Stories and Books for Elementary Age

Cinderella Spinderella

Cinderella SpinderellaWicked Stepsisters, a rocking fairy godmother, and a very unusual chauffeur!

Cinderella Spinderella will be a family favorite for years to come.
You and your children will enjoy the story that has enthralled thousands upon thousands of listeners of all ages and backgrounds for more than a decade!

“Eleanor lived alone with her two stepsisters… even though she was in a wheelchair, they made her sleep downstairs in the basement!”

Digital Book World Finalist!  Ben Franklin Silver Award
“Marvelously told, beautifully illustrated.” -A.V. Club News

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Kings, Wolves, Princesses and Lions

Kings, Wolves, Princesses and LionsClassic stories retold with new energy and new tales that seem timeless
An excellent primer for young readers…  28 Stories for you and your family
Grades 1-3 and parents/caregivers.

Aesop and Anansi, Rapunzel, The Brave Little Tailor, Stone Soup, at Valley Forge and many more…

If you liked The Bed Time Story Book you’ll love, Kings, Wolves, Princesses and Lions. (You also will enjoy, Genies, Giants and a Walrus…)

These are stories children will enjoy reading by themselves, or with parents and caregivers. And the grown-ups will enjoy reading them, too. Includes dozens of evocative and humorous old-school and wood-block style illustrations.Award-winning children’s author, Mark Binder presents this collection of stories with the ear of a professional storyteller and the love of a parent reading to his family.

Part of the best-selling “Bed Time Story Book” series, this volume starts with simple stories for early readers, and then allows youngsters to stretch their skills. Bonus tips for reading-aloud at bed time!

Author and storyteller Mark Binder reworks, revises and invents stories that feel fresh while maintaining a strong connection to the past.

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Tall Tales, Whoppers and Lies – recorded live at the New England Folk Festival

Tall Tales CD CoverMark’s first live recording. All ages. And Story lovers..

53 minutes.
The Challah that Ate Chelm • Paul Bunyan Meets Babe the Blue Ox • The Tale of Bad Breath Bill • The PI Kid • Goldilocks and the Three Bubbes • The Brave Little Tailor.
Includes a bonus demo: The Two Monks and the Gross Slimy Monster: League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling Olio Winning Story

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A Holiday PresentA Holiday Present - Audi Book Cover

Who threw the first holiday party? What happened in the bakery on New Year’s eve?  What did Jack really get from the magic man?

Seven stories from around the world: Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, Ramadan, Diwali, Solstice and the New Year. Plus an awesome multicultural song!

Recorded live before an audience of K-5, this is a perfect non-denominational celebration of the holidays.

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Stories and Books for early learners and readers

Whether you read the stories as a parent or a child, or hear Mark tell them, these are some of the best stories in the world to share!
Read at home. Listen in the car. Enjoy any time!

Transmit Joy! (an awesome audio storybook)

Cavemen! Wolves! Bad Manners!

A troll, a candy store and… bunny rabbits? Ten stories of food, friends and adventure that you and your children will enjoy again and again.

“a master at spinning old tales and everyday events into storytelling gold.”
2016 Parents’ Choice Gold Medal for Audio Storytelling WINNER

Transmit Joy! is a 65 minute audio book for early learners, fans of stories, parents and teachers. Educational and fun! • Excellent for Early Learners • Splendid for School Age • Perfect for car rides

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The Bed Time Story Book

36 Familiar favorites and illustrated classics that will enchant the whole family!
More than 60,000 Bed Time Story Books have been sold!
Ages 3-7 and parents/caregivers.

Mark Binder’s best-selling collection of stories for young people (and their parents and caregivers). From Goldilocks to Jack and the Beanstalk and lots more in between!

Includes bonus essay, “Telling and Reading Stories with Children”

Turn bed time into fun family time! The Bed Time Story Book is a wonderfully original collection that will entertain the entire family.

“Accompanied by classic illustrations, the stories are retold in an exceptionally amusing style and perfect for reading aloud!”

These are the classic stories that you enjoyed as a child, and will want to share with your own children.

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A Holiday PresentA Holiday Present - Audi Book Cover

Who threw the first holiday party? What happened in the bakery on New Year’s eve?  What did Jack really get from the magic man?

Seven stories from around the world: Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, Ramadan, Diwali, Solstice and the New Year. Plus an awesome multicultural song!

Recorded live before an audience of K-5, this is a perfect non-denominational celebration of the holidays.

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Books for Adults / Literature?

