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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Janice DelNegro  

Pen Name: Janice M. DelNegro


Audience: Children; Children;

Born: 1955 in Bronx, New York

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Illinois Connection

Del Negro is an Associate Professor at Dominican University in River Forest. She lives in Brookfield.

Biographical and Professional Information

Janice Del Negro, PhD, Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. She teaches Children’s Literature, Storytelling, and Young Adult Literature. A member of the Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, DelNegro has written several books and collaborated with Ellin Greene on the classic textbook, ''Storytelling: Art & Technique''. She conducts workshops on storytelling, book reviewing, writing and reading motivation and has been featured at several Festivals including the University of Illinois Youth Literature Festival and both the Illinois and National Storytelling Festivals.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Storytelling: Art and Technique, 4th Edition
ISBN: 1591586003

Libraries Unlimited. 2010

Thoroughly revised and updated, the fourth edition of the classic Storytelling: Art and Technique is an essential guide for beginning and experienced storytellers alike.

• Includes complete texts of 13 stories with source, culture, telling time, audience, and a comment for each

• Examples of a cue card, movement warm-ups for storytellers, a seating arrangement for a storytime, a storyboard, publicity posters, and more

• Offers resources for the storyteller, including professional books and articles, websites, storytelling books by genre, stories to tell to different age groups, read-alouds, and recordings

Lucy Dove
ISBN: 0789425149

DK Publishing. 1998

Despite superstitious stories, determined little Lucy Dove spends the night in a haunted graveyard under the light of the full moon just to win a full bag of gold, in a tale adapted from a traditional Celtic folktale.

Willa And The Wind (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards))
ISBN: 076145232X

Marshall Cavendish Corp/Ccb. 2005

A mischievous north wind, Old Windy, and a dishonest innkeeper try to outsmart young Willa Rose Mariah McVale, who must use trickery to claim what is rightfully hers.

Passion and Poison: Tales of Shape-Shifters, Ghosts, and Spirited Women
ISBN: 076145361X

Skyscape. 2007

"Giovanna undid her cloak, and it slipped to the ground. The sun was coming up over the edge of the sea, and the light caught the rubies around Giovanna’s throat and set them on fire. Rafael could not take his eyes from those flaming stones. Giovanna reached behind her head to undo the clasp that held the rubies."

Janice M. Del Negro’s unique storyteller’s voice enlivens this collection of eight original tales about strong, resolute females. Whether she’s spinning a story about a brave housekeeper who does not suffer fools gladly or a woman who uses her wits to avenge her sister’s death, she embroiders her tales with elegant language and vivid imagery. There are characters and settings that will chill the bones, from the skulls in a moonlit mausoleum to the apparition of a wealthy woman "in a cyclone of light and fog" to three cauldrons filled with hair, bones, and blood. Mysterious shape-shifters and ghostly figures appear, but the women here handle them with grace and conviction. Acting to achieve justice and fairness, these characters become heroines in the landscape of the imagination. An author’s note is included.

Folktales Aloud: Practical Advice for Playful Storytelling
ISBN: 0838911358

Amer Library Assn Editions. 2013

A good folktale triggers the imagination, connecting children to a wider world as well as increasing their vocabulary and comprehension skills. In this delightful and easy-to-use book, teacher and storyteller Del Negro gives librarians, teachers, and parents the keys to storytelling success. Including two dozen original adaptations of folktales from around the world, tailored specifically for library and classroom use, she

  • Reviews storytelling basics such as selecting a tale and learning the story
  • Offers tips for dealing with stage fright and reluctant listeners
  • Presents a bibliography of recommended online and print resources, steering readers to more wonderful tales to tell
For young listeners the folktale is a perfect gateway to the exciting worlds of culture and literature, and Del Negro s book invites their engagement with proven techniques and original story scripts that can be used by experienced as well as beginning tellers.



Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

DelNegro will present to all age groups. Her subjects include

  • Folk Tales/Fairy Tales/Fables/Tall Tales
  • Ghost/Scary
  • Literary
  • Multicultural
  • Myths
  • Original She also will give Storytelling Workshops for Educators, Librarians, Storytellers and Students.