Our projects

Great War Read
The Great War Read is an exciting new reading project for children and their families and for schools and libraries which commemorates the First World War through literature. It encourages children to explore the First World War through books and encourages them to share their thoughts and their own creative writing with other readers and writers.

The Wood of Words
The Wood of Words is a magical world of games, activities, book extracts, author interviews and much more. It is a subscription based website where families, libraries and schools can access the best in children’s literature, read, write and share their excitement about books, authors and illustrators.

Droplets of Ink

Our new blog promoting our first love – the world of children’s literature. It is packed  with reviews, features and news about children’s books, reading and creative writing. We will encourage parents and adults who work with children to explore the world of children’s literature so they can use their knowledge to inspire children and young people.

Resurrecting the Book Conference
We are pleased to be a partner in the first major conference to take place in the soon to be opened Library of Birmingham. The Conference will take place in this iconic new building from 15th to 17th November 2013. The theme of the conference is Resurrecting the Book and our partners are The Library of Birmingham, Newman University and The Typographic Hub at Birmingham City University.

Lancashire Reading Trail
Our latest project is to develop an online version of the new Lancashire Reading Trail launched by Lancashire Library Service. The trail encourages children to read for pleasure, to explore their local library and to explore their local area. When starting children are provided with a map of the trail and as they read they gain stickers and certificates to commemorate their progression. Delightful characters drawn by illustrator Mei Matsuoka adorn the map and the collector cards which children pick up as they read. During 2012 Digital Ink Drop will develop an online version of the Trail for children to record their reading online and take part in fun, interactive reading activities.

We developed this pilot project over 2010/11. Story Jamming is about developing the creative writing skills of committed young writers aged between 11 and 19. Children’s author Emily Diamand wrote the first part of a story. Four young writers, members of Stories from the Web, each continued the story, chapter by chapter, with constructive feedback from Emily to develop their writing skills. This story jam lasted for 10 weeks. During that time Emily supported and developed the young writers through regular written comments and videocasts.

The Great Kindle Relay Project
As part of Young Readers Birmingham the Digital Ink Drop team also produced the website to support the exciting Great Kindle Relay Project. Working with six Birmingham schools and author Simon Cheshire the project will produce a kindle book with individual chapters written by each of the schools involved.

Young Readers Birmingham
We supported Birmingham Library Service and Stories from the Web with advice and guidance about digital projects and the setting up of the original website.

Stories from the Web
We currently run all three sites for Stories from the Web and are working on a major redevelopment which will amalgamate all the sites into one.

Stories from the Web Schools

Stories from the Web Families