Stories for Children in Crisis

Stories for Children in Crisis

“A small key opens big doors” –Turkish Proverb

Our children need help in this time of crisis.

Together with a coalition of international storytellers, I have gathered traditional tales from around the world, stories that may provide an internal place of peace for children. Stories that explore and transform feelings of powerlessness and fear into courage and inspiration are enduring. It is our hope that these cultural treasures can provide new and rich images to replace actual or televised images of violence.

There are immediate ways to help our children find calm while feeling strong emotions. One of these is the intimate sharing of stories. We can ease our children’s hearts while supporting the process of genuine mourning. These tales experientially remind us of the unceasing and potent resources of goodness, love, awareness, and spirit that we each have within ourselves as a natural birthright.

While a tale is being told, everyone telling the tale and everyone listening creates their own internally imagined story. Each person becomes the creator of his or her own story. These images arise within each person in a unique and personal way.

Stories contain seeds of healing, and telling them encourages growth and rejuvenation. Storytelling is an ancient method that has always served to bring people together and to stimulate creative imagination, wisdom, and compassion.

Laura Simms
Director of the Gaindeh Project, An International Storytelling for Survival Initiative
Phone: (212) 674-3479


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Sherry Norfolk and Lyn Ford

Boo-Tickle Tales: Stories that Teach Kids Resilience

Sherry Norfolk and Lyn Ford
October  18, 2017 at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific
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Not-so-scary stories for young children can serve a deeper purpose of immunizing children from fear, encouraging creative problem solving, offering coping mechanisms and building resilience, while being fun to tell and fun to hear. Join the authors of Boo-Tickle Tales (Parkhurst Brothers, 2016) to learn more about the multiple positive impacts of “scary” stories – and hear a story or two.

Special Book Giveaway: Parkhurst Brothers has generously provided 2 copies of Lyn & Sherry’s Boo Tickle Book for a giveaway on our show. Just sign up here and be on the call on October 18th.


Lee Ellen Marvin

Lee Ellen shares from her experiences as educator and arts administrator for the Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service in Ithaca, NY., and specifically how she utilizes storytelling to educate the community and reach the populations in crisis, and support those left behind.

Recorded November 10, 2015