Why I Became a Children's Storytelling Author
Being a childrens storytelling author has been a dream come true. It isn't an easy task because it takes a great deal of work. I am a self-published author so I own the whole storytelling concept.
My favorite part of the process is its connection to children and bedtime storytelling.
My topics are fun to develop and I pick ideas that I know will entertain children. My first book was all about chickens. Children love chickens. I perform in a chicken costume. I sound like a chicken and I move like a chicken. The fun part of my act is when I get the children to sound and move like a chicken. The children are so creative and they make me laugh. I also get lots of ideas from what they show me. Children have wonderful imaginations and love to express themselves.
Chickens are special to children because they are beautiful birds. There are so many different types that children have a great selection. I especially like the chickens that have varied colored Mohawks. Those chickens are the wildest. Many children like to raise the chicken from when it is just a chick. They can watch the chicken develop and become an outside bird.
When I ask children to imitate a chicken they are all eager to participate. They jump to their feet and I have a room of chickens, not children. What a wild connection! Just seeing how my words come off the page and become a connection to the children make the process of writing the storytelling book worthwhile.
(storyteller, a member of the national storytelling association and national storytelling network.)
Maureen Barry, a teacher for over thirty-three years, retired and moved onto her sailboat with her husband, Michael and her dog, Toots. They travel to various ports where Maureen tells stories to children. Her love of children and her family and friends continue to inspire her writing and storytelling.
She has so far created three colorful books with a special message in each.