Thursday, January 27, 2011

Movement to Make January National Folklore Month

I really dropped the ball on this one. Back in early December, Lise Lunge-Larsen emailed me about her forays into having January become National Folklore Month. Lise is a storyteller and author who also blogs at the Children's Literature Network at Snip, Snap, Snute. This past month she has been blogging specifically about folklore, including fairy tales and storytelling. Here is an edited version of her email:

Last spring I began blogging once a week about folktales for Children's Literature Network ( an organization out of Minnesota that seeks to promote children's literature. I proposed last year that we should declare January National Folktale Month on order to promote more reading of folktales in the classroom and at home. After all poetry gets all of April to itself! During the month I will post a blog about various ways to incorporate folktales, fables and myths into the curriculum and everyday life. I am sure I will reference your blog and website a great deal and wondered if there was any way I could talk you into mentioning this on your site?
My blog is called "snipp, snapp, snute" after the traditional way to end a tale in Norway. I am after all, a native of that country.
As I said, I'm late to the party, but Lise's blog is excellent and I recommend giving it a looksy. I'm also predisposed to like people who work in folklore and children's literature, especially if they are Norwegian since I can claim a quarter of that myself through my grandfather who is 100%. Here are the posts she has shared this month:

And the Moral of the Story Is…

Telling the Tale

The Fairy Tale

Animal Adventures

Oodles of Noodles, or Noodlehead Stories

Cumulative Tales and more!

A Bag Full of Tricks

Pourquoi Tales, part deux!

Pourquoi Tales, part 1

Happy Folktale Month

And for good measure while we're here, here are some of Lise's books which I imagine look familiar to some of you:

The Hidden Folk: Stories of Fairies, Dwarves, Selkies, and Other Secret Beings The Troll With No Heart in His Body The Adventures of Thor the Thunder God

The Legend of the Lady Slipper (Ojibwe Tale) Noah's Mittens The Race of the Birkebeiners

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