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Holiday Stories All Year Round: Audience Participation Stories and More

Holiday Stories All Year Round: Audience Participation Stories and More

by Violet Teresa deBarba Miller


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Share stories about popular holidays, from New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and President's Day, to Indian Heritage Month, Christmas, and Kwanzaa with stories from some of our most renowned and beloved storytellers—Laura Simms, Diane Wolkstein, Ruth Stotter, Joseph Bruchac, Margaret Read MacDonald, and many others. These stories, presented chronologically according to the holidays, come with instructions for how to get your audience involved, plus reading connections, activity ideas and holiday background information. This collection will help educators, librarians, and storytellers create holiday-based story programs from January to December; and it is a wonderful resource for enhancing learning units, filling in empty moments, and loosening up an audience. Most of all, it gives you some great ways to share important times together.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591586753
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/30/2008
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 511,765
Product dimensions: 10.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Violet Teresa deBarba Miller tells stories as Teresa Miller. She compiled Joining In: An Anthology of Audience Participation Stories and How to Tell Them, with assistance from Anne Pellowski, edited by Norma Livo, Introduction by Laura Simms.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Laura Simms



Horace the Horrible (New Year's Day) by Arlean Hale Lambert

A Different Kind of New Year's Celebration: Hogmanay (New Year's Day) by Norma McKissick Livo

The Caterpillar Blues (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) by Linda Goss and Gretchen Shannon


The Great Groundhog-Day Get Together (Groundhog's Day) by Larry Johnson and Elaine Wynne

Oni Wa Soto (Setsubon, Japanese New Year) by Cathy Spagnoli

White Wave (Valentine's Day) by Diane Wolkstein


The Musical Leprechaun and St. Patrick (St. Patrick's Day) by Gail N. Herman


The Legend of Songkran (Thai New Year) by Margaret Read MacDonald and Supaporn Vathanaprida

A Blessing in Disguise (Passover) by Peninnah Schram

The Earth Dreamers (Earth Day) by Regina Ress

Why the Evergreens Keep their Leaves in Winter (Arbor Day) by Ruth Stotter


The Garden Rainbow (May Day) by Linda Marchisio

Kelly's Memorial Day Parade (Memorial Day) by V.J. Richey

The Buddha's Birthday in Thailand (Buddha's Birthday) by Wajuppa Tossa


The Freedom Flag (Flag Day) by Gay Merrill Gross


Fourth of July Holiday (Fourth of July) by Teresa Miller & Andrea Bielecki


Charity (Ramadan) by Cathy Spagnoli

El Grito de Dolores (Cry of the City of Dolores) (Mexican Independence Day) by Norma Cantû

The Constitution Jive (National Constitution Day) by Linda Marchisio

The Boy Who Called the King a Fool (International Peace Day) by Ruthilde Kronberg


The Magic Paint Box (United Nations Day) by Gerald Fierst

The Halloween Pumpkin (Halloween) by Stephanie Mita


Gluskonba and the Maple Tree (American Indian Heritage Month) by Joseph Bruchac

Eleven Bells (Veterans Day) by Larry Johnson

Rabbit, Bobcat, and the Wild Turkeys (Thanksgiving Day) by Fran Stallings


Reisele's Hannukah Dream (Hannukah) by Ruthilde Kronberg

Silent Night 1914, or the Peace Message of Christmas (Christmas Eve) by Charles David Kleymeyer

How the Squirrel Got Its Stripes (Christmas Day) by Laura Simms

Feasts-a-Plenty (Kwanzaa) by Kathy Culmer

Partial Glossary by Ruth Stotter

Bibliography of Holiday Books

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