Storytelling Links

Google "folktale" and/or "storytelling" and you will find links of all kinds. Some of these are valuable resources. Others ... not so much.

This page offers links to some (but by no means every) reliable storytelling and folktale sites.

African Folktales A small collection of African folktales – useful for Story Summary and Analyses.

American Folklore (Includes African-American): a broad collection of Americana. Check with your instructor before using one of these stories – some are folktales and some are something else.

Aaron’s World of Stories: A collection of folktales re-written by Aaron Shepard.

D.L. Ashliman A collection of hundreds of folk tales, sorted by theme. Most, but not all, are European.

Grimm Brothers Children’s and Household Tales: Part of Ashliman’s website. Has a good selection of stories in English and German.

Heather Forrest – Stories in a Nutshell This are stories in their most condensed forms. Students should be able to elaborate on a basic plot to use these stories.

Internet Sacred Text Archives offers electronic texts about religion, mythology, legends and folklore, and occult and esoteric topics. It is especially useful to students in Mythology and Sacred Stories.  

Japanese Folk Tales: This is part of Ashliman’s site.

Mayan Folk Tales: a small collection which is posted on a commercial site.

Sur La Lune features 49 annotated fairy tales, including their histories, similar tales across cultures, modern interpretations and over 1500 illustrations