In Storytelling

Paperback (Print)
Rent from
(Save 59%)
Est. Return Date: 07/02/2015
Buy New
Buy New from
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 25%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $29.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (8) from $29.99   
  • New (4) from $31.20   
  • Used (4) from $29.99   


Storytelling can be easy, fun, and above all doable, especially with the simple, easy-to-follow directions given by these two master storytellers. This book provides everything you need to become a master storyteller yourself. Simple examples and summary directions for exercises and games reinforce and demonstrate key concepts. Step-by-step plans help you choose a story, and learn it in preparation for presentation to an audience. Audience management, practice activities, and the authors' motivation exercises are offered as are techniques to guide you through any of the possible major telling problems. Storytelling extras (props to puppets including costumes) and lists of grade-appropriate, time- and teller-tested stories are provided.

This basic guide by experienced storytellers provides all that is needed to encourage any novice storyteller to take the plunge. Lists of never-fail stories and simple techniques for managing an audience go a long way to dissolve the angst. Practice activities and motivation exercises as well as tips for overcoming the major problems and catastrophes that might be encountered pave the way for a smooth first storytelling experience.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"While there are many books that cover storytelling, Crash Course in Storytelling is geared specifically toward busy librarians. It is written and formatted for those who need a quick working plan to begin storytelling. It is well-organized, allowing for quick reference to the details one might need in undertaking the storytelling process….This up-to-date book will be a great help to beginning storytellers in public libraries, school libraries, and other storytelling venues."


Reference & User Services Quarterly

"Written by two master storytellers, this guide for librarians describes a variety of proven techniques that anyone can use to engage young listeners and make stories come alive. Topics include (for example) how to choose a story, what to do when memory fails, and how to encourage audience participation. Copyright issues are addressed in the appendix. The volume concludes with a list of recommended sources for stories."


Reference & Research Book News

"Authors Kendall Haven and Mary Gray Ducey encourage librarians to stretch their storytelling wings, and their supportive guide offers practical advice on such matters as choosing and presenting stories, using props and costumes, and encouraging audience participation."


American Libraries

"Haven and Ducey are expert storytellers. In this crash course of 136 pages—no long narratives here—they introduce the craft and teach us how to do it better. It is kind of like the For Dummies series with major points and suggestion lists. So, whether you or someone in your school needs to brush up on storytelling skills, here is a short, easy-to-use guide, which can even be used as a text for storytelling classes. Highly recommended for teachers, teacher-librarians, and public librarians."


Teacher Librarian

"This is the most user-friendly handbook for librarians who seek the tools, resources, and the confidence to incorporate more storytelling into their programming. The authors offer clear, basic, and tested guidelines that include how to select, learn, and tell a story; tips on voice and body movements; audience participation; and the pros and cons of using puppets and props….Haven and Ducey excel in giving the hand-holding, step-by-step encouragement needed by new tellers as they make the leap from reading aloud to telling. Strategies for handling catastrophes (e.g., forgetting what comes next, or leaving out an important part of the tale) are invaluable for building assurance. Novices will also learn to accept their individual styles, strengths, and comfort levels rather than to compare themselves with professional tellers….An essential purchase."


School Library Journal

"As would be expected from master tellers like Haven and Ducey this book has lots of good sound advice for beginning tellers. And rather than taking sides on issues, they present both sides of topics such as props or no props…participation or no participation. Their advice on learning, practicing, performing is al well thought out and easy to follow….[T]his book will be very useful to anyone beginning their path to storytelling."


In The Wind

"The authors have organized a self-help book for anybody who needs more encouragement in becoming a better storyteller. With each chapter the techniques progress and develop from how storytelling fits in your library to techniques to help in your storytelling. The authors use published studies to show how storytelling is beneficial to children. They cover important techniques for storytelling and provide encouragement for those just starting out. Some important chapters include how to choose a story, learning stories, practicing, and first aid… A must read for all librarians in children services."


Public Libraries

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591583998
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Series: Crash Course Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 134
  • Sales rank: 674,699
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

KENDALL HAVEN is a nationally recognized master storyteller and the author of numerous books, including Marvels of Math, Write Right!, and Close Encounters with Deadly Dangers. A former research scientist, he is based in Fulton, Calif.

MARYGAY DUCEY, a public librarian and professional storyteller, is past-chair of the National Storytelling Association's Board of Directors. She has been featured at every major storytelling festival in the United States and conducts one- and two-day courses on storytelling.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Storytelling

Chapter 2: Storytime for Babies

Chapter 3: Toddler Storytime

Chapter 4: Preschool and Family Storytime

Chapter 5: Music, Songs, and Fingerplays

Chapter 6: Bilingual Storytime

Chapter 7: Crafts at Preschool Storytime

Chapter 8: Storytelling, Puppets, and Props

Chapter 9: Special Issues at Storytime

Chapter 10: Using Volunteers at Storytime

Appendix: Themed Preschool Storytime Outlines



Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)