KINGMAN Children at Hualapai Elementary School let out an assortment of squeals and shrieks Monday as Young Authors Week began with Tony Hardman spinning a variety of tales in the school's gymnasium.
Hardman, a resident of Lake Havasu City, began telling stories when he was 8. He has done it professionally for the past 13 years, traveling to schools in states west of the Mississippi River and a trip to Japan.
He is regarded as a master storyteller.
"You have to establish yourself as a storyteller of quality and reputation to gain the designation and it does not come from an organization," he said. "I got it in 1995-96 when I visited 12 states and performed at over 300 schools."
Hardman said those schools are in Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.
Hardman was born in Lehi, Utah. He currently is the librarian at the Lake Havasu campus of Mohave Community College.
He said he has about 20 stories in his repertoire and adds to it periodically. His stories include historical tales, Irish and Asian folklore, American tall tales and scary stories.