PBS Kids Writers Contest
And the 2016 Winners Are...
A young Tiger and Dinosaur play all day and wreck the house. A small acorn named Bob finds a new home with the help of friends. Freckles the Dog takes a drive. And we learn how important school is once you become an adult.
These delightful, imaginative plotlines are from just a few of the winning stories from WTVP-Public Media’s 2016 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. WTVP is pleased to announce our local winners and honorable mentions. Click on the book cover to read each story and then turn the pages by clicking the bottom right corner.
First Place
Kindergarten
Photo of winning Book - Anderson
"Anderson"
Sunvi Tripathi
Edwards
First Grade
Photo of winning Book - How Bob Found a Home
"How Bob Found a Home"
Lana Bloomfield
Creve Coeur
Second Grade
Photo of winning Book - Jack and the Treasure Adventures
"Freckle's Drive"
Quinn Hellige
Peoria
Third Grade
Photo of winning Book - The Book that Did Not Have a Single Picture
"The Book that Did Not Have a Single Picture"
Ashley Lal
Peoria
Second Place
Kindergarten
Photo of winning Book - Maya the Curious Caterpillar
"Maya the Curious Caterpillar"
Advaitaa Nagulapalli
Peoria
First Grade
Photo of winning Book - Nancy Sinker and the Pirate
"Nancy Sinker and the Pirate"
Daniel Nathan
Peoria
Second Grade
Photo of winning Book - The Night I Met the Singing Animals
"The Night I Met the Singing Animals"
Abhilash Pentela
Peoria
Third Grade
Photo of winning Book - Welcome to Happy Burgers!
"Welcome to Happy Burgers!"
Ravin Elms
Creve Coeur
Third Place
Kindergarten
Photo of winning Book - Space Pets
"Space Pets"
Skye Woo
Peoria
First Grade
Photo of winning Book - Boogaley Woogaley
"Boogaley Woogaley"
Reagan McClanahan
Chicago
Third Grade
Photo of winning Book - The Adventure of Lelen and Jake Streeter
"The Adventure of Lelen and Jake Streeter"
Eliza Bruemmer
Bloomington
Honorable Mention
Kindergarten
Photo of winning Book - The Elephants and the Monsters
"The Elephants and the Monsters"
Karthik Bhamidipathi
Peoria
Kindergarten
Photo of winning Book - What's in that Egg?
"What's in that Egg?"
Andrew Lal
Peoria
First Grade
Photo of winning Book - Jack and the Treasure Adventures
"Jack and the Treasure Adventures"
Jack Stewart
Peoria
Local winners and their families were treated to a party in the WTVP Studio where they received prizes including books, writing journals and a special t-shirt announcing them as a writing super hero. Every entrant received an official Certificate of Achievement.
Miss StaceyThis year’s contest will be dedicated to the memory of Stacey Tomczyk, WTVP Programmer and the driving force behind this special annual celebration, who passed away April 30. “Stacey was particularly effective with children’s projects – she spoke their language and had a way of communicating with them that was a joy to behold,” said WTVP President and CEO Moss Bresnahan. “She had a wonderful spirit and will remain a part of us all forever.”
WTVP congratulates all our entrants for their superb stories. And whether you enter with a class or on your own, be sure to watch next winter for another contest. We’re looking forward to reading your story!
Take a look at winning stories from previous years on the following pages:
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