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Norm Brecke


Norm Brecke is a spirited storyteller who revels in telling a good story. His music, zeal, and humor add to any occasion. When Norm tells ... people listen, and often join in. Norm specializes in folktales which he spices to make them unique. His personal stories always reflect his Northwest roots. Norm is often accompanied by his guitar but sometimes plays ukulele, banjo, or mouth harp to add to his stories.

Norm taught kindergarten for many years before moving to 3rd grade. He tries to tell a different story in class every day. He also teaches storytelling to children after school. He has taught tall tales to cub scouts and placed second in the Seattle Liar's contest twice. He also teaches adults how to tell stories. Norm has told at bookstores, churches, parties, schools, retirement homes, campfires, stores, and Tellebration. He is a regular at the Northwest Folklife Festival.

Here is what folks are saying about Norm:

  • "Energetic Norm Brecke has a great way with stories, and with kids!" Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald, author and storyteller
  • "When Norm comes to Island Books and tells stories the world stops, small children from 3 to 6 years old are captivated along with their parents and older siblings. His musical storytelling and use of dramatic voice always draws people in and takes them temporarily to another place. He calls it, family storytelling. We call it heaven for half an hour." Nancy Page, owner, Island Books, Mercer Island, WA
  • "Norm Brecke has kids (even the most jaded pre-teen) begging for one more story at any event he attends, and has turned many a shy child into a story-telling pro as the Story Club coach at Kennydale Elementary School." Monika Rustad, parent.
  • "Norm Brecke is one heck of a story teller! Who else could captivate an audience of 4 to 94 year olds? He weaves a yarn that's colorful, well thought out, and paced to keep you on the edge of your seat, or giggling down to your belly." Rebecca Gallagher, Renton resident.
  • "With his blend of storytelling and music, Norm has become a favorite at Ravenna, Third Place Books. His music is delightful, adding an exciting and fun aspect to his stories. Children and parents come especially to hear him. 'Are we going to see the singing man today?' asked one boy. I highly recommend him." Patti Harriman, children's buyer and events co-coordinator.