The Annual PBS Kids GO! Writers Contest

Release Date: 02/05/2013

Connecticut Public TELEVISION (CPTV) ANNOUNCES the ANNUAL PBS KIDS GO! WRITERS CONTEST

 

Connecticut Kids in Grades K-3 Encouraged to Submit Original Stories

 

Hartford, CT, February 5, 2013 – Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) has announced its annual PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest (www.cpbn.org/cptvkids). The contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on active learning and creative essay writing and illustrating. Children in kindergarten through grade 3 can be a part of this contest by submitting their own essays and illustrations to CPTV’s Education Department. PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is made possible in part by the local financial support of the Knox and Bissell Foundations, encourages children to celebrate creativity everyday.

 

“CPTV is committed to providing fun opportunities for Connecticut kids to express their creativity, imagination and positivity through education,” said Donna Sodipo, director of education services, CPTV. “The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest helps children build valuable literacy skills for success in school and life.”

 

How the Contest Works

Children in Connecticut can submit their entries to the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. CPTV will select local winners and award prizes including a certificate of achievement for each student entry. The 1st place winners for each grade will receive a $50 gift certificate and represent CPTV in the national contest. Entry deadline is Friday, March 29, 2013.

 

The local winning entries entered into the national contest will be evaluated by a panel of esteemed judges, who will rank the top 12 entries. National winners will be announced during the summer of 2013 and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest.

 

The national winners will receive prizes, including tablets, e-readers and MP3 players. Additionally, Highlights for Children has joined the contest as a new promotional partner and all participants will have the option to receive a print or digital version of Highlights magazine.

 

PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest Honorary Judges

A panel of America's foremost children's authors, illustrators and content experts will serve as honorary judges for the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. The 2013 honorary judges include:

 

·         Lisa Henson: As chief executive officer of The Jim Henson Company, Henson serves as an executive producer of Sid the Science Kid and Dinosaur Train, both currently airing daily on PBS KIDS, and Pajanimals, a musical puppet series airing daily on Sprout.

 

·         Jeff Kinney: As a New York Times bestselling author, online game developer and designer, Kinney has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. His seventh book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel, is the biggest print book of 2012. His book series has over 83 million in print worldwide, translated into more than 40 languages. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives in southern Massachusetts with his wife and their two sons.

 

·         Kate Klimo: As vice president and publisher of the Random House/Golden Books Group, she has been responsible for extending the Seuss brand into new formats, including board and novelty books, and publishing non-fiction celebrations of Dr. Seuss's life and works. Klimo has nearly 30 years of experience at Random House; more than 15 of them spent working on All Things Seuss. She is also the production executive of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! on PBS. Kate is the author of many books for young readers, including 12 titles in the Cat in the Hat's Learning Library series. She has also written for young adults (The Centauriad Series) and has a new series for children, Dog Diaries, launching in January 2013.

 

·         Jarrett Krosoczka: As a two-time winner of the Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year in the Children’s Choice Book Awards, Krosoczka is the author and illustrator of sixteen published books — ten picture books and six graphic novels. He has seen his work recommended by national publications like Newsweek, The New York Times and USA Today. His Punk Farm and Lunch Lady series are also in development to be feature films.

 

·         Susan Meddaugh: As the author and illustrator of Martha Speaks, the best-selling book series, Meddaugh is a creative producer of the award-winning PBS KIDS series of the same name. She grew up in New Jersey, studied art and illustration, and now lives in Massachusetts with her family — including her dogs, of course.

 

·         R.L. Stine: As one of the best-selling children's authors in history, Stine has sold over 350 million books that have been read all over the world including Goosebumps one of the best-selling children’s series of all-time. Stine lives in New York City with his wife, Jane, and his dog, Minnie.

 

Creative Writing Resources

The contest is supported by a robust set of resources for children, parents and teachers. Story ideas, activity sheets, along with the previous winning entries are available on the contest website to inspire children during the brainstorming process. PBS LearningMedia is also offering a collection of online teacher resources for use in classrooms nationwide. 

 

To enter the contest and for more information on entry rules and contest resources visit http://www.cpbn.org/pbs-go-writers-contest.  

 

About CPTV

CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs shows and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves 260,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show, The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live. CPBN also includes two affiliate channels: CPTV4U, a 24/7 television channel featuring award-winning drama, news and talk programming, concert performances, independent films, nature shows, British comedy and more; and CPTV Sports, Connecticut’s only 24-hour local sports network, covering statewide high school, college, semi-professional and professional sports. For more information, visit cptv.org

 

About PBS KIDS GO!

PBS KIDS GO! offers early elementary children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online and community-based programs. For more information on specific PBS KIDS GO! content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit PBS.org/pressroom, join our community online on Twitter and Facebook, or visit PBSKIDSGO.org.

 

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About Highlights for Children, Inc. (www.Highlights.com)

Devoted to "Fun with a Purpose," family media brand Highlights for Children, Inc. has helped children become their best selves for generations. Its flagship publication, Highlights magazine, the most recognizable and widely read children's magazine in the nation, has printed more than a billion copies. Other Highlights offerings include a version for younger children, High Five magazine; a new magazine for babies and their caregivers, Highlights Hello magazine; Highlights for Children book clubs; and mobile applications like My First Hidden Pictures. Highlights can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and at its blog for thoughtful parents, Highlights Aha. Corporate offices are in Columbus, Ohio, and editorial offices are in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Fun with a Purpose, Goofus and Gallant, and Hidden Pictures are trademarks of Highlights for Children, Inc.

 

Contact

Donna Sodipo

education@cptv.org

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