James Patterson Joins Story Monsters Ink as Monthly Columnist


CHANDLER, AZ (Sept, 2018) – James Patterson has a way with words. Best known for his suspenseful thrillers and middle grade book series, his titles have sold over 375 million copies and he holds the record for the most New York Times bestsellers. With a generosity as endless as his imagination, he has donated millions of dollars to school libraries over the years through his partnership with Scholastic with one simple goal: To get kids reading. From his vantage point as a literary lion, Patterson knows as well as anyone the power that words can wield.

Not only does Patterson write for kids, he will now be writing directly to them and their teachers and parents in a monthly column with Story Monsters Ink magazine. His column will debut in the October 2018 issue of the popular magazine.

With content kids can relate to, Story Monsters Ink is the go-to literacy resource for K-12 teachers and librarians. Each issue offers the latest book news, reviews, author interviews, reading lists, and more. In their efforts to get more students reading and writing, the editors also work with teachers and parents to publish student-written articles and book reviews in each issue.

“There’s no such thing as a kid who hates reading,” Patterson says. “There are kids who love reading, and kids who are reading the wrong books. If we can put the right book in their hands, the story will do the rest.”

To learn more about Story Monsters Ink, visit www.StoryMonsters.com, email info@storymonsters.com or call 480-940-8182.

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'The Baby-Sitters Club' Ann M. Martin Headlines August Issue of Story Monsters Ink

Story Monsters Ink: The Literary Resource for Teachers, Librarians, and Parents

CHANDLER, AZ (July, 2018) – The Baby-Sitters Club series was a literary staple of an entire generation of young readers. Ann M. Martin’s books about adolescent friends Mary Anne, Kristy, Claudia, Stacey, and their charges dominated bookshelves from the late 1980s through the 1990s, becoming one of the most popular young adult series of all time. “I heard from a lot of kids that the club members were like friends to them,” says Martin. The Baby-Sitter’s Club has continued in the form of a television show, a movie, and most recently, graphic novels by Raina Telgemeier and Gale Galligan based on Martin’s original stories. Later this month, there will be a special edition release of the first six books of the series in a collectible The Baby-Sitter’s Club tin case. Martin discusses the enduring popularity of the series and her more recent titles in the August issue of Story Monsters Ink.

            Lauren and Tony Dungy also took the field to talk about their new sports-themed children’s book series. Lauren, a former teacher and early childhood education specialist, and Tony, a former NFL player, NBC sports analyst, NFL Hall of Fame member, and retired Super Bowl-winning head coach, want to get kids excited about reading. Austin Plays Fair and Maria Finds Courage are the first two books in the new Team Dungy series. “It’s very important to get kids reading early because we know that reading is going to help them in every area of their lives,” says Lauren. “Ideally, they’ll develop a love of reading that will lead to a lifetime of learning.”

The August issue also includes interviews with Vanessa Marshall, who voices Gamora on Disney XD's Guardians of the Galaxy; Children's book authors Tim McCanna, Fiona Basile, and Linda Kranz; Maceo Smedley, who stars in Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger; and young adult author Jennifer Rose, who offers life lessons for Autistic teens.

To read the full interviews or learn more about Story Monsters Ink, visit www.StoryMonsters.com, email info@storymonsters.com or call 480-940-8182.

2017 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Winners Announced

 2017 Purple Dragonfly Book Award GRAND PRIZE WINNER

2017 Purple Dragonfly Book Award GRAND PRIZE WINNER

 2017 Purple Dragonfly Book Award FIRST PLACE DRAWING WINNER

2017 Purple Dragonfly Book Award FIRST PLACE DRAWING WINNER

CHANDLER, AZ (June 2017) – Winners of the 2017 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards have been announced and The Crystal Chronicles by Alessia Dickson has earned this year’s $500 Grand Prize as well as a First Place designation in the Youth Author Fiction category. Dickson has been writing novels since she was six years old. By the time she turned 10, she had completed the 50 novellas, and at age 16, her first book, The Crystal Chronicles, was published. The plot centers around a seemingly normal teenage girl who finds out that she’s an Elemental, a member of a supernatural race that controls the elements. With the future of humanity in danger, it’s up to her to save it.

Now 18, Dickson’s work has been compared to that of J.K. Rowling and Cassandra Clare, and the judges of the Purple Dragonfly Awards agree. “If this book had been written by an adult author, it would have been an impressive debut novel,” says Joe Murkette. “Given that it was written by a young woman in her teens, it is not only impressive, but inspirational. Alessia Dickson qualifies not only as a literary prodigy, but a potential literary star.”

The winner of this year’s $100 drawing is Meghan Colvin, author of Edison's Tackle Box. Colvin earned First Place in the Outdoor Recreation category. A complete list of winners is available on the Dragonfly Book Awards website.

"What impressed me most about this year’s entries is the pool of talent," says Linda F. Radke, president of Story Monsters LLC. “We had 63 entries earn First Place awards, which means the judges scored them with a minimum of 72 out of 80 points. This number speaks to the quality of writing that is competing in our book awards contest. I want to extend my sincerest congratulations to all of our winners.”

Now in its eighth year, the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest has grown by 33% in just the past two years alone. “We have seen an increase in entries from both traditional and independent publishers” says Radke. “I love that we offer a place for authors to be recognized.”

The next Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest is already underway. Final deadline for submissions is May 1, 2018. The deadline for the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes outstanding literature in all genres, is October 1, 2017. For complete rules and submission forms for these contests, visit www.DragonflyBookAwards.com and click on the contest of choice.

Story Monsters Approved!, part of the Story Monsters LLC family of programs, is aimed to highlight quality children's books and products. All entries are kid-tested and judge-certified, making it easier for buyers to choose exceptional books and products that parents will approve and youths will enthusiastically devour. There is no deadline to enter and books are judged as they are received.

Story Monsters LLC, formerly Five Star Publications, Inc., is dedicated to helping authors of all genres strive for excellence with book production, marketing and promotion. From publishing the award-winning Story Monsters Ink® magazine, to providing Publishers Support Services in areas such as editing, cover design and publicity, Story Monsters LLC is a place to tell your story. For more information, visit www.storymonsters.com,  email info@storymonsters.com or call 480-940-8182.


Get #CaughtReading with ‘Story Monsters Ink’ Magazine’s New Literacy Campaign

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The new campaign, aimed at promoting literacy both in and outside the classroom, asks teachers and families to submit videos “catching” their kids and students reading—in the classroom, in the cafeteria, on the playground, in the living room and more. In addition to fostering a love of reading, the campaign hopes to encourage participation through a contest: One lucky winner will be chosen each month to receive a one-year print subscription to Story Monsters Ink and a Story monster plush reading buddy.

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Stan Lee Sparks Imagination in ‘Story Monsters Ink’ May Issue

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Since the 1960s, Stan Lee – and his ever-growing roster of superheroes – has been a household name.

In response to the lack of children-appropriate multimedia, the Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Comics launched Stan Lee’s Kids Universe in 2013. The multimedia publishing company offers content for kids like books, mobile games, apps, and more as a way to expand children’s imagination, literacy and art education.

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