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Module Reading List

Using Stories to Develop Learning, 2021/22, Semester 1
Becky Cherriman
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue


Bassot, B. 2016.  Reflective journal. London: Palgrave Macmillan.    

Techniques and theories useful for journalling and when working on your critical reflection.

Bettelheim, B. and Zelan, K. 1982. The magic of reading. In: On learning to read:the child's fascination with meaning. London: Thames and Hudson, pp.48-64.        Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Belbin, D. 2011. What is Young Adult Fiction? English in Education, 2011-06-01, 45 (2), pp.132-145.  

A young adult fiction writer details his experience of writing ya and talks about what the genre is for. 

Brown, M. 2019. The letters in a girl's name. In: Where grown men go. Cromer, Norfolk: Salt Publishing, p. 27.       

A poem dealing with the experience of learning to write. Available in the Learning Resources area of Minerva with the permission of the author.

Children's Poetry Archive. 2020.  [Online]. [Accessed 21 July 2021]. Available from:  

A great source of poems written for children by established authors.

Burroway, J. 2015. Voice, In Imaginative writing : the elements of craft. 4th edition. New York: Longman, pp.48-61.    

Chetty, D. 2016. You can't say that! Stories have to be about white people.  [Online]. [Accessed 6 October 2021]. Available from: 

de Waal, K. 2018. Don’t dip your pen in someone else’s blood: writers and ‘the other'. The Irish Times. [Online]. 30th June 2018. [Accessed 11 October 2019]. Available from:  

The dangers of cultural appropriation when writing from the perspective of characters from cultures different to your own.

Egan, K, 1988. The Story Form Across the Curriculum. In: Teaching as story telling: an alternative approach to teaching and the curriculum. London: Routledge, pp.63-102.    OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 22/10/2020) 

Ernst, S, B. and McClure, A.  2004. A poem is a house for words: NCTE profiles Mary Ann HobermanLanguage arts, 2004-01-01, 81 (3), p.254-259.  

American children's poet Mary Ann Hoberman shares her experience of writing poetry with examples from her poems. 

Douglas-Fairhurst, R. 2005. Tune in and Turn up the Volume. 30.1.05.  [Online].  [Accessed 7 September 2020]. Available from:

A review of Al Alvarez's book, The Writer' Voice

Khan, M. I am Thunder and I won't keep quiet. London: Pan Macmillan.      

A young British Muslim girl tries to find her identity in this ya novel.

Klimas, C. et al. 2009. Twine. [Online].  [Accessed 7 September 2020]. Available from:   

Interactive digital stories tool.

McElmeet, S.L. 1996. Where do writers get  their ideas?The Book Report. 1996-09-01, Vol.15 (2), p.33.  

Melanie , R., Bold, A, J., Blackman, M. et al. 2019. Representation of people of colour among children’s book authors and illustrators [Online].  [Accessed 11 October 2019]. Available from:  

Quantative and qualitative findings and recommendations. 

Parkinson, R. 2009. Transforming Tales: How Stories Can Change People. London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley.‌    

A great introduction to storytelling, which we will refer to throughout the module.

Testament. 2014. Poetic Devices. [Online]. [Accessed 14 November 2019]. Available from:  

Leeds poet Testament raps his way through some of the 'tools' of poetry.

Sandburg, C. 2003. Arithmetic.  Poem Hunter. [Online]. [Accessed 14 November 2019]. Available from: 

 2017. Kubler, A. The importance of inclusivity in picture books. [Online]. [Accessed 7 September 2019]. Available from: 

Thomas, V. and Paul, K. 2016. Winnie the Witch. Oxford: Oxford University Press.    

A children's picture book about what happens when Winnie decides her cat doesn't fit in with her house. 

CSWvideoTube. 2010. Revolting Rhymes. Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf. [Online]. [Accessed 7 September 2019]. Available from:  

Simpson, D. and Bostley, S. 2015. Lost Voices. [Online]. [Accessed 5 July 2020]. Available from:

Winkler, M. and Yeretsky, K. 2016. The Hero's Journey according to Joseph Campbell. [Online]. [Accessed 7 September 2019]. Available from:  

A whistle-stop explanation of one of the most commonly-used plot structures with examples.

Estalles, R. 2016. Winnie the Witch. [Online]. [Accessed 7 September 2020].Available from:     

An animated version of Korky and Paul's picture book.

Webb, J. 2020. Teach like a writer : expert tips on teaching students to write in different formsLondon: John Catt Educational Ltd.    

