The heart of the Storyformed venture is simple: to get great books into the hands and hearts of children everywhere. My goal is to help parents and educators discover the best children’s books to be found. I’m here to celebrate, and defend, the soul-forming power of imagination, story, and beauty to form children to love what is right, hunger for what is good, and grasp what is true. To read a great story might just be to start living one too.
To that end, Storyformed.com is both a literary online resource, and the home of a new publishing imprint, Storyformed Books.
Through Storyformed Books, we’ll be republishing excellent out-of-print classics, releasing new fiction by contemporary authors, and publishing a series of essay collections on reading and imagination. My book, Caught Up in a Story, written largely to explain the Storyformed worldview, is the first to release with the imprint. We’ll follow it soon with Just David, one of the favorite children’s classics of my childhood.
The website, meanwhile, was designed to be richly stocked with book reviews, research, quotes, and reading lists, countless resources to guide parents and teachers as they enter the world of children’s books. If I could, I’d have every one of you into my library for a cup of tea, but for now, a ramble round this literary website will have to do. Here’s a quick tour to help you find the literary delights you desire:
- The BLOG is an ongoing quest and conversation in the realms of imagination and story. You might find book reviews, quotes, pictures from my literary travels, featured artists, thoughts on imagination, or any number of other tidbits. Check back often.
- The LIBRARY is a searchable database of book reviews and recommendations. If it’s in there, it’s good. This page will be continually updated. You can search by categories and tags.
- The BOOKSTORE houses the newest releases from Storyformed Books.
- The BOOK LISTS page, also continually updated, will offer families various top ten lists for easy reading ideas.
- The RESEARCH page will be continually updated with resources specifically for parents and teachers. From studies and statistics on reading, to essays on imagination, to books on education, to websites of children’s classic illustrators, this is where parents can find their own source for education and delight.
- And the CONTACT page is, well, self evident.
So, that’s the website. Take a look around and delve into the world of books. I hope you find stories to strengthen and enrich every corner of your soul. Read on! And may the story you live be as great as the ones you read.
Sarah Clarkson: The Story Girl
When I was a child and first discovered L.M. Montgomery’s radiant character, “the Story Girl,” I knew right then and there that I wanted that name for myself. The fact that Montgomery’s character was also named Sara sealed the deal. Twenty years later, I’m still the Story Girl at heart, and I’m claiming that name to set my doom. I want to be the girl who brought good books and vibrant stories to as many people, especially children, as I can.
About me: Can talking about books be a vocation? Can reading be a work? Can writing make the kingdom come? I think so. My life certainly spins around the great sun of the written word.
Here at Storyformed.com, I’m chief editor (queen), literary selector, and by next year, author of Hope with Feathers, a children’s Christmas story. I’ve written a guide to children’s literature called Read for the Heart, and a story-centered devotional for girls called Journeys of Faithfulness. I blog at thoroughlyalive.com, partner in imaginative and literary celebration with The Story Warren, and write at the lovely and every lively Rabbit Room.
In 2012, I spent a life-shaping term at Oxford which shaped and deepened my desire to explore and defend the “truth-bearing faculty of imagination,” and along with it, the formative influence of beauty on the development of a soul. That interest drives my current book projects in the fiction and essay worlds. I have about five books I’m currently crafting, including a WWII story set in Scotland, and a sort of cultural history of imagination; how we view it, how we use it, and what technology might be doing to it.
In the workaday realm my Colorado home, I write, study (mostly on my own, occasionally at Oxford), drink innumerable cups of coffee and tea, take very long, windy walks through the mountains and occasionally make a bit of music. I have a grand, talkative family, idealists every one. I’m collecting books for the rambling cottage library I’ll one day open to the curious world, and I speak every blue moon or so on children’s literature, beauty, and the formative power of story.
I’m always up for a good discussion, a fresh cup of tea, an adventure (up in the hills or down the road), or a new kindred spirit. I think life is a gift. A story. And I’m living mine as richly as I can.