The Story Vine
I am passionate about the importance of telling stories in the classroom. My career has been as a children’s librarian in public libraries, but with much time spent telling stories in schools. My daughter and her husband followed in my footsteps as storytellers and found that using storytelling in the classroom has so many benefits. We all offer workshops for teachers, write articles encouraging storytelling, and try in any way possible to grow the corps of teachers who discover this joyful addition to the classroom.
Use storytelling to enhance your curriculum. Clear suggestions for learning and telling stories in the classroom with 22 easy-to-tell folktales. Chapters include using story to foster community, build character, improve communication, explore cultures, enhance creativity, build confidence, and extend into many areas of the curriculum.
The authors hope to convince you that storytelling is an important and joyful addition to your classroom. Taking just five minutes a day for a told story can leave memories that will last a lifetime. This book won the Anne Izard Storyteller’s Choice Award. Margaret Read MacDonald is also the author of The Storyteller’s Start-up Book, Twenty Tellable Tales, and The Parent’s Guide to Storytelling.
Shepherd is readers supported. When you buy through links on our website, we may earn an affiliate commission. This is how we fund this project for readers and authors (learn more).
We think you will like Four Short Stories: A Great Storyteller at His Best, Kamishibai Man, and Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives if you like this list.
From Theodore's list on The best short story/short novel collections.
Any Maugham story has to be great. This collection is no exception. Usually a character in his own stories, Maugham will play the part of reader’s confidant, recounting a story about a friend of his, or a friend of a friend, as it were second-hand. I particularly like how he handles the theme of money in this collection (unlike Balzac, who introduces money with a truncheon): no big deal; but such a bother. Each story seems a trifling anecdote, distanced, cursory ̶ until the perfect note of pathos slips in. And Matisse’s simple line drawings complement Maugham’s prose nicely.
From Sanae's list on The best children’s books about and from Japan.
I grew up reading about and experiencing “kamishibai,” which is a Japanese storytelling format using illustration boards. This book by Allen Say gorgeously renders the life of a kamishibai man and what seems like his dying art of sharing stories. I remember trying to make my own kamishibai in elementary school and I’ve been toying with the idea of making one again. The book is a gem!
From Solan's list on The best meditation books to live more in the "now".
This book offers both a first hand story and a great guide to finding your own practice. Dan Millman lived this experience and he shares it beautifully. This booked inspired me to seek more practical experiences in meditation and a spiritual life.