For the 24th year, Idaho Public Television participated in the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest. IdahoPTV encouraged children in kindergarten through third grade from its entire broadcast area, which covers all of Idaho and nearby communities in surrounding states, to write and illustrate their own imaginative stories.
A team of volunteers judged the entries on creativity, originality, language skills and illustrations. Winners for each grade were chosen for each region of Idaho for a total of 33 winners.
On May 12 and 19, award ceremonies will be held around the state to celebrate these children and their stories. By June 1, the winning books will be uploaded in full color onto the IdahoPTV website.
“We had 350 submissions from around Idaho this year and the stories were wonderful,” says Cindy Lunte, IdahoPTV education specialist. “Thanks to all the children who took the time to dream up their delightful stories, then add such beautiful illustrations. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a great way for children to engage in an activity that helps them develop better language skills and creativity — abilities that are vital in today’s world.”