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Sally Jaeger

Sally Jaeger

Sally Jaeger

105 Victor Ave 

Toronto ON M4K 1A7

Home/Résidence: 416-465-5982 

Email/Courriel:  sallyjaeger@gmail.com

Website: http://www.sallyjaeger.ca/index.html 

Instagram @jaeger5616

Sally Jaeger was born in a small farming community in Wisconsin and moved to Toronto in 1972. A lifelong enthusiast of stories and rhymes, she discovered Boys and Girls House Library and Storytelling Toronto, where she pursued and developed her storytelling.

Sally began working professionally in 1981 when she created the first of three parent and child storytelling programs called Mr. Bear Says Hello, geared to parents and caregivers with children from birth to three years old. At that time, there were no ongoing story programs offered in Toronto for parents with children in that age range.

Over several years this program evolved into three programs which Sally offered in Toronto, until 2017 with her daughter, Erika Jaeger: Lullabies and Lap Rhymes for birth to 10 months, Mr. Bear Says Hello for 10 months to two years and Jack in the Box Tales for two to three year olds.

The goal of the programs was to draw the listener into the world of nursery rhymes, songs, lullabies and stories. Families learned a practical and portable collection of rhymes and songs for soothing or entertaining their little ones, day or night, at home or on the go. This is when the love of language and story begins.  The effects of playing rhymes and stories in infancy are lasting. Mr. Bear Says Hello celebrated 30 years in January 2011.  

Since 2017, Sally has mentored several storytellers who wished to offer their own parent baby and toddler storytelling programs.  A Rhyme for That with Meghan Lockington-Minns is currently offered at Mabel’s Fables Children’s Bookstore and Read and Rhyme Baby Time with Carmen Cameron is currently offered at Type Books Junction.  For more information on Mentoring, please visit www.sallyjaeger.ca.

Sally offers storytelling performances and workshops in daycares, nursery schools and primary schools.  Children who listen together build strong group dynamics, and create a sense of community and belonging for themselves. They learn to use their imagination in response to a story based on their own individual experience, which nurtures empathy and self esteem. There is no right way or wrong way to see the story. Storytelling logically and effortlessly leads children to books.

Sally also presents entertaining and informative workshops to older students, teachers, librarians, ECE workers and anyone interested in learning about the art of storytelling with very young children.


'Lullabies and LapRhymes' CD (2007) Sally’s first audio recording with daughter Erika is available at Merriweather Records, From Song and Rhyme to Storytime series.  

‘Here Comes Mr. Bear’ CD (2009) with  Sally and Erika, follows in the same series. Both of these are available online – please check with your favourite content provider: Spotify, CD Baby, etc.

Sally's DVDs 'From Wibbleton to Wobbleton' (1998), 'Mr Bear Says Hello' (2000) and ‘Happy Birthday, Mr. Bear!’ (2011) celebrating the 30th anniversary, are available on Youtube along with more Sally storytelling videos, and easy to find on our website.

Online Library

Lullabies & LapRhymes (Audio)

Here Comes Mr. Bear (Audio) 

From Wibbleton to Wobbleton (Video)

Mr. Bear Says Hello (Video)

Happy Birthday, Mr. Bear!  (Video)

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