Smories (Help a Sister Out) 3

Dear Reader,

I need your support.  Two children’s stories I have written were selected for the launch of a new site: .  It features children reading stories that were submitted and selected by the site founders. There is more information about them at the end of this post.

Please click on my stories,  Jump! Jump! Jump!  and Tracy Became a Frog One Day .  
Then listen to them (they are short).  The writer whose story has the most views, wins a cash prize for the month.  It’s that simple.  The stories are not long.  The same little girl reads both of my stories in her lovely British accent. (I had no hand in selecting the reader.)  

If I win, I’ll use the money to support my Random Booking project as well as to help fund self-publishing one of my children’s stories. 

Thank you.


About Smories (from the website)

Smories are free original stories for kids, read by kids. 50 added every month.


“We got the idea for during an extremely long journey in a very dirty Land Rover from the Kalahari desert in Botswana to Cape Town in South Africa in February this year.

Our daughter (8) had the idea to film herself with our ipod reading Enid Blyton short stories, and then play them back to her younger sister (6). This kept them entertained for hours.

Our kids have always loved reading to each other and are transfixed when other children read them stories. They are also obsessed with the internet and will make their way to youtube any time they get their hands on a computer.

We thought a website that had a continuous flow of new stories, read aloud by kids, would make a healthier destination than so much of the stuff out there. Imagine you’re stuck in traffic and need to keep a miniature person entertained in the back. Access a playlist of smories stories from your i-phone and voila…

Once we had the idea for a site that publishes stories for kids read by kids, we also thought it would be a great unthreatening forum for showcasing unpublished stories. This allows writers to test their work in a straightforward and transparent way, hopefully giving them exposure which they might otherwise not have received.

– Lisa Swerling & Ralph Lazar, March 2010


Go to the website to submit your own story.  Who knows, you may be selected.

About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

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