StoryJumper Leading Educators



Evelyn Abrams

1st - 5th grade
Stevens Brook Elementary
Bridgton, Maine
"I was asked to offer an after school program to promote literacy and math skills. I came up with the idea to have students create their own fairy tale. I had them paint their own illustrations rather than use the provided props. The first year I had five students sign up and this year I had fifteen students sign up. The kids were very excited about this program and were thrilled when we had our StoryJumper book signing and presentation night. Their families were very impressed with what their children had done. StoryJumper is such a great program. It not only reinforces literacy skills but also builds confidence in students. One grandparent told me at the book signing, 'My grandson told me he was writing and illustrating a book. I didn't believe him, but wow, he did it! He wrote a book!"

Janel Paquin

High School French
Rogers High School
Newport, Rhode Island
"We were awarded a grant from the Newport Public Education Foundation to create bilingual children's books in honor of the replica of the ship, the Hermione, on which Lafayette came to the United States and collaborated with George Washington. The books are part of a virtual exchange with le Lycée de l'Harteloire in Brest, France. A set of books will be sent to the school in France and a set will be divided between our school and our public library."

Cody Huseby

3rd grade
Father Henri Voisin School
Red Deer, Canada
"My students wrote their fictional narratives using StoryJumper. They loved the illustration feature and the fact that they could include themselves in the story. We synced it up with Google Drive and many of the students completed their own illustrations or had their classmates take pictures of them to use in their story. The parent feedback was very positive. My students loved their StoryJumper books as keepsakes and got to show it off to the rest of their family."

Amy Barnard

4th grade
Arcola Elementary School
Silver Spring, Maryland
"My students wrote historical fictions that took place during the colonial times. My students researched the time period and wrote many drafts to perfect their stories. Being able to publish their work into REAL books through StoryJumper was very exciting. My students were very proud of their work and they were thrilled to share their books with their peers and their families. The Write-a-thon was a great way to raise the money needed to purchase the books. Thank you StoryJumper!"

Cheryl Henderson

9th - 12th grade
Rock Hill High School
Rock Hill, South Carolina
"I teach high school students with low reading scores. I decided an engaging way for them to learn story elements was to have them read popular children's books and then write their own book using story elements. It took almost a month to complete this unit. Students had to include at least three literary devices like metaphor, simile, irony, etc. Students found creating books on StoryJumper to be fairly easy. They enjoyed being able to put themselves in their books. The students were especially proud of themselves when they got their finished paperback books. One student in particular, a fully deaf student in my class, was able to tell his story of what being deaf is like. He has become quite popular in our community and has used his book to show other students what his life is like. Because of the quality of the paperback books, several of the schools in our district have purchased copies of his book."

Barbara Silva

5th grade
Crescent School
Joyce, Washington
"We successfully ran a StoryJumper Write-a-thon fundraiser, which more than covered the cost of publishing the fictional stories that my students wrote on StoryJumper. They were so proud to show off their books when they arrived!"

Emma Gillespie

3rd grade
Potter Road Elementary
Framingham, Massachusetts
"I use StoryJumper every year to publish student poetry anthologies. The students publish one poem every two weeks and use graphics saved from web searches and clip art to enhance their books. After doing this project for several years, I found that it is most effective to send a flyer and collect the money from families to order the hardcover anthologies yourself. At the end of the year we share one favorite poem at our annual Poet's Tea. The students, administration, and families all LOVE this project and its end result."

Kristen Orsini

Middle School French/Spanish
The Westminster Schools
Atlanta, Georgia
"My Spanish classes use StoryJumper to co-author bilingual children's books with ESOL students at a local elementary school. Then the students donate the books to a bilingual library in Atlanta. My students have a choice of what site to use, and most choose StoryJumper for the wide variety of provided images, as well as the ability to upload their own images. The hardcover books are a high quality product which some other bookmaking websites don't offer."

Jennifer Wherry

8th grade ELA
Canonsburg Middle School
Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
"My students and I completed a service learning project in conjunction with our local library. My students wrote and illustrated their own children's books, and StoryJumper brought their books to life! My students were able to draw their own illustrations, and upload them to StoryJumper's easy-to-use website. Once we received our books, my students and I were in awe of how great they looked! The kids at the library, to whom my students read their books, loved them too! This was a wonderful experience for my students, and we couldn't have done it without StoryJumper!"

Sarie Buchalter

3rd - 4th grades
The Weiss School
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
"My 3rd and 4th graders wrote beautiful storybooks inspired by Doreen Cronin's 'Diary of a Worm', 'Diary of a Spider', and 'Diary of a Fly.' Using her books as a model showed the children how a professional author used human characteristics to bring animal characters to life. The children then chose their own animals for which to write diaries, and drew beautiful illustrations to accompany their writing."

Sheena Clark

9th-12th grade
Starkweather Academy
Plymouth, Michigan
"My students wrote children's books for our composition class. Each student was asked to write a book with a "life lesson" that was important for younger generations to learn. Our project was funded by a grant and our local library hosted a "Meet the Authors" Night, where students presented digital copies of their books to parents and community members. Our local newspaper wrote a story about the event. Students and parents were so happy with the finished products. We purchased physical copies of the books and donated them to local day care centers and libraries. StoryJumper was perfect for my alternative education students. It was easy to use and students liked the option of uploading their own pictures. We absolutely love the quality of the books. No other website was able to provide this easy-to-use format and great pricing. We have procured funding to continue this project in the future and will continue to use StoryJumper."

Sheryl Grimaldi

Kindergarten - 8th grade
The Weiss School
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
"This year each student from Kindergarten through 8th grade published a book. We hosted an Author's Day where each of our classrooms shared their published work with parents and grandparents. The event was extremely successful. We had parents in tears as their child shared their book with them. Parents begged us to do this each year. We plan on making this an annual event. StoryJumper was extremely easy to use. Anytime we had any questions we dropped a quick email off to Storyjumper and received a quick response. We would highly recommend this to anyone interested in publishing their own book. We plan on using StoryJumper for years to come."
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