Ellin Greene

Dr. Ellin Greene


Ellin Greene is an author, storyteller, and consultant in library service to children. She received her M.L.S. degree from the Graduate School of Library Service and her doctorate in Creative Arts Education from the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. A former associate professor at the University of Chicago Graduate Library School, Dr. Greene is a nationally and internationally known storyteller, lecturer, workshop leader and conference director. In 1981 she was honored with membership in The Douglass Society (distinguished alumnae of Douglass College). She is listed in several Who's Who publications (Marquis) and was awarded a certificate of merit for Distinguished Achievement from The World Who's Who of Women (Cambridge) in 1986.

Before joining academe, Dr. Greene was Storytelling Specialist and Assistant Coordinator of Children's Services at the New York Public Library and Children's Literature Specialist at the National College of Education. She authored and directed "The Illustrator as Storyteller" project (1984-1985), funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and The New York Public Library's Early Childhood Project (1987-1989), funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Dr. Greene has served as consultant to various publishers and producers of materials for children and was chair of numerous committees for The American Library Association/​Association of Library Service to Children, including the 1984 Caldecott Committee. She served on the Board of Directors in the fledgling years of the National Association for the Preservation and Perpetuation of Storytelling (NAPPS), was a featured teller at the 20th anniversary of the National Storytelling Festival, and in 2002 received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Storytelling Network.

Dr. Greene co-authored (with Augusta Baker) the first two editions of Storytelling: Art and Technique. She is the author of the third edition (Bowker-Greenwood) and author (with Janice M. Del Negro) of the fourth edition (Libraries Unlimited). Dr. Greene is also the author of Books, Babies, and Libraries: Serving Infants, Toddlers, Their Parents and Caregivers (American Library Association, 1991. o.p.) She has retold several folktales for children, including The Little Golden Lamb (Clarion) which received a Storytelling World Honor and is listed in The New York Public Library's Children's Books 2000--One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing.

In Something about the Author (Volume 23) Dr. Greene writes: "I have a deep interest in literature, especially imaginative literature, including folk and fairy tales, fantasy, and poetry for both adults and children...I believe imaginative literature keeps us in touch with what is most human in us. As a librarian/​teacher I am interested in introducing this literature to children and adults, especially through the art of Storytelling. I also attempt to do this through my books."

Storytelling: Art and Technique, Fourth Edition (with Janice Del Negro)
An essential guide for beginning and experienced storytellers alike.
Picture Book
Mother's Song - A Lullaby, illustrated by Elizabeth Sayles
"Greene's text has a lovely, crooning lilt." - Publishers Weekly "... a great gift for new mothers." - Parent Magazine
The Little Golden Lamb, illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger
"A joyous tale, with a beautiful blend of text and illustration. A read-aloud treasure."
-School Library Journal
Storytelling World Honor Book 2001
Elsie Piddock Skips In Her Sleep
Stories and Poems by Eleanor Farjeon