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by Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss

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Children Tell Stories

($29.95)

Children Tell Stories: Teaching and Using Storytelling in the Classroom
2005, Richard C. Owen Publishers.

A new version of a classic now with a dramatic DVD of students learning to tell stories.
Winner of the Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award
Winner of a 2006 Storytelling World Gold Award

Click here to read two complete chapters from the book:
Chapter 1: The Power of Storytelling in the Classroom
Chapter 3: Getting Started With Storytelling
And a four minute excerpt of the documentary that accompanies the book
Get 5 college credits for reading this book. For details, click here.

Noodlehead Nightmares

($15.95)

Noodlehead Nightmares
2016, Holiday House. Co-written and Illustrated by Tedd Arnold.

School Library Journal says "Kids moving on from early readers—especially Fly Guy fans—may want to check out Noodlehead Nightmares, Tedd Arnold’s new collaboration with Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss. In a goofy graphic novel for the chapter book set, Arnold brings his bubbly artwork to a pair of silly brothers with actual macaroni noodles for heads. "

Noodleheads See the Future

($15.95)

Noodleheads See the Future
2017, Holiday House. Co-written and Illustrated by Tedd Arnold.

* (Starred Review) Two thickheaded macaroni noodles prove the old adage: a fool and his firewood are soon parted. Fools have been called "noodleheads" for centuries, but until recently few have represented the term quite so literally. Mac and Mac aren't the brightest pieces of pasta in the world, but their hearts are in the right place. Here, the two decide to help their mama out by gathering firewood in hopes that she'll bake them a cake. As they are attempting to cut the very branch they're sitting on, a passing meatball points out that they are mere minutes away from bruised bottoms. When his words come to pass, our heroes decide the meatball is clairvoyant and demand to know their future. Drawing on and smoothly weaving together a variety of folk tales, the brief graphic novel describes how its obtuse protagonists single-mindedly seek cake, even as they anticipate death, purchase "firewood seeds" (aka acorns), and accidentally dig their mother a garden. Emergent readers will appreciate the simple text, short chapters, and comics-inspired paneled illustrations. Adults will appreciate the authors' note, which goes into some detail about each chapter's folk origins. Two delightfully dense heroes bring folk tales into the 21st century, and young readers are all the richer for it. (Graphic early reader. 5-9) --Kirkus Reviews

Forty Fun Fables

($8.95)

Forty Fun Fables: Tales That Trick, Tickle, and Teach
2015, August House. Illustrated by Baird Hoffmire.

Winner of a 2016 Storytelling World Resource Award

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The Children's Book Council says ". . . Young readers will be highly engaged by the fools, tricksters, and clever characters who appear in these timeless stories."

Priceless Gifts

($16.95)

Priceless Gifts: An Old Tale from Italy
2007, August House (LittleFolk). Illustrated by John Kanzler

Winner of a 2008 Storytelling World Gold Award
Children's Literature writes "Husband and wife storytellers Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss bring to life an Italian folktale set during the glory days of Italy's monopoly of the Spice Islands . . . Rich, jewel-toned illustrations laced with humor make this engaging tale a perfect introduction to studies of explorers and the spice trade, and will provoke lively discussions about gifts, especially the kind that money can't buy."

To download lesson plans and a Common Core Standards Checklist for this book from August House Publishers click here.

Ghost Catcher

($16.95)

The Ghost Catcher: A Bengali Folktale
2008, August House (LittleFolk). Illustrated by Kristen Balouch.

Winner of a 2009 Storytelling World Honor Award
Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature awarded by Bank Street College of Education -- Honor Book

Kirkus Reviews says "Balouch's bright, memorable illustrations create a fanciful Indian setting with crisp, colorful figures digitally placed on a fabric background for texture. Teamed with spirited and eminently tellable prose, they conjure up a colorful, magical land where cleverness can save the day."

To download lesson plans and a Common Core Standards Checklist for this book from August House Publishers click here.

The Well of Truth

($3.95)

The Well of Truth: A Folktale from Egypt
2009, August House (Story Cove). Illustrated by Tom Wrenn.

