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Now in Our 28th Year!
"Awakening to our global interdependence challenges us to understand and appreciate differences, realizing the potential inherent in diversity."


Skipping Stones, Volume 22, Issue 4, September-October, 2010

Skipping Stones is a nonprofit magazine for youth that encourages communication, cooperation, creativity and celebration of cultural and environmental richness. It provides a playful forum for sharing ideas and experiences among youth from different countries and cultures. We are an ad-free, ecologically-aware, literary magazine printed on recycled paper with soy ink.

Founded in 1988, Skipping Stones is a timely and timeless award-winning resource in multicultural and global education. Skipping Stones welcomes art and original writings in every language and from all ages.

In a typical issue of Skipping Stones, you will find poems, stories, articles and photos from many regions of the United States and/or the world: Native American folktales, photos from kids in India or the Ukraine, poems from students in Hawaii or Pennsylvania, letters and drawings from South Africa and Lithuania, cartoons from China, and more might await you. Each issue also contains book reviews, news, and a articles appropriate for both parents and teachers. Non-English writings are accompanied by English translations to encourage the learning of other languages.

As a tax-exempt, nonprofit, educational and charitable organization, we rely on grants and donations from foundations and individuals each year to give gift subscriptions to low-income schools and to continue our global service work. We invite you to participate in this exciting forum with your submissions, subscriptions, suggestions and support. Entice your students (or children) to enter their best creations for our contests and award programs.

News and Announcements


Summer 2016 issue

The 2016 Skipping Stones Book Awards have been announced. We have recommended 27 exceptional books and three teaching resources this year. The Honors List contains bilingual books, multicultural and international books, nature and ecology books, as well as teaching resources. The winners are also being announced in our Summer 2016 issue, featuring Asia Wooten, an African American high school senior and an accomplished classical pianist, on the cover. Inside, you will find scores of 2016 Asian Celebration Haiku Contest entries by K-12 students, the 2016 Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest winners, as well as 14 entries from our 28th Year Contest. At the bottom of the page, you will see six 28-word poems by 9th graders in Turkey, the Grand Prize winner. A great issue with touching stories, poems and nonfiction pieces for your summer reading pleasure! Order the issue by contacting our office.
Download the 2016 Skipping Stones Book Awards List.
The book reviews will be available here in about two weeks.

Autumn 2016 issue will feature the ten winners of our 2016 Youth Honor Awards. Please click on the Youth Awards under the Writing Contests in the sidebar to find out how to enter (by June 25, 2016).

Our 28th Year Writing Contest To celebrate our 28th year, we invited your multicultural and nature writings of exactly 28 words (including the title). You Wrote stories or poems about your passions, dreams, role models, love of nature, or events that have changed your life in a positive way. Winners are featured in the Summer 2016 issue. The Grand Prize winner, Anne Akay's 9th grade classroom in Turkey (scroll down to the bottom of this webpage to see their creations) will receive a set of 28 back issue.

To Celebrate Our 28th Year, we are also offering a set of 28 back issues for just $80; $100, for overseas addressees!

The 2016 Haiku Contest. Select entries have been published in our Summer 2016 issue. All published students will receive their complimentary contributor copies in early June.


Skipping Stones, Volume 28, Issue 1, Jan. - Mar., 2016 A very Happy New Year to you! Our Winter 2016 issue is now ready. It features many winter celebrations and world religions. To subscribe or to renew your subscription, contact us. The subscription rates remain unchanged.

The 2016 Haiku Contest has been announced. Haiku entries are due by Monday, Feb. 15, 2016. Entries will be considered for both the 2016 Asian Celebration Exhibit and our magazine pages. Click here to download the guidelines.

Skipping Stones Publishes a Book!

Nurturing Grandchildren In November 2015, Skipping Stones published the book, Nurturing Grandchildren: Black, White & In-between by Professor Jean Moule. In addition to being a collection of Nana Jean columns from Skipping Stones, it also contains excerpts of other writings on this broad topic by Professor Moule. You can order a copy of the book from us (with four color photos and illustrations) for $15 (which includes postage & handling).

The Autumn issue featured the 2015 Youth Honor Awards. To enter the 2016 Youth Honor Awards click on the Youth Awards under the Writing Contests in the sidebar.

Autumn 2015 Issue The 2015 Youth Honor Award Winners are:
* Sophie Xu, 16, Illinois
* Isabella Ronchetti, 13, Virginia
* Nicole Weinrauch, 13, Singapore
* Angela Liu, 16, California
* Ryan Yi, 16, California
* Elaine Park, 16, Washington
* Karishma Muthukumar, 15, California
The following are Joint (or Group) Winners:
* Students at Na‘au, Hawai‘i
* Nicole Chan, 15, and Alex Lam, 15, of Hong Kong
* Lindsey Mutz, 16, Raul Dutta, 14, Doug Roche, 17, all from Michigan, and Abbie Menard, grade 8, Virginia

In addition, the Awards issue features many noteworthy entries, as well as articles, poems and photos on diverse themes like nature, life, learning, laughter and loss. Everyone who entered the Youth Awards will receive a comp. copy of the issue in September. You can also order a copy for your school, library or home use. Click here for the ordering form.

