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Storytelling Bibliography

by Doug Lipman

Table of Contents:

Catalogs and Periodicals
Where to Buy Books and Recordings
Books About Storytelling
Learning to Tell Stories
Getting Others to Tell Stories
The Value and Tradition of Storytelling
Storytelling in Education
Family Stories and Oral History
Storytelling and Psychology
Perspectives from Folklore, Linguistics, and Other Fields
Reference Tools for Finding Stories
Collections of Stories
Collections of "Tellable Tales"
Cross-Cultural Collections of Folktales
Collections of Folktales from Individual Cultures
Folktales with Female Heroes
Spiritual Stories
This is a selected bibliography. It gives only a sampling from a large and ever-increasing literature.


I. Catalogs and Periodicals

Where to buy books and recordings

August House. P.O. Box 3223, Little Rock, AR 72203-5579. (800) 284-8784 (800-AUGUSTH)

National Storytelling Catalog. National Storytelling Association. P.O. Box 309, Jonesborough, TN 37659. (800) 525-4514.

Yellow Moon Press. P.O. Box 1316, Cambridge, MA 02238. (617) 776-2230.



The Museletter. 6 issues per year. Free with membership. LANES (League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling), P.O. Box 323, Wrentham, MA 02093-0323. (508) 384-3195.

Storytelling Magazine. 6 issues per year; contact NSA for details of new publications. Free with membership ($40 per year): National Storytelling Association. P.O. Box 309, Jonesborough, TN 37659. (800) 525-4514.


II. Books About Storytelling

Learning to tell stories

Collins, Chase. Tell Me A Story: Creating Bedtime Tales Your Children Will Dream On. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 1992.

Dorian, Margery, and Frances Gulland. Telling Stories Through Movement. Belmont, CA: Fearon. 1974. Contains synopses of about thirty stories.

Lipman, Doug. Coaching Storytellers: A Demonstration Workshop for All Who Use Oral Communication. Marshfield, MA: Enchanters Press. 1993. videocassette.

Lipman, Doug. The Storytelling Coach: How to Listen, Praise, and Bring Out People's Best. Little Rock: August House. 1995.

Maguire, Jack. Creative Storytelling: Choosing, Inventing, and Sharing Tales for Children. Cambridge, MA: Yellow Moon Press.

Ross, Ramon Royal. Storyteller. 2nd edition. Columbus, OH: Charles E. Merrill. 1980.

Sawyer, Ruth. The Way of the Storyteller. New York: Viking Press. 1942. Includes 11 stories.

Schimmel, Nancy. Just Enough to Make a Story: a Sourcebook for Storytelling. Sister's Choice Press. 1982.

Shedlock, Marie. The Art of the Storyteller. New York: Dover. 1951.

Zipes, Jack. Creative Storytelling: Building Community, Changing Lives. New York: Routledge. 1995.


Getting others to tell stories

Davis, Donald. Telling Your Own Stories. Little Rock: August House. 1994.

Hamilton, Martha and Mitch Hamilton. Children Tell Stories: A Teaching Guide. Richard Owen. 1990..

Lipman, Doug. Storytelling Games: Creative Activities for Language, Communication, and Composition across the Curriculum. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press. 1995.


The value and tradition of storytelling

Campbell, Joseph. The Power of Myth. New York: Doubleday, 1988. Based on the PBS television series; also available: audio and video cassettes.

Farrell, Catharine Horne, and Denise D. Nessel. Effects of Storytelling: An Ancient Art for Modern Classrooms. Word Weaving: A Project of the Zellerbach Family Fund. 1982.

Pellowski, Anne. The World of Storytelling. Bowker. 1977.

Yolen, Jane. Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie and Folklore in the Literature of Childhood. New York: Philomel Books. 1981.


Storytelling in education

Barton, Bob. Tell Me Another: Storytelling and Reading Aloud at Home, at School, and in the Community. Portsmouth, NH: Heineman. 1986.

Barton, Bob, and David Booth. Stories in the Classroom: Storytelling, Reading Aloud and Roleplaying with Children. Portsmouth, NH: Heineman. 1990.

Cook, Elizabeth. The Ordinary and the Fabulous: An Introduction to Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales. 2nd edition. New York: Cambridge University Press. 1976.