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Rooster's Night Out

($3.95)

Rooster's Night Out: A Folktale from Cuba
2007, August House (Story Cove). Illustrated by Baird Hoffmire.

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Scared Witless

($15.95/$8.95)

Scared Witless: Thirteen Eerie Tales to Tell
2006, August House. Illustrated by Kevin Pope.

2006, August House Publishers. Illustrated by Kevin Pope.
Kirkus Reviews says ". . . just right for inducing 'goosebumps, gasps and giggles' in susceptible audiences of any age."

The Stolen Smell

($3.95)

The Stolen Smell: A Folktale from Peru
2007, August House Publishers (Story Cove). Illustrated by Tom Wrenn.

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Why Koala Has a Stumpy Tale

($3.95)

Why Koala Has a Stumpy Tale: A Folktale from Australia
2008, August House (Story Cove). Illustrated by Tom Wrenn.

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Hidden Feast

($16.95)

The Hidden Feast: A Folktale from the American South
2006, August House Publishers (LittleFolk). Illustrated by Don Tate.

Kirkus Reviews says "Fun for telling or reading."

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Tale of Two Frogs

($4.95)

A Tale of Two Frogs: Inspired by a Russian Folktale
2006, August House Publishers (Story Cove). Illustrated by Tom Wrenn.

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Noodlehead Stories

($24.95/$15.95)

Noodlehead Stories: World Tales Kids Can Read and Tell
2000, August House. Illustrated by Ariane Elsammak.

2001 Parents' Choice Recommendation
2001 Notable Social Studies Book for Young People

(Award given by the National Council for the Social Studies and the Children's Book Council)

How and Why Stories

($24.95/$15.95)

How & Why Stories: World Tales Kids Can Read and Tell
August House, 1999. Illustrated by Carol Lyon.

Winner of a 1999 Storytelling World Gold Award
2000 Parents' Choice Approval
2001 National Youth Storytelling Pegasus Award (Special Distinction)

How and Why Stories CD

($16.95)

How & Why Stories: World Tales Kids Can Tell (CD)
August House, 2000.


Through the Grapevine

($24.95/$15.95)

Through the Grapevine: World Tales Kids Can Read and Tell
2001, August House. Illustrated by Carol Lyon.

Winner of a 2001 Storytelling World Honor Award
Bank St. College of Education: Best Children's Books of 2002

Stories in My Pocket-Book

($29.95)

Stories in My Pocket: Tales Kids Can Tell
1996, Fulcrum. Illustrated by Annie Campbell.

Winner of a 1996 Storytelling World Gold Award
Stories in My Pocket-CD

($15.00)

Stories in My Pocket: Tales Kids Can Tell (CD)
1998 Parents' Choice Recommendation
1998 Gold Award - National Parenting Publications Awards

Books for Young Learners
Books for Young Learners

Mitch and Martha's series of folktales that are part of Richard C. Owen's "Books for Young Learners" Series.

To see a mailing that the publisher has sent out about our contribution to the "Books for Young Learners" Series, click here.

Two Fables of Aesop

($5.75)

Two Fables of Aesop to Read and Tell (book)

Illustrated by Bruce MacDonald

Part of the "Books for Young Learners" Series of Richard C. Owen Publishers.

How Fox Became Red

($5.75)

How Fox Became Red: A Folktale from the Athabaskan Indians of Alaska to Read and Tell (book)

Illustrated by Kathy O'Malley

Part of the "Books for Young Learners" Series of Richard C. Owen Publishers.

Tricky Rabbit

($5.75)

Tricky Rabbit: A Story from Cambodia to Read and Tell (book)

Illustrated by Pat Paris

Part of the "Books for Young Learners" Series of Richard C. Owen Publishers.

Why Animals Never Got Fire

($5.75)

Why Animals Never Got Fire: A Story of the Coeur d'Alene Indians to Read and Tell (book)

Illustrated by Bruce MacDonald

Part of the "Books for Young Learners" Series of Richard C. Owen Publishers.