St. Louis, Mo., May 7, 2012 — Six fifth graders from Conway Elementary School will be honored by The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration with publication of their historical family stories. In each of the six years that Conway students have submitted stories to The Grannie Annie,they have had stories accepted for publication. (The three students pictured at left participated in a Grannie Annie Gathering at Left Bank Books in downtown St. Louis on June 2, 2012. From left: Yifu Zhu, Anya Tullman, and Aman Rahman.)
Participating authors write a story from their family history, based on information they gather by interviewing an older relative. They are also invited to submit illustrations with their stories. After stories for publication have been selected, additional illustrations are solicited from students in St. Louis-area schools.
Fifth-grade authors from Conway Elementary whose stories will be published on the Grannie Annie website and in Grannie Annie, Vol. 7, to be released this month, are Anna Cui, “Snow Sledding”; Iris Li, “Bear Invasion”; Aman Rahman, “My Pakistani Hero”; Anya Tullman, “A Really Embarrassing Moment,” and Yifu Zhu, “The First Snow.” “The Scary Airplane Ride” by Thomas Francis, also a fifth grader at Conway, will be published on the Grannie Annie website.
“Snow Sledding,” “Bear Invasion,” and “The First Snow” were among thirteen stories in Volume 7 selected for illustration. Thirty-six published and unpublished illustrations will be exhibited at Gya Community Gallery, 2700 Locust Street (63103), through June 17. A special open house featuring the exhibit will be held Saturday June 2, from 11:00 to 5:30. Check www.YeyoArts.Blogspot.com for additional gallery hours.
The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration, founded by local authors and publishers Connie McIntyre and Fran Hamilton, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation based in St. Louis. Grannie Annie, Vol. 7, to be published in a paperback edition and a PDF edition, includes thirty-six stories written by 4th through 8th graders in eleven US states. Those stories — plus ten more — are also published on the Grannie Annie website. Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
“The Grannie Annie benefits so many people in so many ways,” said Co-Director Fran Hamilton. “As stories are shared at the family level, the community level, and even the international level, people are appreciated, they develop a better understanding of themselves and others, and relationships are strengthened.”
The young authors and artists will be further honored at an author reading, art show, and book signing at the downtown Left Bank Books, 321 N. 10th Street (63101) on Saturday, June 2, at 2:00 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend.
Complete details about The Grannie Annie, including stories from previously published volumes, can be found at www.TheGrannieAnnie.org. Orders for the books can be placed online or by calling Portico Books toll free at 636-527-2822. Stories for Grannie Annie, Vol. 8, must be submitted by February 1, 2013.