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Would you like your students to learn some public speaking skills, gain confidence and have fun in the process? I have compiled a small sampling of books, which offer some wonderful, tellable, and easy to learn stories to ensure your students success every time! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and some books will only be suitable for older students. Many of these books can be found in your own libraries or from August House, Yellow Moon Press, or Librarians Unlimited.


I would be most content if my children grew up to be the
kind of people who think decorating
consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.

--Anna Quindlen, "Enough Bookshelves," New York Times, 7 August 1991


Baltuck, Naomi. Crazy Gibberish and other story hour stretches.

Czarnota, Lorna MacDonald. Medieval Tales. August House, 2000.

DeSpain, Pleasant. Eleven Nature Tales; A Multicultural Journey. August House, 1996.

----. Thirty-Three Multicultural Tales to Tell. August House, 1997.

----. Twenty-Two Splendid Tales To Tell From Around the World Volume One. August House, 1994.

----. Twenty-Two Splendid Tales to Tell From Around the World Volume Two. August House, 1994.

Dockery, Richard and Judy. Favorite Scary Stories of American Children. August House, 1990.

Forest, Heather. Wonder Tales from Around the World. August House, 1998.

Hamilton, Martha and Mitch Weiss. Children Tell Stories. Richard C. Owen Publishers, Inc., 1990.

----. How & Why Stories: World Tales Kids Can Read and Tell. August House, 1999.

----. Noodlehead Stories: World Tales Kids Can Read & Tell. August House, 2000.

----. Stories in My Pocket; Tales Kids Can Tell. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Pub.

----. Through the Grapevine: World Tales Kids Can Read & Tell. August House, 2001.

Harrison, Annette. Easy-to-tell Stories for Young Children. National Storytelling Press, 1992.

Holt, David and Bill Mooney. Ready-toTell-Tales. August House, 1994.

----. More Ready-To-Tell Tales From Around the World. August House, 2000.

MacDonald, Margaret Read. Twenty Tellable Tales: Audience Participation Folktales for the Beginning Storyteller. Wilson, 1986.

----. Earth Care: World Folktales to Talk About. Linnet Books, 1999.

----. Peace Tales: World Folktales to Talk About. Linnet Books, 1992.

----. When the Lights Go Out: 20 Scary Tales To Tell. H.W. Wilson Co., 1988.

----. Shake-It-Up-Tales! Stories to Sing, Dance, Drum, and Act Out. August House, 2000.

Miller, Teresa. Joining In: An Anthology of Audience Participation Stories and How to Tell Them. Yellow Moon Press, 1988.

Raines, Shirley C. & Rebecca Isbell. Tell It Again!: Easy-To Tell Stories With Activities For Young Children. Gryphon House, c1999.

----. Tell It Again! 2: Easy-To-Tell Stories With Activities for Young Children. Gryphon House, 2000.