Seventeen local students were among the 48 students whose historical family stories or art were included in the “Grannie Annie, Vol. 9.”
Released in May, the anthology is published by The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration, a nonprofit organization based in St. Louis that invites students in grades four through eight to interview an older relative, write a story and submit it to the Grannie Annie Foundation for possible publication. Students also are invited to illustrate their stories. After stories have been selected for publication additional illustrations are solicited from students in the St. Louis area.
Local published authors include John Burroughs student Victoria Sansone with “The Magical Box,” Parkway Central Middle student Hannah Gao with “Into the Mountains,” Parkway West Middle student Sydney Kinzy with “The Disk in the Sky,” Crestview Middle student Preethi Sriraman with “The Compound Wall,” Twin Oaks Christian student Kate Pogue with “From the Heart,” and Westminster Christian Academy students Neeve McMillin and Raphaella Zavaglia with “A Purple Mess” and “Bricks vs. Chickens,” respectively.
The 10 published local artists represented two schools. Joshua C. Bowman from Wren Hollow Elementary illustrated “Lost and Found,” while Twin Oaks Christian Academy students provided the balance of the illustrations from local artists.
Luke Allen illustrated the anthology’s cover, Christian Bigler illustrated “The Fire Bird,” Alyssa Cannon illustrated “Seagull, Sir,” Regan Carpenter illustrated “Lali–The Legend,” Teagan LeVar illustrated “The Magical Box,” Rachel Liang illustrated “The Disk in the Sky,” Madison Nowotny illustrated “Saving Tampa,” Cameron Roberts illustrated “Into the Mountains,” and Abigail Ruckman illustrated “Oh, Say Can You See.”
The published authors and artists were invited to a book signing celebration at the Missouri History Museum on June 1 and had the opportunity to read their stories and discuss their illustrations.
Illustrations published in “Grannie Annie, Vol. 9,” will be exhibited at the Schlafly Branch of the St. Louis Public Library during November, and at Yeyo Arts Collective, 2907 S. Jefferson Avenue in January of 2015.
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, and by the Regional Arts Commission