Thirty-five local children in grades K-3 were named finalists in the 2015 Houston Public Media PBS KIDS Writers Contest, which offers children the experience of writing and illustrating their own book. More than 800 local children submitted their work for this year’s competition and the four first place winners from each grade will advance to the national contest. The following are the winners and their story titles:
- Kindergarten – Musa Rashid of Houston –“Mr. Corn Seed”
- First Grade – Alvina Singh of Houston – “Brave”
- Second Grade – Hafsa Rehmatullah of Sugar Land – “Woody’s Misadventure”
- Third Grade – William Charbonneau of Katy – “The Lonely Monster”
First place winners and finalists were honored at an awards ceremony today at The Children’s Museum attended by the children’s families and teachers. Special guest author Chris Cander offered words of encouragement to the children at the ceremony and read her book, “The Word Burglar.”
“We are so proud of all the talented young authors who participated in this year’s writers contest and very thankful to the many teachers, librarians, school staff and parents who encouraged and inspired the children to enter their work,” said Capella Tucker, content director for Houston Public Media. “Houston Public Media is committed to helping children build valuable literacy skills through opportunities such as this contest that empowers them to express their creativity and explore their imagination.”
For a complete list of local finalists, visit www.houstonpublicmedia.org/writerscontest.
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. This year marks the 19th year for Houston Public Media to hold this competition locally.
A panel of acclaimed children’s authors, illustrators, producers and media creators will serve as judges and rank the top 12 finalists for the national competition. National winners will be announced this summer and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest.
The national winners will receive prize packages including ARTHUR® books courtesy of national sponsor, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and a personal technology device courtesy of PBS. 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.