Stone Soup was founded in 1973 by William Rubel and Gerry Mandel, who continue to run the organization today. We incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit called the Children’s Art Foundation. Our purpose is to encourage children to write and draw by inspiring them with examples of the best work by their peers. In addition to publishing Stone Soup, the Children’s Art Foundation maintains a collection of international children’s art. With more than 1000 high quality works of art by children from 36 countries, the Children’s Art Foundation’s collection is one of the finest children’s art collections in the world. We offer a growing selection of prints from the collection in the Stone Soup Store.
About Stone Soup Magazine
Stone Soup is the print magazine written and illustrated by young writers and artists. It is the leading publisher of creative writing by children ages 8 to 13. Most of Stone Soup’s subscribers are in the U.S. and Canada, but we also have subscribers in forty countries.
We are William Rubel and Gerry Mandel, the founders and editors of Stone Soup. We started Stone Soup in 1973, in Santa Cruz, California, because we believed quality writing by children would inspire other children to read and write. At the time we were college students, just barely not children ourselves, and there was no academic work to support our idea. But this thesis is now accepted by mainstream American and Canadian textbook publishers. Stories and poems have been reprinted from Stone Soup in more than one-hundred educational publications. When you give Stone Soup to a child as a gift, or when you use Stone Soup in your homeschool or classroom, you can feel assured that there is no better source of inspiring writing by children to be found.
Stone Soup is published six times a year, in January, March, May, July, September, and November. When you subscribe to Stone Soup, you not only give a valuable gift to a young writer or artist, but you also support our project. Thank you.