Dyson, Anne Haas, and Celia Genishi. The Need for Story: Cultural Diversity in Classroom and Community. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English. 1994.

Egan, Kieran. Teaching As Storytelling: An Alternative Approach to Teaching and Curriculum in the Elementary School. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 1986.

Gillard, Marni. Storyteller, Storyteacher: Discovering the Power of Storytelling for Teaching and Living. York, ME: Stenhouse.1996.

National Storytelling Association. Tales as Tools: The Power of Story in the Classroom. Jonesborough, TN: National Storytelling Press, 1994.


Family stories and oral history

Arthur, Stephen, and Julia Arthur. Your Life and Times: How to Put a Life Story on Tape. Heritage Tree Press. 1986.

Brecher, Jeremy. History From Below: How to Uncover and Tell the Story of Your Community, Association, or Union. New Haven, CT: Advocate Press. 1986.

Ives, Edward D. The Tape-Recorded Interview: A Manual for Field Workers in Folklore and Oral History. Revised and enlarged edition. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press. 1980.

Lichtman, Allan J. Your Family History: How to use oral history, personal family archives, and public documents to discover your heritage. New York: Random House. 1978.

Moore, Robin. Awakening the Hidden Storyteller: How to Build a Storytelling Tradition in Your Family. Boston: Shambhala. 1991. Also available on audiocassette.

Zeitlin, Steven J., et al. A Celebration of American Family Folklore. Cambridge, MA: Yellow Moon Press. Includes section about collecting your own family stories.


Storytelling and psychology

Bettelheim, Bruno. The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales. New York: Random House. 1977.

Feinstein, David, and Stanley Krippner. Personal Mythology: Using Ritual, Dreams, and Imagination to Discover Your Inner Story. Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher. 1988.

Fromm, Erich. The Forgotten Language: An Introduction to the Understanding of Dreams, Fairy Tales, and Myths. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 1951.

Keen, Sam, and Anne Valley-Fox. Your Mythic Journey: Finding Meaning in Your Life Through Writing and Storytelling. Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher. 1989.

Kotre, John. White Gloves: How We Create Ourselves Through Memory. New York: The Free Press. 1995.

Rosen, Sidney. My Voice Will Go With You: The Teaching Tales of Milton H. Erickson. New York: W.W. Norton. 1982.

Simpkinson, Charles, and Anne Simpkinson. Sacred Stories: A Celebration of the Power of Stories to Transform and Heal. New York: HarperCollins. 1993.


Perspectives from folklore, linguistics, and other fields

Bauman, Richard. Verbal Art As Performance. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press. 1977.

Bauman, Richard. Folklore, Cultural Performances, and Popular Entertainments: A Communications-Centered Handbook. New York: Oxford University Press. 1992.

Bauman, Richard, and Joel Sherzer. Explorations in the Ethnography of Speaking. 2nd edition. New York: Cambridge University Press. 1989.

Dégh, Linda. Narratives in Society: A Performer-Centered Study of Narration. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 1995.

Lüthi, Max. Once Upon a Time: On the Nature of Fairy Tales. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 1976.

Tannen, Deborah. That's Not What I Meant: How Conversational Style Makes or Breaks Relationships. New York: Ballantine. 1986.

Toelken, Barre. The Dynamics of Folklore. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 1979.


Reference tools for finding stories

Note: See also the article, In Search of the Folktale

Ashliman, D.L. A Guide to Folktales in the English Language: Based on the Aarne-Thompson Classification System. New York: Greenwood Press. 1987.

Dreyer, Sharon Spredemann. The Bookfinder: A Guide to Children's Literature About the Needs and Problems of Youth Aged 2-15. Circle Pines, MN: American Guidance Service. 1977.

Macdonald, Margaret Read. The Storytellers Sourcebook. Detroit: Gale Research. 1982.


III. Collections of stories

Collections of "tellable tales"

Brody, Ed., et al. Spinning Tales, Weaving Hope: Stories of Peace, Justice and the Environment. Philadelphia, PA: New Society Publishers. 1992.

Harrison, Annette. Easy-To-Tell Stories for Young Children. Jonesborough, TN: National Storytelling Press, 1993.

