Chinese Folktales

by  Author Marty Chan

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Marty uses tech wizardry, humour, and audience participation to turn Chinese folktales into storytelling performances. He’ll share classic stories from China to give kids a glimpse into Chinese culture. He has a range of stories to choose from. He can tell the story of how the twelve animals were chosen for the Chinese astrological calendar, or he can share the story of why red packets are given at Lunar New Year celebrations. One of his most popular stories is how Nu Wa mended the crack in the sky and created the world’s first rainbow. 


His storytelling performances invite the kids to participate and are followed by a discussion of how the folktales are reflected in the Chinese culture of the past and present.  

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By Request: $150.00
By Request Premium: $125.00


40 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Homeschool/Family Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

No maximum

Primary Disciplines

Culture, Literacy, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
Google Hang Out
Microsoft Teams

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

There is no fee to rebook, but a cancellation within 24 hours of the booking incurs a fee of $50.

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Author Marty Chan

Edmonton, Alberta

Marty is an author and playwright. He’s written over 20 books for kids and nearly 100 plays for adults. He specializes in writing hi-lo fiction to encourage striving readers to pick up books. The Junior Library Guild awarded the gold medal standard to two of his novels: Haunted Hospital and Willpower. One of his early books, The Mystery of the Graffiti Ghoul, won the 2007 Diamond Willow Young Readers’ Choice Award. 


Looking for a dynamic workshop on how to write scary stories? An engaging storytelling session to introduce young students to folktales and story structure? An inspiring book talk to get your reluctant readers excited to visit the library? Marty has a variety of sessions that cover Kindergarten to high school. He also provides professional development sessions for teachers who need extra help getting their students excited about creative writing.


From his virtual studio in Alberta, Canada, Marty delivers interactive writing workshops and author visits with a cutting-edge blend of special effects, humor, audience participation, writing games, and storytelling. Kids won’t be able to look away when Marty turns his pen into a lightsaber to illustrate how specifics matter. Younger students will be amazed at the behind-the-scenes look at how Marty’s picture book about his cats came together. Kids will scream their guesses at the screen as they play his version of ‘I Spy’ and learn the value of sensory details. He offers programs to schools, homeschool students, and the general public. 


Since 2020, Marty has performed over 1,000 virtual sessions across North America. He can connect with classes and students via Zoom, Google Meet, MS Teams or YouTube Live. 

Marty Chan
(780) 975-9292

Program Details


1. The program begins with a tour of the virtual studio.
2. Marty discusses his Chinese heritage.
3. Marty tells a classic Chinese folktale with opportunities for audience participation.
4. Discussion begins around the meaning of the folktale and how it is viewed today.
5. The session ends with questions and answers.


The participants will:

- Develop an appreciation for Chinese culture.
- Explore what is a folktale.
- Compare East Asian traditions to western traditions.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Please contact Marty for details on standards.