Tomorrow is my girls’ last day of school this year, and then the summer holiday begin. We’ve a summer full of stories planned and as part of that we’ll be following Storycloud, a free online library of brand new short stories for 5 – 8 year olds and their families, written by some of the very best children’s writers in the UK.
The authors include Michael Rosen, Malorie Blackman, David Almond, Philip Ardagh, Jamila Gavin, Debi Gliori, Candy Gourlay and Andy Stanton, and the stories they have written can either be read on screen, printed off, or listened to read by the authors themselves. The tales have been written very much with “what next?” in mind – each includes prompts to encourage children to create their own stories and drawings in response to what they read/listen to; although the stories are self contained, they are written in such a way to spark ideas and get juices flowing.
Once you’ve enjoyed the weekly story (released every Monday) you then get to see an illustration to go with that week’s story. As with the writing, top talent has been drawn upon to create these digital pictures, including Guy Parker-Rees, Chris Riddell, David Roberts, David Melling, Deborah Allwright and Sarah McIntyre. The images are minimally animated – each has a sprinkling of secrets which you can search for by clicking with your mouse.
Here’s the full line up of stories (some of which are already available):
I’ve been lucky enough to have a sneak preview of all the stories and illustrations, and I’ve been delighted with what I’ve seen and read. It’s great to hear the autDisplay Comments Add a Comment