Showcased here are books created by sophomore education students at St. Norbert College who were enrolled in both the Children’s Literature and Instructional Technology courses. During these courses, students were introduced to multimedia authoring software along with elements of children’s literature and were asked to create their own children’s story that were brought to life through the use of animations, audio recordings, and special effects. Many of them took the form of a choose-your-own-adventure story which also introduced the students to a creative writing process where the success of the story depended on the contributions of everyone in the class.
Special thanks to Susan Landt and Mary Alyce Lach for their work in the classroom in creating this project and Krissy Lukens and Vickie Watkins for digitizing this collection.
But What If…
Crystal A., Katie W., Kayla W., and Max W.
Tomorrow is career day, but Johnny doesn’t know what he wants to be. As he goes to bed for the night, he dreams of possible future careers. Follow Johnny’s dreams as he thinks about all the jobs he could have!
Summer and Her Hockey Skates
Amie Bomber, Jenessa Krull, and Danielle Rozen
Summer is having troubles finding something that she is good at. Her older brother, Oliver, plays hockey but that is too stinky for her! Summer’s best friend, Cooper, is really good at figure skating. He said he would help her out, but she just can’t seem to get the hang of it. Will Summer ever find something that she is good at? Let’s read to find out!
Are You My Family?
Michelle Brill, Alexandra Bresser, and Sally Schremp
Mama Bird had four eggs. One of them fell out of the nest before they hatched. The baby bird is separated from her family, so she goes on an adventure to try to find them. Along the way they meet some other animals. The baby bird and mama bird search to find each other.
Puck and Penelope Go On An Adventure!
Ashley DeDecker, Brooke Nicholson, and Chelsea Marin
Sometimes, siblings are hard to get along with. Puck doesn’t really like playing with his little sister, but all she seems to want to do is play with him. In this story, Puck learns a lesson on getting along with your siblings.
Under the Sea Adventures: The Missing Shell
Emily Gardner, Courtney Elm, and Jenna O'Sullivan
Timmy the turtle lost his shell! He was sure he put it next to his bed, but once he woke up it was gone. Follow the story and click on objects to see if Timmy can find his shell or if he has to wear no shell for the rest of his life!
Oscar and Tuxedo Joe Find a Friend
Bry Gauger, Sally Guzman, Katie Latz, and Nikki Rudolph
Join Tuxedo Joe and Oscar as they make a new friend. Explore the story and their many mishaps as they learn about friendship, forgiveness, and the importance of being yourself.
Bella the Bluebird Who Was Afraid to Fly
Carly Goll, Danielle Remy, and Sarah Christiansen
Bella the Bluebird Who Was Afraid to Fly is a story about a bluebird named Bella who is scared and does not believe in her ability to learn how to fly. She makes as many excuses as she can to avoid flying. Follow along with Bella to see if she finds the confidence to fly.
First Day Butterflies
Lauren Heim, Megan Mitchell, Kate Schabach, and Emily Rittgers
Emma doesn’t want to go to school. She wants to play with her butterflies instead! As she is finally convinced by her mom to go, she gets more and more nervous. It feels like her butterflies are inside her stomach instead of outside!
The Adventure of Clinton the Ostrich
Stephanie Hietpas, Jennifer Loderbauer, and Molly Hansen
Everyone is special in his or her own way. Some are pretty, some are athletic, and some just have crazy colored spots. But what if you don’t know why you are special? Join Clinton the Ostrich and his friends as he searches for what makes him special.
Why Crickets Chirp at Night
Amanda Kiger, Kelsey Boettcher, and Jenna Dybul
Jessie the moon gets bored at night since most animals are sleeping. She decides to host a competition to see which of her friends has the best talent and will keep her company during the night.
Henry’s African Safari
Brittany Kosobucki, Katie Baumgartner, and Olivia Freundi
Henry the hedgehog feels different from the rest of his family. He goes on an adventure with Ellie the elephant to do something for the day. Follow along as they meet more animals and new discoveries!
