By Kara Corridan

Have your students ever entered our writing contests? If they haven't, I'm hoping this is the year that they do. In Storyworks, we have several contests in each issue; Storyworks Jr. generally has at least two writing contests per issue. Our goal is to encourage creative and persuasive writing, and to provide you with opportunities to get your students excited about writing. We aim to make it as simple for your students to enter as possible, offering custom entry forms for each contest. We also aim to make the winners feel proud of their accomplishment: We send each student a personal letter as well as a book prize that relates to the theme of the article they wrote about...

By Rebecca Leon,
education editor

Happy back to school, teachers! We know that the beginning of the year can be a whirlwind of learning names, settling in, and getting into a classroom rhythm. In all that hubbub, we wanted to do some of the work for you. I have designed a Reading Workshop model minilesson to go along with our September nonfiction feature in Storyworks: "Our World Turned to Water."

By Rebecca Leon,
education editor

We are thrilled to offer letters for you to share with your students' families, introducing them to Storyworks and Storyworks Jr., and providing simple tips for sharing the joy of reading with their child. We realize how vital the home-school connection is, and our goal is to make it easier for you to build that bridge...

By Anna Starecheski

As we've been telling you excitedly, we're placing a bigger focus on social-emotional learning this year in Storyworks Jr. Part of this is the launch of our signature contest, One of a KIND. I think I can speak for all of us when I say we cannot wait to read your students' entries! But first, let me back up a bit...

By Aimee Dolan

It is with sincere and sheer excitement that we help our teachers usher in back-to-school with a Friday Freebie. At Storyworks/Storyworks Jr. HQ our editors have been in BTS mode since May (if you can believe it), when we first began to lovingly plan and prepare our September issues and support materials...

By Allison Friedman

You’ve probably already heard of Christian the Lion, the subject of Storyworks’s October/November Paired Texts. Doesn’t ring a bell? Allow us to refresh your memory...