Among resources on storytelling:

* National Association for the Preservation and Perpetuation of Storytelling (NAPPS), Box 112, Jonesboro, Tenn. 37659. (615) 753-2171. Monthly newsletter, The Yarnspinner, included with membership, $15.

* National Directory of Storytellers, gives names, addresses, phone numbers and data related to stories they tell ($2.50, including postage). National Catalog of Storytelling Resources, lists a selection of materials sold by NAPPS (free). Both available from NAPPS.

* National Conference on Storytelling, three-day workshop to learn storytelling skills (scheduled for a June weekend). National Storytelling Festival, three-day showcase of about 10 to 12 nationally respected professional and amateur storytellers (first weekend in October). Both sponsored by NAPPS.

Among area resources:

* Smithsonian Institution's Discovery Theater. Two storytellers scheduled for early 1983: Jay O'Callahan, Marshfield, Mass., and Linda Goss, Philadelphia.

* Nubian League Theater. Presents African Folktales during Kwanzaa (the African Harvest Festival) Mon.-Fri. (Dec. 27-31) at noon at the Museum of African Art, 318 A St. NE. Call 287-3490 for information.

* Museum of African Art. Volunteer docents/storytellers tell African Folk Talkes on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month for children and adults. (Next: 12:30 p.m. Dec. 4. in the museum auditorium.)

* McLean Community Center. Jackie Torrence, dramatic storyteller from Granite Quarry, N.C., Feb. 12. Call 790-9248.

* Washington Area Story Tellers, an informal group that meets every six weeks. Contact: Chuck Kleymeyer, 841-1374.

* Workshop to help parents learn to tell holiday stories to their children, sponsored by the International Group, Thomas Pyle Intermediate School. Dec. 15, 7:30-9 p.m. Call Emily Thach, 652-4749, for information and location.

Among other groups that sponsor storytellers are area libraries and The Folklore Society of Greater Washington (phone: 281-2228).

Some source books for a start:

English Folk and Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs (Putnam), Grimm's Fairy Tales (Pantheon) and The Magic Orange Tree by Diane Wolkstein (Schocken).