Stories for Young People from 4 to 400

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Dec 28, 2016: Young People of All Ages: Dead Things, by Lawrence Van Hoof


My grandmother picks up dead things. She brings them home. Sometimes she scares people because they don’t understand. Nobody does. Except me. And that’s the scariest thing of all.

Lead illustration “Peregrine Ghosts” photograph © Dave Cox




Young People of All Ages: “Sea Full of Stars”, by Siobhan Gallagher

illustration by Alexander Rommel

Zef was finishing up repairs on the space telescope when a stream of glittering, translucent bodies passed overhead.


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July 18, 2016: Stories For Young People from 4 to 499:

“The Mountain Farmer’s Bootlace”, by David Sklar

Sometimes, when you’re planting mountains, you may not notice the little things.


eternity_by_puimun 1The Lady and the Moon, by Matt Dovey,

Why we must love the Sea…

“The Lady and the Moon” © Matt Dovey
Matt Dovey is very tall and very English and most likely has a cup of tea in his hand right now. He has a scar on his arm where the giant squid caught him with its beak as it finally won free and slipped back into the terrible depths.
He grew up by the sea. He believes you cannot know magic until you have stood alone on a beach beneath the swollen summer moon, warmed by salt winds. He speaks from experience. Of all the wines he has homebrewed, he has never made seaweed wine, but reckons he could come up with a recipe.
More waffle and nonsense can be found at You can follow along at or on Twitter @mattdoveywriter.


Illustration: “Eternity” © Stephanie Piuman Law
Stephanie Pui-Mun Law has been painting fantastic otherworlds from early childhood.
What Stephanie tries to convey with her art is not simply fantasy, but the fantastic, the sense of wonder, that which is sacred.
While most of Stephanie’s work is done with watercolors, she experiments with pen & ink, intaglio printing, acrylic, and digital painting as well.