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We have such a wide variety of ages, but you seemed to engage them all! You have a great way of involving your audience and have a fun time. Thank you for helping us ‘laugh it up’ this summer.

Dick Strader
Willard Library,
Battle Creek, MI

Judy Sima

You truly have a special gift. I’ve never seen the children so engrossed!

Sara Gagnon
Teacher, Neigebaur Early Childhood Center


I really enjoyed your storytelling on Wednesday. It was a much-needed relief from a day of hard work!

Adam W.
4th grade student

Judy Sima

Storytelling Performances

Delighting audiences since 1987, Judy’s warm, engaging performances bubble over with humor, song, and loads of audience participation. Programs are tailored to fit your school, library, adult, youth or family group.


Teen and Adult Programs


My Mother's Voice

Judy shares the compelling story of her Mother's encounter with the Gestapo, her escape from Germany during World War II and adjustment to life in America. Using intriguing "Conversation Starters," Judy helps audiences bring their own treasured memories back to life.

Capturing the "Story" Behind the Facts.

Learn to create memorable stories that bring ancestors and historical figures to life in the classroom or on the stage.

In the Jewish Tradition

Judy gives voice to the traditions of her people – their wisdom, humor, warmth, and “sechel” (native good sense).

Bloody Mary and Other Gruesome Tales

Judy scares up spine tingling tales that take Teens and Pre-Teens to places they wouldn’t want to visit alone.


Programs for Children


Around the World and Back Again

Judy searches the globe for stories to help us appreciate that despite differences, people the world over have the same needs, fears, and desires as we do.

Stories for Living Happily Ever After

Judy transports you to “Once Upon a Time" where magical creatures and thrilling adventures abound, and every story ends with “Happily Ever After.”

Judy SimaTales for Tiny Tots

Grandma Judy engages preschoolers with songs, rhymes, participation, puppets, props, and tales chosen for wide-eyed giggles and delight.

Delightfully Frightful

Judy guarantees breathless suspense and delightful shivers- but no nightmares - with scary stories selected especially for your age group.

Books Come Alive

Judy encourages literacy as she brings to life some of the best stories in Children’s Literature -sending young people racing to the shelves to read.

Fabulous Folktales

Judy shares folktales and legends – some familiar, some not so familiar, but every tale enriches listeners with stories and wisdom of the ages.

Stories Alive!

Judy creates storytelling excitement encouraging children to join in, sing along, and become actors in her tales.

Riddle-de-Dee: Stories to Solve and More

Judy answers some age-old questions while asking new ones, with something extra thrown in just for fun.


Judy creates a menagerie of tales where you'll meet all sorts of creatures – big and small, cute and cuddly, creepy and crawly, furry and fuzzy.

Stories Wet and Wild

Judy splashes up tales, real and imagined that flow from our steams, lakes, and seas.

Writing Your Passion: Author Talk for Young People and Adults

Judy shares publishing experiences and insights gained in the writing of her award-winning book Raising Voices: Creating Youth Storytelling Groups and Troupes


Featured Performances

ACS Preschool, West Bloomfield

Alpena Public Schools

Authors in April, Mistress of Ceremony

Battle Academy, Chattanooga, TN,

Bethel College, Elkhart IN

Beverly Hills Halloween Hoot

Borders Book Stores

Canton Family Storytelling Festival

Chicken Festival, Chillicothe, MO

City of Detroit Noel Night

Detroit Festival of Storytelling at Wayne State University

Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit Institute of Arts

Elizabeth Stone Gallery, Birmingham, MI

Flint Institute of Arts

Jackson Story Fest

Johnson City Schools, Johnson City, TN

Kentucky Storytelling Conference

Kingsport City Schools, Kingsport, TN

Laramie Public Schools, Laramie, WY

Michigan Association for Media in Education

Michigan Reading Association

Michigan Story Festival

Mid-East Michigan Library Consortium

Northern Prairie Storytelling Festival, Sioux Falls, SD

Oakland County Metro Parks

Renaissance City Story Fest

Saginaw Area Reading Council

Schools, public libraries, recreation centers, and senior residences throughout Michigan

State of Michigan Library - Read Across America

Storytelling Along the Wabash, Vincennes IN

The Ark in Ann Arbor

Walled Lake Community Preschools

Wayne County Community College

West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Campfire Tales