Calling a book literature before the author is dead seems presumptuous. Calling a book, “Adult” makes it sound pornographic.
Calling it “For Grown Ups” makes it sound juvenile
Let just call these books good reads that aren’t recommended for children…

Loki Ragnarok: the Viking Armageddon retold by the trickster (print and audio)

They broke into his home. They kidnapped his children. Left his wife bound and gagged on the floor, where she choked and died. He had once helped them, been their friend and blood brother. The story of Loki echoes the cycles of violence and revenge playing out across our world. Told with a blend of poetry and prose, humor and horror, it offers no solution — but a glimmer, perhaps of understanding and compassion.

LOKI RAGNAROK is the Viking Armageddon retold by the trickster. In the shadow of prophecy, a family is torn asunder, leading to betrayal, torture, madness and revenge.

It begins with Loki, chained to a rock, listening for the trumpet that will announce the end of the world. Loki tells his side of the story.

“For nearly a thousand years, the tale of Ragnarok – the Norse myth of Apocalypse – has painted Loki as a Satan-like evil. With a fast-paced blend of prose and poetry, award-winning author Mark Binder offers an epic revision of the Eddas with modern resonance.”
– Duval, Between Myth, Lies, and History

Loki Ragnarok gives a horrific villain a voice with measures of rage, humor and compassion.

“Mark Binder has a knack for blending ancient mythology with modern storytelling techniques to create a vibrant and contemporary tale.”

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The Misadventures of Rabbi Kibbitz and Mrs. Chaipul (limited edition!)

The Misadventures of Rabbi Kibbitz and Mrs. Chaipul book covera brief novel about Chelm’s two most senior citizens…
A midwinter romance of laughter and smiles
Mrs. Chaipul owns the only restaurant in Chelm. Rabbi Kibbitz? Well, let’s just say he’s the wisest man in this village of fools. Together, they make an unlikely and lovable pair.

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A Dead Politician, An Undead Clam And An Ancient Horror

A Dead Politician, an Undead Clam and an Ancient HorrorThree Rhode Island Horror Stories

– The Vampire Clams of Narragansett Bay
– Old Scratch Nickels
– The Old One

Limited Edition / Not available in stores.

The Brothers Schlemiel

Abraham and Adam are identical twins from Chelm, a village of fools, where they are mixed up from birth. A story of identity, misadventures, love and family, The Brothers Schlemiel is a book you’ll savor.
“Wired Words, Electric Prose” — The Providence Phoenix

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Stories for Peace

A fun and quick read that will open new possibilities to handling difficult and uncomfortable problems. Using an entertaining and action-provoking style, the book raises issues and offers answers.

Ten stories plus three essays by award-winning author and storyteller Mark Binder. Includes a new section on Cyberbullying.

For adults, children, families, educators, students, activists, leaders and listeners.

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Life in Chelm

Mark Binder’s Chelm stories are delicious for all ages*

Set in a village of fools, these stories have a huge cast of characters, a historical feel with contemporary themes.
*You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy any of these books.
And yes, Mark will come and perform at your church, mosque or synagogue!

The Brothers Schlemiel

Abraham and Adam are identical twins from Chelm, a village of fools, where they are mixed up from birth. A story of identity, misadventures, love and family, The Brothers Schlemiel is a book you’ll savor.
“Wired Words, Electric Prose” — The Providence Phoenix

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The Misadventures of Rabbi Kibbitz and Mrs. Chaipul (limited edition!)

The Misadventures of Rabbi Kibbitz and Mrs. Chaipul book covera brief novel about Chelm’s two most senior citizens…
A midwinter romance of laughter and smiles
Mrs. Chaipul owns the only restaurant in Chelm. Rabbi Kibbitz? Well, let’s just say he’s the wisest man in this village of fools. Together, they make an unlikely and lovable pair.

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A Chanukah Present/A Hanukkah Present

Eleven stories and a novella your family will share and enjoy, this book was the finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Family Literature.
The audio book includes eight stories and on Storytelling World Storytelling Magazine Honor
“Lethal Latkes,”  is not a murder mystery. It concerns some awful-tasting latkes (potato pancakes) and what you might call another Hanukkah miracle: love.” —New York Times
“Listeners of all cultural backgrounds will be entertained by these tales.”
—School Library Journal

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Matzah Mishugas

Return to Chelm for a taste of Mrs. Chaipul’s lead sinker matzah balls. Discover “Who stole the afikomen?” Find out what was the last temptation of Rabbi Kibbitz! Eight Passover tales from your favorite village.

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