The 15th Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest is right around the corner. It is open to students in grades K-5. The contest encourages children to write and illustrate their own stories. The stories will be accepted starting in January and are Due Friday, March 27th, 2009 by 5pm.
Not sure what the Reading Rainbow contest is all about? Click here for some words about the contest from Megan, 2006 winner.
Reading Rainbow 2008
Almost 600 children in grades K-5 wrote their best stories, drew pictures to illustrate their stories and then submitted their entries to the WHRO’s 2008 Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. In our winner circle, we had stories about elephants, donkeys, frogs, bears, flamingos, guinea pigs and unicorns. We also had stories about stars, trees and fingernails. Our Blue Ribbon Panel from the Hampton Roads Youth Partnership had a tough time determining our winners.
Our winners, their families and teachers were invited to WHRO on May 9 for a studio taping and a special reception in their honor. WHRO President & CEO Bert Schmidt joined host Angie Callahan during the Award Show taping to congratulate the winners. He told the children how much he enjoyed reading their stories and then commented on how the underlying theme in almost all of the winning stories this year was compassion. He encouraged the students not to lose the desire to help others when they get older. Ms. Callahan then interviewed each child about their story. The group celebrated by cutting a cake designed especially for them and then each family went to the studio control room to watch as WHRO’s production crew taped the winning students reading their stories. The Awards Show and the students reading their stories will be posted online soon at www.whro.org/readingrainbow.
Congratulations to all our young winners for showing their creativity!
Reading Rainbow 2008 Winners
Visit the Reading Rainbow website to view the children reading their winning stories.
Story Title- “We Are All Friends”
Western Branch Elementary
Book Title- “My Favorite Fairytale”
Story Title- “The Adopted Frog”
Story Title –“The Happy Tree”
Story Title- “Herman The Bear Goes Home”
Francis Mallory Elementary
Story Title- “The Donkey Who Lost His Memory”
James Hurst Elementary
Story Title – “Billy, the Sleeping Artist”
Virginia Beach, VA
Story Title – “The Horrible Sound”
Story Title- “Choosing the River Jungle Leader”
Story Title- “The Secret Star”
W.H. Taylor Elementary
Story Title- “The Freaky Fingernail”
Annie B. Jackson Elementary
Story Title- “Talking Josie”