Barbara Effron

Barbara Effron

Barbara Effron

Let your imagination travel to faraway places (or right around the corner) with stories and music. Barbara Effron’s energetic storytelling programs combine folk, traditional, and modern tales with songs and audience participation.

Since 1983, Barbara Effron has delighted children and adults in metropolitan Washington with her enchanting tales and musical stories. She has performed at schools, libraries, synagogues, birthday parties, festivals, the Kennedy Center, the White House, the Smithsonian, and Busch Gardens.

Barbara has an extensive repertoire of holiday and seasonal programs, as well as more than 100 special themes and custom designed programs. With her energetic delivery and enthusiasm, Barbara captures the imagination and takes the audience on journeys to far-flung places and fascinating people. Her passion for storytelling is enhanced with music and audience participation. Her engaging and educational programs reflect her background as a teacher and children’s librarian.

Barbara designs programs for all ages for a wide variety of interests – with themes that include multicultural folk and fairy tales, Jewish folk tales, and new stories from around the world. Her programs, which last from 30 minutes to an hour, feature puppets, storyboards, and a variety of other visuals that embrace the audience. Your class or group can “write your own ticket.”

Barbara also offers workshops for teachers, students, parents, librarians, and others who want to develop storytelling skills. Barbara’s workshops can be specially designed for in-service programs or to meet special needs.

Contact Barbara to book your group on a journey with the magic of storytelling.

Phone: 703-323-1783


Programs Offered

SAMPLE LIST OF PRESCHOOL STORYTIME PROGRAMS                                  

I have programs for more than 100 themes.

I will custom design programs at your request!

African Beat

Always Room for One More

“B” is for…

Bear Jamboree


Cats and Kittens

Clap Your Hands

Circus Fun

Creepy Crawlers

Dinosaurs Beware!

Earth Day

Farmyard Follies

Glad to be Who I Am

Going on a Picnic

Grins and Giggles

Hats Off!

In My Garden

Incredible Appetites

Into the Woods

Kaleidoscope of Colors

Kings, Queens , and Other Things

Magical Tales

Mice are Nice

Monkey Business

Mother Goose Time

Pet Parade

Pocket Tales

Relatively Speaking

Shape Up

Sea and Seashore

Sing Me A Story

Splish, Splash

Soup’s ON!

Stories from Other Lands

Stories from the Treasure Chest

Sun, Moon, and Stars

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Tales from the Treasure Chest

Teeny Tiny Tales

Tell Me Why Stories

WHOO’S Out There?


Tree Tales

Tumble in the Jungle

Windy Day, Rainy Day

Wishes Come True

Wonderful World

Holiday Programs

Chinese New Year

Halloween Fun

Gobble ‘Til You Wobble (Thanksgiving stories)

Happy Hanukkah *

Jingle Time (Christmas stories) *

Love ‘N Kisses (Valentine’s Day)

President’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Eggstra Special Stories (Easter)

Mom = Marvelous

Glad for Dad’s

Hurray for the Red, White, and Blue (Four of July stories)

*These programs can be combined for a winter holiday program.

Kwanzaa may also be included.

Seasonal Programs

Programs for Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer

Jewish Content Programs

Jewish Folktales

Shabbat and holiday program


Many Ways to Tell a Story

This interactive storytelling workshop models easy storytelling techniques that will transform the written word into the realm of the imagination. Music, props, puppets, creative dramatics, movement, and drawing are just a few tricks that make your story zing and often involve your audience. A brief overview of storytelling basics and resources will also be included in the handouts.

Basics for Beginning Storytelling

Discover the storyteller in you. In this interactive workshop, learn the essentials of choosing, learning, and telling a story. This workshop is for everyone – teachers, parents, students, and seniors.

Enriching the Read-Aloud Experience

This participatory workshop will provide techniques to enhance the read-aloud experience during circle time. The workshop will present easy tips for incorporating music, props, puppets, creative dramatics, and movement.

Selecting Literature for Preschoolers

Are you overwhelmed with the number of books available for selection? Learn how to evaluate quality literature that is age appropriate and meets your curriculum requirements. This workshop will cover book selection, using bibliographic resources available in print and on the internet.

Telling Family Stories

Through participatory exercises, rediscover the wonderful and interesting stories about your family. Learn how to organize, develop, and tell family history and life stories. Create entertaining and memorable stories for future generations.

Children as Storytellers

Children are natural storytellers. In this workshop, they will learn how to craft a basic story. The workshop will feature participatory exercises and games in voice, expression, characterization, gestures, and other performance tips. Each child will learn a story to share with others. This workshop is for children in grades three and up.

A Dynamic Way to Teach Higher Level Thinking Skills

Stories entertain children of all ages, and are a valuable tool in developing higher level critical thinking skills. Primary and elementary school teachers will learn to apply higher level questions and follow-up activities using Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Music in the Preschool

Are you tired of singing the “Eensy, Weensy Spider”? This workshop will teach you new songs to sing with your children. We will explore strategies for incorporating music throughout your preschool day, using finger plays, action rhymes, rhythm instruments, and movement.

Using Music in Stories: As Easy as 1-2-3!

You don’t need to be a professional musician in order to liven up your stories with music. Discover the range of readily available music that you can incorporate into stories. You will learn an easy method for creating original songs and chants. We’ll also explore simple instruments that can enhance your story.


“You have quickly become one of my most favorite storytellers.”

Shoanna Crowell, Program Coordinator, Everybody Wins, Children’s Literacy and Mentoring Program, Washington, D.C.

“Mesmerizing, captivation, interactive and fun!”

Joanie Smeltz, Early Child Director, Ohr Kodesh Synagogue

“We are all children when it is storytime, and your are a master at taking us to those treasured places in our imagination.”

Nickie Myers, Corpus Christi School

“The children had warm memories of you last visit and were eager to hear more.”

Nan Jarashow, Aleph-Bet Jewish Day School

“Thanks for making this year”s event one of the best ever.”

Gerry Procanick, Blumont Civic Association

“Your stories, combined with your wonderful singing and guitar, made it a triple treat.”

Edie Gollomp, Agudas Achim Religious School

“You caught and held the interest of our group, and quickly added our participation as we became the story-tellers! What an entertaining presentation – the time flew by! Thank you again for sharing your talents with us.”

Mickey Lazarus, Event Coordinator, Agudas Achim Seniors

“I like how you really get into your stories.”

Becca Sticha, student

“I wish you could have been here all day.”

Mark Menefee, student