Storytelling — The Best Books

How-To Books/Professional Storytelling

De Las Casas, D. The Story Biz Handbook: how to manage your storytelling career from the desk to the stage. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2008.

Norfolk, S., J. Stenson & D. Williams. The Storytelling Classroom: applications across the curriculum. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.

Mooney, B. & D. Holt. The Storyteller’s Guide: storytellers share advice for the classroom, boardroom, showroom, podium, pulpit and center stage. Little Rock, AR: August House, 1996.

Sima, J. & K. Cordi. Raising Voices: creating youth storytelling groups and troupes. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2003.

Advanced Books on the Art Itself

Bayles, D. & T. Orland. Art & Fear: observations on the perils (and rewards) of artmaking. Santa Cruz, CA: Image Continuum Press, 1993.

Bettelheim, B. The Uses of Enchantment: the meaning and importance of fairy tales. New York: Vintage Books, 1975.

Bly, R. Iron John: a book about men. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Books, 1990.

Campbell, J. The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1968.

Coles, R. The Call of Stories: teaching and the moral imagination. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1989.

Lakeoff, G. & M. Johnson. Metaphors We Live By. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Lipman, D. Improving Your Storytelling: beyond the basics for all who tell stories in work or play. Little Rock, AR: August House, 1999.

May, R. The Courage to Create. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1975.

Niemi, L. The Book of Plots. Coral Springs, FL: Llumina Press, 2006.

Niemi, L. & E. Ellis. Inviting the Wolf In: thinking about difficult stories. Little Rock, AK: August House, 2001.

Rodenburg, P. The Right to Speak: working with the voice. New York: Routledge, 1992.

Sawyer, R. The Way of the Storyteller. New York: Penguin, 1942.

Schank, R. C. Tell Me A Story: narrative and intelligence. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1990.

Simmons, A. The Story Factor: inspiration, influence, and persuasion through the art of storytelling. Cambridge, MA: Basic Books, 2006.

Vogler, C. The Writer’s Journey: mythic structure for writers. Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese Productions, 1998.

Von Franz, M. The Feminine in Fairy Tales. Boston: Shambhala, 1993.

Von Franz, M. The Interpretation of Fairy Tales. Boston: Shambhala, 1996.

Von Franz, M. Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales. Boston, Shambhala, 1995.

Yashinsky, D. Suddenly They Heard Footsteps: storytelling for the twenty-first century. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2004.

Zipes, J. Creative Storytelling: building community, changing lives. New York: Routledge, 1995.

Story Collection Books–Favorites

MacDonald, M. R. Three Minute Tales: stories from around the world to tell or read when time is short. Little Rock, AR: August House, 2004.

Yolen, J. Favorite Folktales from around the World. New York: Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library, 1986.
***Any folktale collection published by Pantheon.