The Grannie Annie's 16th
collection includes seven
historical family stories. Click
the image above to download a
free story PDF.

Grannie Annie published author 2020/2021
Students from across the
country (and sometimes from
around the world) participate in
The Grannie Annie each year.


Grannie Annie published stories
are available to read on the
Stories page of this website, and
are available for purchase or
download on the Books page
of this website.


The Grannie Annie's 16th
Family Stories Collection

See the selected story titles and
author names

Read the stories on this website

Download the free PDF of stories


News Archives

Click here to read news from
last year's celebration

Click here to read news from
previous years

Click here to read news about The Grannie Annie's 10th
Anniversary edition: Echoes
from World War II


Donate now so that more young people can discover and share family stories.


Support The Grannie Annie
at No Cost to You!

If you're an Amazon shopper,
please select "Grannie Annie
Family Story Celebration"as the
charity your purchases will
benefit through the Amazon




Grannie Annie News — 2020/2021, Collection 16


The Grannie Annie's 16th collection of historical family stories is now available! Read these priceless stories on this website or download the complimentary PDF. Congratulations again to The Grannie Annie's 2020/2021 published authors and to all of this year's Grannie Annie storykeepers!



The Selected Stories

Congratulations to the 7 soon-to-be-published Grannie Annie authors! What an honor for these young people to be published in The Grannie Annie's 16th collection. In spite of the many challenges faced by students, families, and teachers during this school year, The Grannie Annie received 60 historical family stories from authors in two countries and six US states — and each story touched our volunteer readers in its own special way.

In addition to being published on this website, this year's annual collection of historical family stories will be available as a free PDF. The seven memorable stories included in this 16th annual collection will also be shared through Facebook and Twitter throughout the upcoming year. Please watch this page for updates as the celebration continues!



Celebrate the Stories!

The stories have arrived! A special thanks to the students, families, and teachers who have submitted historical family stories during this challenging year!

This year's stories arrived from the states of Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, New Jersey, and New York — and from Israel! The Grannie Annie's committee of volunteer readers have already begun the process of reading and enjoying the 60 stories received this year.

Stories will be read and reread as the volunteer readers decide which stories will be published (on this website) in the 16th collection of Grannie Annie family stories. The titles of the stories chosen for publication and the names of their authors will be announced on this page in early June. 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 Grannie Annie Storykeeper Map

The map below will be updated as family stories arrive from this year's Grannie Annie storykeepers. Stories can be submitted at any time throughout the year. Please see the Special Note above for important information about this year's celebration.




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 December 22, on St. Louis Public Radio, KWMU (90.7 FM).

Hear two Grannie Annie authors published in Grannie Annie, Vol. 15, read their published stories — one about a compassionate great-great-grandfather in St. Charles, Missouri, during the Great Depression; and another about a powerful great-great-grandmother in St. Louis, Missouri, during the Roaring Twenties.

Following the "listen now" link above will take you to an audio recording of the program and a brief written introduction to the program, which also included Sean Rost, an oral historian for the State Historical Society of Missouri and the Missouri Humanities Council.



Join The Grannie Annie on the Radio — Tuesday, Dec. 22

You're invited to join The Grannie Annie in the sharing of family stories on St. Louis on the Air, KWMU (90.7 FM), St. Louis's National Public Radio affiliate.

The program will air live at 12:00 noon CST on Tuesday, December 22, and The Grannie Annie's part will begin soon after noon. The program will be rebroadcast at 7:00 p.m. CST that night. It is possible to listen online.

Student authors published in Grannie Annie, Vol. 15, will read their family stories.

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



Welcome to the 16th 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!



Built by Hen's Teeth Network