Summer 2015 issue

The 2015 Honor Award Winners have been announced. We have recommended 25 exceptional books and five teaching resources this year. The winners are also being announced in our Summer 2015 issue to be released in mid June. The new edition will feature colorful photographs of Children of the Americas by seasoned photographer Paul Dix, a two-page spread of Nature Haiku by children, the winners of the 2015 Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest, as well as scores of your creative writings. A great issue for your summer reading!
Download the 2015 Skipping Stones Book Awards List.
Click to download the 2015 Skipping Stones Book Awards Reviews.

Skipping Stones is pleased to share with you that the Nepal Benefit event organized in Eugene on Sunday, May 24th, to help rebuild lives in Nepal after the recent powerful earthquakes was a huge success. The multicultural music and dance performances helped generate close to $6,000 for relief work in Nepal. We strongly believe that as global citizens we must help in this hour of need in Nepal. We are all a part of the global family.

Skipping Stones is a proud co-sponsor of the 2015 Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest organized by the American Immigration Council. The fifth grade national winners will all receive Skipping Stones subscriptions and are being featured in the summer 2015 issue to be released in a couple of weeks.

Winter 2015 Issue A very Happy New Year to you! The first issue of our 27th year is ready. It contains articles, poems, stories and photos from around the world. It features photoessays on Ireland, the People's Republic of China, and Sierra Leone. The issue has already been mailed to our subscribers. Expect your issue next week! If you want to subscribe, renew, get sample copies or order extra copies, please contact us.

The 2015 Book Awards Program will accept entries sent by Monday, Feb. 2, 2015.
You can click here to download the 2015 Book Awards Entry Form.

Our Autumn issue has been released. It features the 2014 Youth Honor Awards. The winners have been sent an attractive Honor Certificate, five books, and a subscription to the magazine. To enter the 2015 Youth Honor Awards click on the Youth Awards under the Writing Contests in the sidebar.

Autumn 2014 Issue The 2014 Youth Honor Award Winners are:
Nicole Weinrauch, 12, Singapore
Karishma Muthukumar, 13, California
Isabella Sobejano, 14, Pennsylvania
Koyuki Sakurada, 15, California
Minh Le, 15, New Jersey
Lucy Hsiao, 16, Colorado

The following are Joint (or Group) Winners:
Imagine Scholars in Nkomazi, South Africa
Thisbe Forman, grade 3, California
Sophie Litzenberg, 13, Florida
Vidhi Patel, 17, California
Ilana Weinstein, grade 12, New York
Sophia Collins, 6, and Emelysse Jacobo, 6, both of New Jersey

In addition, the Awards issue features many noteworthy entries, as well as articles and photos on diverse themes like international immigration, celebrations and festivals, and your poems and art on themes like nature, life, love, laughter and loss. Everyone who entered the Awards will receive a comp. copy of the issue in October. You can also order a copy for your school, library or home use. Click here for the ordering form.

The 2014 Book reviews are in.
Click here to download book reviews of the 2014 winners.

Please note that beginning with January 2014, we are publishing four issues during the year (on a quarterly schedule).

Happy International Women’s Day, March 8th! March is observed as the Women’s History Month. Our Spring 2014 issue (to be released on March 21) features Women Role Models and "She Died for Women’s Rights," an article about Tahiri, a courageous Iranian woman from the 19th century. It is written by Ms. Celia Taghdiri, originally from Iran. Read the article here (PDF).

Spring 2014 issue Our Spring 2014 issue features Armenia, as well as the 2014 Haiku Contest, Diversity, Nature, and Women Role Models. You can order it from us for $8.00, including postage.

The Autumn 2015 issue will feature the 2015 Youth Honor Awards and the TEN winning entries. See the details under Youth Honor Awards.

In November 2013 Skipping Stones was honored by the National Association for Multicultural Education with the 2013 NAME Multicultural Children's Publication Award during their 23rd Annual Conference in Oakland, California. The award recognizes Skipping Stones for promoting multicultural understanding in children's literature, nurturing diverse perspectives and publishing creative work by students in each issue during the last 25 years. This is the third time that NAME has honored Skipping Stones with a national recognition.

The entry deadline for the 2014 Youth Award entries is Tuesday, May 27th! Ten winning entries and a few noteworthy entries will be featured in our Fall 2014 issue. We invite your best creative works (writing and art) by May 27th! Everyone who enters the awards program will receive the autumn issue.
Click here for the guidelines (PDF).

See the editor of Skipping Stones speak at the Eugene Public Library on April 6th! Click here for details.

