KUED-Channel 7 is pleased to recognize 16 outstanding young authors for their award-winning stories through the 15th Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest. They were chosen from among 275 local entrants.
The Contest encourages grade schoolers to use their imaginations and apply their writing and artistic talents by creating original storybooks. This year's winners, listed below, created original "books" featuring tales of a root beer cow, magic flowers, gardens, snail shells, fortune cookies, making new friends, liking school and spending time with Grandpa.
Read the winning stories online at www.kued.org/rainbow.
KUED-Channel 7 was one of 95 public television stations participating in this year's Contest, with support from Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, in Bountiful. KUED's Reading Rainbow Competition is funded in part by the Ready To Learn initiative, which is made possible by the Sorenson Legacy Foundation, the Emma Eccles Jones Foundation, the George S. and Delores Dorѐ Eccles Foundation, United Way of Salt Lake, Qwest and U.S. Bank. Contest entries from Kindergarteners through third graders are first judged at the local level, with local winners advancing to the national competition.
Nationwide, the contest involves more than 35,000 children each year. Conducted by the acclaimed PBS television children's series Reading Rainbow, with major funding from Country Inns and Suites by Carlson, Inc. and The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, it is produced by WNED-TV/Buffalo and Smarterville Productions LLC. The contest is public television's longest running and most successful outreach effort.
READING RAINBOW airs weekdays on most PBS stations, including 9 a.m. on KUED High Definition Channel 7.1. Designed to encourage children to develop a love of reading and books, the series is now in its 26th season, making it the second longest running children's series on PBS. The series has been honored with 26 Emmy Awards.
"Congratulations to all 275 children and their teachers who entered KUED's contest," said Mary Dickson, Creative Services Director. "In telling their stories, all participants demonstrated their unique talents and learned from the process."
Each child who entered the contest receives a certificate of achievement. The winning authors also received a Reading Rainbow DVD, backpack, books, pencils, jump ropes, stickers and more.
"It's impressive to see the results of a contest that inspires so many children to create," said Jacqui Voland, Outreach Director. "These young authors are not only building literacy skills, but also expressing and sharing their ideas with others. It's a learning tool with so many benefits."
The illustrated stories of national contest winners and a sampling of local winners from previous years are displayed on READING RAINBOW's Web site (pbskids.org/readingrainbow). By August, the newest winners - those from the 15th Annual Contest - will be posted. The Web site also features fun, engaging activities and games for kids and information about READING RAINBOW for parents and teachers.
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