Famous authors to judge PBS's writing contestSeveral of America's most distinguished children's authors, illustrators, and content experts will judge the final round of PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, a competition that encourages early elementary school students to write and illustrate their own stories.
By: McClatchy-Tribune News Service,
Several of America's most distinguished children's authors, illustrators, and content experts will judge the final round of PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, a competition that encourages early elementary school students to write and illustrate their own stories. Sponsoring the event, PBS KIDS GO! and WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto offer kids in grades K-3rd the opportunity to win local and national prizes and have their story published on PBS Kids' Web site.
After attracting more than 25,000 submissions, the contest winners are expected to be announced in July 2010. Some of those who will be selecting the winners include:
-Marc Brown — creator of "Arthur," a star-character in several children's books and a six-time Emmy Award-winning PBS television show. Brown both writes and illustrates the Arthur series. He is also illustrated New York Times best-sellers "Wild About Books" and "Born to Read," both by Judy Sierra, as well as "Buying, Training and Cring for your Dinosaur," by Laura Joy Rennert.
-Jorge Cauz — president of Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc. (parent company of Merriam-Webster, Inc.), a leading supplier of learning and knowledge products and a trusted source on almost any topic imaginable.
-Tony DiTerlizzi — co-creator and illustrator of "The Spiderwick Chronicles," a best-selling, middle-grade series that was also turned into a popular international film. His next novel, the first in a series called the Search for WondLa is expected to be released in September 2010.
-Lisa Henson — Chief Executive Officer of the Jim Henson Company, a leader in family entertainment and best known as creators of the world famous Muppets. Henson is also an executive producer of PBS KIDS shows "Sid the Science Kid" and "Dinosaur Train," as well as "Pajanimals," a musical puppet series on Sprout.
-Ann M. Martin — renowned author of the hit series The Baby-Sitters Club, an its recently released prequel, "The Summer Before." Martin has also published several other award-winning children and young adult books, such as "Belle Teal," a Publisher's Weekly Best Book of the Year, and the Main Street Series.
-R.L. Stine — creator of the Goosebumps series, and author of several other popular kid's series, such as "Rotten School," "Mostly Ghostly," and "The Nightmare Room."
"The judges share our mission to open the world of letters and words to all young children," said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President, Children's Media, PBS.
The victorious stories will be posted on ReadyToLearnReading.org., along with a message from American Idol winner, Jordin Sparks, about how writing has influenced her life. The site also lets kids to browse through more than 1,100 children-written stories, vote for their favorite pieces, and create "Story Mashups."