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Introducing...The Daily Spark!

by Ryan Johnson November 04, 2018

Introducing...The Daily Spark! You and your children can use these fun, daily prompts as the beginning of a story, an impromptu play, a drawing or more.

Each one is a little creative spark designed to get kids curious about what's possible. Be creative and have fun!

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Behind the Story: "The One-Woman Band"

by Ryan Johnson October 13, 2018

The heroine of this story is a quiet, poor, solitary, hard-working washerwoman. One day, a spark in her heart is lit when she discovers an abandoned accordion. Can she learn how to play her instrument? Will others appreciate her music?

Let me take you behind the story of the funniest story in my collection of audio stories for children: Wonder Stories.

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Behind the Story: "A Cloud's Story"

by Ryan Johnson October 06, 2018

I couldn't release Wonder Stories -- my first collection of children's audio stories -- without including a bonafide bedtime story. 

Let me tell you about the actual bedtime that inspired this fluffy tale...

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Behind the Story: "The Donkey and the Falcon"

by Ryan Johnson September 29, 2018

Hear the story-behind-the-story of my favorite track in my new Wonder Stories collection.

The story is a short, simple fable about a down-to-earth donkey and a high-and-mighty falcon. Both are working animals, but they approach their work with very different attitudes...

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Behind the Story: "Amelia: The Mouse Who Wanted to Fly"

by Ryan Johnson September 18, 2018

Hear the story-behind-the-story of one of the most popular tracks in my new Wonder Stories collection. 

Amelia is a plucky young mouse with a big dream: to fly through the sky. Not easy for a mouse living a humble life on the forest floor. Thankfully, Amelia is equally resourceful, creative and determined.

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"Wonder Stories" is now available

by Ryan Johnson June 17, 2018

Very exciting news here at Cora Stories. Our first collection of audio stories for children is now available: Wonder Stories. The brand new collection features five tales about big dreamers finding their way in a big world...

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The first Cora Story: Maria's Magical Dancing Shoes

by Ryan Johnson January 07, 2017

The first Cora Story is live, out in the world! It's called Maria's Magical Dancing Shoes. It's a short, fun tale about a girl who loves to dance but, alas, isn't all that good at it. When she receives a magical pair of bright green dancing shoes, then...

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My favorite children's novels

by Ryan Johnson January 30, 2016

Every storyteller has a DNA built from the stories that inspired, entertained, challenged, and ultimately moved him. This is why the best writers are usually the most voracious readers -- they have the most expansive building blocks from which to work.

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Welcome to Cora Stories!

by Ryan Johnson January 01, 2016

Welcome to Cora Stories - Balloon Girl

Hi, I’m Ryan Johnson. The chief storyteller and daydreamer here at Cora Stories. This site is the home for my children’s stories, and I hope, a place for children -- and parents -- tap into deeper levels of creativity, meaning and experience in their lives.

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