A Leeds English teacher based in an inner city school details how teachers can teach pupils to write creatively with reference to the work of creative writers and the impact of their work on students.  

 Xerri, D. 2014. Schools as “Poetry-Friendly Places”: Michael Rosen on Poetry in the CurriculumArts Education Policy Review115(4), pp.151–158.      



Adichie, C.N. 2009. The danger of a single story. [Online]. [Accessed 7 September 2020]. Available from: 

Alderman, N. 2020. Skill, Stamina and Luck.  [Online]. [Accessed 30 November 2020.] Available from:

Naomi Alderman explains why and how she made the interactive documentary below and talks about the importance of platforms like Twine.

Bell, J. 2015. 52: Write a poem a week. Start now. Keep going. Warwickshire: Nine Arches Press.

Practical poetry writing activities.

Bettelheim, B. 1978. The uses of enchantment : the meaning and importance of fairy tales. Harmondsworth:Penguin

Bickham, J.M. 1998. 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes. Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest Bks.

Blackman, Malorie, 2002. Chapter 1. In: Blackman, Malorie, Noughts & crosses. London: Corgi, pp.19-33.  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 22/10/2020)    OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (AJ 28/10/2021) 

Booker, C. 2019. The seven basic plots : why we tell stories. London Etc.: Continuum.  

Book Trust. 2019. Black Lives Matter. [Online]. [Accessed 5 July 2021]. Available from: 

Booktrust works to engage children with reading. This reading list is 'aimed at inspiring and empowering children to talk about anti-racism' .

Burgess, Melvin, 2003. Chapter 1. In: Junk. London: Puffin Books, pp.1-6.   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 22/10/2020)    Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Contemporary realist ya fiction.

Campbell, J. 1949. The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Princeton: Princeton UP.

Campbell outlines his hero's journey plot structure.

Campbell, L., Campbell, B. and Dickinson, D. 2004. Teaching & learning through multiple intelligences. Boston: Allyn And Bacon.

Chaparro -Moreno, L.J., Reali, F. and Maldonado-Carreño, C. 2017. Wordless picture books boost preschoolers’ language production during shared readingEarly Childhood Research Quarterly. 40(40), pp.52–62.

Chatton, B.  2010. Using poetry across the curriculum : a whole language approach. Phoenix, Ariz.: Oryx Press.  

Coelho. J. 2017. How To Write Poems: Be the best laugh-out-loud learning from home poet. Bloomsbury: Bloomsbury Activity Books.

A practical and visual aid to writing poetry aimed at children.

Cremin, T; Chappell, K. 2021. Creative pedagogies: a systematic reviewResearch papers in education. 2021-05-04, 36 (3), pp.299-331. 

Cremin, T. 2015. Teaching English Creatively. London: Routledge.

The chapters 'Imaginatively Exploring Fiction' and 'Playfully Exploring Poetry' may be of interest. 

Crossfield, J. 2009. Writing: The power of three.  [Online]. [Accessed 30 October 2019]. Available from: 

Crossfield summarises the three-act structure and the rule of three in storytelling.

Cowley, S. 2005. Letting the buggers be creative. London ; New York: Continuum. 

Donaldson, J., Scheffler, A. and Staunton, I. 2007. The Gruffalo.

Doherty, B. 1991. Dear Nobody. London: Penguin. Becoming a young parent, romance

Duhig, I. 2020. To Witness: Ian Duhig on poetry’s responsibilities. Poetry London. [Online]. [Accessed 7 September 2020]. Available from: 

Written in the context of the growing Black Lives Matter movement.

Dunbar, R.I.M. 2014. How conversations around campfires came to beProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences111(39), pp.14013–14014.

What role did humankind's discovery of how to make fire play in the evolution of storytelling?

Education Endowment Foundation. 2020. [Online]. [Accessed 6 September 2020]. Available from: 

Recommendations for teachers on 'high priority issues' based on most recent evidence.

Egan, K. 1988. Imagination and Education. New York: Teachers College, Columbia University.

Egan, K. 1989. Teaching as story telling. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Flood, A. 2018. 'Mum this is me!’: the pop-up bookshop that only sells diverse children’s books. The Guardian. 14 December 2018. [Online]. [Accessed 11 October 2019]. Available from:

Flood, A. 2020. Change is not happening fast enough': UK publishers promise to tackle inequality. The Guardian. 17 June 2020. [Online]. [Accessed 7 October 2020]. Available from:  

Fox, D.L. and Gnagey Short, K. 2003. Stories matter : the complexity of cultural authenticity in children’s literature. Urbana, Illinois: National Council Of Teachers Of English.

