John "Odds" Bodkin is a children's author and storyteller who has captivated audiences for over 14 years. Bodkin embellishes his storytelling with full musical accompaniments, often using lively characterizations. His long recordings -- sometimes four hours in length -- evoke our oral tradition at its best.
Bodkin grew up in the New York City area. After graduating from Duke University with a degree in cognitive psychology, Bodkin moved to the New Hampshire area. He taught storytelling and mythology at the graduate level for seven years.
He then turned his attention to a younger audience. Bodkin published his first children's book, The Banshee Train, in 1995. He followed it with a collection of 14 audio releases, The Odds Bodkin Storytelling Library. One of the releases, The Evergreens: Gentle Tales of Nature (1996), won the Family Channel Seal of Quality and a Parent's Choice Award. Another release, The Odyssey: An Epic Telling won the Platinum Award from the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio. In 1997, Bodkin released an Arthurian story called The Hidden Grail: Sir Percival and the Fisher King.
A frequent keynoter at conferences, Bodkin is also the recipient of the Tribune Media Services' Best Storytelling Award in 1996. He has performed in such varied venues as the Chicago Art Institute and the Association of Specialty Toy Retailers Convention.