13th Annual (2007) Winners

WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast, is pleased to announce the local winners of the 14th Annual READING RAINBOW Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. This national competition, designed to encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, invites students from Kindergarten through third grade to create their own original stories and illustrations.

Hundreds of entries received from all over the Gulf Coast were judged on originality, creative expression, story telling, and integration of copy and illustration. The winners were recognized during a special ceremony on Saturday, September 6 at the Family Expo. The winners received READING RAINBOW books and other prizes from WSRE. Local winning entries have also been submitted to the national READING RAINBOW competition. All national-winning stories will be posted on the pbskids.org/readingrainbow Web site.

Noted children's book authors, illustrators, publishers, educators, and representatives from such organizations as the American Library Association and the National Council of Teachers of English make up the panel of national judges who evaluate the entries and select the winners. Each year, READING RAINBOW's Young Writers and Illustrators Contest attracts more than 45,000 entries.

The local winning entries from WSRE are:

14th Annual (2008) Winners
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Kate Keenan, "Meet Tabby"
Gulf Breeze, FL

First Grade
Esther Shunai Hicks, "I Dreamed My Zoo Was Gone"
Cantonment, FL

Second Grade
Malia N. Stovall, "The Spotless Dalmatian"
Navarre, FL

Third Grade
Coral Brantly, "How Rabbit Lost His Tail"
Navarre, FL

READING RAINBOW is an award-winning PBS children series that initiates a lasting connection between children and literature. Airing Sundays on WSRE at 10 a.m., READING RAINBOW builds lasting friendships between children and books. This annual contest builds on the program's mission to stimulate a child's interest in reading. "READING RAINBOW's Young Writers and Illustrators Contest helps reinforce the message of the great value and sheer fun of reading," said Jill Hubbs, Director of Educational Services for WSRE. "The contest encourages children to stretch their imaginations to create a unique work in words and pictures that they can be proud of."

Go back to the Reading Rainbow 2008 Contest.

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