The Center for Children's Books

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Storytelling Audio

Audio files of past Center for Children's Books storytelling festivals are available. We hope you enjoy listening. The files are in MP3 format with the exception of the 2003 recordings which are RAM and will require Real Player.

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Storytelling Festival 2013

Video highlights from the 2013 festival are coming soon.

Jessica Bogue
The Tale of the Tales (audio)

A folktale from the country of Georgia, as written by George and Helen Papashvily.


Emily Bayci
The Boy Who Cried Wolf (audio)

Adapted from an Aesop's fable from the late 1800s and numerous retellings.

Natalie Molnar
The Princess and the Cowherd (audio)

A subversive retelling of the classic East Asian Tanabata legend.



Shelley Singler
Bluebeard (audio)

A tale told all around the world, most notably by Charles Perrault.

Adam Mann
The Fisherman and His Wife (audio)

A reimagining of a classic Brothers Grimm tale.


Amy Williams
What a Pig! (audio)

Adapted from "What a Pig!" told by Padriac Keohane.

Nicolle Rivera
On the Island of the Enchantress (audio)

An adaptation of Book 10 of Homer's The Odyssey

Anna Holland
The Great Buffalo Pull (video)

A digital retelling of the trickster tale "Deceptive Tug-of-War" (Aarne-Thompson) adapted from West African (Anansi), African American (Brer Rabbit), and Native American Muscogee versions retold by Michael Thompson and S.E. Schlosser.

Kimberly Karner
Clever Gretel (audio)

An adaptation of the Brothers Grimm folktale "Clever Gretel."

Mary Dubbs
Paul Buyan in Love (audio)

Loosely adapted from Minnestoan tall tales originally collected by W.B. Laughead.


Ed Schell
Anansi and the Pot of Wisdom (audio)

An adapation of a story attributed to the Ashanti of Ghana in West Africa.


Kate McDowell

Kate McDowell
The Dream and the Old Apple Tree (audio)

Adapted from Katherin Briggs' British Folktales and the folktale comics collection Little Lit, edited by Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly.

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Storytelling Festival 2012

Video highlights from the 2012 festival are available below.

Laurel Halfar
The Woman Who Flummoxed the Fairies (audio)

A Scottish folktale adapted from The Woman Who Flummoxed the Fairies retold by Heather Baker and illustrated by Susan Gaber.


Mary Dubbs
Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox (audio)

Adapted from Minnesotan tall tales originally collected by W. B. Laughead.

Esther Yi
The Cat & the Warming Stones (audio)

A European tale adapted from Fox Tale Soup by Tony Bonning.



Lauren Chambers
Cricket Fights Jaguar (audio)

Adapted from a Mayan tale found in Five Minute Tales collected by Margaret Read MacDonald

Melissa Funfsinn
How to Tell Corn Fairies If You See 'Em (audio)

Adapted from “How to Tell Corn Fairies If You See ‘Em” found in
Rootabaga Stories by Carl Sandburg.


Joshua Newport
King John & the Bishop (audio)

Adapted from The World's Great Stories: 55 Legends That Live Forever retold by Louis Untermeyer.

Aaron Carlin
Old One Eye (audio)

Adapted from Twenty Tellable Tales by Margaret Read MacDonald.

Kori Boyer
Jaclyn & the Beanstalk (audio)

An adaption of the English folktale “Jack and the Beanstalk.”


Amy Atkinson
A Shabbos Miracle (audio)

Adapted from "The Kugel Story," written by Canadian storyteller Michael Wex.

Sue Searing
The Sun, the Wind, & the Moon (audio)

Adapted from 101 Folktales from India by Eunice de Souza


Kate McDowell
Andy & the Lion (audio)

Adapted from Andy and the Lion by James Daugherty, Andy and the Lion and Androcles and the Lion by Paul Galdone.


Full festival audio available here


2011 Storytelling Festival

We are pleased to share audio and one digital story from our 2011 Storytelling Festival. For video coverage, see the 2011 Highlights and Traileron the GSLIS YouTube Channel.

