Welcome To Shady Pines Story Town! Be Sure To Visit The Forums


Happiness is when you realize the children in your life have turned out to be good people.

We’re so happy to welcome you to our small Southern town, located right next to the much bigger River City. We sure live in turbulent times, don’t we? It’s especially concerning if you’re raising young children. Here Shady Pines Story Town, we know you want kids to grow up to be good, honest and decent adults, but you’re worried a culture increasingly rewarding bullying and bad behavior will keep that from happening. You may be concerned about the long term effects on the kids. We share your concerns. That’s why our human and animal neighbors do their best to set a good example.

We’re here to provide an alternative for you and your kids.

We offer young kids and their caregivers a delightful destination online to get away from the noise. Through stories embedded with life lessons, and activities to underscore them, we throw you a lifeline to sanity.

It’s cool to be good!

Our human and animal cartoon characters of all ages and backgrounds act as role models. Through the stories they tell, they inspire youngsters to make good choices. They also show that it’s cool to be good! Make sure you check out the SHADY PINES COMMUNITY FORUM. You’ll find all sorts of topics being discussed. In our town no matter how old you are, your voice matters. We encourage you to join in the conversation. Find out what they’re talking about now!

PINECONE CORNER is the place to sample some of what we offer. You can take a tour of the town, meet the neighbors, find a story or guide, get a recipe, learn some fun facts, find out about the history of the town, and more. It’s a way for you and the kids to have fun together!

You may also want to check out our Our Mom’s Choice Gold Award-winning books. The Boomer and Halley books featuring Harold and Edna Sanders who adopt an Australian Shepherd dog and a silver streak of a cat. When Boomerang and Halley’s Comet come into their lives, the once childless couple finds out firsthand how challenging parenting can be! Each story is embedded with four life lessons like honesty, forgiveness, sportsmanship, manners and so on. A bookmark withe prompting questions lets you  gauge if your 4-8 yr old understands the lessons.


Shady Pines Story Town is an award-winning approach to raising good kids, where kindness and caring is a way of life.

Our books and our membership-based website won the Mom’s Choice Gold Award for excellence. The issues that plague kids today are the same ones that our characters deal with – in real time. Our fictional world mirrors your real world. The neighbors of this small Southern town grapple with bullying, too much screen time, self-esteem issues, personal and public safety, families impacted by weather events, holiday celebrations, and so on. We deal with these real-life topics in the news with our very own news team from The Shady Pines Gazette newspaper office. Editor, Zulah Talmadge and Scoop, the Cub Reporter are always on the look out for a news story we can bring to you. They give you a way to talk to your kids about any topic under the sun by using them to introduce the topic.

It’s a movement.

The special kids in your life need you. We’re here to support the efforts of those like you who are willing to stand up to the negative influences of our current society by providing a hopeful, loving, compassionate community where kindness and caring are a way of life.

 Invite Your Friends and Family to Join Shady Pines Story Town for connections, community, and fun activities galore!

Talk To Us!

We always want to hear from you and find out what is important to you and your family. Please use the CONTACT link to let us know what’s on your mind. Rita Mallena, the Director of our Community Center, is letting you know “We’re here for you!”

Mary Jane McKittrick, Founder of Shady Pines Story Town and Zulah Talmadge, Editor of The Shady Pines Gazette are ready to answer your questions.