storytelling

New Mother’s Day Program: Celebrate Mom!

“The tie which links mother and child is of such pure and immaculate strength as to be never violated.” -Washington Irving There’s something super-special about the bond of a mother and her child. You could almost call it magical. What better way to celebrate that special bond than with stories! Last year I got a… Read more »

Show Don’t Tell: How to Write Emotions

Awhile back I had the opportunity to do an Author Visit at a school. As I was preparing, I happened to see a timely blog post from author Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. The theme of the post was “Show Don’t Tell.” As the mantra of the writing industry, I thought that would be the perfect topic for… Read more »

Why I Tell: Musings on the Storytelling Life

Every once in awhile you have experiences that remind you of why you do what you do. A couple of those happened for me this past month. Why the Words We Say Matter The first occurred at a local restaurant where I had gotten together with a group of Spanish-speaking friends to celebrate a birthday…. Read more »

PATTERNING Prevails in “My Grandfather’s Coat”

Title: My Grandfather’s Coat Author: Jim Aylesworth Illustrator: Barbara McClintock Publisher: Scholastic Press Year: 2014 Word Count: 614 My Grandfather’s Coat is based on the old Yiddish folksong, “I Had a Little Overcoat.” The song was later turned into a story called  “The Tailor” which I first heard told by Judy Sima during a youth… Read more »