Holt, David, and Bill Mooney. Ready-To-Tell Tales: Sure-Fire Stories From America's Favorite Storytellers. Little Rock: August House. 1994. Includes stories from many cultures.

Justice, Jennifer, ed. The Ghost and I: Scary Stories for Participatory Telling. Cambridge, MA: Yellow Moon Press.

Livo, Norma, ed. Joining In: An Anthology of Audience Participation Stories and How to Tell Them. Cambridge, MA: Yellow Moon Press.

Smith, Jimmy Neil. Homespun: Tales from America's Favorite Storytellers. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc. 1988. Includes a primer on telling stories, plus annotated bibliography.

National Storytelling Association. Best-Loved Tales: Told at the National Storytelling Festival. Jonesborough, TN: National Storytelling Press, 1991.

National Storytelling Association. Many Voices: True Tales from America's Past. Jonesborough, TN: National Storytelling Press, 1995. Also available: Many Voices Teacher's Guide.

National Storytelling Association. More Best-Loved Tales: Told at the National Storytelling Festival. Jonesborough, TN: National Storytelling Press, 1992.


Cross-cultural collections of folktales

Clarkson, Atelia, and Gilbert B. Cross. World Folktales: A Scribner Resource Collection. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1980. Includes bibliography of variants of each tale, plus information about finding and using folktale variants.

Cole, Joanna. Best-Loved Folktales of the World. Garden City, NY: Doubleday. 1982.

Dorson, Richard. Folktales Told Around the World. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 1975.

Forest, Heather. Wonder Tales from Around the World. Little Rock: August House. 1995.

Leeming, David, and Margaret Leeming. A Dictionary of Creation Myths. New York: Oxford University Press. 1994.

MacDonald, Margaret Read. The Storyteller's Start-Up Book. Little Rock: August House. 1994.

Pellowski, Anne. The Story Vine: A Source Book of Unusual and Easy-to-Tell Stories from Around the World. New York: Macmillan. 1984.

Shah, Idries. World Tales. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 1979.

Yolen, Jane. Favorite Folktales from Around the World. New York: Pantheon Books. 1986.


Collections of folktales from individual cultures

The principle series of authentic texts (given in the exact words of traditional tellers) is published by the University of Chicago Press (Folktales of the World). Each volume is edited by a folklorist from the culture involved.
Titles include:

  • Folktales of Chile
  • Folktales of India
  • Folktales of China
  • Folktales of Ireland
  • Folktales of England
  • Folktales of Israel
  • Folktales of France
  • Folktales of Japan
  • Folktales of Germany
  • Folktales of Mexico
  • Folktales of Greece
  • Folktales of Norway
  • Folktales of Hungary

The principle series of rewritten folktale texts is published by Pantheon.
Titles include:

  • African Folktales
  • Afro-American Folktales
  • American Indian Myths and Legends
  • British Folktales
  • Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasies
  • Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales
  • Irish Folktales
  • Italian Folktales
  • Russian Fairy Tales
  • Swedish Folktales
Here are a few favorites not part of either series described above:

Chase, Richard. Jack Tales. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 1944.

Hamilton, Virginia. The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales. New York: Knopf. 1985.

Schram, Peninnah. Chosen Tales: Stories Told By Jewish Storytellers. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson. 1995.

Wolkstein, Diane. The Magic Orange Tree and Other Haitian Folktales. New York: Schocken. 1980.


Folktales with female heros

Barchers, Suzanne I. Wise Women: Folk and Fairy Tales from around the World. Englewood, Colorado: Libraries Unlimited. 1990.

Estés, Clarissa Pinkola. Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype. New York: Ballantine Books. 1992.

Lurie, Alison. Clever Gretchen and Other Forgotten Folktales. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell. 1980.

Minard, Rosemary. Womenfolk and Fairy Tales. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 1975.


Spiritual stories

Feldman, Christina, and Jack Kornfield. Stories of the Spirit, Stories of the Heart: Parables of the Spiritual Path from Around the World. New York: HarperCollins. 1991.

Kurtz, Ernest. The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Journey to Wholeness. New York: Bantam. 1992.


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