Today, KLRU announced the local winners of the 2014 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The first place winners in grades K-3 will advance to the national level of the contest. Over 235 creative entries were received from local children and 13 winners were chosen for first place, second place, and third place recognitions:
1ST PLACE WINNERS:
- Kindergarten: Paarth Bamb How I Got My First Cast
- First Grade: Christian Gardner Bryan the Carrot Goes to the Fair
- Second Grade: Aidan D’Eimon Fat Cat the Zookeeper
- Third Grade: Campbell Collins Kapi and the Art of Friendship
2ND PLACE WINNERS:
- Kindergarten: Brendan Bils The Lucky Leprechaun
- First Grade: Jose Carlos Fernandez The Magic Castle
- Second Grade: Jill Newton Fred Meets Friends
- Third Grade: Niranjana Nair The Insecure Square
3RD PLACE WINNERS:
- Kindergarten: Celeste Banister My TreeHouse
- First Grade Tie: Keri Collins Polly’s Pollen & Michelle Huang The Naughty Puppy
- Second Grade: Julia Gardner Monkey Business
- Third Grade: Bryan Bui Journey To Earth
“At KLRU we were truly inspired by the enthusiasm and talent that this year’s contest entries demonstrated,” said Ben Kramer, Director of KLRU’s Educational Services Department. “Each year KLRU is a proud participant in PBS KIDS’ annual Writers Contest as it advances KLRU’s commitment to helping grow children’s literacy skills while encouraging expression and imagination. KLRU celebrates the talented children of our community and we wish the winners advancing to the national contest the best of luck.”
The annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations.
KLRU’s first place winners will advance to the national contest and a panel of some of America’s foremost children’s authors, illustrators and content experts will serve as honorary judges and rank the top 12 finalists. National winners will be announced this summer and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest.
The national winners will receive prizes courtesy of national prizing sponsor, LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. Winners will receive a prize package that will include LeapFrog’s award-winning LeapReader Reading and Writing System. The contest is also made possible through national promotional support from Highlights for Children. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS and based on the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo.
To learn more about the contest, visit pbskids.org/writerscontest.