Margaret Read MacDonald is an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Education.
Margaret Read MacDonald
Professional Title: Adjunct Professor
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Storytelling, folklore, children's literature
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Cultural history, storytelling.
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Cultural History Through Storytelling
Education: A.B., Indiana University; M.L.S., University of Washington; M.Ed.Ec., University of Hawaii; Ph.D., Indiana University (folklore)
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions: Teaching with Story: Classroom Connections to Storytellling (August House, 2013).Give Up Gecko: A Folktale from Uganda (Amazon Children’s Publishing, 2012).Boy from the Dragon Palace: A Folktale from Japan (Albert Whitman, 2011).Tunjur! Tunjur! Tunjur! A Palestinian Folktale (Two Lions, 2012) [Amazon Children’s].Five Minute Tales (August House, 2007). See a complete list of Margaret's 60+ publications.
MacDonald has taught storytelling for the University of Washington and for Lesley University's Creative Arts in Learning division. Retired from a career as a children’s librarian, she travels widely throughout the world offering storytelling workshops, school visits, and performances. Her publications include The Storyteller’s Start-up Book; The Storyteller’s Sourcebook: A Subject, Title, and Motif-Index to Folklore Collections for Children; and Ten Traditional Tellers. She searches for folktales which will delight our children and retells them in a “tellable” format easy for beginning tellers to share. MacDonald encourages teachers and librarians to experience the joy of sharing story and discover the many uses of story in furthering our curriculum needs.
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