Grannie Annie, Vol. 13, cover: Marigold background with Grannie quilt borders, featuring student drawing of children playing on a sand dune
Grannie Annie, Vol. 13, includes
thirty-five historical family
stories and twelve story


Grannie Annie published student 2018, holding a copy of "Grannie Annie, Vol. 13"

Grannie Annie published student 2018, holding a copy of "Grannie Annie, Vol. 13"
Grannie Annie participants are
invited to take part in an
annual Family Stories
Celebration. Photos of
last year's event are on The
Grannie Annie's Facebook


Illustration for "Hard WorkDown the DRain (Almost)" - A proud boy stands next to a bicycle, with a school in the background
Read the stories and view the
illustrations published
in Grannie Annie, Vol. 13


Titles of stories submitted this
year, and the authors' names

Vol. 13 Story titles, author
names, and illustrator names

Order information for Vol. 13

Read the Vol. 13 stories and
view the illustrations

2018 Family Stories Festival
photos on Facebook

2018 Family Stories Festival
recording on YouTube


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Grannie Annie News — 2017/2018, Vol. 13

Family Stories Festival, 2017/2018, Vol. 13 [See Vol. 13 Festival photos on Facebook]
Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri 63112
Sunday, June 3, 2018; 2:00 – 4:00


Grannie Annie Exhibit of Story Illustrations

St. Paul Library, 1301 Howard Ave., St. Paul, Nebraska 68873
July/August 2018 [Dates TBD]

Blue Mountain Elementary, Longmont, Colorado
September 2018 [Dates TBD]

St. Louis Public Library, Buder Branch; 4401 Hampton Ave, St. Louis, MO 63109
Fall 2018

Art Unleashed, Inc., 13379 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield, Missouri 63017. 314-628-1024
Fall/Winter 2018


St. Louis Post-Dispatch notes published students

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has honored metro-area students who took part in The Grannie Annie's Family Stories Festival. Read part 1. Read part 2. Read part 3.


Grannie Annie published artists honored

West Newsmagazine has recognized eight students from four West St. Louis County schools whose illustrations were selected for publication in Grannie Annie, Vol. 13.


Students of The College School applauded

Four students of The College School were recognized on their school website as published Grannie Annie authors. Congratulations, students!


West Newsmagazine notes published authors

Eight published Grannie Annie students from two schools in west St. Louis county have been saluted in West Newsmagazine. The article is available here.


Westminster students recognized

Seven students from Westminster Christian Academy received recognition in the Town and Country Patch for becoming published Grannie Annie authors. Click here to read about them and their stories.


Nebraska student in the news

A Grannie Annie published author from Nebraska has been honored on her school's website. The highlight is attached here, and the article can be read here.


Family Stories Festival on Facebook

Photographs of the 2018 Family Stories Festival have been added to The Grannie Annie's Facebook page. Twenty-four young people took the stage at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis, Missouri, on June 3 to celebrate Grannie Annie, Vol. 13, and the nearly 1,000 students who took part in The Grannie Annie this year.

Selected photos from the Festival, and images of this year's story illustrations, will be added to this website soon. The video recording of the Festival is being processed for posting on YouTube, and is expected to be available in a few weeks. Please watch this page for more information as it becomes available.

The 2018 Grannie Annie Family Stories Festival was presented in collaboration with the Missouri History Museum. 



June 3: Author Readings, Artist Talks, Art Exhibit, Book Signing

We hope you are making plans to join us for the next part of The Grannie Annie's 2017/2018 celebration: the annual Family Stories Festival. This heartwarming family program is presented in collaboration with the Missouri History Museum and will be held on Sunday, June 3, 2:00 – 4:00, at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis.

All students who participated in The Grannie Annie this year are invited to take part in the program, which includes author readings and artist talks by students published in Grannie Annie, Vol. 13, plus an exhibit of art published in this year's book, and a book signing reception. You can find more information here. All interested students: Please reserve your place in the program — before Friday, May 25.



Grannie Annie, Vol. 13, is here!

This year's collection of historical family stories is now available! Grannie Annie, Vol. 13, includes thirty-five stories chosen to represent the 528 stories shared with The Grannie Annie this year. Twelve of the stories are illustrated by students in the same age group. Stories in this year's volume took place in ten states and thirteen countries over a span of 130 years.



The Selected Illustrations!

