Magazines

Storyworks

I write plays based on myths, fables, and fairytales for a wonderful magazine called Storyworks.

Published by Scholastic, Storyworks is read by over one million kids in their 3rd, 4th, and

5th grade classrooms. These plays are called Reader's Theater because they can be read aloud in

a classroom, and they include narrators who connect the parts of the story.

 

Some of the students’ favorite plays are:

  • Anansi the Spider, a West African folktale

  • The Tortoise and the Hare, an Aesop fable

  • Yeh Shen, a Chinese Cinderella story

  • The Emperor's New Clothes, a classic fariy tale

 

 

Below are some of my Storyworks plays.

The Legend of King Midas
The Legend of King Midas

A Greek myth about King Midas who loves his gold more than anything on earth – until he loses everything else.

The Mighty Hercules
The Mighty Hercules

In this Greek myth, Hercules’ strength amazes everyone. But can muscles alone make a hero?

The Lion and the Mouse
The Lion and the Mouse

Can this unlikely duo actually be friends in this Aesop fable?

Anansi Brings Stories to the World
Anansi Brings Stories to the World

A small spider uses his intelligence to triumph over larger animals in this West African folktale.

The Ugly Duckling
The Ugly Duckling

What can this Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale teach us about how we treat each other?

The Tortise and the Hare
The Tortise and the Hare

Aesop’s classic fable pits a speedy rabbit against a slow and steady turtle. Guess who wins?

The Woman With the River in Her Hair
The Woman With the River in Her Hair

A folktale based on the Mexican legend of Lucia Zenteno

A Boy Named Nars
A Boy Named Nars

A modern twist on Narcissus, a classic tale from Greek mythology.

The Chinese Zodiac
The Chinese Zodiac

Are you a snake, a dragon, or a rabbit? There are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. Here’s the story of how it all began.

"Don't Tell Me I Can't"
"Don't Tell Me I Can't"

The true-life story of Bessie Coleman, the first African-American to earn a pilot’s license.

Stone Soup
Stone Soup

Three hungry strangers, three curious children, and a secret recipe bring a small village a big surprise in this folktale.

 

 Students around the country have posted videos online of themselves performing my Storyworks plays.  

Click on the links below to take a peek!