The Storyteller


By: Lindsay Bonilla

Illustrated by: Noar Lee Naggan

Published: March 4, 2024

Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books


Today is World Storytelling Day and a great day to share THE STORYTELLER. If you have a story to share, you can submit it before the end of March to be entered into the competition. Click HERE to enter and access other storytelling resources.

The Storyteller is Griffin’s Grandma. She tells the best fairy tales, folklore, and legends. But, rather than just telling the stories, she makes them real by putting Griffin into the story and showing how he can be brave.

With tales like The Little Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, and Jack and the Beanstalk, The Storyteller (Grandma) is preparing Griffin for life. As the light in her eyes starts to fade and her voice isn’t strong enough to bellow, Griffin knows he must do something.

Readers will be reminded of the power of storytelling and keeping the stories going on into the next generation. The illustrations are delightfully detailed and cross the folktale with reality. The relationship between Griffin and his grandma is portrayed as sweet and very special. This magical story is one to be passed on and reminded that it is always important to share our stories.

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Lindsay Bonilla is a professional storyteller and author whose previous picture books include Parents’ Choice Award winner Polar Bear IslandI Love You with All of My Hearts, and The Note Who Faced the Music. She lives with her husband, two wild and creative kids, and her dog, Blitzen, in North Canton, Ohio. Check out her website, HERE.

Noar Lee Naggan also illustrated Lilah Tov Good Night (by Ben Gundersheimer). Originally from Israel, with a background in animation and graphic design, he is now a full-time illustrator in Edinburgh, Scotland. Check out his website, HERE.

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