Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jim May  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children; Children;

Born: in Spring Grove, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Jim May was born and raised Spring Grove. He currently resides in Woodstock.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jim May is an author and storyteller. He is the founder of the Illinois Storytelling Festival. His stories have taken him across the United States and Europe. He received a 1989 Chicago Emmy award for a WTTW-channel 11 T.V. production of his original story, ''A Bell for Shorty''.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Boo Baby Girl Meets the Ghost of Mable's Gable
ISBN: 1878925032

Brotherstone Pub. 1992

Book by May, Jim

Farm On Nippersink Creek (American Storytelling)
ISBN: 0874834198

August House. 2006

Jim May grew up in the 1950s among farm people who had lived along Illinois's Nippersink Creek for generations. Stories told around the kitchen tables, front porches, and horse-trading barns brought laughs, inspired love, and helped ease the sometimes tragic turn of life's events. Speaking in the familiar voice of a longtime neighbor, May shares humorous and affecting events as well as his Emmy Award-winning tribute to his father.



Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Along with his storytelling, May presents several types of programs including

  • Assemblies for Students
  • Writing workshops for Students
  • In-service training/workshops for Teachers
  • Keynote presentation
  • Inquiries can be forwarded to

    P.O. Box 1012 Woodstock, Illinois 60098 Phone 815-648-2039 Fax 815-648-2935 Email