098: Compassion, Care, and Children’s Lit with Amber Wood, the Storylady

Would you like to hear a story? How about a song?

Enjoy a conversation with Amber Wood about self-care, children’s literature, feelings, breathing and much more (including a song for self-soothing!).

Amber Wood Photo credit: Suzuran Photography

Amber Wood is the Founding Storylady and Artistic Director of Lightbulb Heart, a storytime and collaborative theatre company in Hamilton, Ontario that celebrates empathy and lifelong play. In 2018, Amber took a 6,000 mile roadtrip conducting childplay workshops with adult creatives before embedding in Durham, NC to devise the first draft of There’s An Easy-Bake Oven Where My Heart Should Be with Emily Hill. The Easy-Bake project is an exploration of rediscovering kid wisdom as a pathway to grownup emotional well-being.  Amber has been reading aloud with children across North America for 25 years. Passionate about helping folks of all ages develop literacy skills and a love of reading, you may often find her sitting in the floors of libraries and independent bookstores looking for her next favourite tales. Amber is currently scheming for Virtual Storytime to ameliorate some of the stress of COVID-19 related school closures. All of her recorded stories will be of works in the public domain.

Resources for COVID-19 related school closures can be found on Amber’s website at: https://lightbulbheart.org/links/



Smythe, E. Louise. A Primary Reader: Old-time Stories, Fairy Tales and Myths Retold by Children. (1896)

Van Camp, Richard. May We Have Enough To Share. Orca Book Publishers (2019). 

Witek, Jo. In My Heart: A Book of Feelings. Harry N. Abrams (2014). 


A Big Sea Star: Kids OT Paediatric Occupational Therapy Services  


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