"A valuable and comprehensive resource that will strengthen your students’ imagination, critical thinking and their ability to participate in culturally diverse, local and global communities. "

The A River of Stories anthologies encourage students to reflect on the importance not only of the natural world but also of working together across their communities, the Commonwealth and beyond to achieve environmental and social sustainability.

Each volume contains a story or poem from each of the fifty-three countries in the Commonwealth. The themes of the stories and poems are based on the key elements that sustain our planet: earth, air, fire, and water.

Through the stories, poems and illustrations, pupils are invited to explore the imaginations and aspirations of others from across the Commonwealth, to engage with unfamiliar representations of the world (both social and natural) and to consider some of the challenging issues that face our planet and its people.

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Free education resource for teachers!

As well as the anthologies, we have developed a comprehensive education resource that encourages pupils to read and respond to a variety of texts from across the Commonwealth. The activities have been designed to demonstrate how the texts can be read, listened to, and viewed for many purposes; and how connections can be made between the different texts as well as from the texts to pupils’ lives and experiences.

The resource includes:

  • an overview for teachers explaining the components of the resource
  • themed activities that explore key concepts and cultural perspectives
  • literacy activities for comprehension
  • readers’ theatre activity for students to share a poem or story with others
  • audio recordings of a selection of texts
  • video of contributors talking about their work
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Free access

When you purchase a set of the books, your confirmation email will include a link to the education resource download page. You are free to download, copy and distribute materials within your school.

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Special bulk discounts are available for schools. For more information, please email Janice Dutton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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"… a diverse feast of stories and poems... destined to become a firm favourite."

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