Three fifth graders from Conway Elementary School were among the 18 published authors and artists who recently participated in the third annual Grannie Annie Gathering at Left Bank Books. The young authors read excerpts from their family stories that were published in the sixth annual Grannie Annie anthologies, released in May, and the young artists discussed how they came to illustrate the stories as they did.
Participating authors from Conway Elementary School were Isaac Eastlund, “Stop! Grandpa! Stop!”; Hannah Marvin, “The Termite Storm”; and Aleesha Shi, “Jumping Wonders.” Other Conway students whose stories were published in the Volume 6 anthologies were Veronica Zapiain Luna, “Mother Knows Best,” and Julia M. Wang, “The Magic of Writing.”
Grannie Annie, Vol. 6 (a paperback book), and Grannie Annie, Vol. 6 Expanded (a PDF book), include work from 74 students in fifteen U.S. states and Moldova. The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration, founded in 2005, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation based in St. Louis. As it carries out its mission of celebrating family stories and nurturing the writing skills of young people, The Grannie Annie also fosters an interest in history and helps to strengthen family bonds.
Stories published by The Grannie Annie have taken place on six continents over a span of nearly 400 years. Including humor, adventure, hardship, and triumph, the stories vividly depict unique events, while reminding readers of the fundamental experiences common to us all.
Complete details about The Grannie Annie, including all of the published stories, are available at www.TheGrannieAnnie.org. The books can be ordered online or by calling toll free: 1-888-641-5353. Stories to be considered for publication in Grannie Annie, Vol. 7, must be submitted by February 1, 2012.