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21st Century Kids: Telling Stories

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library,
Young girl excited with her ideas
“Inside each of us is a natural-born storyteller, waiting to be released.”—Robin Moore

Stories are born from ideas, experiences, observations, and the imagination. Even true stories have their origins. In the 21st century, would-be storytellers can share their stories in many different ways. Stories can be relayed digitally, visually, in print, and in the oral tradition. Here is a sampling of books that inspire kids to think outside the box when creating and sharing stories.

“Well, maybe it started that way. As a dream, but doesn’t everything? Those buildings. These lights. This whole city. Somebody had to dream about it first. And maybe that is what I did. I dreamed about coming here, but then I did it.”—James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Telling Stories

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpre
Denise, Anika

Some Writer!
Sweet, Melissa

Pencils, Pens & Brushes: A Great Girls' Guide to Disney Animation
Johnson, Mindy

Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly
Levine, Gail Carson

Brave the Page
National Novel Writing Month

How to Write a Story
Messner, Kate

20-Minute (Or Less) Digital Storytelling Hacks
Preuitt, Sheela

Communicate! Documentaries
Rodgers, Kelly Rodgers

How To Write A Comic Book
Yomtov, Nel

Create Your Own Story with Scratch
Wood, Kevin