are organized by region and language group from around the world. From Burmese to Vietnamese, the Caribbean to Oceania. It also offers essays, dictionaries, archives and encyclopedias.


Myths and Legends Index

From King Arthur to saints and sinners, a fascinating collection of tales, myths, legends and folklore from the British Isles.


Mything Links

An Annotated & Illustrated Collection of Worldwide Links to Mythologies, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Sacred Arts & Traditions. Fairies and dragons, creation stories and star lore, there is more information here than you could ever hope to digest.



Explore the myths of ancient Greece and Rome, and the legends of the Celts. The site also offers resources and reference materials, and a dictionary that explains Greek, Roman, and Celtic terms and words.


Netwoods Virtual Campfire

Summer is here and with it the sound of crickets and cub scouts! This site will help you put together a roaring campfire program before you can say, "Pass the s'mores please."


The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci

Edited by John Paul Richter in 1880 this website offers da Vinci's perceptions on a variety of topics. Click on the link "Humorous Writings" to discover fables on plants, animals and objects. All of these works are in the public domain.


The Real Mother Goose

May 1 is Mother Goose Day! Here is the original 1916 edition, now available online.


Robert Louis Stevenson: Fables

From the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 13 fables published in 1902.


Robin Hood – Bold Outlaw of Barnsdale and Sherwood

Let Allen W. Wright, scholar and creator of this site lead you safely through Sherwood Forest and into the history and myth of Robin Hood, England's best-loved outlaw. Settle in and enjoy this amazing site, overflowing with tales, ballads, poetry, historical and legendary information, and additional links to further delight you and your band of Merry Men!


Sacred Text Archives

On your mark, get set, GO! Begin exploring the world through this amazing collection of texts on religion, mythology, legends, folklore, and more.


The Serene Dragon

This incredible site is sure to slay you! Over 544 dragon tales listed by country and region, with origins, and articles; you will be breathing fire in no time at all.


Solar Folklore

Take a moment and bask in the glow of myths and legends associated with the sun from around the world.


Soup of the Evening

And now that your appetite is whetted here is a fun, interesting site brimming with fables, myths, morals and customs about food. Just perfect for finding those details to "spice up" your story. Start ladling!


Southwest Jewish Archives

"Dedicated to collecting and recording the dramatic history of pioneer Jews in the Desert Southwest who trace their family histories back to Spain and Portugal." Photographs, oral histories, manuscript collections and transcripts from the University of Arizona.


Spirit of Trees

Cristy West's growing website offers curricular resources, essays, organizational links, poetry and folktales from some of our leading storytellers and scholars. Rest in the cool shade of its branches and let the spirit of the trees nourish your soul.


Stories to Tell to Children: Fifty-One Stories With Some Suggestions for Telling

This is the electronic text of Sara Cone Bryant's book, offered through the University of Virginia Library website. The book, while published in 1915, still offers some wonderful advice for beginning tellers. Stories are categorized for appropriate age groups up to fifth grade.


Story Arts
Lesson plans and activities are just a click away. Need a quick story to share? Then take a look at the story library which offers a selection of Aesop's Fables and more. You can access articles, discover fresh curriculum ideas and sign up to receive a free online newsletter. In addition, there is a section which offers articles such as, "the Voice as an Instrument" and "Copyright and Fair Use of Published Materials." Whether you are a beginning storyteller or experienced teacher you are sure to find something to add to your repertoire.


Story Lovers

Storyteller Jackie Baldwin designs notepads, stationery and more with breathtaking fairytale and folklore illustrations from long ago. In addition, with the help of Storytell listserv members, Jackie has compiled an extensive array of stories and books. Click on "Exclusively for Storytellers" and you will discover your own private folklore library right at your fingertips.


The Storytelling Resource Center

From "across the pond," a site with stories of pirates, boggarts, urban legends, Christmas tales and folktales.


SurLaLune Fairy Tales

Stories and the history behind the tales, cross cultural references, extensive individual bibliographies and modern interpretations. The SurLaLane pages are an incredible resource for storytellers, librarians and teachers.


Tales and Music

Richard Martin and Petra Koch make beautiful music together…along with telling stories! This duo, based in Germany, offer a wonderful array of stories and resources at their site.


Tales of the Faerie

Fairie folktales from around the globe, as well as music, art, poetry and additional weblinks. Much more than just a sprinkling of fairy dust!


Tales of Wonder

Travel across the African plains, into the mysterious East then skip over to the Emerald Isles. No matter what land you seek, there are folktales to keep you company on your journey.


Tell Me a Story

A terrific site with very unique stories from around the world, adapted by Amy Friedman and Jillian Gilliand. They have been adding new folktales since 1997 and also sell artwork to compliment the stories.


Tim Sheppard's Storytelling FAQ

An invaluable resource filled with articles, resources, story links and so much more; truly a labor of love.



There are more trickster links here than you could possible hope to surf in one sitting; anything and everything related to the elusive trickster. I kid you not!


Weaving Arts and Lore

Articles, stories, myth and lore; a wonderful web of information from around the world.


Women and the Sea

Ahoy mates! A valuable collection of resources outlining women's experiences and contributions as sailors, lighthouse keepers, yachting, mermaid myths, etc., dating back to 1493. There is also an extensive bibliography.


The World & I

Since 1986 this online monthly publication has offered information "that presents thought-provoking reading in politics, science, culture, humanity." It offers a wide range of articles, a Teacher's Guide with activities that meet State Standards, and seven specialty sections that includes World Wide Folktales

You may view a listing of the folktale offerings here: http://www.worldandi.com/wwft/contents/tableofcont.htm.

There is a reasonable subscription fee for those interested in this insightful publication


Zine 5 Folktale Archives

Hidden among the pages of this magazine publication is a distinctive selection of characteristic folktales from six continents.