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Top 10 Best Books About Storytelling [2024 Update]

Top 10 Best Books About Storytelling [2024 Update]

How can you tell a good story and how can you use the best storytelling tips on stage, in an organization, to convince people and/or in marketing? Here you will find the best storytelling books . Read more…

The top 10 best books about storytelling

Criteria for compiling these recommended books

Our editors have carefully read as many as possible books about this subject. Then, they used the following criteria for choosing the best picks:

  • The literary quality of the books.
  • The amount of books sold worldwide.
  • The professional reviews in newspapers.
  • The expertise and experience from the author.
  • The quality of the examples, knowledge and practicality
  • The actuality and whether the information is useful or too old.
  • Our editor’s opinions: they have read and judged the books extensively.

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1.Billion Dollar Loser: The Epic Rise and Spectacular Fall of Adam Neumann and WeWork

In this book, you get to delve into Neumann’s psychology, his absence of morals, and the religion of character. In terms of outlining an interesting story and telling it well, this book is top class. Our pick for anyone who is interested in business or the remote working sector.

2.Stories That Stick: How Storytelling Can Captivate Customers, Influence Audiences, and Transform Your Business

This is the perfect tool to have in your kit if you work in marketing, advertising or run your own business. It explains how the art of storytelling can translate into sales and increased eyes on your business. We recommend this to anyone looking to improve their brand online.

3.Long Story Short: The Only Storytelling Guide You’ll Ever Need

This is a fantastic asset for any individual who wants to improve their storytelling skills. Whether than be painting a picture to sell a product or engaging a readership in a fictional tale, there are tips and tricks galore from the experts behind this text. An enjoyable read from start to finish.

4.Deep Kindness: A Revolutionary Guide for the Way We Think, Talk, and Act in Kindness

Everybody needs to check out this book! Particularly in this day and age, we, as a whole, need to focus on our individual kindness in order to become better people. If you are looking to become a kinder you, this book focuses on how to achieve that goal through thoughts, actions and words. A very thorough guide.

5.The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human

This is an interesting book introducing significant discoveries and forecasts on stories as a basic component of human advancement. From the dawn of time, humans have relied on the art of storytelling in order to advance as a race, and that still holds true today. Delve into this book to find out just how stories and humans will forever be linked.

6.GLORY: Magical Visions of Black Beauty

Our pick for anybody and everybody. This was a pleasure to read from start to finish and one of the prime examples of modern storytelling you will ever come across. Some stories simply have to be told and Glory seeks to tell them through the medium of photography, ensuring that conventional beauty standards are shattered for black children everywhere.

7.Unleash the Power of Storytelling: Win Hearts, Change Minds, Get Results

This one is the worth of money. Educational and truly hit home the significance of “recounting a story” to boost your objectives. People like to feel the humanity behind a brand and this guide expertly breaks down how to get clients/readers on your side through the power of words along. The proof of that fact is the book itself!

8.The Moth Presents Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying the Impossible

This book will lift you up! Jaw-dropping yet genuine. This is a collection of true stories about achieving the impossible, carefully adapted and crafted to entertain you, the reader. If you are interested in the power of the human mind and body, you will not be disappointed by this book. A great example of storytelling done well.


There is a reason that over one million copies of this book have been sold. Our pick for anyone interested in Matthew McConaughey or those with an interest in the world of acting. You simply will not be able to put this down until the final page. Storytelling at its best from one of the most interesting lives lived.

10.Design Is Storytelling (COOPER HEWITT)

In our opinion, this is an incredible read for any budding designers out there. It shows how storytelling can be used by modern designers to shape incredible designs and experiences. Anything from designing a poster to a complex app, this book explains it all by delving into human psychology and emotions.

Anyone can use these books on storytelling

Even if you don’t want to use storytelling in the entertainment business or marketing, the books from this list are must-reads for improved leadership and / or persuasiveness. Even if you are telling a story on a stage, it is recommended to supplement your background knowledge with these books.

Even more recommendations: these are informative books

Perhaps an extra warning is in order: books about storytelling are not as catchy as the stories themselves described in the book. These are meta-books in which stories are studied. So don’t expect mega-exciting, but even a bit boring books in this list. It’s all part of it if you want to research stories.

1 – Book of Familiar Storytelling Examples: The Power of Storytelling – Carmine Gallo

Not only does this book provide a practical checklist for your stories, but it shows real-life examples from Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, and Winston Churchill, among others, showing why some stories catch on and others don’t. This has become a well-known book that has been read by many people. Moreover, this book sticks so well – thanks to the power of storytelling – that many people can summarize this book by heart.

2 – Storytelling Book: The Storytelling Animal

The author of this book is a Ted speaker and has done good research on this topic. However, do not expect very ‘unusual’, ‘spectacular’ or ‘new’ tips. Think of it as a well-researched academic book on storytelling.

3 – What is storytelling and how does storytelling work? Tell to win

This book is about connecting, convincing and overcoming with the hidden power of stories. In any case, I found a lot of inspiration in the practical examples of this book.

4 – Management book about storytelling: Made To Stick

‘Made To Stick: Why some ideas work and others don’t’ is useful for any communication specialist because you gain insight into what the general public wants to hear, read and / or feel. I found the six main tips in this book really unique and useful.

The top 10 best books on Storytelling of all time

Let’s finish with giving you our top picks on this subject. We will present you our top 10 best books about Storytelling of all time. We have updated this ultimate list of our recommendations this year, including all the recent titles.

Billion Dollar Loser: The Epic Rise and Spectacular Fall of Adam Neumann and WeWorkReeves Wiedeman
Stories That Stick: How Storytelling Can Captivate Customers, Influence Audiences, and Transform Your BusinessKindra Hall
Long Story Short: The Only Storytelling Guide You’ll Ever NeedMargot Leitman
Deep Kindness: A Revolutionary Guide for the Way We Think, Talk, and Act in KindnessHouston Kraft
The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us HumanJonathan Gottschall
GLORY: Magical Visions of Black BeautyKahran Bethencourt
Unleash the Power of Storytelling: Win Hearts, Change Minds, Get ResultsRob Biesenbach
The Moth Presents Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying the ImpossibleCatherine Burns
Greenlights Matthew McConaughey
Design Is Storytelling (COOPER HEWITT)Ellen Lupton

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