Reading Rainbow Winners Announced
Winners of the 15th Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest have been announced by WQED and West Virginia Public Broadcasting.
REGIONAL PUBLIC TELEVISION STATIONS ANNOUNCE LOCAL WINNERS OF 15TH NATIONAL
READING RAINBOW CONTEST
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania and CHARLESTON, West Virginia—Winners for the 15th Annual READING RAINBOW Young Writers & Illustrators Contest have been announced by WQED and West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WV PBS.) Thirty-two 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners as well as honorable mentions and judges’ choices in grades kindergarten through third were chosen.
With support from EQT Corporation, WQED and WV PBS were two of 95 public television stations to participate in this year’s Contest. Entries from Kindergarten through third grade are first judged at the local level, with local winners advancing to the national competition.
This year’s contest garnered over 1,200 entries, a record for WQED and WV PBS. The Contest encourages children to use their imaginations and apply their writing and artistic talents by creating original storybooks. This year’s winners, listed below, created original “books” featuring tales of bugs, a blueberry, a trailer and a windy city among others.
A Blueberry Problem by Ella Reets Haney of Washington, PA
The Tooth Fairy by Makenzie Steiner of McDonald, PA, South Fayette Elementary
The Boy and the Balloons by Sarah Plotz of Bethel Park, PA, WashingtonElementary School
My Birthday at the Zoo by Mira Bernat of Lower Burrell, PA, StewartElementary School
Windington: The City of Big Winds by Patrick Lowe of Washington, PA
My New Pinky Do by Raegan Gouker of LibertyBoro, PA
The Bird’s Wish by Shreyas Naidu of Pittsburgh, PA
The Story of Rocky’s Life by Abigail Dawley of Pittsburgh, PA
The Perfect Pet by Theresa Marie Heidenreich of Pittsburgh, PA, KerrElementary School
A Rainforest Adventure by Safiy Yusuf Khan of Pittsburgh, PA
Little White Bird and Little Mouse’s Adventure by Hannah Kim of Pittsburgh, PA, Kerr Elementary School
Lovebug by Cassie Dzubinski of McMurray, PA
The Art Club by Alexa Reider of New Castle, PA
Chester the Viking by Sead D. Niksic of Pittsburgh, PA
The Teeny Tale of Tiny Tess by Catherine Mary Deegan of McMurray, PA
One Little Spider by Nathan Predajna of Wyano, PA
WV PBS WINNERS:
The Magic Flower and the Fairy by Raine Fritz of West Union, WV
Emily Plays by Rylie Naff of Beckley, WV
The Fifty Pirates Had a Treasure Hunt by Donovan Wolford of Henlawson, WV
My Mini Hamster by Amanda Ward of Craigsville, WV
Bugs by Orion Wille of Aurora, WV
The Magic Butterfly by Madeline Blankenship of Princeton, WV
Grandma Susie’s Old Trailer by John Cowger of Beckley, WV
The Perfect Snow by Michelle Grisinger of Leon, WV
The Secret World of Princesses and Fairies by Bilen Kifle Zerie of Hungtington, WV
The Lonely Flower by Gracie Moore of Kenova, WV
Mr. Smith and Baby Deer by Alexis Hoffman of Charleston, WV
The Boy Attacker by Madison Michels of Liberty, WV
Titi’s Travels by Michaela Oren of Pineville, WV
The Purple Llama by Cora McKean of Dry Fork, WV
The Baby Bunny by Kirsten Thompson of Fort Gay, WV
My Perfect Dream by Hunter Gorby of Chester, WV
WQED will honor local winners at the Carnegie Library’s Summer Reading Extravaganza on Sunday, June 7 at 2 p.m. at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Main in Oakland. The event will include a presentation of awards by WQED’s storyteller The Queen of Hearts and many free activities for families and children of all ages. Awards include books, gift cards to local bookstores, art and writing tools as well as Reading Rainbow materials.
WV PBS celebrated with winners on Saturday, May 16 at the West Virginia Public Broadcasting studios in Charleston, WV.
Nationwide, the Contest involves more than 35,000 children each year. Conducted by the acclaimed PBS television series READING RAINBOW with major funding from Country Inns and Suites by Carlson, Inc. and The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, it is produced by WNED-TV/Buffalo and Smarterville Productions LLC. The Contest is public television’s longest running and most successful outreach effort.
The illustrated stories of national Contest winners and a sampling of local winners from previous years are displayed on READING RAINBOW’s Web site at www.pbskids.org/readingrainbow . By August the newest winners – those from the 15th Annual Contest - will be posted. The website also features fun, engaging activities and games for kids and information about READING RAINBOW for parents and teachers.
READING RAINBOW airs weekdays on WQED at 2:30 p.m. and during the school year on WV PBS on Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:30 p.m.
Reading Rainbow is a registered trademark of WNED-TV, Buffalo and is co-produced by WNED-TV, Buffalo and Smarterville Productions LLC. Support for READING RAINBOW has been provided by Country Inns & Suites by Carlson Inc. and The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. Now in its 26th season on PBS, Reading RainbowPeabody, nine CINE Golden Eagles, nine Parent’s Choice Awards, and six international Prix Jeunesse Awards. has garnered more than 250 awards, including 26 Emmys (ten for “Outstanding Children’s Series”), a prestigious
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