Tenth Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest

WSIU Public Broadcasting is pleased to bring you results of the Reading Rainbow 10th Annual Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a nationwide competition encouraging children to write and illustrate their own stories. The contest is open to children in kindergarten through third grade. Stories were judged based on originality and overall concept, writing style and illustrations.

Every child who entered the contest is recognized for their participation with a Certificate of Achievement signed by Reading Rainbow host and actor LeVar Burton. Local winners receive Reading Rainbow Backpacks, including activities, videos and books, as well as other prizes. First place stories are forwarded to the national contest where they will compete for many other great prizes. National winners will be announced in June. Click here for the Reading Rainbow web site.

Winning Stories; Scroll down for all local winners


Kindergarten

Red and gold first place ribbon First Place
Little Blue Bird and Mr. Owl
Author: Miranda C, age 6, Bluford, Illinois
  
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Blue and gold second place ribbon Second Place
The Hailey Daily - Extra! Extra! Read All About It!
Author: Hailey H, age 6, West Frankfort, Illinois
  
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First Grade

Red and gold first place ribbon First Place
Max and Luke
Author: Bradley C, age 7, Sandborn, Indiana
    
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Blue and gold second place ribbon Second Place
Brownee’s Adoption
Author: Katelyn G, age 7, DuQuoin, Illinois
Brownee's Adoption    
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Second Grade

Red and gold first place ribbon First Place
The Little Boy Who Liked Green
Author: David M, age 8, Carbondale, Illinois
    
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Blue and gold second place ribbon Second Place
Me and My Monster
Author: Rachel M, age 7, Centralia, Illinois
    
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Third Grade

Red and gold first place ribbon First Place
I Am Proud To Be An American
Author: Courtney L, age 9, Hecker, Illinois
    
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Blue and gold second place ribbon Second Place
Two Best Friends
Author: Sarah M, age 8, Chester, Illinois
      
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We’d like to thank this year’s contest judges:

Kindergarten
Joy Sherry, former kindergarten teacher, Carbondale

First Grade
Edie Spees, retired teacher
Christina Schuster, Project CHILD, Mt. Vernon

Second Grade
Delores Albritton, Attucks Community Service Board, Carbondale
Irene Just, Herrin City Library, Herrin
Bill Gilmore, retired former director, Southern Illinois Radio Information Service, Mulkeytown

Third Grade
Tammy Renee Harris, Crusade Enterprises, Flora
Pat Benton, Zimmer Radio Group, Carterville