Judy Sima is known across the country for her practical, interactive workshops with educators, librarians, students and families. She is a frequent presenter at the National Storytelling Conference, American Association of School Librarians, Michigan Reading Association and Michigan Association for Media in Education. Judy is a leading authority on youth storytelling. With over 20 years experience coaching students and adults, Judy has helped many others to become storytellers. Judy’s enthusiasm is contagious!
Judy Sima’s book, Raising Voices: Creating Youth Storytelling Groups and Troupes, coauthored with Kevin Cordi, published by Libraries Unlimited, has received numerous awards including a Storytelling World Honor Award, VOYA Five Foot Bookshelf, and the Anne Izard Storyteller’s Choice Award.)
Judy Sima’s articles on storytelling have inspired others across the nation to share their stories whether in the classroom or around the kitchen table. Her articles have been featured in The Yarnspinner, Storytelling Magazine, Storytelling World, Teaching Tolerance, Oasis Magazine, Library Talk, Media Spectrum, Book Links, and The Northlands Journal. Judy is a contributor to Libraries Unlimited publication The Storytelling Classroom, and the the National Storytelling Network’s publications, Tales as Tools, Beginner’s Guide to Storytelling, and Telling Stories to Children. Her tale “The Turnip” is one of five stories in the Story Watchers Club DVD, Good Character, winner of Creative Child Magazine’s DVD of the Year Award. One of her signature stories, “The Boy Who Drew Cats” is featured in The August House Book of Scary Stories: Spooky Tales for Telling Out Loud.”
Judy Sima earned a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Michigan, and served as a school library media specialist for the Warren Fitzgerald Public Schools for over 35 years. She retired from teaching to fulfill her commitment to sharing the world of stories with children and adults, educators, librarians, and families. Judy is the recipient of the Michigan Association for Media in Education Ruby Brown Award for Individual Excellence, the Michigan Association for Media in Education Mentor Award, and the National Storytelling Network Oracle Service and Leadership Award for the North Central Region.
Judy Sima is the Editor of MIStory, Michigan’s only electronic storytelling publication listing storytelling events open to the public, storytelling groups and guilds, workshops and classes, and Call for Tellers. www.michiganstorytelling.org
Funding for Judy’s workshops and performances may be obtained through the Michigan Humanities Council’s Arts and Humanities Touring Program. https://www.michiganhumanities.org/touring-grants/