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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Winners of 2016 Houston Public Media PBS KIDS Writers Contest

Four local children in grades K-3 from Houston and Pearland will advance to national competition

Forty local children in grades K-3 were named finalists in the 2016 Houston Public Media PBS KIDS Writers Contest, which offers children the experience of writing and illustrating their own book. This year marks the 20th year for this annual literary competition, with more than 500 local children submitting their work. The four first place winners from each grade will advance to the national contest. The following are the winners and their story titles:

· Kindergarten – Eliza Smith (Houston) – The Amazing Magical Box!
· First Grade – Vivian Buchanan (Houston) – The Butterfly’s Discovery
· Second Grade – Andrea Willman (Houston) – The Fascinating Giraffe
· Third Grade – Isabel Chung (Pearland) – Dream Garden

First place winners and finalists were honored at an awards ceremony on Saturday at The Children’s Museum attended by the children’s families and teachers. Special guest author and Emmy-winning children’s television writer Jennifer Hamburg offered words of encouragement to the children at the ceremony and read her book, “Moose That Says Moo.”

“We applaud the talented young authors who participated in this year's competition and we are thankful to the many teachers, librarians, school staff and parents who encouraged and inspired these children to enter,” said Capella Tucker, content director for Houston Public Media. “As we celebrate our 20th year to host this competition, Houston Public Media is more committed than ever to helping children build their writing skills and their confidence through opportunities that empower them to express their creativity and explore their imagination.”

For a complete list of local finalists, visit

The annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning.

A panel of acclaimed children's authors, illustrators, producers and media creators will serve as judges and rank the top 12 finalists for the national competition. National winners will be announced this summer and the winning stories will be featured on

The national winners will receive prize packages including ARTHUR® books courtesy of national sponsor, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and a personal technology device courtesy of PBS. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS and based on the Reading Rainbow® Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo.

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