By: Steven James, Standard Publishing, 2004,ISBN 0784716293.
Description: Need a fun, exciting way to tell kids a Bible story? Something that will get them out of their seats and into the Word? Then this book is for you! Using reader's theater, a fun storytelling technique that is used to get three or more kids involved in telling a Bible story. This includes 30 Old Testament skits that tell stories about the beginnings of Israel, heroes, deliverers, adventurers, prophets, kings, and queens.
30 NT Quickskits for Kids, by Steven James, Standard Publishing, 2004, 0784716307.
Description: Need a fun, exciting way to tell kids a Bible story? Something that will get them out of their seats and into the Word? Then this book is for you! Using reader's theater, a fun storytelling technique that is used to get three or more kids involved in telling a Bible story. This includes 30 New Testament skits about life, death, signs, wonders, the life and wonders of Jesus, the acts of the apostles, and miracles.
Just a quick note about the above 2 books. They are to the point, humorous and real easy. I love them and they are great to connect the sunday school with the church, so use them during children's story time the last sunday of rotation. Either have a group of children who did it in drama, or I sometimes pull members out of the congregation and hand them a script with their parts highlighted (no prior practice needed). For the crowd part I type it up on overheads for the congregation to say with an intro from the Narrator who says, "And the crowd said,___". Once you have your actors you inform the congregation they have a part. Practice one line with them, especially if you want them to do it in a sing-song voice, etc. The children and adults really love these.
Crazy & Creative Bible Stories for Preteens,
By: Steven James, Standard Publishing, 2005, ISBN: 078471631.
Description: Looking for creative ways to reach preteens with God's Word? Looking for new methods to involve preteens in Bible stories they think they already know? Then this book is for you!
30 of the most famous Bible stories are organized by story themes to help you teach spiritual truth in fresh, funny, and creative ways. Interactive and improvisational storytelling and drama ideas help you teach Bible stories, review important truths from Scripture, and involve and engage preteens. Ages 10-12.
Sharable Parables: Creative Storytelling Ideas For Ages 3-12, by: Steven James, Standard Publishing, 2005, ISBN: 0784716323.
Review: this book is amazing, covers 17 parables (3 lost stories in one chapter) and each one is covered several different ways. Background information on each parable, grace connections, memory sparks, interactive ideas, adapting the story for different age levels, creative costume and prop ideas, applicaiton and discussion questions, etc. I'll add this under parables lesson section but also wanted to note it here.