Jennifer Stasinopoulos
Clever Manka (audio)

Adapted from Time for Fairy Tales, Old and New, compiled by May Hill Arbutnot

Michelle Bourgeois
The Man Who Had No Story (audio)

Adapted from Folktales of Ireland, edited and translated by Sean O’Sullivan

Julia Pyatetsky
Pamilo: Can’t Buy Me Freedom (audio)

A personal tale

Barratt Miller
Snow White and Rose Red (audio)

Adapted from a literary fairy tale written by Wilhelm Grimm, found in The Blue Fairy Book, ed. by Andrew Lang, as printed on


Amanda Melchor
The Strange Visitors

Adapted from “The Reader and His Strange Visitors” in Five Minute Tales by Margaret Read MacDonald

Ross Thompson

An original digital story

Sam Sednek
Eating with Trolls

A Norwegian tale adapted from Mightier than the Sword: World Folktales for Strong Boys by Jane Yolen

Kate McDowell
The True Tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears

An original story song, loosely based on “The Story of the Three Bears” in The Doctor by Robert Southey

Miriam Larson
East of the Sun and West of the Moon (audio)

Adapted from a Norwegian tale collected in the mid 19th century by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Engebretsen Moe

Hal Southern
An Unforgettable Camping Trip (audio)

An adaptation of “The Irish Travelers”, a folktale from North Carolina

Sue Searing
The Wise Old Woman

Adapted from Sharon Creeden’s retelling of a Romanian folktale in In Full Bloom: Tales of Women in Their Prime



Storytelling Festival, April 17, 2010


Genevieve Henricks
Talk: An Ashanti Tale

Adapted from Best-Loved Folktales of the World selected by Joanna Cole

Becka Rich Picture

Becka Rich
Ooka and the Wasted Wisdom (audio)

Adapted from Fair is Fair by Sharon Creedon

Sam Sednek Picture

Sam Sednek
The Ashen Shoes (audio)

An original Cinderella adaptation written by Courtney McDermott, a Peace Corps Volunteer who served a year in the mountain region of Lesotho

Daniel Burkhalter Picture

Daniel Burkhalter
Trouble (audio)

A personal story of childhood trouble

Corrie Ball Picture

Corrie Ball
Perils of Pets (audio)

A personal story of family life

Damon McGhee Picture

Damon McGhee
My Trek through Heathrow (audio)

An original story, which takes place on December 18, 2008 while in transit from New York to England

Hal Southern Picture

Hal Southern
Ice Cream, Expulsion, and Clogging in Junior High (audio)

A personal story about growing up

Sue Searing Picture

Sue Searing
The Magic Garden of the Poor (audio)

Adapted from Earth Care: World Folktales to Talk About by Margaret Read MacDonald

Dan Keding

Dan Keding
The Tear (audio)

An original story by Dan Keding


Storytelling Festival, April 18, 2009

Anna Hartmann Picture

Anna Hartmann
Free Kittens

A personal story from the Quad Cities, IL

Megan Hayes Picture

Megan Hayes
How the Cat Came Indoors (audio)

Adapted from Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales and When the Stones Were Soft: East African Fireside Tales

Sara Snider
George Washington Rabbit (audio)

Family story told by Aunt Grace

Tina Ladika
Elsa and the Evil Wizard: A Swedish Tale (audio)

Adaped from The Maid of the North: Feminist Folktales from Around the World by Ethel Johnson Phelps and Wizard and the Girl with the Golden Hair by Dan Keding

Katie Bruce
The Day It Snowed Tortillas (audio)

Adapted from The Day It Snowed Tortillas: Tales from Spanish New Mexico retold by Joe Hayes

Lizz Zitron
The King Who Knew Best (audio)

Original adaption of an old Jewish legend

Ying Yi Fong
The One (audio)

Original interpretation of a family story, as told by her grandmother

Sara Quinn Thompson
The Hermit's Son (audio)

