Young authors and illustrators ages 5 through 9 recently participated in the Seventh Annual Young Writers and Illustrators contest. Sponsored by local public television station KTOO-TV in cooperation with nationally acclaimed PBS children's series "Reading Rainbow," the contest encourages children from kindergarten through third grade to write and illustrate their own stories.
"KTOO-TV is very enthusiastic when we have the opportunity to outreach to Juneau's youngsters," said president and general manager of KTOO Bill Legere. "We are always amazed and delighted by the imaginations and talent of young children, and we're very happy to encourage and honor that."
At a ceremony and reception held at KTOO in downtown Juneau, First Lady of Alaska Susan Knowles personally presented the winners with Certificates of Achievement signed by the host of "Reading Rainbow," LeVar Burton. The winners also received prizes donated by McDonald's Rainy Day Books and the Alaska State Museum. The First Lady had personally read every story and commented to each child about how much she enjoyed their original work.
The judges were two noted local authors of children's' books, Jean Rogers and Susie Gregg Fowler, and artist and illustrator Jim Fowler.
Local contest winners advance to a national competition, though the national winners have not yet been announced.