Storytelling Resources selected by Dr. M.

Choosing your story

Review these three easy steps to find a story suited to your needs. Then, browse the links below to get ideas of places to search for a story to tell, or prompts to help you compose your own!
  1. You will want to make sure the story you choose for your telling (or retelling) is either original or copy-free, especially if you are choosing to present in a digital format. Fairy tales, folk tales, myths, and legends are generally in the public domain and up for grabs.

  2. Also, you will want to consider your audience. If you are telling a story to very young children, probably the original gruesome version of "Cinderella" (where the ugly stepsisters' punishment is to dance on hot coals until their feet fall off) will not appeal, although older 'tweens or teens might find it interesting! If you are looking for an anecdote or analogy to bring into a workshop for adults or a professional setting, you will want to consider relevance (to your main points), brevity to keep their attention, and tasteful humor to spark memory or understanding.

  3. Finally, look for story that genuinely interests you and you feel comfortable telling. Review unfamiliar terms, such as character names or place names to learn pronunciation. Consider props you might use in the story and what you think you can pull off without feeling embarrassed or shy. If you're not into it, your audience won't be either!

Many useful resources arranged categorically can be found at UNT SLIS' Storytelling Websites page. Below are some additional places to get you started with your search for the perfect story.

Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Myths and Legends

Storytelling with Puppets

Crafting an Original Story

Oral History - (someone else's original story)

Materials for Digital Stories (media, images)

Learning the Story

  1. Read over the story several times.
  2. Complete a story map or a note card for your story.
  3. Practice it. Practice it. Practice it.

"How to prepare a story for telling.." Web. 22 Jul 2010. <>.

This video will be used to review skills for the students that choose to do the storytelling as their project.
Contributed by Ashley and Diana (7/10)

Getting Feedback

Getting Feedback in LS5633

- This is the form we will use in A.3.4: Traditional Storytelling Project to provide one another with feedback on our final stories.

Seeking Feedback Online

In a digital format, Web 2.0 tools frequently offer a comments functionality or a ranking system for viewers to leave feedback. Encourage your viewers to leave comments or rank your work (if applicable) by including a note at the end of the presentation.

If you are "hosting" your digital story presentation on your wiki, you can devote the discussion tab of that particular page for comments about your digital story. Place a note below your embedded or linked presentation indicating this is the purpose of the Discussion tab, to direct your audience's attention toward the place to leave feedback.

Alternatively, you can create a specific email address for your storytelling audience to use and solicit response to that address. Be careful not to include identifying information in the address, since you will be publishing your work to the Web. You may want to include a feedback form similar to the one above to guide your audience's response, and encourage them to paste the questions into their email or attach the form to the message.

Additional Resources Selected by Dr. M. and LS5633: The Art of Storytelling Students

  • Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) has a wealth of resources for children's and family services librarians, including a link to Storyblocks.
  • - This new site from the American Library Association was created to support library science students and practitioners in the field in developing culturally-relevant and responsive programming. Both public and school librarians will find exemplary examples, practical advice, and inspiration for developing their own programs.
  • Resources for Storytellers and Storytelling are found on the Bibliographies link on this wiki. See the Professional Readings section.
  • Storyblocks - This "Songs and Rhymes that Build Readers" site has sample fingerplays, songs, and other support for early literacy programming.

Updated 27 December 2015