July 1, 2017

Stone Soup is now Digital + App + printable PDF + print Annual

Answers in the Sky cats in the forest

“We all miss Papa, it’s so hard to move on without him…”
An illustration from “Answers in the Sky” published in the March 2016 Stone Soup. Written by Edie Koehlert, 11 & Chloe Weber, 10, Illustrated by Catherine Chung, 12.

The Children’s Art Foundation was founded in July, 1972. We published our first issue of Stone Soup in the Winter of 1973. I am no longer a college student living in a dorm room — which was the first office of Stone Soup. It is 2017, the world has changed, and the student that was is now a man with very grey hair.

Times have changed and Stone Soup has changed — and is changing — with those times.

To be very honest with our readers, we waited a bit long to embrace the publishing forms of the 21st century — digital, app, PDF, and print on demand. But we are now there. Or, I might say, we are now there, almost. The almost part is that it is going to take us another six months or so to give you a web site that is truly equal to the fabulous material our child writers, artists, composers, photographers, and filmmakers produce.

But here is what you now get when you subscribe to Stone Soup, the one and only literary magazine by children to age 13.

Your young reader gets:

  1. 11 issues of Stone Soup per year: monthly, with a combined July/August issue.
  2. 3 special themed issues, the first of which is a poetry issue this September (still open for submissions).
  3. Online access to the current issue through the browser of your choice on a computer, tablet, or phone.
  4. Online access to the past 20 years’-worth of Stone Soup writing, organized by issue and theme, and word searchable.
  5. Offline Access to all of this on your tablet or phone with an Apple or Android app.
  6. Offline access to all of this material through printable PDFs of the previous 20 years worth of Stone Soup issues (to be expanded to the previous 45 years’-worth of magazines in the original editions).
  7. A beautifully designed print Annual, made to be treasured, that is published mid November and available at Amazon.com.

Our website and apps are completely ad-free, and contain no external links. We never share any reader, subscriber or usage details of any kind with other organizations.

Currently, today, when you subscribe to Stone Soup, the child you buy for has instant, secure access to over 2,000 pages of stories, poems, and book reviews written and illustrated by their peers.

It is the fact that Stone Soup is written by its young readers that sets it apart from anything else you might buy for them. Stone Soup is not a product that sees children as targets of a product designed for a market niche — be that a Netflix show or a video game. Stone Soup is a magazine that understands children as creative artists with the capability to create their own literature, music, art, film. Our role is to give our readers their own voice. We publish what they are saying in their own words.

The Children’s Art Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 charity. We have been given tax exempt status because we are an educational institution that supports parents and teachers in a shared vision of encouraging children to make the effort to speak their own minds through art, and then to share that art with their peers.

Stone Soup costs $24.99 per year. But, you can also become a partner with us in empowering young creative voices by subscribing at the rate of $3.00, $5.00 or $10.00 per month. If you are an American subscriber, then a substantial portion of your subscription is tax deductible. And if you choose to help us further with a donation, then that is fully deductible.

If you are a teacher, then please also consider buying a site license for your classroom and school. A School site license costs $225 and offers you and your students an unbelievable wealth of material in support of creative writing.

Thank you.

William Rubel

Founder & Executive Director


About the Author

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, and I have continued to 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.

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  1. CL Chung July 19, 2017 at 9:08 am Reply

    You’ve miscredited the illustrator of “Answers in the Sky” – that’s Catherine Chung! The person you credited is the co-author of that story.

    • Jane Levi July 19, 2017 at 9:14 am Reply

      Catherine, we’re so sorry! We’ve corrected the credit now. We love your drawings so much and want you to get every bit of credit due to you for them. Thank you for putting us straight.

  2. Sage Millen July 22, 2017 at 6:45 pm Reply

    Dear Stone Soup, my aunt gave me a subscription to your magazine this year and ever since, I’ve been your number one fan! But I was, to be honest, devastated to hear that it’s from now on, digital only. I know you would rather positive comments, and I love Stone Soup too much for words but why does it have to be digital only? I would really appreciate it if you seriously considered my complaint. Also, I would looooooooooooooooove it if you could print and send a copy of the latest digital issue.
    Your admirer,
    Sage (age 9)

    • Jane Levi July 24, 2017 at 5:21 am Reply

      Dear Sage, thank you so much for posting this comment. I think you speak for quite a number of Stone Soup fans – and we are sad, too, that the regular Stone Soup is now digital only. But we honestly had no choice. The world of publishing has changed around us, and we thought it was better to adapt and keep Stone Soup going in a new form rather than disappear (and being digital does mean we can now produce monthly issues, which we think is an improvement).
      Unfortunately, we can’t print off and mail any issues to you – but do not despair, there are other options. One is that you can print off any of the pdfs in our Archives section at home, any time you like: every issue of Stone Soup for the last 20 years, including the current issue. We do know those copies are never going to be as beautiful as an original copy of the magazine, so we will be printing the new Stone Soup Annual once a year, starting this November. The Annual will be beautifully designed and professionally produced, and contain the whole year of Stone Soup in one big book. We’re still working on the fine details of that, but we will make a big noise about it on our website as soon as we know more.
      Thank you, Sage, for putting into words what a lot of others are thinking and feeling. We promise we will keep working hard to make sure that you and everyone else that loves Stone Soup will be able to feel just the same way about it both online and in the Annual.
      Your friends at Stone Soup

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