Monday, February 9, 2009
Review Best of Stories for Children Magazine Volume 1
Best of Stories for Children Magazine
Stories for Children Magazine (http://storiesforchildrenmagazine.org/default.aspx) placed in the Top Ten as Best E-zine for Fiction, Non-fiction, and Poetry in the Preditors & Editors Readers Poll 2007. These are good credentials for a magazine which started only a short time ago. The first issue was published in April, 2007. Since that time the SFC team has continued to improve the quality of the magazine and the stories published. They are a demanding group, looking for tightly-written, fast-paced stories with language which is conversational and fun.
The Best of Stories for Children Magazine, Volume 1, is a tribute to the quality of stories found on a monthly basis. Within these pages, readers will find a combination of thirty-two stories, poems, articles, and crafts by leading children's authors.
The book is divided into two sections with stories culled from the past year's issues. There are sixteen pieces taken from the spring and summer issues and an additional sixteen from the fall and winter. There is something from everyone from the early reader rebus, "Hungry Helper," by Lisa Lowe Stauffer (artwork provided by Steve Cartwright) which starts off the book to informative non-fiction articles for older readers such as, "Magnificent Totem Poles," by Randi Lynn Mrvos and "Sticks and Stones Won't Break My Bones,"by Nidhi Kamra a story about calcium. Also included are colorfully illustrated poems such as "Topsy Turvy Tour," by Donna J. Shepard (illustrated by Kevin Scott Collier), and "Sail Away," by Carol Crowley (artwork provided by Candace J. Hardy).
Holiday themes are touched on with stories about Halloween, "The Pumpkin Festival Mystery," by, Mary LaFleur Langdon (illustrated by Steve Cartwright), Eid Al-Adha, "Anisah Celebrates EID AL-ADHA," by Gayle Jacobson-Huset, (with Arabic language help from Dara Becker and illustrated by Candace J. Hardy), and Christmas, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus!" by V.S. Grenier.
In Volume 1, you will find recipes for cornbread, chicken salad, "magic" reindeer food, and fun to make Christmas tree treats which are easily made from items such as Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (miniatures) Rolos and Hershey's Kisses. Also included are directions for making non- toxic finger paint.
According to VS Grenier, founder and Editor-in-Chief, Best of Stories for Children Magazine, Volume 1, "titles picked for the anthology are based off new visits to the site page, so they are picked by the readers. We don't look at repeat visits only the first time visits, and the page only logs it as a first visit if the reader is on the page for more then 2 minutes." This guarantees the stories you will find are the ones most read by children and their parents.
You can purchase your copy at http://www.lulu.com/content/4892856 for $26.95 as a paperback or download for $5.00. More information can be found at Stories for Children Magazine, http://storiesforchildrenmagazine.org. A video about this volume is available at, Stories for Children You Tube Channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/StoriesForChildren.