Title: Show Me a Story: Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children’s Storytelling
Author: Emily K. Neubuger
Publisher: Storey Publishing
We love to get kids writing and using their imaginations, but it can be a challenge to find ideas that don’t make library programs feel like homework. Show Me a Story has 40 activities to help make that happen.
The book is well organized and especially well suited to browsing. The projects are divided into an introduction and four sections: Story Starters, Story Evolution, Story Activities, and Story Play. The activities themselves each include recommended age, time to completion, number of participants, and a materials list.
Each project includes step-by-step instructions to make the project, directions on using the project with young storytellers, teaching tips, and ideas to expand the activities. The photographs are large, attractive, and instructive when necessary.
Nearly all of the 40 projects would work for libraries. Some of them would make great programs, while others are best done ahead and offered as activity centers. A few of my favorites:
- Story Disks: Small wooden disks decorated with pictures to inspire stories.
- Beginning, Middle, and End: A random story generator that encourages children to think about story structure.
- Story Mat: A fun and portable backdrop for telling stories with other objects or small toys from around the house (or the dollar store).
- Story City: Model buildings for children to build their own city and tell stories of what happens there.
I will be adding this book to my personal resource collection and I highly recommend it’s purchase for libraries.