Adapted from from a story nugget in The Decameron by Boccaccio

Erica Voell
The Three Fairies (audio)

Adapted from adapted from Mirror, Mirror: Forty Folktales for Mothers and Daughters to Share edited by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple

Kate Quealy
The Donkey Bride (audio)

Adapted from the tale "The Squire's Bride" in Tatterhood and Other Tales: Stories of Magic and Adventure edited by Ethel Johnston Phelps

Minjie Chen
The Tiger and the Little Frog (audio)

Adapted from "Soo Tan the Tiger and the Little Green Frog" in Favorite Children's Stories from China and Tibet by Lotta Carswell Hume

Sue Searing
The Bremen Town Musicians (audio)

Adapted from Household Tales by the Brothers Grimm

Amani Ayad
Gifts of Gold (audio)

A personal family story retold

Mary Lu Bretsch
The Shadow on the Wall (audio)

Adapted from The Beggar in the Blanket & Other Vietnamese Tales retold by Gail B. Graham


Storytelling Festival, April 12, 2008

Molly Dolan Picture

Molly Dolan
Those Three Wishes

Adapted from "Those Three Wishes" in Ready to Tell Tales edited by David Holt and Billy Mooney

Sara Schepis Picture

Sara Schepis
Tom Whitewashes the Fence (audio)

Adapted from Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Anna Dombrowski
The Legend of Knockmany (audio)

Adapted from the tale in Tatterhood and Other Tales: Stories of Magic and Adventure edited by Ethel Johnston Phelps

Katrina Bromann and Elizabeth Voss
Tadpole's Promise (audio)

Adaped from Tadpole's Promise told by Jeanne Willis

Ata Bird
Brynhild and Siegfried (audio)

Adapted from the opera by Richard Wagner in
G. Schirmer's Collection of Opera Librettos

Rebecca Krznarich
The Three Little Pigs (audio)

Original interpretation of The Three Little Pigs
and the Big Bad Wolf

Ying Yi Fong
Why the Sea is Salt (audio)

Adapted from Best Loved Folktales Around
the World
selected by Joanna Cole

Rachel Shulman
It Could Always Be Worse (audio)

Adapted from It Could Always Be Worse: A Yiddish
Folk Tale retold by Margo Zemach

Kate McDowell
Vinegar Bottle (Life is Not Fair) (audio)

Adapted from "The Little Old Woman Who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle" in The Storyteller's Start-Up Book by Margaret Read MacDonald

Dan Keding
The Letter (audio)

Original Interpretation of a Civil War story

Annie-O (audio)

Adapted from the traditional song The Lowlands of Holland


Storytelling Festival, April 21, 2007

Kathe Brinkmann
Curtain Rods

Adapted from Now! That’s What I Call Urban Myths by Phil Healey and Rick Glanvill and
Sweet Revenge: The Wicked Delights of Getting Even
by Regina Barreca

Sue Searing
Three Strong Women (audio)

Adapted from Womanfolk and Fairy Tales edited by Rosemary Minard

Jennifer D. Miller
The Scotsman (audio)

Adapted from the song The Scotsman by Mike Cross

Joella Peterson
Angelique and the Wolf-Man (audio)

Adaped from Were-Wolves and Will-O-the-Wisps: French Tales of Mackinac retold by Dirk Gringhuis

Erin Miller
My Goalie Coach (audio)

From Girls, an original play based on ethnographic interviews by Erin Miller

Sarah Park
A Fairy Tale (audio)

Adapted from the tale by Jane Jeong Trenka

Bryan A. Clark
First Drive (audio)

Adapted from
an original narrative
by Harrison Boyd McKey

Kimberly Ulrich
The Bird, the Mouse, and the Sausage (audio)

Adapted from
The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage
by the Grimm Brothers

Angela Supernaw
The Effectual, Fervent Prayer…Of Jedediah Combs (audio)

Adapted from C. Keith Young

Sara Schepis
The Golden Ball (audio)

