Announcing the Telling Tales 2017-2018

Stories Take You Anywhere School Contest Winners

Congratulations to all of the schools that entered the 2017-2018 Telling Tales Stories Take You Anywhere School Contest. We received many original and inspiring stories, videos, pictures, and songs. It is clear there are many talented and creative students in our communities!

The Telling Tales school contest encourages students to work together for a chance to win an author experience at their school. As a class, students selected a book from the 2017-2018 Telling Tales Reading List. Then together, used their imagination to create a picture, collage, video, song, or poem based on this year’s theme: Stories Take You Anywhere.

An expert panel of independent judges carefully reviewed and evaluated entries based on an established marking rubric. Our esteemed judges are experts in their fields and represent different industry perspectives. They include:

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017-2018 Telling Tales Stories Take You Anywhere School Contest

Hillfield Strathallan College, Hamilton

Grade: Montessori music class, age 7
Book: The Pirate’s Bed by Nicola Winstanley

The music class at Hillfield loves reading and listening to imaginative stories. Together as a class they read The Pirate’s Bed by Nicola Winstanley “as an imaginative way to start a song-writing project”. The class formed small groups to create their own lines of poetry, which they turned into a song.

“Inspired by Matt James’ quirky illustrations and the lilting sound of the text, the 7s started thinking about pirate-y words and ideas for a sea-themed story of their own. Imagining the rocking motion of a boat helped students fit their own lyrics into the melody and chant the text for their song. The class also enjoyed deciding upon which instruments to include in a pirate’s song and how to take turns playing them. The end result was that the whole class sang and spoke the words together, and then worked in groups on different instruments, including rhythm sticks, the recorder, the piano, and the triangle. Rain sticks were especially useful as a sound effect for crashing waves, and glockenspiels sounded like a wind-up music box that might have lulled the pirate to sleep.”

A Pirate’s Bed is at Sea
CHORUS: Avast ye, Avast ye! A pirate’s bed is at sea. Avast ye, Avast ye! All hands, ahoy!
V1: Once upon a time there was a pirate boat on the sea
V2: Shiver me timbers, shiver me timbers; Seadog, seadog starts to get shivers.
V3: Yo ho ho, fire the monkey! Swish swash your cutlass
V4: Found some cacklefruit in the loot; Yo-ho-ho!
V5: I found Ted. He’s on the head; Boy, all hands, ahoy!
V6: A rocking ship, a rocking ship; all hands on deck!
V7: The pirates come and sail the sea; We are the pirates, ahoy!

Click play below to listen to their song.


Brookville Public School, Campbellville

Grade: 4
Book: Stolen Words by Melanie Florence & The Vimy Oaks: A Journey to Peace by Linda Granfield

The students at Brookville Public School love to express their creativity through writing. They read Stolen Words by Melanie Florence and The Vimy Oaks: A Journey to Peace by Linda Granfield. They really liked the idea behind both books, so they decided to create a story inspired by several themes found in these books. The students are looking forward to an author visit to learn how authors write stories, and to see what inspires authors to write.

Enjoy reading their story Winoa’s Journey by clicking here.

Winoa's Journey cover


Dr. J. Edgar Davey Junior Public School, Hamilton

Grade: 4/5B
Book: Stolen Words by Melanie Florence

The class at Dr. J. Edgar Davey read Stolen Words by Melanie Florence. As a class they explored where stories take them, and discovered that stories take them on adventures, to the past, through emotions, memories, imagination, to the future and to more stories.

“The students chose Stolen Words because they were interested in learning about why the people on the cover were sad. In the story, Stolen Words by Melanie Florence, the raven was an important symbol throughout. When we read the story we saw the raven as a symbol of beauty, sadness, freedom, and happiness. When we discussed the theme, Stories Take You Anywhere, we made the connection between the raven and the places stories have taken us. Stories takes us to many of the same places the raven did in Stolen Words. Hence, why we chose to make our creations in the shape of a raven.”

They are looking forward to welcoming Melanie Florence to their school to learn more about this important time in Canada’s history.

Thank you to everyone for entering, and congratulations to the winning schools. Watch for the next Telling Tales Contest that will be launching at the Telling Tales Kick-off Event on May 2, 2018.