WTVP Proudly Presents the winners

of the 13th Annual



Congratulations to the 198 coolest kids in Central Illinois! They each wrote and illustrated their very own books and submitted them to the 13th annual WTVP READING RAINBOW Young Writers & Illustrators Contest. WTVP thanks you for sharing your awesome stories with us.

And although it's a tough job to choose, we're pleased to announce this year's local first-, second- and third-place winners. The four first-place winners advanced to the national awards competition, and all our local winners will be treated to a party in the WTVP Studio with their families and teachers, and you can look for them on-air, too. Every entrant received a Certificate of Achievement signed by series host LeVar Burton.

You all did a fantastic job and you're all winners in our book!

Keep reading, keep writing and keep sharing those stories! And be sure to watch READING RAINBOW every weekday at 3pm on WTVP!

The winning books can be viewed below, click on the book's cover to open. You will need to have Flash Player 6 or higher installed. Some of the books are also available for download in Adobe Acrobat (PDF).

Kindergarten Winners


1st Place!

“David’s Big Imagination”

David Scott Wu

Peoria Christian School




2nd Place!

“Rainbow, Rainbow”

Danielle Kramer

Shute Elementary School in East Peoria


3rd Place!

“Big Sisters”

Lia Lohnes

Tremont Grade School






First Grade Winners


1st Place!

“I’m Brave”

Jaci Zemenchik

Northpoint Elementary School in Bloomington




2nd Place!

“Rosita’s and Rosie’s Adventure”

Stephanie Bivens

Peoria Academy

3rd Place!

“Once Upon a Time”

Victor Cummings

Aletheia Christian School in West Peoria




Second Grade Winners


1st Place!

“The Wind”

Lauren Cisna

Cisna Academy in Galva




2nd Place!

“Moonbeam The Bat”

Morgan Phillips

Lostant Grade School

3rd Place!

“Some Locket”

Grace Klooster

Stark County Elementary School in Wyoming




Third Grade Winners


1st Place!

“Trophy Tails”

Joey McNally

St. Mary’s School in Kickapoo




2nd Place!

“The Monkey Who Was Afraid of Heights”

Meredith Duncan

Dunlap Grade School

3rd Place!

“Bessie, The Ballroom Dancing Bull”

Karsen Fussner

Dunlap Grade School




 Take a look at winning stories from previous years on the following pages:  [2005]  [2006]

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