WTVP Proudly Presents the winners

of the 14th Annual



Congratulations to the 219 coolest kids in Central Illinois! They each wrote and illustrated their very own books and submitted them to the 14th 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 were 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.

Kindergarten Winners


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1st Place!

“My Barney”

Noah Janes

Janes Homeschool in Morton



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2nd Place!

“Catching Leprechauns”

Joshua Kizer

St. Joseph’s School in Pekin


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3rd Place!

“Little Fish”

Claire Guidry

Trinity Lutheran School in Bloomington






First Grade Winners


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1st Place!


Lia Lohnes

Tremont Grade School




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2nd Place!

“Tehgen’s Fishing Wishes”

Tehgen Stroud

John L. Hensey School in Washington

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3rd Place!

“Old Johnny Saves the Day”

Kevin Cull

St. Mary’s School in Metamora




Second Grade Winners


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1st Place!

“’Laylas’ in My Rose Garden”

Bronwen Boyd

Bent Elementary School in Bloomington



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2nd Place!

“Life With a Trach”

Jaci Zemenchik

Northpoint Elementary School in Bloomington

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3rd Place!

“Water Adventures”

Christian Hinton

Banner Elementary School in the Dunlap District




Third Grade Winners


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1st Place!

“The Piano Competition”

Selena Suarez

Costa Catholic Academy in Galesburg



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2nd Place!

“The Lucky Penny”

Kurt Bryning

Metamora Grade School

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3rd Place!

“When Kimberly Woo Won the Dance Show”

Cameron Mitchell

Kellar Primary School in Peoria




 Take a look at winning stories from previous years on the following pages:  [2005]  [2006]  [2007]

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