My life’s work connecting young people and stories began when I was in elementary school. Sitting on the floor at the foot of a guest storyteller, I was enchanted by her words, her rhythms, and her images. That rich, communal experience sparked a lifelong passion for world folk and fairy tales and a desire to share them with children. These stories effectively foster a sense of history, culture, and empathy, while simultaneously supporting literacy and writing skills. For the youngest listeners, the participative elements of storytelling support additional developmental areas, such as social skills and motor skills.
My experience with oral storytelling is diverse. Since 1992, I have been telling stories in schools, libraries, early childhood centres, and community organizations. In 2003, I earned a Master of Arts in Children’s Literature, focusing on oral traditions. I have honed a rich repertoire of folk and fairy tales, myths, and legends for children of all ages, but especially those in Kindergarten through grade three.
Additionally, I work to promote, advocate, and teach children’s literature. For three years, I served as the Alberta Regional Officer for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. I also toured for this organization as part of Canadian Children’s Book Week. For ten years, I taught various courses about Children’s Literature and Storytelling at University of British Columbia, Mount Royal University and Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. In 2019, I founded The Gingerbread Way, which focuses on teaching early childhood professionals to nurture children’s potential with rhymes, songs, and stories.
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