Adapted from “The Magic Thread” in The Book of Virtues edited by William J. Bennett

Vanessa Nelson
The Strawberries of the Little Men (audio)

Adapted from Look Back and See: Twenty Lively Tales for Gentle Tellers by Margaret Read MacDonald

Kate McDowell
The Ram in the Chili Patch (audio)

Storysong adapted from Nursery Tales from Around the World by Judy Sierra

Betsy Hearne
The Nose (audio)

Adapted from The Canine Connection: Stories about Dogs and People by Betsy Hearne

Dan Keding
The Serving Man (audio)

An original tale based on the English Ballad
The Famous Flower of Serving Men


Storytelling Festival, April 8, 2006
Recorded during the Encore Festival April 24, 2006


Kristin Hungerford
Old One Eye

Adapted from Twenty Tellable Tales: American Folklore by Margaret Read MacDonald


Katrina Bromann
Zanzibar (audio)

Adapted from Bill Harley


Richard Urban
Abiyoyo (audio)

Adapted from Pete Seeger’s Greatest Hits Columbia Records 2002 (CD)


Claudia Quintero
My Song for Papa (audio)

An original song by Claudia Quintero


Barb Bolser
Mr. Snitzel's Cookie (audio)

Adapted from a picture book of the same name by Jane Flory


Nina Shimmin
Old Dry Frye (audio)

Adapted from Favorite Folktales by Jane Yolen


Joella Peterson
The Lass That Couldn't Be Frighted (audio)

Adapted from Heather and Broom: Tales of the Scottish Highlands by Sorche Nic Leodhas


Sarah Dutelle
The Happy Shirt (audio)

Adapted from Wisdom Tales from Around the World selected by Heather Forest


Betsy Hearne
How Bobtail Beat the Devil (audio)

Adapted from Grandfather Tales by Richard Chase


Kate McDowell
Princess' Promise (audio)

An original by Kate McDowell


Storytelling Festival, April 9, 2005


Hope Morrison
How the Stories Came to Earth


Annette Lesak
The Two Pickpockets (audio)


Molly Dolan
Women's Wiles (audio)


Jennifer Greene
Chickens! (audio)


Barb Bolser
Screwdriver Malloy (audio)


Kristin Hungerford
Boiling Water (audio)


Dave Dubin
The Underwater Palace (audio)


Betsy Hearne
The Dough Princess (audio)


Minjie Chen
The Mouse Bride (audio)


Claudia Quintero-Ulloa
The Story of Colors/ Las Historia de los Colores (audio)


Sarah Dutelle
Soap, Soap, Soap (audio)


Storytelling Concert, April 17, 2004
Betsy Hearne: Grandpa and the Frogs audio
Eleannor Maajid: My Little Alien audio
Debra Mitts Smith: The Cat and the Rat audio
Kate McDowell: The Dream and the Old Apple Tree audio
Sujin Huggins: The Story of Colors audio
Molly Dolan: Those Three Wishes audio
Sarah Dutelle: Onions and Garlic audio
Kate McDowell: Princess Leanna audio
Barb Bolser: The Lion's Whiskers audio
Krista Hutley: Moose Tracks audio
Hope Morrison: By the Window audio
Amy Crump: Driving Lessons audio
Janice Del Negro: The Harvesting of Dermond audio


In the Dark of Night

In the Dark of Night: Tales of Terror and the Supernatural - A Storytelling Concert for Adults
Featuring storytellers Janice Del Negro, Dan Keding, and Dennis Frederick


Cheap Date

Cheap Date: Stories of Love and Romance - A Storytelling Valentine for Adults
This event, a mini-benefit for The Center for Children's Books Endowment Fund, featured prominent and provocative storytellers from the American Midwest. Janice Del Negro, Betsy Hearne, Dan Keding, The Storyweavers (Lucinda Flodin and Dennis Frederick), Kate McDowell, and Sarah Dutelle presented an evening of traditional stories and modern tales, folk ballads and popular songs, reflecting various aspects of romantic love.