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Book: Best of Stories for Children Magazine, Volume 1: A Collection of over 20 Poems, Stories, and Articles Published by Leading Children’s Authors
Author: VS Grenier, editor
Publisher: Stories for Children Magazine, republished in 2009
Related website: http://storiesforchildrenmagazine.org
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 3-12
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Grenier, VS, editor. Best of Stories for Children Magazine, Volume 1: A Collection of over 20 Poems, Stories, and Articles Published by Leading Children’s Authors (published in 2008 by LuLu.com; republished in 2009 by Stories for Children Magazine, 54 E. 490 S., Ivins, UT 84738). Stories for Children Magazine is a free monthly E-zine (online magazine) for children ages 3 to 12 years old that takes young people on an adventure into the World of Ink. Each issue is loaded with fun stories, articles, puzzles, children’s book reviews, crafts, poems, and an interview with a children’s author or illustrator. It was voted one of the Top Ten Best E-zines in Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Cover Art, and Bookstores on the web in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2007. There are stories by some of the hottest new children’s writers of both fiction and non-fiction in three categories, ages 3-6, 7-9, and 10-12.
In addition, there are stories by young authors. While submitting stories to children’s magazines, editor VS Grenier was shocked to discover that few magazines allowed underage writers. She vowed to change this and has done so with Stories for Children Magazine. Thus one thing that makes Stories for Children Magazine different is that they also publish stories written and illustrated by children and teens and encourage readers who are future writers and illustrators to submit to all areas of the magazine. What I like about Stories for Children Magazine is that it is a safe place for children to go on the Internet where they can find something that is both fun and educational. I would encourage all homeschooled students who are budding writers to send stories.
I have had the privilege of serving Stories for Children Magazine as a book reviewer almost from the very beginning. This book is a compilation of over thirty poems, stories, articles, and crafts from the first year or few years of publication. Editor Grenier, who was voted one of the Top Ten Editors in the Preditors and Editors Readeer Poll of 2007, also freelances as a children’s and teen’s author, in addition to running her own critique service. Having learned how to hone her writing skills at the Institute of Children’s Literature, she is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Author’s Coalition, and Musing Our Children. Currently, she lives in Utah with her husband, their three children, and the family’s two big fat cats.