Congratulations, published artists! The work of ten student artists will be published and exhibited by The Grannie Annie during the upcoming year. Special congratulations to Janessa Hoffmann, whose illustration for "SOS — Saving Our Sand Dune" will be featured on the cover of Grannie Annie, Vol. 13. 

Please check back often in the days and weeks ahead, as more details about the ongoing celebration will be posted as they become available. We hope you will make plans now to join us at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis, Missouri, on June 3, for the Family Stories Festival! All students who participated in The Grannie Annie during this school year: You can find more information here. You are invited to reserve your place in the Festival program now!



The Selected Stories

Congratulations to this year's 36 soon-to-be-published authors! It is a true honor for these young people to be published in Grannie Annie, Vol. 13, as The Grannie Annie received 528 historical family stories from authors in eight states — and each story touched our volunteer readers in its own special way.

Again this year, three editions of the annual volume will be available — an eBook edition, a PDF edition, and a paperback edition. The 36 memorable stories included in Grannie Annie, Vol. 13, will also be published on this website, and shared through Facebook and Twitter throughout the year following.



Celebrate the Stories!

The stories! The stories have arrived: from Idaho, to Alabama, to New York! Thank you to all students, parents, and teachers who have submitted family stories. Nearly forty volunteers are in the process of reading and enjoying the 528 stories received this year. Stories will be read and reread as the selection committee decides which stories will be published in Grannie Annie, Vol. 13. The titles of the stories chosen for publication and the names of their authors will be announced on this website page in early March. You can also follow the news on The Grannie Annie's Facebook page.

For now, let the celebration continue! What does your Grannie Annie celebration include? Visit "The Grannie Annie Extension Activities" for inspiration, or send us your ideas to be added to the page. 

Will you be reading your story to an audience? This Resource for Enrichment may be helpful as you prepare: "Reading Your Grannie Annie Story Aloud."



The Stories are Arriving!

The map below will be updated as family stories and story illustrations arrive from this year's Grannie Annie storykeepers. Stories and illustrations can be submitted at any time throughout the year. Please see the Submit Stories page for details.

The story submission deadline for Grannie Annie, Vol. 13, is February 1, 2018; the illustration submission deadline is March 1, 2018. Solicited illustrations are submitted later in March—if you are an art teacher and would like your students to submit illustrations of stories that are selected for publication in Grannie Annie, Vol. 13, please be in touch for details.





You Can Listen Now, to The Grannie Annie on the Radio

You can listen now to The Grannie Annie's radio interview that aired live on November 22, on St. Louis Public Radio, KWMU (90.7 FM). Hear a Grannie Annie author published in Grannie Annie, Vol. 12, read her family story about her great-grandfather's experience on an orphan train, and talk about her "Grannie Annie experience." You'll also hear a discussion of The Grannie Annie and the value of family stories. Following the "listen now" link above will take you to the archived program and also to a written summary of the program accompanied by photos of the participants.



Please Join The Grannie Annie on the Radio—Wednesday, Nov. 22

You're invited to join The Grannie Annie in the sharing of family stories on St. Louis on the Air on KWMU (90.7 FM), St. Louis's National Public Radio affiliate. We'll be talking about the many reasons to discover, preserve, and share family stories.

We plan to share a variety of stories from Grannie Annie, Vol. 12, published this past May. A published student author will be in the studio to talk about her "Grannie Annie experience"—about discovering and writing the story of her great-grandfather's childhood, which included a trip west on an Orphan Train.

The program will air live at 12:00 noon CST on Wednesday, November 22, and The Grannie Annie's part will come soon after a brief local news segment. The program will be rebroadcast at 10:00 p.m. that night. It is possible to listen online.

We invite you to phone or e-mail KWMU during the show to share a family story or to let listeners know what you think is important about sharing family stories. Contact information will be provided during the show.

When the link to the archived program becomes available it will be provided on this web page.


Welcome to the 13th Year of The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration!

The family stories discovered and shared this year are sure to be remarkable! We hope you will join in the adventure. Here are some links to help you get started:

  • Allow yourself to be inspired by reading some previously published Grannie Annie stories.
  • Find answers to your questions about submitting stories to The Grannie Annie for possible publication.
  • Read over the Guidelines and required Submission Forms.
  • Begin to plan your Grannie Annie interview.
  • Explore the Resources page for help with interviewing, writing, revising, and being published. There are resources to help teachers and parents, too.
  • Make a tax-deductible donation so that more students can participate in The Grannie Annie!





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