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Show Me a Story: 40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children's Storytelling
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Show Me a Story: 40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children's Storytelling

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by Emily Neuburger
 

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Encouraging children to let their imagination run wild, Emily K. Neuburger offers 40 inventive projects and activities that will inspire kids ages 5 to 12 to express themselves through storytelling. Younger children will love making story stones and a storytelling jar, while older kids will open up and thrive as they embark on guided story walks and inspiring

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Encouraging children to let their imagination run wild, Emily K. Neuburger offers 40 inventive projects and activities that will inspire kids ages 5 to 12 to express themselves through storytelling. Younger children will love making story stones and a storytelling jar, while older kids will open up and thrive as they embark on guided story walks and inspiring journaling exercises. Sparking creativity while developing a child’s love of language, Show Me a Story will kindle a lifelong passion for both writing and telling original stories. 

Editorial Reviews

Toy
Best Picks winner in Dr. Toy's 2012 Best Children's Products Program
Cool Mom Picks
Best Picks winner in Dr. Toy's 2012 Best Children's Products Program

Homeschool.com
Honors winner in the Book category

Washington Family Magazine
“Parents, teachers, and child-care providers will find plenty of inspiration in these projects, and children will enjoy using them in their creative pursuits.”

Scrapbooking & Beyond
“Low on tech, high on terrific”

MassMoms
“Have you ever thought about combining craft projects and story telling? What an ingenious idea!”

San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review
“This book is truly a great resource”

NBCLatino.com
“What memories and people – especially families – are all about: stories (both true and imagined), told and retold within groups of people. This is an official rave.”

The Deseret News
“Each craft project is presented in an easy-to-follow way, with colorful photographs of the adorable and fun-looking projects.”

Dr. Toy
Best Picks winner in Dr. Toy's 2012 Best Children's Products Program

Parenting Magazine Group
“A must-have book for parents and teachers, this amazing book is full of creative ideas to develop a child’s storytelling skills. From story stones to picture tales to story maps, your children’s imagination will blossom as they enjoy the activities listed in this book. Regardless of their reading level, this book is a great tool for developing reading comprehension, sequence, characters, setting, plot, and so much more.”

From the Publisher
“Unique and beautiful … this book can be the beginning of endless hours of creativity for both kids and the grown-ups who spend time with them.”

“Public and school libraries will want this rich, innovative craft book in their collections.”

Winner of a2012 Family Choice Award

2012 National Parenting Publications Awards

Honors winner in the Book category

Children's Literature - Kim Harris Thacker
Whether readers are parents, teachers, summer camp leaders, babysitters, or older children, they will find this book to be a definitive resource for storytelling ideas. The four main sections of the book include a "story starters" section, a "story evolution" section, a "story activities" section, and a "story play" section, each of which is chock full of projects intended to inspire the minds of future storytellers. The projects can be easily adapted to any age or skill range, and there are numerous tips for such adaptation. Though the title lists "40 Craft Projects," that number does not reflect the many simple suggestions that Neuburger makes to elaborate on or tweak the forty main projects. Readers will enjoy the friendly, helpful tone of the book and will delight in the bright photographs that show Neuburger's storytelling ideas in action. This book is organized very clearly and contains a table of contents, an index, a materials list, and a list of websites for on-line stores that sell items that may be required for certain of the projects. Also included is a section devoted entirely to the more elaborate puppet theater project, which section supplies reproducible (and adorable) illustrated puppets. Truly, this is a must-have book for anyone who is interested in helping children to get creative with words. Reviewer: Kim Harris Thacker

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603429887
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
430,040
Product dimensions:
8.06(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
5 - 12 Years

What People are Saying About This

mommycoddle.com Molly Balint
"There’s nothing more inspiring and limitless than a child’s imagination. Emily’s book does an amazing job of helping parents encourage the storyteller living inside every kid. The projects engage their senses and creative spirits and help jumpstart the magic of storytelling. Each page had me wanting to drop everything, gather my kids around the kitchen table and dive into one of Emily’s projects!"

Molly Balint
"There’s nothing more inspiring and limitless than a child’s imagination. Emily’s book does an amazing job of helping parents encourage the storyteller living inside every kid. The projects engage their senses and creative spirits and help jumpstart the magic of storytelling. Each page had me wanting to drop everything, gather my kids around the kitchen table and dive into one of Emily’s projects!
Laurie Elish-Piper
"Show Me a Storyis a one-of a kind book that invites children, parents, and teachers into the joyous world of storytelling. Using the creative ideas in this book such as the story grab bag, storytelling jar, story ping pong, and magic pebbles, you can sparka love of storieswith the young and young-at-heart in yourlives. This is a must-have book for families, teachers, and others who work with and care about children and adolescents. With the creative story starters, activities, and projectsin this book, children will be able touse their imaginations, build their communication skills, solve problems, and establish a love of stories that will last a lifetime.“

Molly Balin
There's nothing more inspiring and limitless than a child's imagination. Emily's book does an amazing job of helping parents encourage the storyteller living inside every kid. The projects engage their senses and creative spirits and help jumpstart the magic of storytelling. Each page had me wanting to drop everything, gather my kids around the kitchen table and dive into one of Emily's projects!
—Molly Balin(mommycoddle.com)
Dean McCartney
"Emily Neuburger’sShow Me A Storyis a road map for children and adults as they chart a story from inception all the way to ‘ever after.’ It’s filled with ideas for parents and teachers alike to nurture young minds and help them see the world as a story to be told.
Dean of Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean McCartney
"Emily Neuburger’sShow Me A Storyis a road map for children and adults as they chart a story from inception all the way to ‘ever after.’ It’s filled with ideas for parents and teachers alike to nurture young minds and help them see the world as a story to be told."

Alexandra Kennedy
"In this charming new activity book, Neuburger shows parents and teachers how to tap into the creative power that lies within every child. Dozens of projects, all simple to set up, draw on that magical blend of story and art that is so irresistible for kids — and a great foundation for their learning."

Meet the Author

Emily K. Neuburger is a writer, artist, and freelance art and creative writing teacherShe is passionate about encouraging people to get pumped about creativity, especially when it comes to the intersection of words and art. She is the author of the award winning book Show Me a Story (Dr. Toy Best Picks, Family Choice Award , National Parenting Products Award honors, USA Best Books, International Book Awards finalist) and writes regularly about creativity and unexpected treasures on her website, emilyneuburger.com, as well as in print magazines and around the web. She lives in western Massachusetts with her husband and three children.
 

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Show Me a Story: 40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children's Storytelling 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
brightring More than 1 year ago
"Show Me a Story" is one of the most inspiring books I've ever read for sparking children's storytelling abilities and imagination through crafts and activities. As a long time author of process art books for kids, I'm pretty picky about what I consider "good for kids", and this one measures up. It partners well with "Storybook Art" or "Making Make-Believe", which value imagination, play, and creativity. Emily and I see children the same way, as amazing beings just waiting to share their mind's unending creative treasures. Amy gives some really great ideas for starting the flow of imagination, and for valuing storytelling. Good job, Amy!! Love the photos and illustrations, too. ~ MaryAnn F. Kohl, www. brightring. com