NAPPA 2003: Spoken Word and Storytelling for Ages 4 and Up

By Marilyn McPhie

Nappa Award Winners
Whether you're going over the river and through the woods to Grandma's house or just coming home from preschool and soccer practice, if the "Are-we-there-yet?" chorus is hitting new highs, then the CD player beckons.

Feel the day's cares drain away as you share the age-old, tried-and-true art of the spoken word. You'll laugh, you'll sigh; you may even start telling stories of your own. But how do you choose from the waterfall of spoken-word recordings clamoring for a spin in your CD player? Here are this year's winners.

Gold Award Winners

Bugsters!, Tim Russ and Jedda Roskilly, Russ Invision, 2000; $14.99 (CD and 20-page activity booklet);, 562-421-1836. If the children in your life like the recent bug movies or have ever owned an ant farm, they may be ready for Bugsters. An assortment of buggy friends, each with a distinctive voice and personality, deliver two stories: one about cooperation, another about fear and rumors. The messages are unmistakable, but not overbearing. The theme music is catchy. Top-notch.

Wish Away! Stories for All Ages, Mary Lloyd Dugan, Dancing Pony Productions, 2001; $9.98 (tape);, 843-272-4570. No gimmicks and glitz here. Dugan is a traditional storyteller telling traditional stories in a traditional way. That's all, and that's more than enough. Authentically multicultural, she tells the German "Rumpelstiltskin," the Native American "Little Scarred One," the Thai "Freedom Bird" and three more. A hint of an accent adds a little extra flavor. Children will listen to this one again and again.

To see winning albums for other age groups, return to NAPPA 2003 Award Winners: Spoken Word & Storytelling.

See also: NAPPA 2002 Award Winners: Spoken Word & Storytelling

Marilyn McPhie has been a professional storyteller for nearly two decades. She performs around the country and is a member of the National Storytelling Network. She is also a mother and grandmother.