Good stories make it easy to identify with their heroes. By joining their journey, we learn from their challenges in ways that mirror practical experience.

Most of the stories I write are built around the hero’s journey, a format that I love because the quest always involves acquiring a deeper understanding of self. Kids of all ages are captivated by this style of storytelling because of its universal appeal.

These are all works in progress. The target audience is between 3 and 8. These go through a content screening process with my alpha readers, Xavier (age 4) and Roxanne (age 2). Xavier in particular is a conscientious and constructive editor. Roxanne generally suggests there should be more pictures. Alas, I am not an illustrator.

If you enjoy these stories, please let me know by sending me an email or commenting in the comments section.

About the author:

Leslie Van Zee is a marketing executive, mother and former euphoniumist who lives with her family in San Francisco in a house on a hill. By day she develops corporate communications designed to resonate with grown up audiences, and by night she crafts stories to settle her kids in to bed that often get them too wound up to sleep. She loves bluegrass, NPR, and singing silly songs while doing housework.