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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Comment by Janine Carpenter on October 20, 2011 at 5:36am


I've been to your site and I felt like I struck gold! There is just so much information and I know I will be re-visiting over the course of time. I spent over an hour there the other day and I've only just scratched the surface! What you are mentioning here is something I've been thinking about doing with my own little forest kindergarten as well. I've decided to put together literacy backpacks with an outdoor activity for them to take home and do with their parents. Do you have examples of these on your site where I can look to jump start the process? Over time I will create my own but it's going to be a slow process as I try to think up my own for every backpack and this would really help to get it moving. I'll also make a list of the ones I make to share with this group, your blog, and my area libraries when I get mine together.

Thanks for any info!

Comment by Juliet Robertson on October 20, 2011 at 1:43am

Jan - I've lots of books on various listmania on Amazon. If you would like a guest blog post, please let me know - I should have some time in December to do a few reviews and link these to outdoor activities. 


By having lists on Amazon, this makes the reading lists available to a wider audience than those who attend my courses or look at my blog. I'm going for guerrilla marketing tactics to get children outside.


For the past 12 years I've always advocated schools using outdoor book bags. This is a bag with a book and a few simple activities that link to the book which can be done outside. I also encourage schools to insert outdoor ideas and activities into any and every book bag that are given to children and parents as they move from pre-school into Kindergarten. 

Comment by Katia Rossi on October 19, 2011 at 10:50pm

Hi all! I am excited to join the group!

Next week I will be taking Head Start kids outside to read and providing their families with C&NN bookmarks. See more at:

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 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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