About Stone Soup

Stone Soup Magazine
May/June 2017

The Big Picture

Stone Soup is a periodical by young writers and artists founded in 1973 by William Rubel and Gerry Mandel. Stone Soup incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit called the Children’s Art Foundation. Our purpose is to encourage children children’s creativity. For the past forty years our primary work has been to inspire young writers by publishing the best work by their peers. We have published over ten-thousand pages of writing and art by children. A great deal of that trove published on our website. As we move from print to a digital platform we are in the process of broadening our focus on children’s creativity to include music, composition, dance, and filmmaking.

The Children’s Art Foundation has had a long standing interest in children’s art. In the late 1970s we began collecting art by children around the world. With more than 1,000 high quality works of art by children from 36 countries, the Children’s Art Foundation’s collection is one of the finest children’s art collections. We offer a growing selection of prints from the collection in the Stone Soup Store.


About Stone Soup Magazine

Stone Soup is the digital magazine written and illustrated by young writers and artists. It is the leading publisher of creative writing by children ages 8 to 13. Most of Stone Soup’s subscribers are in the U.S. and Canada, but we also have subscribers in other countries.

We started Stone Soup in 1973, in Santa Cruz, California, because we believed quality writing by children would inspire other children to read and write. At the time we were college students, just barely past childhood ourselves, and there was no academic work to support our idea. But this thesis is now accepted by mainstream American and Canadian textbook publishers. Stories and poems have been reprinted from Stone Soup in more than one-hundred educational publications. When you give Stone Soup to a child as a gift, or when you use Stone Soup in your classroom or homeschool, you can feel assured that there is no better source of inspiring writing by children to be found.

Stone Soup is published six times a year, in January, March, May, July, September, and November. When you subscribe to Stone Soup, you not only give a valuable gift to a young writer or artist, but you also support our project. Thank you!

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