Stone Soup Blog

Stone Soup Magazine
April 2019

This blog is written by Stone Soup editorial staff and guest bloggers who are Stone Soup readers, writers, parents and teachers. If you would like to blog about children’s writing, art, music composition—anything creative—then please write to us.

Stone Soup author Elia Smith, 10, talks about how she got started as an author, what she likes to read and write about, and shares some tips on how to become...

These are three very different approaches to making pictures of cats. But, what they have in common are the dynamic personalities of the cats that were models...

These paintings from children in Switzerland were created in the 1960s. We particularly love the old fashioned zoo scenes  where children ride elephants. Two...

Natalie plays Mozart variations on the melody for “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” Use this music inspiration for theme-based individual or classroom writing...

Stone Soup author Isabel Folger, 12, talks about how she lets a story gestate in her mind for a couple of weeks before she starts writing. Isabel had four...

Introduction to this Stone Soup Art and Writing Activity Many of the stories we print in Stone Soup are both written and illustrated by the author. Many...

Introduction to this Stone Soup Writing Activity Here you find Part One of Clea’s story. In a separate activity, we’ll offer the second part. The main story,...

Introduction to this Stone Soup Art Activity Russia is a country with a rich tradition of folk stories and fantasy. Some of this wonderful tradition is...

Introduction to this Stone Soup Writing and Art Activity An island of one’s own… fields and forests and streams… a well-stocked kitchen with stove and...

Introduction to this Stone Soup Writing Activity This excellent story gets to the heart of why lying is wrong. Lying destroys trust between people. And when...

Introduction to This Stone Soup Art Activity Halima’s colorful picture is made in felt pen. It is so completely colored in it looks like painting! But because...

Introduction to This Stone Soup Writing Activity “We Are Looking for Freedom” was written by Marigian one-and-a half-years after she arrived in the United...

Introduction to this Stone Soup Writing and Art Activity “The Enchanted Egg” is a delightful story that plays with ideas and characters commonly found in fairy...

Introduction to this Stone Soup Art Activity Hares are a bit like rabbits, and this picture from Hungary by Katalin Kiss, 13, shows a group of people hunting...

Emmy J. X. Wong, 12 A very strong reading of “A Far Away Place,” first published in Stone Soup Magazine. This, and other stories read by their authors can serve...

Compilation Video Length: 8:53 This is a video of an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the the publication of  “A Wrinkle in Time.” Children, as well as...

This interview inspires two projects: write a story based on a photograph and illustrate a story with photographs. This is a great interview byRansom Riggs. He...

Interview length: 6:22. This is a wonderful interview. Its biggest strength may be Wendelin Van Draanen’s discussion of the importance of persistence. Her own...

Run time 4;25 A strong interview with Renée Ahdieh. The interview focus is on her writing process. • Writes books based on the theme of “choice and...

Stone Soup author Aiwen Desai, 12, talks about her favourite authors and her writing technique, including character development, along with some helpful advice...

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