Friday, July 18, 2008

American Folk Tales

Growing up, the characters of Paul Bunyon, Pecos Bill and Davey Crockett were as real to my generation as any of the people whose names made the newspapers--probably more familiar, too. American folk tales also make good reading for children.

The following is an excellent site for online American folk tales. It's very well organized and there is lots and lots there to keep your children busy. And for any teachers reading: the site also presents some lesson plans.

The webmaster of this site is an author as well. Information below.

"Sandy E. Schlosser is the author of the "Spooky" series by Globe Pequot Press, which includes Spooky New England, Spooky South, Spooky Southwest, Spooky New York, Spooky California, Spooky New Jersey and Spooky Pennsylvania, Spooky Michigan, Spooky Maryland, Spooky Canada and Spooky Campfire Tales."

"Sandy is the webmaster and writer of an award-winning, internationally-known web site called American Folklore ( that features retellings of folktales from each state. This site was created as part of a graduate study at Rutgers the State University of New Jersey in October 1997 and is used daily by teachers throughout the world in lesson plans for students of all levels. Stories from the site have also been used in college text books and in Masters level programs."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks! I didn't realize until I told one of my kids that I was printing out a Paul Bunyan story that he had no idea who or what Paul Bunyan was.

Nice thing about having the literature online is that I can print it in a larger size type for my littler ones to make it easier to read, and it doesn't hurt their mother either who really should get a new prescription for her glasses.