Four fifth graders from two schools in the Ladue School District were among the 20 published authors and artists who participated in the fifth annual Grannie Annie Gathering at Left Bank Books in downtown St. Louis on June 1, 2013. Before a standing-room-only audience, the authors read excerpts from their family stories published in “Grannie Annie, Vol. 8,” released in May in both paperback and PDF editions, and the artists discussed their illustrations published in the same volume.
The Grannie Annie invites students in U.S. grades 4 through 8, and homeschooled and international students of comparable ages, to interview an older relative, write a story about something interesting they discovered from their family’s history, and share their work. Students 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.
Authors from Conway Elementary School participating in the gathering were Miles R. Bassett, “Remember Me?”; Tripp Gatch, “The Pilot”; and Rebecca Tan, “A Miscommunication.” Participating artist Madison Grady, from Old Bonhomme Elementary School, drew an illustration to accompany “Attack of the Polar Bear,” which was written by Daniel Volobuev, a fifth grader at Conway.
Additional student authors and artists from the St. Louis area, as well as authors from Alabama, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania, joined the celebration at the Gathering—reading excerpts from their stories, discussing their illustrations, and signing books. Volume 8 includes stories and art from 47 students in nine U.S. states.
Founded in 2005, The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation based in St. Louis. Its mission is to inspire young people to discover, write, and share stories from their family’s history, and to publish collections of their work. The Grannie Annie nurtures writing and illustrating skills, fosters an interest in history, and helps to strengthen family and community bonds. Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
Stories published in the eight Grannie Annie collections 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 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. 9,” must be submitted by February 1, 2014.
Fran Hamilton, 636-527-2822
Connie McIntyre, 314-863-0775