KidTellers
KidTellers

Series of Downloadable Booklets

This Kindle series of e-books from Storycraft Publishing was created to provide quick and easy immediate information to help young storytellers become KidTellers.

Each e-booklet in the KidTellers Series includes one-to three TellerPaks per booklet. Each TellerPak includes a story, a craft to help tell the story, tips for telling, and an extra surprise.

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Easy Beginner Tales
by Vivian Dubrovin
Illustrated by Barbara Dubrovin
$3.95

Finding Fun in StorytellingThe first e-booklet, Easy Beginner Tales, presents a very simple way for 9-12 year-olds to start learning storytelling skills. It includes TellerPaks on Tabletop Telling, Mistakes and Discoveries, and audience Participation with a Marionette.

 

“From basic acting tips to insights on how to remember key components of the story, Easy Beginner Tales is quite simply a 'must' for any who would become a storyteller.” -- Diane Donovan, eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

 

Finding Fun In Storytelling
by Vivian Dubrovin
Illustrated by Barbara Dubrovin
$1.95

Finding Fun in StorytellingThis introductory sample to Storycraft's new
KidTeller Series of downloadable e-booklets includes the Magic Storytelling Stick  TellerPak, reprinted from the Junior Storyteller ISSN#1087-7398, Volume 9, Issue 2, Fall 2002 in a new downloadable electronic format. Read about Mandy's Second Storytelling Stick. Learn to Make a Storytelling Stick, and discover how to “Create Your Own Storytelling Badge.”

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Book 2 of the KidTellers Series
Family Stories
by Vivian Dubrovin Illustrated by Barbara Dubrovin
$4.50

What are family stories? Are they

stories you tell to younger brothers, grandparents, aunts or uncles?
stories you learn about your unique family history?
family legends you create with your family while working together on a project?
They are all of the above. But they all have one unique common characteristic. They are all informal stories, adapted for their specific listeners. They are not theatrical performances that are memorized and recited or acted out. They are tales that are learned and modified for each new telling.

Just like writers are advised to “write what they know,” storytellers should “tell to who you know,” know your audience. And, since there’s no audience you know better than your family, you’ll find many beginner storytelling opportunities. Whether you’ve read KidTellers Book 1 Easy Beginner Tales or other beginning instruction, or are just getting started now, Family Stories can help you learn basic storytelling concepts, showing you how to speak to your audience and see their responses to you. You’ll learn how storytelling can be more like a conversation than like theater.

As in all KidTellers Series books, you’ll find complete “TellerPaks,” each with example stories, step-by-step illustrated instructions for easy props to help tell them, fun activities and telling tips, and an “extra surprise” to help 9-12 year olds develop storytelling skills. With an active table of contents and links you can jump directly to each TellerPak and then navigate within each TellerPak to a favorite story or craft. The three Family Stories TellerPaks provide examples of different kinds of family stories:

TellerPak #1: “Tote Bag Tales” shows how to use a tote bag full of props to help tell a tale. It presents one way to capture a young child’s interest with props and hold it while telling a tiny tale. Then it shows how to adapt the tale for other relatives.

TellerPak #2: “Take a Family History StoryQuest” shows how to learn about your family’s past. Learn to make and put together a family history puzzle, get relatives to tell the tales behind the facts, and discover what makes you and your family unique. 

TellerPak #3: “The Fairy Garden Adventures” shows you one way to create stories with your family members while working on a family project together. Learn to create a series of stories that pass on family values, help solve problems, and teach about your family traditions.

 What Are TellerPaks?
TellerPaks are similar to kits. They help young people learn to become storytellers.
Each TellerPak includes:

  • an original sample story
  • instructions for a craft that you can make to help tell it
  • tips for telling it an
  • extra surprise (this could be an idea for making the story easier for you to tell or an idea for creating a new story of your own.)

Where Did TellerPaks Come From?

      For a little more than 17 years the Junior Storyteller quarterly publication printed one TellerPak (a story, a craft to help tell it, and tips for telling) in each issue. Beginning in 1996, the Kids' Storytelling Club website began to publish bimonthly TellerPaks on its website. Some of these TellerPaks were collected in books, some of them just got filed away as back issues of the Junior Storyteller, and some of them never got published.

      When the Junior Storyteller published its last issue in July, 2010, young storytellers across the United States, their parents, teachers, and youth group leaders began asking where they could continue to get storytelling ideas for classes, workshops, and club meetings. And how could they get them quickly?

      Storycraft Publishing began to go through its files of back issues of the Junior Storyteller and all those great ideas that never got a chance to get published to find the most popular, fun, and interesting projects. They put one, two, or three TellerPaks into Downloadable Booklets to make some of the best youth storytelling ideas from Storycraft's long history available to more people as quickly as possible.

For more storytelling ideas, visit the Kids' Storytelling Club HOME PAGE

© 2011 Storycraft Publishing