The following news release was provided by The Grannie Annie organization on April 3, 2013:
Four fifth-graders at Conway Elementary School will be honored by The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration with publication of their historical family stories. Authors from Conway Elementary School who will have their stories published in Grannie Annie, Vol. 8, to be released in May, are:
- Miles R. Bassett, “Remember Me?”
- Tripp Gatch, “The Pilot”
- Rebecca Tan, “A Miscommunication”
- Daniel Volobuev, “Attack of the Polar Bear”
This is the seventh year that Conway students have had stories selected for the annual Grannie Annie collection. Participating students write a story from their family history, based on information they gather by interviewing an older relative. Authors are also invited to submit illustrations with their stories. After stories for publication have been selected, additional illustrations are solicited from students in the St. Louis area.
The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation based in St. Louis, Missouri. Grannie Annie, Vol. 8, which will be published in a paperback edition and a PDF edition, will include thirty-five stories written by fourth through eighth graders in nine U.S. states. The stories, which will also be published on the Grannie Annie website, take place on four continents over a span of nearly one hundred years. Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
“The Grannie Annie has become even more than we originally envisioned,” said Co-Director Connie McIntyre. “Not only have thousands of young people connected more deeply with their families and improved their writing skills, their Grannie Annie experience is enriching their view of the world and carrying them into their future with newfound confidence.”
The young authors and artists will be further honored at an author reading, art show, and book signing at Left Bank Books, 321 North Tenth Street in downtown St. Louis (63101) on Saturday, June 1, at 2:00 p.m. In addition, from May 1 through May 30 the Gya Community Gallery, 2700 Locust Street in midtown St. Louis (63103) will exhibit the illustrations that will appear in Grannie Annie, Volume 8. A special Exhibit Open House will be held on Saturday, May 4, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Illustrations will be available for purchase, both at Gya Gallery and at Left Bank Books.
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 1-888-641-5353. Stories to be considered for publication in Grannie Annie, Vol. 9, must be submitted by February 1, 2014.