Oscar’s Nine Tentacles
Alicia Lathrop, Ashley Miller, and Rachel Bartels
Oscar was born with an extra tentacle. He’s nervous about going to school because he is afraid that all the other kids are going to make fun of him. He thinks of a solution that will allow him to hide his extra tentacle, but it may not be the best solution.
Olivia the Oak Tree
Devan Lenz, Annie Urbanski, and Emily Ziner
Olivia the Oak Tree has grown up surrounded by her friends. Eventually, the seasons change and her animal friends have to leave for the winter. How does she learn to handle the loneliness she feels?
Bart's Helpful Heart
Sierra Marsicek, Carmen Lindberg, and Katherine Spude
Bart the shark looks different from the other fish in the ocean, and none of them want to be friends with him! One day, the others are in trouble and Bart is the only one who can help! Will Bart be able to help those who were mean to him?
The Lucky Lemur
Ashtin Schmechel, Ana Zelenak, and Han Khuong
Teddy the lemur is bored. Every day is exactly the same! He wishes his life was more exciting. One visit to the zoo, though, can change all of that.
Bobby's Baseball Cap
St. Norbert College
Bobby is getting ready for the day when he sees his favorite hat is gone! He retraces his steps through the zoo to try to find it. Throughout his journey he is able to meet many animals, but will he ever be able to get his favorite hat back?
Carleton's Big Day
Emily Wavro, Lisa Worklan, and Mark Hymer
Carleton works on a farm but his true dream is to be a scholar. No one believes he can become a scholar and he is ready to give up on his dream. That is, until he has a run in with Cinderella and his entire life is turned upside down.
Sheldon the Sheep
Sarah Haggerty, Katie Steward, and Amy Nelson
Sheldon the sheep is best friends with Penny the penguin. One day, Sheldon thinks that he is too boring and plain. Will Penny be able to help Sheldon become less boring? Read this book to find out what adventures Sheldon and Penny will go on to try to make Sheldon less boring.
Penny, Oscar, and the Atlantic Bully
Kelsey Noskowiak, Jenna DeYoung, and Kayla Socha
Penny and Oscar are new to High Tide Elementary School. Facing many changes, they are also confronted by the school bully for being new and different. The two of them team up together to teach their new class a lesson about accepting everyone’s differences and end up becoming the best of friends in the process!
Surprisingly, Striking, Stripes
Paige Allie, Allyson Bills, and Abby Luce
Deb and Moe turn a beautiful mistake into a fabulous feature. Learn how zebras truly got their stripes.
Jeremy’s Third Grade Surprise
Nicole Hietpas, Erik Tauschek, and Courtney Vannes
Jeremy and Spencer did everything together. When they got to third grade, though, they were sent to different classes. Jeremy misses his best friend and doesn’t think third grade can be any fun without him. Will anything be able to change his mind?
Colleen Hoffman, Maggie Berens, and Megan Adams
Bobby doesn’t think he is anything like his mom. They don’t even look the same! His mom, however, disagrees.
Away From Home
Jake DeMarais, Jennifer Manders, and Lauren Verch
Jimmy is on a camping trip, but there is a slight problem. He misses his family! An encounter in the woods with a classmate lets Jimmy change the way he thinks. Will Jimmy be able to relax and not worry about his family for the rest of this camping trip?
A Boy Named Z
Molly Maher, Tammy Slottag, and Brigid O'Brien
This book is about a three year-old-boy named Z. Z loves to read books and go on lots of adventures. As he goes to sleep, he dreams about many different jobs he could have once he grows up.
A Chilly Day in Green Bay
Rachel Gallob, Shelly Rasmusier, Shannon Runnells, Tanya Smits, Krystal Chappa, Ellen Hake, Kim Sanders, Michelle Gress, Allison Burr, Steve Braband, Jenna Prust, Brooke Riedy, and Elizabeth Aldrich
Come take an adventure in Green Bay during the early 1900’s. Take a look into the world of Alfred Lawson and determine what your day will end up like. What you do and where you end up is your decision. Have fun and choose wisely!