For the month of September we are going to take a slightly different approach to the physical swapping of stories and instead swap stories by swapping the author and writer of the story in a Junior School progressive story writing attempt.

Progressive Story Writing in the JS Library

As each class comes to the library for their library session, they will add to the story prompt (one line per class). We are going to add to the story starter the “Blue Monster Story Starter”.

This story will be available via a collaborative document (and on the JS Library OPAC home page) and via a hard copy.

More ideas for Progressive Story Writing


Use a stimulus such as photos as a prompt to start the story

Art and Visualisation

see the iPad Art Room – Cathy Hunt

Monster Stories

The first monster story that comes to mind is the classic Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

Use the following search

  • KEYWORD monster
  • TYPE picture book



There are many apps that allow to you create (and then swap stories). One of these is the Write About app.

More at




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Making connections – Luther and the Cloud-Makers

Who is the cloud-maker?

From Darkness to Light - please read
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Evan Leeson via Compfight

“Luther and the Cloud Makers”by Kylie Newburn and illustrated by Sarah Nelisiwe Anderson  is a beautifully written and illustrated picture book that is not only a great book to share with younger children but is a perfect example of a resource to support student inquiry into Sharing the Planet.

Read an in-depth review by  the Picture Book Nook.

This book will be one I recommending for the Year 2 Sharing the Planet unit.

View the book trailer below.

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