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Old Bonhomme’s Madison Grady Selected to Illustrate Grannie Annie Story

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Out of 156 submissions, Madison Grady was one of 12 artists chosen to illustrate this year’s Grannie Annie. Her illustration for the story Attack of the Polar Bear will be published in the Grannie Annie Anthology of Family Stories Volume 8.  Following is the news release provided by The Grannie Annie.

Madison Grady, fifth grader from Old Bonhomme Elementary School, is among the fourteen 4th- through 8th-grade artists from the St. Louis area who will have their illustrations of historical family stories exhibited May 1–30 at Gya Community Gallery, 2700 Locust Street (63103).

The illustrations, which will be available for purchase, were submitted to accompany stories in “Grannie Annie, Vol. 8,” to be released in May by The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration, a local nonprofit that invites 4th- through 8th-graders around the world to discover, write, and share stories from their family’s history, and to submit them to The Grannie Annie for possible publication. The stories in Volume 8 span nearly one hundred years and take place on four continents. Most of the drawings in the exhibit will also appear in this forthcoming book.

Madison’s illustration accompanies the story “The Attack of the Polar Bear,” written by Daniel Volobuev from Conway Elementary School, also in the Ladue School District. In addition to being in the exhibit, Madison’s illustration will be included in “Grannie Annie, Vol. 8.”

The exhibit is a collaboration between the Yeyo Arts Collective, a local nonprofit dedicated to women’s art and topics surrounding women’s issues—including family, youth, and community; and The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration. Dail Chambers, founder of the Yeyo Arts Collective, serves as illustration consultant to The Grannie Annie. Financial assistance to The Grannie Annie for this year’s Family Story Celebration has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Grannie Annie stories, their authors, and their illustrators will be further celebrated at an author reading / art show / book signing at the downtown Left Bank Books, 321 N. 10th Street (63101) on Saturday, June 1, at 2:00. Illustrations from “Grannie Annie, Vol. 8,” will also be exhibited there and available for purchase.

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