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The Stone Soup Blog

The blog is written by the young writers and artists of Stone Soup. If you are aged 13 or younger and have something to say on any topic—nature, science, cookery, sport, sewing, crafts, music, photography, travel—we would love to hear your voice. We are also always happy to hear from book reviewers. Please go to our Submittable site for more details on how to become a young blogger. We accept individual posts and are also always looking for writers to contribute on a regular basis—once a week or once a month.

Sistories Ep. 3: Cool Places to Visit

Sistories is a podcast about travel hosted by two sisters–Maryam and Nour! NOUR and MARYAM: Hi, everyone!! Welcome to our ...

Super Bowl Predictions from a Groundhog?

Groundhog Day is a tradition observed in the United States on February 2nd of every year. It comes from a ...
The Tale of the Strange Nobleman meeting the king

The Devaluation of the Teen by Schamil Saeed, 11

Adolescence, the critical time in the life of any person when they transition to adulthood. The rite of passage in ...

Poetry Soup – Ep. 15: “Witchgrass” by Louise Gluck

Transcript: Hello, and welcome to Poetry Soup. I’m your host, Emma Catherine Hoff. There’s been a short break, but Poetry ...

A Collector’s Armory Ep. 2: Collecting at a Young Age by Ayaan Pirani, 12

Welcome to A Collector’s Armory. This is a podcast about collecting different things throughout the stages of life. As you ...

Marketplace by Jeremy Lim, 11

The chatter of people is an ambience in the background as we near the Pike Place Market on Pike Street ...

Book Reviews

The One and Only Ivan: Take it … Or Toss it?

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” - Katherine Applegate, The One and Only Ivan Ivan ...

The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Reviewed by Camille Paek, 11

Has one book made such a big mark on you that it stays with you for the rest of your ...

Daughter of the Deep, Reviewed by Jeremy Lim, 10

When I saw a copy of Daughter of the Deep, it was love at first sight. The cover art stood ...

Murder on the Orient Express, Reviewed by Orin, 13

Murder on the Orient Express is a tense, nail-biting mystery written by one of the most widely published authors of ...

A Town Girl’s Year in the Countryside: A Review of Phebe Fairchild by Mary G. Lane, 11

Have you ever been away from home for a year? In the book Phebe Fairchild, set in the 1830's, a ...

Bridge to Terabithia, Reviewed by Alex Reuhs, 13

Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Patterson, is a beautifully-told coming-of-age story. It is, rightfully so, an award-winning novel, with likable ...

COVID-19 Blog

Zooming In, a short story by Maya, 10

Zooming In Maya Ruben, 10 “Knowing how to care is the first step, but actively going out of your way ...

A Birthday Cake in a Pandemic, a personal narrative by Olivia, 10

A Birthday Cake in a Pandemic Olivia Ren, 10 I was wandering around my house, not doing anything in particular, ...
A loving black-and-white photograph of wrinkled hands clasping young ones.

“Positive,” a personal narrative by Sarayu B., 11

Positive Sarayu B, 11 I got the news sometime in January. I was waiting, waiting, waiting for my grandmother to ...
TheAttackoftheChristmasLights

A New Christmas Tradition, a poem by Eleanor, 13

A New Christmas Tradition Eleanor Dagan, 13 Singing, dancing, musical instruments playing, The season of joy, and of red and ...
Cry of the Phoenix riding on the back of a phoenix

Awareness, Reflection… Awareflectness!

Awareness, Reflection... Awareflectness! Madeleine Schor, 13 I have a particularly vivid memory from last autumn. While tidying up my room, ...
Saguaros at Sunset

Coronavirus, a poem by Chloe, 9

Tick-tock, tick-tock, the time seems to move like a snail as I wait for the world to move like a ...