'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.

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

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

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

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

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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Henry Winkler Talks School, Dyslexia and More in Latest ‘Story Monsters Ink’ Issue

Henry Winkler Talks School, Dyslexia  and More in Latest ‘Story Monsters Ink’ Issue

From The Waterboy, Click and Holes to Arrested Development and Parks and Recreation—not to mention, of course, Happy Days— Henry Winkler’s 40+ year career has made him a household name. Despite his onscreen success, Winkler told Story Monsters Ink magazine in a recent interview that his proudest achievement stems from a different medium: literature.

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Award-Winning Children’s Author and Story Monster Reading Ambassador Conrad J. Storad to Read to One Millionth Student

CHANDLER, AZ (March 13, 2017) – It’s been 23 years in the making. After more than 1,500 school and library visits in 17 different states, science writer, editor, national award-winning children’s author and master storyteller Conrad J. Storad is set to reach a personal goal. On Thursday, March 16, during author presentations for the more than 600 students at Kyrene de la Mariposa Elementary School in Chandler, Arizona, he will read to his one millionth student.

“It’s exciting! What a privilege it has been to be asked to visit so many schools and libraries over the years,” says Storad. “I’m honored that I’ve had the opportunity to make even a small impact on numerous young people.”

Storad, currently the science and nature editor for Story Monsters Ink® magazine, has written more than 50 science and nature books for children and young adults, including the USA Best Book winner Rattlesnake Rules, the ONEBOOKAZ for Kids 2012 selection Arizona Way Out West & Witty (co-authored with Lynda Exley), and Monster in the Rocks, the 2014 Arizona selection for the "52 Great Reads” program sponsored by the Library of Congress Center for the Book.

“I believe a good nonfiction story should be more than just the facts,” says Storad. “Seeing kids’ faces light up when I talk to them about science or nature in a way that connects for them is what makes my job fun.”

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A firm believer of instilling a love of reading at an early age, Storad has served as a Story Monster Reading Ambassador since Story Monster’s inception in 2014. Storad played an integral role in giving Story Monster a voice to share his message that “Reading is fun!” among students across the country.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better ambassador,” says Linda F. Radke, president of Story Monsters LLC. “Conrad’s enthusiasm and ability to captivate an audience is inspiring. It truly is an honor to have him out there sharing Story Monster’s message with young people. I want to congratulate Conrad on his great accomplishment of reading to one million students.”

Until his retirement in 2010, Storad spent over 24 years as executive editor for the nationally acclaimed ASU Research Magazine. Prior to that, he was a reporter, editor and general manager for The Barberton Herald newspaper in northeast Ohio. Storad holds an undergraduate degree in mass media communication from the University of Akron and a master’s degree in mass communication/science journalism from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.

To learn more about Conrad J. Storad or to schedule an author visit, please visit www.ConradStoradBooks.com or email cstorad@cox.net.

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.

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