Noting the short attention span of his young elementary-school students: Bill started to add voices, sound effects, actions, props and lots of active participation while reading some of his favorite author's books - to make them even more exciting. After a while, this newly-discovered talent led to a local television program. He needed a name for the TV show; and thus Storytime Magic® was born.
Storytime Magic® Trademark is Registered; Author Concerts; Published Stories in Picture Book & Chapter Book Versions
Bill, and his wife Joanie, realized that incorporating Bill's original educational songs, and their favorite magic tricks, was the key to writing their own books. They spent years on the first book (rewrites, then more rewrites, torn up illustrations that didn't quite work, and lots of editing to make the illustrations print/eBook ready). After that, the books came easily. Joanie and Bill's many years of teaching reading made it possible to create a picture book version of each story for the younger readers. Bill's many years as a professional musician made him a natural on stage, but nothing compares to performing for kids. Young audiences are the best!
Finally, Joanie and Bill were both retired from teaching & counseling in elementary schools; so they began their storytelling at school assemblies as often as they wanted. Now they were able to travel and share their stories in other countries. The fun was in full swing.
Joanie & Bill Greenberg have been a creative team for many years. They've published 23 Storytime Magic® books; and don't plan on stopping anytime soon. Their latest adventure is writing creative children's stories inspired by photographs taken on their trips. They have been guest authors/storytellers, in Africa, Japan, Alaska, Iceland, Hawaii and New Zealand so far. They hope their Storytime Magic® and Travel Series© books will inspire others to explore all the world has to offer. Storytelling and reading is fun!
Each of the "author concerts" (assemblies) are 30-45 minutes long (depending on the grade level); and every story teaches the importance of "never giving up" to reach your goals. Since there are ten stories/assemblies; the author could appear at a school ten times without repeating the same performance. Masterful "classroom management techniques" are used resulting from the author's many years of experience as a kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth and fifth-grade teacher. Every assembly (and book) is a great springboard for inspiring children to write what happens next? The author is a gifted storyteller, making his books come alive (with lots of comical voices, puppets, props, singing, magic, instruments and science experiments); incorporating interactive audience participation throughout. What a great way to inspire students' writing, creative thinking and imagination; while energizing and exciting students about the joy of reading. One of the major benefits of sharing books aloud in an animated storytelling style: is the powerful way it improves reading comprehension. Children clearly remember the details of the story because they have an emotional connection to the book. When this is modeled for children they learn to silently read and comprehend in a similar and wondrous fashion.