When I worked for a PBS station, one of the events most dear to my heart was the annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest. Every year, I produced an interstitial featuring footage of kiddos reading their stories and narrated by a young girl who had inherited her dad’s radio voice. It was adorable. I loved gathering with a group of local teachers and librarians and reading all the entries – everything from elaborate tales about dragons to proverbial laments about a younger sibling. This is a tremendous learning opportunity for children and any parent (or teacher) can enter children in grades K-3rd grade. You can do this in one of two ways: 1) enter at your local station, or if the deadline has already passed, 2) you can enter independently (entries must be received by March 28th). I encourage every parent of an eligible (and willing) child to participate.
I am right now very upset and frustrated that I can’t find one of my prized childhood creations: a book I wrote, illustrated, and bound (with dust jacket and all) for a national contest in middle school – Vegetable and the Bow Wow Dog Food Commercial, a light-hearted story of a dog named Vegetable, who (duh) starred in a dog food commercial (Sounds cute right? So why didn’t I win?!). I can’t bring you pictures of my treasure; instead, I pulled out a book I recently found at the thrift store and recommend for your personal library: How a Book Is Made, written and illustrated by Aliki (pictured, above). Not surprisingly, it was a Reading Rainbow feature.
rip apart my house find my book…
Links of Interest: Mister Roger’s Make a Book activity, Make Your Own Book, Teen Ink, Between the Lions (I highly recommend), for the parent of the Struggling Reader
jordan retro 11 says
I sit at my window this morning where the world like a passer-by stops for a moment, nods to me and goes. Do you like it?
No need for a freak-out, mom. 🙂 I know it’s here. I’ve seen it. For some reason I just can’t find it (I think I put it up so E wouldn’t color all over it – anymore). I’ve checked every box and cupboard in the house…but that doesn’t mean much. We’ll find it in the next move, I’m sure.
Do hope it turns up soon, hate that feeling. It must be there though, it wouldn’t be discarded. And so wish I had a little one for that storyreading entry. Such a cool thing! xoC
oh my gosh, oh my GOSH! Puh-leez post *when* you find it!! (And *I* have photos of you both with the book displaying it to our friends at your/Lora’s Sat. morning bowling league, and every individual page of the book…)
waiting…patiently…for you to find it,