Fry, S. 2007. The Ode Less TravelledUnlocking The Poet Within. Arrow.

How to write traditional forms of poetry by Stephen Fry.

Gaiman, N. 2013. Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming. The Guardian. [Online]. 15 October 2013. [Online]. [Accessed 7 September 2020]. Available from: 

Geeky Girl Productions. No date. [Online]. [Accessed 7 October 2019]. Available from:

Fun interactive games devised by the previous module leader. 

Gersie, A. and King. N. 1990. Storymaking in Education and Therapy. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Goldberg, N. 2016. Writing down the bones : freeing the writer within. Boulder, Colorado: Shambala.

A manual for the writer new to creative writing. 

Goodson, F. et al. 2010. Narrative learning. London: Routledge

GOV.UK. The National Curriculum.  [Online]. [Accessed 7 October 2019]. Available from:

Greene, M. 2000. Releasing the imagination: essays on education, the arts, and social change. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.  

Grimm, J. and W. 2004. Complete fairy tales. London; New York: Routledge.

Grugeon, E. Gardner, P. 2000. The art of storytelling for teachers and pupils : using stories to develop literacy in primary classrooms. London: David Fulton.

Heffron, J. 2012. The writer’s idea book : how to develop great ideas for fiction, nonfiction, poetry & screenplays. Cincinnati, Ohio: Writer’s Digest ; Newton Abbot.

Hooks, B. 1994. Teaching to Transgress. London: Routledge. 

For those interested in critical and engaged pedagogy. Bell Hooks 'shares her philosophy of the classroom, offering ideas about teaching that fundamentally rethink democratic participation'. 

Denny, J. 2019. How to Use the Seven Basic Plots to Galvanize Your Learners. [Online]. [Accessed 7 September 2020]. Available from:     

Hunt, C. and Sampson, F. 1998. The self on the page : theory and practice of creative writing in personal development. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.  

Hunt, P. 1994. An introduction to children's literature. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.

Hunt, P. 1999. Understanding children's literature. London: Routledge.

King, S. 2012. On writing : a memoir of the craft. London: Hodder.

Klages, M. 2015. Literary theory : a guide for the perplexed. London, Uk and New York: Continuum International Publishing Group.

Klein, G. 1985. Reading into racism: bias in children's literature and learning materials London: Routledge.

Macfarlane, R. 2017. Badger or Bulbasaur - have children lost touch with nature? The Guardian. 30 September 2017. [Online].  [Accessed 7 September 2020]. Available from:   

Master, I. 2017. Out of Heart. London: Hot Key. A Muslim family are shocked when a man who has been given their grandfather's heart through organ donation shows up, grief .  Ness, P. 2012. A Monster Calls. London: Walker Books. Fantasy genre but with a lot of realism, parental illness

Millwood, R. 2013. Learning Theory. [Online]. [Accessed 7 September 2020]. Available from:      

A summary of learning theories in mind map format.

Munden, P. and Wade, S (eds). 1999. Reading the applause, reflections on performance poetry by various artists. York: Talking Shop.

Includes reflections on voice and cultural identity in performance poetry and performance poetry in education. 

Newsround. 2018. Attenborough Astonished by Blue Planet Impact. [Online]. Available at: [Accessed 7 September 2020].      

Onwuemezi, N. 2018. 'Alarming' study reveals only 4% of children's books feature a BAME character The Bookseller. [Online]. [Accessed 14 October 2019]. Available from: 

Orwell, G. 2019. Politics and the English Language. [Online]. [Accessed 7 September 2020]. Available from: 

Orwell's time-tested editing tips, first published in Horizon, April 1946.

Paley, V.G. 1990. Jason's Story (extract). The Boy who would be a helicopter The Uses of Storytelling in the Classroom. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, pp.29-47.  }}Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  

Popova, M. 2012. A History of Children's Picture Books. The Atlantic. [Online].  24 February 2012. [Accessed 7 September 2020]. Available at:

Pritzker, D. 2012. Narrative analysis of ‘hidden stories’: a potential tool for teacher trainingTeacher Development16(2), pp.199–215.  

Reichert, J. and Rosenblatt, L.M. 1979. The Reader, the Text, the Poem: The Transactional Theory of the Literary Work. The Journal of Aesthetics and Art  CriticismModern Philology, 1981-02, 78 (3), pp.343-345.  

