Family Storytelling


FAMILY STORYTELLING
(Participatory Stories & Songs)
Carol Simon Levin is a professional storyteller.
Here are some programs of interactive participatory stories and songs.
Programs can be customized to ages/audiences,
shortened/lengthened, mixed up and rearranged!




Spring & Summer Stories (also Earth Day):
  • Rainstorm (participatory action)
  • Chalk (wordless book by Bill Thomson)
  • Let's Take a Little Walk Outside (sign language song)
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar (based on the story by Eric Carle)
  • Springtime is Here (multi-lingual song)
  • Deep in the Jungle (song by Joe Scruggs)
  • I'm Being Swallowed by a Big Alligator (action chant)
  • Down by the Bay (song by Raffi)
  • Earth Dance (participatory story by Joanne Ryder)
  • The Frog - A Rainstick Story (adapted from a Hopi Indian tale)
  • Lucky Ducklings: A True Rescue Story (story by Eva Moore)
  • Five Little Ducks (traditional song)
  • Tap the Magic Tree (participatory story by Christie Matheson)
  • The Green Grass Grew All Around (traditional) 
  • Wangari's Trees of Peace (story by Jeannette Winter)
  • All the Water in the World (story by George Ella Lyon & Katherine Tilletson)
  • Walk the World Now Children (sign language based on song by Tom Chapin)
  • We've Got the Whole World in our Hands (traditional)
Houses, Homes, and Habitats: (many of the Spring & Summer Stories are also suitable)
  • The Napping House (based on the story by Don & Audrey Wood)
  • There's a Dinosaur Knocking at My Door (based on the song by Linda Arnold)
  • The Three Little Pigs (traditional)
  • A Squash and a Squeeze (based on the story by Julia Donaldson)
Food Fun:
  • Stone Soup (based on the story by Ann McGovern)
  • Alphabet Soup (song by Tom Chapin)
  • Chicken Soup with Rice (based on the story by Maurice Sendak)
  • Green Eggs and Ham (based on the story by Dr. Seuss)
  • Alligator Pie (extended verses, based on the poem by Dennis Lee)
  • I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (traditional)
  • The Great Big Enormous Turnip (based on the story by Leo Tolstoy)
  • The Cake that Mack Ate 
  • On Top of Spaghetti (traditional)
  • Ravioli (traditional)
  • I am a Pizza (song by Linda Arnold)
  • Humpty Dumpty (traditional)
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly (traditional - based on the book by Nadine Westcott)
  • Aikendrum (Raffi)
Apples & Pumpkins/Halloween Hootenany:
  • The Little Red House with No Doors and No Windows (traditional)
  • I Like to Eat Apples and Bananas (Raffi)
  • Big Pumpkin (based on the story by Erica Silverman)
  • The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything (based on the story by Linda Williams)
  • One Dark Night (based on the story by Edna Mitchell Preston)
  • It's Monster Day (based on the song by Linda Arnold)
Holiday Happenings: 
  • I know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie (based on the story by Alison Jackson)
  • The Case of the Missing Thanksgiving Turkey (based on the story by Rhonda Turley)
  • The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven (based on the poem by Jack Prelutsky, chorus by Cathy Darby)
  • The Magic Dreidel (based on the story by Eric A. Kimmel)
  • I Have a Little Dreidel (crazy variations, source unknown)
  • The Christmas Menorahs: How a Town Fought Hate ( based on a story by Janice Cohn)
  • The Surprise (based on the story by George Shannon)
  • The Marvelous Toy (song by Tom Paxton)
  • Night Tree (based on the book by Eve Bunting)
Bundle Up:
  • Caps for Sale (based on classic story by Esphyr Slobodkina)
  • Joseph Had a Little Overcoat (traditional)
  • Hi, My Name is Joe (traditional)
Farm Frolics/4H Fair: (and more from Food Fun and Apples & Pumpkins)

  • Old McDonald Had a Farm
  • Cluck Cluck Red Hen (Raffi)
  • The Great Big Enormous Turnip  
  • Stone Soup (based on the story by Ann McGovern)
  • The Little Red House with No Doors and No Windows (traditional)
  • I Like to Eat Apples and Bananas (Raffi)
  • The Three Little Pigs (traditional)
  • Throw it Out the Window 
  • A Squash and a Squeeze (based on the story by Julia Donaldson)
  • Barnyard Banter (book by Denise Fleming
  • Sitting on the Farm (book by Bob King)
  • Color Farm (book by Lois Ehlert)
  • Morning (book by Maria Polushkin Robbins)
  • Life Size Farm

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