The ultimate experience in sharing stories with an audience involves stand-up storytelling where the teller uses no props of any sort to deliver the story. Although selection is an important process no matter what the mode of delivery, it is unquestionably the most critical of the storytelling processes for a beginner.
In some ways, selecting literature to share with an audience via telling is no different than selecting literature to read aloud. The dualistic process remains the same—building your repertoire and then choosing stories for a specific performance. Similarly, you must truly enjoy the literature you choose to tell and must have a sincere interest in sharing it with an audience. Although the nature of your telling repertoire will be more limited than your read-aloud repertoire (that is, stories primarily), you will still want to vary the type of stories you tell based on the needs of your potential audiences. Teachers and librarians must continue to be conscious of the read-ability levels of the print versions of the stories they tell because many children will be motivated to read these versions following a performance. If the text includes any special elements (e.g., an unfamiliar dialect, a chant, or unusual sounds), which are essential to the nature of the story yet which you cannot master, it is better not to try to tell these stories.