In addition to the three main series, the Story Teller brand spawned three bumper Christmas editions, a little known Song Book and several hardback compilations. For an overview and publication history, see this page.
The original series was first released in 1983. It aimed to bring stories to children in a new way by combining the values of a book with the excitement of a sound recording.
Following the huge success of Story Teller 1, Marshall Cavendish immediately followed it up with another 26-part collection in 1984 with a new cast of exciting and colourful characters to amuse and enthrall children.
Little Story Teller was a series of storybooks, each with a 30-minute cassette. Together, they featured not only stories but songs, and activity pages full of ideas for things to make and do.
Three Christmas editions were released: Christmas Story Teller 1 (1983), Christmas Story Teller 2 (1984) and Christmas Story Teller 3 (1985). All three had a fantastic mix of festive stories and popular carols.
This was the single volume magazine published in 1986, the last title from the Story Teller series. It had 52 pages consisting of 20 “all-time singalong favourites” and games, puzzles and things to do.
In 1987, Marshall Cavendish revisited the world of Story Teller by publishing a big hardback book called My Big Book of Fairy Tales, which was essentially a compilation of the best stories from Story Teller.
In 1987, Marshall Cavendish joined forces with the Early Learning Centre (ELC) to produce a four-book series based on Little Story Teller. Each 48-page book had stories, poems, songs, games and activities.
Marshall Cavendish released further hardback compilations featuring stories from Story Teller in 1988. Much thinner than My Big Book of Fairy Tales, the five books are still worthy additions to any collection.
A Treasury of Goodnight Stories is a mammoth compilation of the original stories from Story Teller, including Timbertwig and Grogre the Ogre.
Tales from Around the World is another exciting compilation that gathers together some of the best stories from Story Teller that originated from all corners of the world. Published in 1987 by Exeter Books.