Richmond, T. 2019. Deep dives: Will Ofsted’s curriculum inspection plans work? Schools Week. [Online]. [Accessed 18 October 2019]. Available from:

Robinson, K.  2007. Do Schools Kill Creativity. [Online]. [Accessed 11 October 2019]. Available from: 

Saunders, K. 2000. Happy ever afters: a storybook guide to teaching children about disabilityStoke-on-Trent: Trentham

Sansom, P. 2007. Writing poems. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Bloodaxe Books Ltd.

Shuklah, N/ 2019. The BoxerLondon: Hodder. LGBTQ issues, parental illness, boxing

Skill, Stamina and Luck. 2016.  BBC Sounds. [Online]. 27 February 2016. [Accessed 20 July 2021]. Available from:

A radio documentary about the evolution of interactive digital storytelling.

Smith, D., Schlaepfer, P., Major, K., et al. 2017. Cooperation and the evolution of hunter-gatherer storytellingNature Communications8(1).   

Stallings, F. 1988. The web of silence: storytelling’s power to hypnotise. The National Storytelling JournalSpring/Summer 1988. [Online]. [Accessed 20 July 2021]. Available from:

Tempest, K. What I have learned from 20 years on the mic. [Online]. 3 October 2020. [Accessed 29 September 2020]. Available from:

Storytelling as a collaborative process.

TTS. 2019. Deep Dive in to the Whole Curriculum.  [Online]. 28 August. The Blog. [Accessed 18 October 2019]. Available from:

VanderMeer, J. 2013. Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction. New York: Abrams.

A beautiful guide to the craft of writing, particularly useful for those who write fantasy, science fiction or horror.

Vygotsky, L.S. 1990. Imagination and Creativity in ChildhoodSoviet Psychology28(1), pp.84–96.

WHSmith  2016. Explore the Themes and Genres of Young Adult Books. [Online]. [Accessed 30 October 2019]. Available from:

Zoboi, I. (ed). 2018. Black Enough. Stories of being young and black in America. USA: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen; Reprint Edition

Short stories aimed at ya readers. Also available as an audio book with HarperCollins. 


Aguilera, M. & Mediz, A. 2003. Video games and education: Education in the Face of a “Parallel School”. Computers in Entertainment (CIE). 1 (1), pp 1–10.

Appleyard, J. A. 1990. Becoming a reader : the experience of fiction from childhood to adulthood. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Ashliman, D. 1996-2021. Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts. [Online]. [Accessed 20 July 2021]. Available from:  

A great source of traditional tales from around the world.

Barthes, R. 1977. The Death of the Author. In: Image, music, text. New York: Noonday.   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Bollas C. 1993. Being a Character: Psychoanalysis and Self Experience. London: Routledge.

Bonney, J. 2000. Extreme exposure : an anthology of solo performance texts from the twentieth century. New York: Theatre Communications Group.

Bratton, J. S. 1981. The impact of Victorian children's fiction. London: Croom Helm.

Carpenter, H. 1985. Secret Gardens: Study of the Golden Age of Children’s Literature. London: Unwin.

Carroll, L. 1998. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. England: Penguin Books.

Charon, R, and Montello, M. 2002. Stories matter : the role of narrative in medical ethics. New York: Routledge.

Choice of Games. 2020. ChoiceScript. [Online]. [Accessed 7 September 2020]. Available from:

A free interactive digital storytelling tool. 

Clark Pope, D. 2001. "Doing school" : how  we are creating a generation of stressed out, materialistic, and miseducated students. New Haven; London: Yale University Press. 

Crimmens, P. 2006. Drama therapy and storymaking in special education. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Denning, S. 2001. The Springboard: How Storytelling Ignites Action in Knowledge-Era Organizations. Boston: Butterworth/Heinemann.

Drifte C. and Jubb, M. 2002.  A poetry teacher's toolkit. London: David Fulton.

Egan, K. 1992. Imagination in teaching and learning : ages 8 to 15. London: Routledge.

Frank, A. 1995. The wounded storyteller : body, illness, and ethics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Gee, J.P. 2007. What video games have to teach us about learning and literacy. New York; Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Ginnis, P. 2002. The Teacher’s Toolkit: raise classroom achievement with strategies for every learner. Carmarthen and USA: Crown House.   

A great resource for classroom games and an accessible source on learning theories.

Gray, W. 2009. Fantasy, myth and the measure of truth : tales of Pullman, Lewis, Tolkien, MacDonald and Hoffmann. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hunt, P. 1994. An introduction to children's literature. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.

