Stone Soup Blog

Stone Soup Magazine
January 2018

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.

The Kodak box camera, first produced in the 1880s, became the iconic camera for the amateur photographer. The camera was as easy to use as our phone...

Let’s say you have a strong opinion about something you see happening in the world. You know it is wrong, and you want to speak out. The most direct way to...

I recommend this blog post, What Kids Have Taught Me About Writing, by children’s book author Kathleen McCleary. Those of us who read a lot of writing by...

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, we chose “Leprechaun Rain” as the featured story from our March/April issue. This is not a complex story. Emma lives...

The United States is made up of people who immigrated here from all over the world. Some came a long time ago, some more recently. All of us are Americans, who...

Is it ever OK to break the rules? The two main characters in “Life Among the Whispers,” the featured story from the November/December 2014 issue of Stone Soup,...

What makes a story interesting? Yes, it could be fun to read a story about a girl who spends two enjoyable weeks at summer camp, plays some archery, makes a...

Audrey Zhang, age 11, is a fantastic artist, so we were only a little surprised when we learned that she won this year’s national Doodle 4 Google contest. Go,...

“Catching Mice,” by Eoin O’Mara, age 11, is the featured story from our July/August 2014 issue. It starts innocently enough. Eoin is visiting his grandparents...

Can a boy dancer be cool? Yes he can! And yet Alex, the main character in “Standing Alone,” is teased mercilessly by his classmates because he likes to dance....

Developing the Elements of a Story, Part 3 I can’t even count how many times I have read Thomas’s Christmas Delivery or Little Bear’s New Friend.  My children...

Developing the Elements of a Story, Part 2 I can’t even count how many times I have read Thomas’s Christmas Delivery or Little Bear’s New Friend.  My children...

Developing the Elements of a Story, Part 1 I can’t even count how many times I’ve read Thomas’s Christmas Delivery or Little Bear’s New Friend.  My children...

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get tired of reading the same old stories, with the same old archetypal characters and plots.  The predictability of...

Let’s face it. Writing is fun. It’s the revising we avoid.  When we first write, our pen goes wherever our ideas lead; we create characters and situations,...

No two people are alike. For that matter, no two animals are alike either! One mark of a great story is believable characters, each with his or her own...

“But I can’t think of anything to write about,” my kids cry as an excuse for daydreaming out the window. Then in an attempt to divert their attention from the...

  By Marcia S. Freeman and Susan Koehler No doubt about it, reading positively affects writing; however, educators often struggle with how to integrate the...

It never fails. Whenever I visit my mother for a few days, I make my way to the basement bookcases. A bouquet of old stain, pine and mildewed pages welcomes me...

Jahan Raymond is an American composer living in Los Angeles, California. He performs “Starchier,” a piece first published in Stone Soup. Jahan was nine when he...

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