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Stuart Baum: Stuart's Story

[ photo: Stuart Baum ]

Stuart's Story

In 1990, the year his first child was born, Stuart Baum '85 wrote a children's story, "The Laziest King." Some of his friends asked him for copies so they could read the story to their children, so he printed out about a dozen copies and sent them to these people as holiday gifts. They loved the story and clamored for more. Thus began a tradition, Stuart's holiday stories, with a mailing list that grew, and grew, and grew—until it seemed to make sense to put them online. features 19 stories to read aloud, "early reader" stories for beginning readers, and activity areas with writing contests children can enter. The activity areas give kids wonderfully imaginative options for honing their own creativity, "Finish Me" Stories, where the beginning is provided and the child writes the ending.

Every year, over 50,000 visitors from all over the world find their way to The writing activities and contests on the site have been used as teaching materials for classrooms and homeschoolers in the U.S. and abroad.

Submitted by Zoe Eisenman Baum '85