Big huge thanks to Bill Roberson for guiding us through the wonders of Telling Stories for the Very Young. First we had the joy of being a part of one of his own storytelling and singing programs. Then we moved into learning and sharing lots of tips on how to approach program design for the youngest ones. I think one hallmark of his teaching was the reminder that we need to help little children feel physically grounded as they listen and participate–to bring the stories and activities into their physical being. Of course, one way to do this is with regular finger plays. But Bill also demonstrated breathing techniques, the use of appropriate touch and movement.
Another great technique that Bill demonstrated beautifully was how to integrate storytelling into a song, particularly a song that the children already know. We sang “Mary had a little lamb.” Then Bill took us into a delightful telling of the song’s story. As he ended he guided us back to the song! Masterful skill! Thanks, Bill!
Here are some of the book titles that we discussed on Saturday:
Both of these women were among the very first children’s librarians in the U.S. And they were strong anchors in the birth of a new literary storytelling movement that created the value of having storytimes in libraries:
Ruth Sawyer (1880-1970) books…
Sara Cone Bryant (b.1873-no record of when she died) books…
How to Tell Stories to Children-Sara-Bryant
More books by Bryant: http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/b#a253
And for a rich modern day resource, let me recommend ANY book written by Margaret Read McDonald!
Plus, one more modern day resource that Bill mentioned is Bev Bos. Here is a link to her preschool: Roseville Community Preschool.org/.
CHECK YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY FOR SOME OF THESE BOOKS.
OR IF YOU DECIDE TO BUY ANY OF THESE BOOKS TO ADD TO YOUR PERSONAL “STORYTELLER’S LIBRARY,” DO US ALL A FAVOR AND TRY YOUR BEST TO GET THEM THROUGH YOUR LOCAL INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE! LET’S HELP KEEP OUR LITTLE BOOK SHOPS ALIVE!
To all of our Mother Lode Storytelling Guild friends…Keep Wagging those Tales!