Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Bilingual Storytelling: Stor e Telling June July 2015

Uncle Henry and Aunt Em
From the Emerald City of Oz
Illustration by John R. Neill, 1900
I am continuing to share my Stor e Telling columns from the National Storytelling Magazine. The resources below are from the June July 2015 issue. All of the links have been checked and updated where necessary.

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This issue on bilingual storytelling; I begin with some sites to complement the theme.

Bilingual Storytimes: Utah Department of Heritage and Arts - The following resources were from Bilingual Storytime for Gringos at the 2009 Utah Library Association Conference.

Bilingual Books for Kids - This site offers book suggestions on a variety of themes: fairytales, myths, legends, fables, nursery rhymes, songs and more.  Activities and coloring pages are also included.

Colorin Colorado
- An array of terrific resources for teaching English Language Learners. This is the link to the main page This link takes you to reading tip sheets in 12 languages for parents who want to establish a love of reading with their children.

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy: Story Blocks
– Videos of songs and rhymes in English, Spanish and Vietnamese from infant to preschool.

Idaho Commission for Libraries: Bilingual Storytime Ideas
- Read aloud books, fingerplays, songs and rhymes to make your bilingual story time shine.

Texas State Libraries and Archives Commission
– A lovely selection of songs, fingerplays, books, and more for preschool programs, in English and Spanish.

Little Bilingues
Downloadable books of activities in English and French.


Culture in the Classroom and the Language of Folklore – Short article on why folktales work for ELL students, along with some sample activities with stories to use.

Everything ESL
“Forty-Two content based lesson plans for beginning to intermediate students.”

Magic Tales of Mexico
– Nine Mexican folktales, collected by Gabriel A. Cordova, Jr.. The stories are shared in Spanish and English.

Ten Folk-tales from the Cape Verde Islands
– The folktales are shared in both English and Portuguese.


July 26 is Aunt and Uncle Day in the United States. Here are a few stories to add to our repertoire.

Aunt Rachel’s Curse – United States

The Aunts - Portugal

Bundar Bahadur Poon - Nepal

Chittapas (uncles) Or Cheats - India

The Icon’s Warm Bread - Greece

The Lazy Beauty and Her Aunts – Ireland

The Strange Creature – Zimbabwe

Uncle Bouki and Ti Malice - Haiti

The Wolf Aunt - Persia


A Collection of WisdomMulla, Sufi, Indian, Buddhist folktales and more. These stories are short in length but long in wisdom. They would be especially useful in a beginning storytelling workshop if you need some tales to help your student’s succeed. 

Ethiopian English Readers
– Eighty-eight stories from the different regions of Ethiopia. My thanks to storyteller Donna Dudinsky for sharing this site.

– A site filled with story; Mythology, the Panchatantra, Folktales, Legends and more.

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Karen Chace 2016 ©

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