Monday, January 5, 2015

Following the Breadcrumbs XXII: Stor e Telling January February 2006


by Hermann Kaulbach

I am traveling back in time and updating all of my Stor e Telling columns for Storytelling Magazine since 2002. I have checked all of the links, updated those that have new URL's and deleted others that have found their way to the Internet graveyard. Through the summer and beyond I will continue to update the columns and post them on my blog until all of the breadcrumbs lead to the end of 2006. At the end of the blog you will find links to the columns from 2002 - 2004 and 2007 - 2013.

I continue to write for Storytelling Magazine but will not be adding current columns until the following year. If you want immediate access to the newest websites, consider becoming a member of the 
National Storytelling Network and support the arts!

Please feel free to comment on the blog and let me know if you find this useful; I love to hear from you!

February is Black History month. Will you be offering a theme related storytelling program? Here are three websites that bring the pages of history to life.

Education First – Black History Activities

The History Channel
Video clips, great speeches, resources and more.

History, timelines, contemporary issues, etc., a valuable link for anyone researching Black History.

In The First Person              
Over 2,500 collections of oral history from around the world: personal narratives, letters, diaries, memoirs, autobiographies, and oral histories; a goldmine of information.

Celtic Literature Collective
(Previously The House of Bards)
Another treasure trove of tales; medieval texts from Celtic countries or on Celtic themes.

Mermaids on the Web

Listen to their call; this site offers you more than 1,720 resources about mermaids, selkies and sirens.


The original text was written in Sanskrit about 200 B.C. Now you can read the tales in English. The stories have been grouped into five distinct themes.

Folklife Resources for Educators
From the American Folklife Center an array materials related to documentation and field research.

Break out those mailing labels! It’s not too early to start thinking about your summer storytelling programs. Here are three websites that offer contact information on libraries in the USA and beyond. Ready, set, go!



Public Libraries of Europe

What Valentine’s Day would be complete without some love stories to share? From the cities of love and lights, offerings from the SurLaLune website by Giambattista Basile and Charles Perrault.

Greek Mythology - Seven beautiful, yet tragic love stories.

Need a little trivia to sweeten up your Valentine’s Day storytelling venues?

The History of Valentine’s Day
From the History Channel, enough inside information on romance to make you swoon.

Esther Howland – Mother of the American Valentine
“The story of one visionary, whose talent, imagination, dedication, and perseverance created a fascinating industry….” 


tor e Telling Columns 2002 – 2004
All 16 blog bogs, with a brief synopsis for reach one in an easy to access post at the link below.


January February
Fables from Aesop and Robert Lewis Stevenson, spooky stories in time for Halloween, resources sponsored by the California Council for the Humanities, myths and legends from the British Isles and more.

March April
 -  Sites on Buddhist Studies, Cambodian folktales, lesson plans, public domain music from a variety of cultures, myths, legends and more.

May June - There are resources for song lyrics, lessons plans connected to our historical parks in the USA, Hodja, Birbel and Jakata stories, over 544 dragon tales and more.

July August - Ballad and folk songs resources from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and America. Also, resources on Hans Christian Anderson, sea songs and shanties, and a list of contact information for state and regional art councils and agencies.

September October - Links to Victorian Ghost Stories, folklore and legends from around the world, children’s activities to complement your storytelling programs, and Hodja tales. For the classroom, Beyond the Fire offers real-life stories of 15 teenagers, now living in the U.S., who have survived war in seven war zones, along with lesson plans and timelines.

November December
- Christmas stories and other Yuletide offerings, stories to celebrate Kwanzaa, Hasidic tales and more.

2007 - 2012
Stor e Telling Columns 2007-2012
All 31 blog posts, along with a brief synopsis for each one, in an easy to access post at the link below

From 1001 Night to 2001 Story Resources – This link will lead to you one blog post with all of my columns from 2013.

Karen Chace 2015 ©
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