Storytelling about Nature


Storytelling about Nature

Following up on John Thielbahr's blog post on the New C&NN section, "Where Nature Meets Story," this is a chance for storytellers and story seekers alike to share resources, tips, and events for nature stories.

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Does anyone have any suggestions for nature stories that get kids excited to go outside?

Started by Margie. Last reply by Juliet Robertson Nov 18, 2014.

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Comment by Jan Hummer on October 19, 2011 at 7:35pm



I hope you have checked out the post by Anne (NCTC Head Librarian)  below about the Connecting Children to Nature through American Literature Blog and Curriculum page which needs more posts from families and teachers.  A good source would to be to ask your local librarian about nature books written by a local authors. You could maybe invite them to come to an community event or school to talk about why they were inspired to write stories connecting people to the natural world.  Or you partner up with them to create a workshop ...

On a side note:  Many of the Burgess stories are chapter books foster creativity within the young child. 

I have a four year old daughter who likes these tales (even without the pictures) and has made references to certain parts of the books when we are on family hikes. 

Blessings, Jan

Comment by John Thielbahr on October 19, 2011 at 11:35am

Greetings to all,

At our recent Children & Nature Network annual Gathering in San Diego, we held a "naturebraries" workshop led by Lori Kiesser of Inside the Outdoors, Anne Post of US Fish and Wildlife, and Barry Garst of American Camp Assn. about the lessons learned from our Naturebraries pilot project with the Huntington Beach, CA public library.  After that workshop, 20 people from around the country signed up to stay involved with this new initiative as a sort of planning committee.  We will be sharing ideas for fund raising, program development, connecting with American Library Assn. and other professional societies, and for collaborating together to enhance children's literacy through nature-based reading and activities at libraries, which also includes nature-based writing.  If any of you would like to join this committee, please email me at .  Please continue to share ideas and suggestions on this site.  Since our Gathering, initiatives are already being started in Colorado and Washington.  We want that to spread to every state and every community, and I hope this site will be the meeting place for everyone.  Tell your friends to join us.  All the best,  John

Comment by Anne Post on October 18, 2011 at 7:27pm
Hope you all check out a recent exhibit and companion website - Connecting Children to Nature Through American Literature 1890-current.   and discussion blog here:    Think we have identified some pretty cool books that exemplify all the marvelous features - in story and illustration - that connect kids to the natural world. Hope you stop in and leave a comment.  See list of book titles (very selective):
Comment by Margie on September 26, 2011 at 4:45pm
Gave my first class on storytelling...  I'm no pro by any means, but have had some really great mentors, and I really wanted to share with others how to bring stories to life.  We went beyond reading from a book to standing before a group and telling a prepared story, using voice techniques, gestures, props - what fun!  I recommend as a resource.  Is there a storytelling group in your area?
Comment by Margie on August 30, 2011 at 2:50pm

This is a great new collection:  "Tales with Tails," by Kevin Strauss.

Find the book at

Find Kevin on Twitter:!/kevin_strauss

Also love collections by the authors of the Keepers of the Earth series:

Michael J. Caduto:

Joseph Bruchac:

Looking for advice on telling Native American stories - when is it appropriate for a non-native to tell?


Comment by John Wong on July 21, 2011 at 12:14am

Since my childhood, I 've been awed, intrigued and inspired by stories set in the natural world; of interactions with animals by authors like Gerald Durrell or Iain Douglas Hamilton, explorations of wilderness like that of Theodora Stanwell Fletcher or stories told from the perspective of animal characters.

Here in Vietnam, the rapid thrust of urbanization and technology tends to alienate children from nature, while the barrier of language limits their access to such literature written in English. I hope to initiate a Children & Nature project to address these issues and would appreciate any support.

I 've been based mostly in Vietnam since 2005 and have been involved in projects related to children, nature, art and media for some time.


Child & juvenile Black Giant Squirrel (Ratufa bicolor) Con Dao Archipelago, Vietnam

Comment by John Thielbahr on June 3, 2011 at 11:18am


What a great idea for this Group site for storytellers and story seekers to share.  All writers and librarians, and anyone concerned about children's literacy, should join this group.  I will soon post a discussion here about my new journey to create expanded interest in nature-based libraries.  I am sure we chatted in Orlando at the National Afterschool Assn. annual conference where this picture with Rich was taken.  My mom's name was Marjorie, and everyone called her Margie, so I remember anyone named Margie.  Thanks so much for creating this Group site, and I welcome active participation on other Group sites as well.  jt


Comment by Suz Lipman on June 3, 2011 at 10:54am
Hi Margie! Thank you for starting this group. It's wonderful that you were inspired by John Thielbahr's post on "Where Nature Meets Story". I'd love to learn more about your own experiences with storytelling, nature, and the place where the two intersect.

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