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NAPPA 2009 Storytelling & Spoken-Word Winners

By Marilyn McPhie


Parenting is all go, go, go – a daily workout of shopping, washing, cooking, diapering, etc. Here’s our invitation to pause in the busyness, gather the family around and just listen. Pop one of these winning storytelling recordings into your CD player and note the calm that settles over everyone (even in rush-hour traffic). You’ll laugh. You’ll sigh. Family time doesn’t get any better than this!

Find out from Marilyn which story is the one that children most want to hear.


Favorite African Folktales

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Best Bang for the Buck

Family Fun

Family Fun

Top Pick

Top Pick


Animal Lovers

Gold Winner

Honors Winner


For Younger Children


Storytelling for Kids!, Mary Jo Huff Top Pick

Tell Me A Story 3: Women of Wonder, written by Amy Friedman, read by various artists

Cuentame un Cuento: Tell Me A Story, Carrie Sue Ayvar

When the Gourd Broke: Common Sense Stories, Lyn Ford

Winston the Wide Mouth Frog and Other Fantastic Folktales, Glenda Bonin


For Elementary Students


39 Clues, Book 2: One False Note, written by Gordon Korman and read by David Pittu

Hotel for Dogs, written by Lois Duncan, read by Katherine Kellgren paw print

Lemmetellya! New Twists on Old Tales, Joanne Piazzi

Mr. Popper's Penguins, written by Richard and Florence Atwater, read by Nick Sullivan paw print

Owls in the Family, written by Farley Mowat,
read by Max Louis paw print


For Tweens & Teens

Daniel X: Watch the Skies, written by James Patterson and Ned Rust and read by Milo Ventimiglia Top Pick

Prophecy of the Sisters, written by Michelle Zink, read by Eliza Dushku

For Families


Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales, written by various authors and
read by various celebrities 

Bruce Walker, Storyteller: Good For Your Soul, Bruce Walker

The Jesus Storybook Bible Deluxe Edition, written by Sally Lloyd-Jones, read by David Suchet

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