Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest

Georgia Public Broadcasting recently honored the winners and participants of the Fourteenth Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest at its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Winners of the contest were honored with a celebration that included a ceremony in which the winners read their stories before a studio audience. This year’s celebration was emceed by Yolanda Hernandez, also known as Ms. Read It, a storyteller with Imagine It Children’s Museum of Atlanta.

Out of the nearly 500 students, 12 were chosen as winners. Winners of the local contest received a book bag filled with prizes including a Reading Rainbow t-shirt, book, DVD and other items. The first place winners of each grade level will move forward to the national competition to compete for the following prizes:

• First Place Winner

– The first place winner in each grade level shall receive a laptop computer.

• Second Place Winner

– The second place winner in each grade level shall receive a flat panel TV and DVD player.

• Third Place Winner

– The third place winner in each grade level shall receive an MP3 player.

Winners of the national contest will also receive 3 sets of 5 Reading Rainbow DVDs and matching feature books – one each for their school, community library and home. National winners will be announced in August 2008 on pbskids.org/readingrainbow.

The Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators contest is designed to encourage early elementary aged students to utilize their creative abilities in both language arts and art by developing and illustrating original stories. The Georgia regional contest was coordinated by GPB in partnership with READING RAINBOW. Community partners of the Georgia regional contest were Barnes & Noble, Innotrac and Imagine It Children’s Museum of Atlanta.

A favorite of parents and teachers, READING RAINBOW, hosted by LaVar Burton, airs at 6 AM Monday-Friday as part of GPB’s Children’s programming lineup.