Fujita, Hiroko. Stories to Play With : Kids’ Tales Told with Puppets, Paper, Toys, and Imagination. Little Rock, Arkansas : August House, 1999.
Holt, David and Bill Mooney. More Ready-To-Tell tales from Around the World. Little Rock, Arkansas : August House, 2000.
Holt, David and Bill Mooney. Ready-to-Tell Tales. Little Rock, Arkansas: August House, 1994.
MacDonald, Margaret Read. Shake-It-Up Tales! Stories to sing, dance, drum, and act out. Little Rock, Arkansas : August House, 2000.
McClure, Amy A. Books that Invite Talk, Wonder, and Play.Urbana, Il: National Council of Teachers of English, 1996.
Story Books (sources of easy to learn stories that "tell well"):
The Three Little Pigs (any version)
Jack and the Beanstalk (any version)
The Little Red Hen (any version)
Wat’s In Fox’s sack?
Always Room For One More
The Great Big Enormous Turnip
The Lady With the Alligator Purse
Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett
Read it until you know it
Don’t memorize the text – learn the story, it’s characters, its action sequences, and its “mood”.
Step into the book until you feel it
Surround yourself with the story, “visualize” yourself in the tale. Play with it, change it, make it personal.
Tell the story like you were there
It is now your story. What is it like: what do you see, feel, smell, hear? Are you going to just stand there? Will you run from encounters, react to situations, recite advice or formulas, review options/directions, recognize similarities?
From: Off the Page! by M.A. Hudson (used by permission)