WTVP / PBS Kids Writers Contest
And the 2015 Winners Are...
A young girl triumphs over cancer treatments. A daring space adventurer finds an alien friend. Two witches use the power of books to battle for the hearts of children. And a girl’s magical hair keeps her on a colorful road to success. These delightful, imaginative plotlines are just a few of the winning stories from WTVP-Public Media’s 2015 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 - The Rainbow Hair
"The Rainbow Hair"
Lana Bloomfield
Pekin
First Grade
Photo of winning Book - The Adventures of Lena the Astronaut
"The Adventures of Lena the Astronaut"
Lena Grammer
Normal
Second Grade
Photo of winning Book - The Brave Little Girl
"The Brave Little Girl"
Keara Barisch
Toluca
Third Grade
Photo of winning Book - The Taste of Reading
"The Taste of Reading"
Seunghui Lily Ha
Springfield
Second Place
Kindergarten
Photo of winning Book - Alicia Saves the Day
"Alicia Saves the Day"
Alicia Li
Peoria
First Grade
Photo of winning Book - The Bear
"The Bear"
Hannah Potaki
Morton
Second Grade
Photo of winning Book - The Alien That Stole Everything
"The Alien That Stole Everything"
Shamit Shabeer
Dunlap
Third Grade
Photo of winning Book - The Haunted House
"The Haunted House"
Ellie Willenborg
Dunlap
Third Place
Kindergarten
Photo of winning Book - Take Off Rocket
"Take Off Rocket"
Nyas Mehta
Peoria
First Grade
Photo of winning Book - Love Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
"Love Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter"
Abhilash Pentela
Peoria
Second Grade
Photo of winning Book - The Very Odd Fairy Tale
"The Very Odd Fairy Tale"
Eliza Bruemmer
Bloomington
Third Grade
Photo of winning Book - From the Notebook of Faith & Cocoa
"From the Notebook of Faith & Cocoa"
Wren Hellige
Peoria
Honorable Mention
Kindergarten
Photo of winning Book - A Jet Plane Story
"A Jet Plane Story"
Parth Bhatmare
Peoria
Kindergarten
Photo of winning Book - Georgie
"Georgie"
Simran Patel
Peoria
First Grade
Photo of winning Book - The Happy Cat
"The Happy Cat"
William Corley
Arlington Heights
The first-place stories have advanced on to the national competition where they are competing against winners from other PBS stations across the country for fabulous prizes including tablet computers and e-readers. National winners will be announced this summer.
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.
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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