About Karen

About Karen Young

Make Your Next Event Memorable with One of Karen’s Storytelling Programs!

karenyoung-fullKaren Young’s stories are “for the young at heart and ancient in spirit.” Her lively and lyrical style transports audiences around the world and back in time. A versatile storyteller, Karen’s vivid character portrayals from history and folklore entertain and educate audiences of all ages.

A professional storyteller since 1992, Karen has entranced listeners at schools, libraries, museums, festivals, parks, camps, malls, churches and arts festivals. Wherever people are willing to sit a’ spell and listen to a story well told. Karen has been featured at storytelling events throughout the Midwest and delights in telling stories that promote self-discovery, creativity and a sense of wonder.

Karen is also a writer and workshop leader. Her belief in the power and value of Story led her to create innovative and entertaining workshops for children and adults. Along with her Storyteller Side by Side partner, Gale Rublee, Karen is a storytelling artist with Springboard, the premier arts organizations in St. Louis.

Karen was a Featured Teller at the 2007 St. Louis Storytelling Festival and a Regional Showcase Teller at the 2007 and 2015 National Storytelling Network Conferences.  Her version of the folktale “Stone Soup” was the cover story for the March/April 2008 issue of Storytelling Magazine.


Karen has been honored to share her stories with audiences throughout the Midwest. Here are some of their comments:

“Your stories were seasonal and appropriate to their ages, so we know this was a learning experience for our children.”
Preschool Director

“At our Prime Time Read evening…students and parents were mesmerized as Karen told fairy tales from around the world with great style and warmth…she showed a great deal of creativity and imagination, not seen in most storytelling presentations.”
School District Reading Specialist

“Karen Young uses her voice, imagination and understanding of children to spin a magic web. Her stories are wonderfully creative and fun…Great whoops of joy could be heard in my classroom when Karen would come in…She is a gifted storyteller and a joy for all who hear her work.”
Elementary Teacher

“Thank you for participating in our Missouri Heritage Days. The students truly loved listening to your stories—you make them come alive!”
School District Specialist

“Your stories were great! Can you come back tomorrow and tell us some more?”