Monday, January 08, 2007

PBS Looking For a Few Young Writers & Illustrators

PBS 39 sent me a press release today. Those of you with younger kids or grandchildren might be interested in the National Reading Rainbow Contest.

(Lehigh Valley, PA) Kindergarten through third graders are invited to write and illustrate original story books and enter them in the 13th Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. Applications and additional information are available here.

Sponsored by the award-winning PBS television series READING RAINBOW, the Contest attracts over 400 entries locally and more than 40,000 entries nationally each year. PBS 39 together with more than 100 other PBS stations nationwide sponsor the contest. Kindergarten through third graders enter by creating an original story with illustrations and submitting it with an official entry form to PBS 39.

PBS 39 Vice President of Education and Outreach Dr. Teri Haddad stated "The Reading Rainbow contest provides children with an opportunity to share their creativity with the community.” She continued, this contest underscores PBS 39’s commitment to supporting the efforts of schools and parents to get children excited about reading."

Airing weekdays on PBS 39 at 5:30 AM, READING RAINBOW builds lasting friendships between children and books. The contest builds on the program's mission to stimulate a child's interest in reading.

Every child who enters the Contest receives a special Certificate of Achievement signed by LeVar Burton, host of the READING RAINBOW series. Local first place winners advance to the national competition. The winning students will also receive prizes and all entrants and their families are invited to attend the PBS 39 Reading Rainbow Gala.
I've already submitted my own entry. Having lost the humorous Christmas parody contest to LVCurmudgeon, this should be a cinch!

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