It takes a lot to be a Storyteller nowadays. Gone are the times when a traveling bard only needed her harp, some good shoes, and a repertoire of stories. Here are some of the links and resources that have helped me. I hope you will also find them useful. If you would like to suggest additional sites, please contact me.
The Baldwin Online Children's Literature Project
Since 1999 when the Baldwin Project opened its doors, it has offered hundreds of children's books to thousands of readers just like you.
Use the links to find hundreds of stories sorted by author, title, genre, civilization, and more.
"The Book of Virtues" by William J. Bennett
Responsibility. Courage. Compassion. Honesty. Friendship. Persistence. Faith. Everyone recognizes these traits as essentials of good character. In order for our children to develop such traits, we have to offer them examples of good and bad, right and wrong. And the best places to find them are in great works of literature and exemplary stories from history.
William J. Bennett has collected hundreds of stories in The Book of Virtues, an instructive and inspiring anthology that will help children understand and develop character -- and help adults teach them. From the Bible to American history, from Greek mythology to English poetry, from fairy tales to modern fiction, these stories are a rich mine of moral literacy, a reliable moral reference point that will help anchor our children and ourselves in our culture, our history, and our traditions -- the sources of the ideals by which we wish to live our lives. Complete with instructive introductions and notes, The Book of Virtues is a book the whole family can read and enjoy -- and learn from -- together. (From Amazon listing)
"The Moral Compass: Stories for a Life's Journey" by William J. Benntt
The Moral Compass, the inspiring and instructive companion volume to The Book of Virtues, offers many more examples of good and bad, right and wrong, in great works from literature and in exemplary stories from history. Organized by the stages along life's journey, these stories and poems serve as reference points on a moral compass, guiding the reader through the ethical and spiritual challenges along the pathway of life: leaving home, entering into marriage, easing the burdens of others, nurturing one's children, and fulfilling the obligations of citizenship and leadership.
Drawn from familiar Western history and mythology as well as a wide selection of tales and folklore from Asia, Africa, and Latin America, the stories in The Moral Compass are literary and evocative, designed to inspire as well as instruct. Complete with informative introductions and notes, The Moral Compass is an indispensable guide that will help family members meet the challenges of life at any age. (From Amazon listing)
More Coming Soon
For now, enjoy this interview with a guinea pig.
There are a great many resources that have been useful to me. I am happy to share them with you in the hopes they will help you too. Check back soon and often for updates.
In the meantime, enjoy this interview with Rory the guinea pig as he shares his feelings about being an only pet, how cool turtles are, and other ramblings of the guinea pig mind.