Hunt, P. 1999. Understanding children's literature. London: Routledge.

Ito, M. 2010. Hanging out, messing around, and geeking out : kids living and learning with new media. Cambridge, Mass; London: MIT Press.

Johnstone, K. 1999 . Introduction. In: Impro for storytellers : theatresports and the art of making things happen. London: Faber and Faber. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  

Jones, R. et al. (eds). 2008. Education and imagination : post-Jungian perspectives. East Sussex: Routledge.

Juul, J. 2013. The art of failure : an essay on the pain of playing video games. Cambridge, Massachusetts, London: The MIT Press.

Koster, R. 2005. A theory of fun for game design. Arizona: Paraglyph Press.

Langellier, K.M. and Peterson E.E. 2004. Storytelling in daily life : performing narrative. Philadelphia: Temple UP.

Lesnik-Oberstein, K. 1994. Children's literature : criticism and the fictional child. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Madden, M. 2006. 99 ways to tell a story : exercises in style. London: Jonathan Cape.

McAdams, D.P. 1993. The stories we live by : personal myths and the making of the self. New York: Guilford.

McKie , R. 2012. Did Stone Age cavemen talk to each other in symbols? The Guardian. [Online]. 11 March 2012. [Accessed 11 October 2019]. Available from:

McKernan, J. 2008. Curriculum and imagination : process theory, pedagogy and action research. London: Routledge.

McGonigal, J. 2011. Chapter One. In: Reality is broken : why games make us better and how they can change the world. London: Jonathan Cape.  }}Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  

Morgan, J. and Rinvolucri, M. 1983 . Once upon a time : using stories in the language classroom. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Okri. B. 1996. Birds of heaven. London: Phoenix.

Okri on 'the power of words and the role of the writer and storyteller in a changing world'.

O'Neil, H.F. and Perez, R.S. 2007. Computer games and team and individual learning. Amsterdam; Oxford: Elsevier.

Paley, V.G. 1992. You can't say you can't play Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP.

Pavey, B., Meehan, M. and Davis, S. 2013. The Dyslexia-Friendly Teacher's  Toolkit: Strategies for Teaching Students 3-18. Europe; North America: Sage.

Quest. 2020. Quest. [Online]. [Accessed 7 September 2020]. Available from: 

Interactive digital story game tool.

Ren'Py. 2019. Ren'Py. [Online]. [Accessed 7 September 2020]. Available from:  

Good interactive storytelling tool for stories with visuals and words and life simulation games.

Rios, A. 1952. Don't go into the library. [Online]. [Accessed 7 September 2020]. Available at: 

Salen, K. (ed) 2008. The ecology of games : connecting youth, games, and learning. Cambridge; Massachusett; London: MIT Press, pp.21-37.  }}Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  

Sheldon, L. 2012. The multiplayer classroom : designing coursework as a game. USA: Course Technology, Cengage Learning.

Smith, R. The Literacy Shed. [Online]. [Accessed 7 September 2020]. Available from:  

Animations to use to aid learning and sample lesson plans.

Stephens, J. 2013. On Fantasy. Journal of Children’s Literature. 39 (1). Available online 

Tolkien, J.R.R. 1975. Tree and leaf London: Allen and Unwin.

Tyrell, J. 2001. The power of fantasy in early learning. London: Routledge/Falmer.

Vanden Bosch, J. 2005. Language and Gender in the Fairy Tale Tradition: A Linguistic Analysis of Old and New Story Telling (review). The Lion and the Unicorn. 29 (2), pp.268–270. 

White, H. 1987. The content of the form : narrative discourse and historical representation: Baltimore. Johns Hopkins UP.

Whitton, N. & Moseley. 2012. A. Using games to enhance learning and teaching : a beginner's guide. New York and London: Routledge.

Woodward, A. and de Luce, I. 2019.How 16-year-old Greta Thunberg became the face of climate-change activism. Business Insider.  [Online]. 24 September 2019. [Accessed 7 October 2019] Available from: https://www.businessinsider .com/greta-thunberg-bio-climate-change-activist-2019-9?r=US&IR=T

Yorke, J. 2013. Into the woods : how stories work and why we tell them. Great Britain: Penguin Books.

Excellent craft guide for script writers.

Zipes, J. 1986. Don't bet on the prince : contemporary feminist fairy tales in North America and England. London: Methuen.

This list was last updated on 06/10/2021