Callen Schaub

Callen’s dynamic art inspires our kids!

Callen has worked with Story Planet on countless occasions and recently, he has also begun volunteering at our after-school program. This energetic artist loves working with kids because he likes “the fresh perspective…Kids say things instinctively without censoring themselves. They’re honest, and the initial response is nice. In the art world, things get too pretentious or too over-analyzed.”

Using a variety of home-made contraptions, including one made from a bike, Callen uses gravity and centrifugal force to create abstract art. During workshops, the kids have the opportunity to add a colour or brush stroke to the painting. When kids have a chance to help create a piece, it inspires them even more during the story-making workshop.  Running the workshops helps Callen see “why you make art in the first place.”

Check out Callen’s page to see more of his collection. Thank you Callen for your constant dedication – Story Planet wouldn’t be the same without your talents and your enthusiasm!

1. Favourite planet to live (other than Earth):

“A lot of planets are really inhabitable, I would like to be just on the moon because I’m close enough to come home… It’d be cool to live on Jupiter, or on one of Jupiter’s moons, but that’s far.”

2. Favourite book:

The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle

3. Favourite artist/s:

Banksy, Gerhard Richter, Van Gogh, and Tom Shannon

4. Favourite thing to do on Earth:


5. Best Earth food:

A BLT sandwich


Thanks so much to Midoco for sponsoring Story Planet’s Featured Explorer.

Check out Midoco Art & Office Supplies for your one-stop-shop for creative expression.  Established in 1977, they now have two destination outlets in the Annex and the Beaches.


Just Landed! Reviews of Story Planet’s Latest Favourites

We are excited to share some (very) early reviews of recent stories that just arrived at Story Planet, created by an awesome grade 5/6 class!

Adventures in Funky Soccer is an adventurous story, full of funny characters that you will never forget!”

-The Ottawa Times

“The awesomest scary book you will ever read! The Tales of the Crazy Dog – winner of the prestigious Yellow Ice Cream Award – is a must-read for all animal lovers!”

-The Toronto Times

The Life of A Ninja According to Iris Ruby is this year’s most marvelous fantasy book… A breathtaking story, full of phenomenal characters that will make you laugh and cry!”

-The Athens Times

Stop by Story Planet to hear about more exciting stories, delivered fresh every week.

Monsters, Manga and Musings

Monsters, and monster stories, are taking over Story Planet!  Our after school kids are creating amazing characters out of Fimo and fantastic stories out of their imagination. Here’s a sneak look at a couple of their great creations. Once the stories are completed, towards the end of October, we’ll share those with you too!

Next up, in November, Mondays will become Manga Mondays as we start up a new, after-school workshop that will last for 4 weeks. Eric Kim has been doing amazing work with us already, and this will be the second Manga workshop we’ll run with him. We’ve been hearing from kids, who already have an interest in drawing and Manga, that they want to dig a little deeper. Eric will help hone their skills! The workshop will start on November 5th and run for 4 Mondays for kids in grades 5 to 8. Email info(at)storyplanet(dot)ca for more info.

At Intergalactic Travel Authority we’re musing over possible new products for the holiday season! As Intergalacticus approaches, we have some exciting items that will get your imagination humming. As an early teaser, guess what this might be…