The 2013 Book Award reviews are available on our website! For our 25th year, we have recommended 25 exceptional books and teaching resources.
Click here to download 2013 Skipping Stones Honors List.
Click here to view book reviews of the 2013 winners.

To receive a copy of the Summer 2013 issue featuring the Book Awards, children's nature haikus, poetry, stories, and photoessays on Bolivia and Chinese culture, contact us via email.

2013 Youth Honor Awards Announced!
Our Sept.-Oct. 2013 features the 2013 Youth Honor Awards. The winners receive an attractive Honor Certificate, five books, and a subscription to the magazine. Sept.-Oct. 2012 Issue

The 2013 Winners are:

1. Students of Na`au, Hawai`i.**
2. Cover Art by Dhruthi Mandavilli, 9, Oregon.
3. Isabella Cho & Emily Cho, 10, lllinois.**
4. Kate Davis, 10, New York.
5. Niikah Hatfield,14, homeschooler, Michigan.
6. Sabrina Szu, 15, California.
7. Cameron Comrie, 15, Georgia.
8. Lorenza Ramirez, 17, Maryland.
9. Kate Petroff, 17, Ohio.
10. Jaeyeon Baik, 17, Korea.
** indicates joint or youth group winners.

In addition, we have also published four noteworthy entries in the awards issue. The issue also contains articles and photos on diverse themes like teachings of the Dalai Lama, African American family traditions, and students' poems on nature, life, love, laughter and loss. You can order a copy for your school, library or home use. Click here for the ordering form.

Skipping Stones Publishes a Book!

Ask Nana Jean about Making A difference In August 2013, we published the second edition of Ask Nana Jean about Making A Difference, Reflections on Life by Prof. Jean Moule. It is a collection of Nana Jean columns from the last five years of Skipping Stones. You can order a copy of the book (with four color photos and illustrations) for $10 (which includes postage and handling).

The 2012 Book Award reviews have been released!
You can download the PDF file of 2012's reviews here.
Click here to download 2012's press release announcing the winners..
Click here to view 2011's reviews of the winners or order a copy of the Summer 2011 issue featuring the honor awards.

Skipping Stones January- February 2012 issue features photos of children in Mexico, a Sketchbook Journey in Mexico, Mali's Mud Cloth and Changing Climates in Public Schools.





Skipping Stones 28th Year Sale!

  • 28 back issues for just $80
  • Any 50 Back Issues: $150
  • A Set of 100 Issues: $250

    (Above prices include postage and handling in the U.S. For International addresses, please add $2.50 per issue for postage. For larger quantities: please add $20 per 10 issues; for over 21 issues, send $1.50 per issue. Postage for 50 issues, $50; and for 100 issues, $80.)

    This is our way of celebrating our 28th year, saying "Thank You!" for your support, and promoting international, multicultural and nature awareness.

    We invite you to support our nonprofit, educational and charitable work by purchasing a few back issues or by sending gift subscriptions to schools, libraries and friends. See ordering information for details.

  • Are you doing something to promote intercultural, international or interfaith understanding? Tell us about your projects or upcoming events. We would love to share your thoughts and news in Skipping Stones.

    Send us a letter or e-mail to:

    Our 28th Year Contest
    Grand Prize Winner


    Oh Nature
    A service left unpaid
    Oh nature,
    Dignity deprived
    Oh nature,
    Your tears have run brown
    Oh nature,
    Frame the cause of your lament

    Is it us?
    Mai Johnson, grade 9, Turkey.

    Life
    The beautiful nature
    The smell of peace
    when a flower breeds,
    Sounds of heaven
    When a little bird starts singing
    The medicine for all of your problems.
    Kemal Akman, grade 9, Turkey.

    Insidious
    An antique white blanket
    A child’s magnet
    a gown of glitter
    on bowing branches
    Death latent
    Among each crystalline shard
    Ready to hit hard.
    Here comes winter.
    Lara Kardas, grade 9, Turkey.

    “Life”
    Humankind
    moved,
    laughed and cried,
    ran,
    fought wars and killed,
    dreamt,
    loved,
    slept but then awakened.
    They called it “life.”
    The flower,
    stood,
    It called it “life.”
    Bilgesu Aydin, grade 9, Turkey.

    As the trees blossomed
    and the bees buzzed, the
    voice of one tear drop
    could still be
    heard. Even
    from a distance, the sorrow
    of one, can hurt.
    Kaya Orge, grade 9, Turkey.

    The Translucent Clarity
    If you hold Life up to the light,
    You will see intricately woven patterns of nature
    Spanning all over it,
    Protecting, covering, and
    nursing you.
    Dora Kurttas, grade 9, Turkey.

    We thank language arts teacher Anne Akay for encouraging her whole 9th grade classroom to participate in our 28th Year Contest.

     

     

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