A Little Bit of News
NY NOW, Feb. 1–4 January 27 2015We will be in booth 7251 at the Javits Center as part of the NY NOW show (formerly the NY Gift Show). Will you be attending? Please stop by and say hello!
Storymatic Kids is on TWO Forbes Top Ten lists! November 29 2014
“How to Talk to People: The Top 10 Toys that Help” and “How to Be an Engaging Storyteller: Top Ten Tools for Kids.” Thanks, Forbes!
Hey NaNoWriMo people! October 27 2014
REMEMORY is here! September 09 2014
You know how The Storymatic helps you reach out and grab a story from the air? Rememory helps you access stories you already have– your memories.
Just draw one card from each of the three decks, and remember. Look at each card as you pick them, or look at them all at the same time. Each way feels a little different. The first way funnels you into memory. The second way lets memory sweep across you.
Rememory is coming soon. Very soon. September 02 2014
Ever since I made the first Storymatic, people have asked me to make something to help them access the stories they carry around inside them. They’ve asked for a Storymatic that can help them share stories and moments with family and friends, that can help with poetry and personal writing, and that can give them insight into themselves.
In creating REMEMORY, I was consistently struck by how enormously satisfying it is to remember things we thought we had forgotten, and by how even the smallest of memories often illustrate the great themes of our lives.
REMEMORY is wonderful for anyone interested in exploring the rich and fascinating world of memory. Use REMEMORY for conversation, writing, parties, reunions, teaching, art, discovery, and game night. The pamphlet that comes inside each box has activities and suggestions for things to do by yourself, with a friend or two, and in a group.
REMEMORY helps you remember memories— and make new ones!
It will be available toward the end of September.
Introducing Molly Booth! June 30 2014
It’s Molly Booth Day!
We are super-duper excited to have Molly join Storymatic Studios as our first Marketing and Communications Intern.
Welcome aboard, Molly!
Coming Soon: REMEMORY June 11 2014
It's very cool.
Book Expo, here we come! April 08 2014
We're excited to be going back to BookExpo America at the end of May (5/28-31). Are you going? Stop by and say hello! We'll be in booth #S438. It's in the sidelines area.
If you are with a store and want to go but haven't registered yet, just click here and you'll get the special Storymatic Courtesy Rate. You have to register by May 15 to get that rate, though.
Hope to see you there!
TIME for Kids holiday gift guide December 10 2013
Storymatic Kids is in the TIME for Kids holiday gift guide!
Gather ’round, storytellers, and pick a card. The Storymatic Kids is a box of 360 cards, each containing a word or phrase. Some are blank, allowing you to create your own story prompt. Take cues from what is written to tell a story, but how you tell it is up to you. Act out, sing, speak, or dance your tale. The cards come with a booklet of story suggestions and games, in case you get stuck. These 360 cards can take you in an endless number of directions.
NCTE13… Amazing. November 27 2013
Last weekend we were at the annual convention for NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English). I am happy to report that not one person sounded like Charlie Brown’s teacher.
After meeting so many alert, engaged, dedicated teachers, it’s weird that if I Google “educational crisis in america" I get more than 72,000 results. How can that be? (That’s a rhetorical questions, because I know how it can be.)
What I mean is: the news sometimes seems so full of reports about failing schools, failing teachers, failing administrators, and fail, fail, fail, what’s the point, everything sucks, blah blah blah. It’s depressing, right? So let me try to counteract all that stuff, at least a little bit. Because here’s the deal:
Man oh manicotti, there are amazing teachers and administrators out there. Lots of them! All over the country!
Over and over, I met people who made me want to be in their classes. Everyone at NCTE is trying to figure out what’s best for their students— how to challenge them, how to keep them from getting on the wrong track, how to get them (and keep them) reading, and how to balance the demands of The Test with a creative curriculum. And this was true across the board. It was as true for teachers-in-training as it was for teachers, as true for principals as it was for superintendents. It was even true for the people we spoke with who supervise the superintendents.
This year’s NCTE was in Boston; next year’s is in DC. We’ll be there. Will you?
International Storytelling Center November 20 2013
A few years ago I won a trip on British Airways as part of a small-business competition. It ended up being a pretty quick trip-- I flew to London with a whole bunch of interesting people who'd also won a trip, and from there I went to Bristol.
Bristol is two or three hours west of London, and it's got a lot of things going on. For starters, Banksy is from there. So is Cary Grant. Obviously, they are the same person.
Bristol is also home to Aardman Studios, the Wallace and Gromit folks. My friend Chris Pirie has a studio right next to Aardman. Chris makes amazing puppets and whenever I hear the word steampunk, I think of Chris' work.
Anyway, Bristol is also home to the Bristol Storytelling Festival. I'd never really thought of a "storytelling festival" before, which is strange because I've done several Moth slams, as well as a Moth MainStage show oh so long ago. That's a story for another time. The point is that I came away from Bristol wondering why there weren't storytelling festivals in the United States.
But of course there are storytelling festivals here, and I just didn't know about them.
And the point of that is that that's when I learned about the International Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Yes, I am aware that I nearly ran three thats in a row back there, and I'm okay with that.
So! What I'm driving at here is that I'm really pleased that the International Storytelling Festival just ordered some Storymatics for the shop in what I'm pretty sure is in this beautiful building:
They should be there in a few days. If you are in Tennessee, pay 'em a visit!
And that's that.
NCTE 2013! November 19 2013
I'm really looking forward to the annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English this week in Boston. For starters, here's what NCTE is all about:
The National Council of Teachers of English is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. This mission statement was adopted in 1990:
The Council promotes the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public worlds and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English and the related arts and sciences of language.
Doesn't that sound good to you? I mean, I know it's not the most exciting thing in the world... but still. That's a pretty worthwhile mission.
I've been spending a lot of time with the Standards lately, so it'll be really interesting to here what the people who actually teach them have to say about them.
So if you're going to be there, stop by booth 840 and say hello. Draw some cards and tell some stories. Check out the new t-shirts! We can talk about Common Core. We can get our teacher on, and we can talk shop. I love talking shop.