In 1973, I was twenty years old, teaching children’s art classes at my college, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and came up with the idea that the best way to encourage children to write was to introduce them to the best writing by their peers. Stone Soup grew out of that idea. Along with co-editor Gerry Mandel, I have continued to edit and publish Stone Soup for all these years. I am also a culinary historian. I write about traditional foodways. My book, “The Magic of Fire,” is about hearth cooking. My book, “Bread, a global history,” speaks for itself. I am currently writing a bread history for a University Press. I publish articles on gardening and traditional foodways at Mother Earth News. I also publish on wild mushrooms and other food-related subjects.

Rik Bhattacharyya, who is twelve, in 2017 wrote this piano piece in response to some of the turmoil taking place in the world today. This is his thinking...

This lovely song by Kathleen Werth, 8, is beautiful musical moment. There are big formal pieces of music but there are also in all of our lives the songs we...

Winners will be featured on Stone Soup Online Top winners receive a prize. Open to kids age 13 and younger Free to enter Parental permission...

Here is a PDF of the short story Babette’s Feast by Isak Dinesen. See the Stone Soup Saturday Newsletter for September 16, 2017, for some...

Here are just a few websites and programs that can be helpful for teaching creative writing for students. From lesson plans to book suggestions, these websites...

Here is your sample PDF of the September, 2017 Poetry issue. This is the first few pages of the issue. You will be able to purchase the full PDF as part of the...

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July 1, 2017 Stone Soup is now Digital + App + printable PDF + print Annual “We all miss Papa, it’s so hard to move on without him…”An illustration from...

This writing activity is based on a funny Kurt Vonnegut lecture on the shape of stories. In this project, students learn to develop compelling narratives by...

Do you want your drawing, painting, or photograph on the cover of Stone Soup? We are offering a $25 Amazon gift certificate to the winner of our first...