Young authors and illustrators in kindergarten through third grade recently participated in the Ninth Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators contest. Sponsored by local public television station KTOO-TV in cooperation with the nationally acclaimed PBS children's series, Reading Rainbow, the contest encourages young children to write and illustrate their own stories.
Judges were noted authors and illustrators of children's books Jean Rogers, Suzi Gregg Fowler, Jim Fowler and Julianna Humphries.
"We're very pleased to be able to offer the Reading Rainbow contest to young Alaskan authors and illustrators," said president and general manager Bill Legere. "The creativity of Alaskan children is impressive."
At a ceremony and reception held at KTOO in Juneau, the Alaska's First Lady, Nancy Murkowski, presented the winners with their awards along with prizes donated by McDonald's, Hearthside Books, the Alaska State Museum, Subway and Susan's Hallmark. Murkowski had personally read each story and commented to the children about how much she enjoyed their original work.
First Place, Rhys Coffee, Juneau
Second Place, Ashleigh Watt, Juneau
Third place, Maire New, Juneau
Honorable Mentions also went to Lucas Selig, Summer Ward and Robert Xavier Newman.
First Grade Winners:
First Place, Emma Good, Juneau
Second Place, Kylie Waggoner, Juneau
Third Place, Max Delzer, Fairbanks
Honorable Mentions also went to Bianca Clark, Kiana Ford, and Orion Cohen
Second Grade Winners:
First Place, Tiernan O'Malley, Chignik Lake
Second Place, Molly Putman, Fairbanks
Third Place, Kevin Sigler, Juneau
Third Grade Winners:
First Place, Zachary Watt, Juneau
Second Place, Auri Clark, Juneau
Third Place, Emma Funk, Fairbanks
Honorable Mentions also went to Christy Adams, Gabriel Simple, and Morgan Brimstein.
This year KTOO-TV/Alaska ONE received more than 100 entries from all over Alaska. Local contest winners will advance to a national competition. Noted children's book authors, illustrators, publishers, educators and representatives from such organizations as the American Library Association and the National Council of Teachers of English make up the panel of national judges, who evaluate the entries and select the winners. National winners have not yet been announced.
Now entering its 20th season, Reading Rainbow has received enthusiastic international acclaim, garnering more than 150 awards, including 18 Emmys, a prestigious Peabody, eight CINE Golden Eagles, seven Parent's Choice Awards, and three international Prix Jeunesse Awards. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has twice honored LeVar Burton for his role on Reading Rainbow with its Image Award.
For additional information about Reading Rainbow check the PBS Kids site at pbskids.org/readingrainbow for details.