Barbara McBride-Smith wears many hats — simultaneously! For over 30 years, she has been a teacher, a school librarian, a theological seminary instructor, a traveling storyteller, and a writer. In each of these professions, she has experienced storytelling as an integral educational tool and a compelling art form.
The book of myths was chosen by the American Library Association as a "Top Ten Title" for adult new readers. The Tell It Together book, a collection of foolproof story theatre scripts, was a recipient of the Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award in 2003.
She also co-authored a book of stories based on women of the New Testament as part of a series published by Abingdon Press, The Storytellers Companion to the Bible.
Ten years ago, McBride-Smith was awarded the prestigious John Henry Faulk Award for outstanding contributions to the art and folkway of storytelling. In 2000, she was inducted into the National Storytelling Association's Circle of Excellence.
A popular performer and keynoter at hundreds of festivals and conferences across the U.S., the diverse McBride-Smith has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee seven times, as well as the National Festival of Homiletics and the International Storytelling Festival in Washington D.C. Her international travels include performances in Greece and Turkey.
Born and raised in Texas, Barbara McBride-Smith learned the craft of storytelling from her two deaf sisters, who "communicated with their entire beings," and her parents, known by all as the "natural born keepers of the family lore."
After graduating from Abilene Christian University in 1966 and from Boston University in 1975, McBride-Smith moved in 1981 to Oklahoma, where she was recently chosen as "Elementary Teacher of the Year" by Tulsa Public Schools. Her favorite collaborators, she says, are her students, her professorial husband, her son (a struggling musician in New York City), and her dog.