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|Attention Young Writers! KQED Education Network Announces Ninth Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest|
Contest to Kick Off with a Celebration at the Oakland Public Library Featuring Children's Author and Illustrator Thacher Hurd
San Francisco, February 17, 2003 -- Get ready to write! Ready To Learn, a division of KQED Education Network (EdNet), is gearing up for the ninth annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest. Children from kindergarten to third grade are encouraged to write and illustrate their own stories, and enter them into the popular contest. The deadline for entries is March 31, 2003.
The contest will kick off with a celebration at the main branch of the Oakland Public Library this Saturday, February 22, 2003. Children's Author and illustrator Thacher Hurd will be on hand, and will raffle off some of his well-loved books, Hurd is the author of many best-selling books, including Moo Cow Kaboom, the Johnny Lion books, and Little Mouse's Big Valentine.
"Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest encourages young people all across the country to tell their stories in words and pictures," said Dr. Twila C. Liggett, executive producer of the series.
Every child who participates in the contest will receive a special certificate of achievement signed by Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton. The winner of the contest will advance to the national competition, where the first place winners will receive a computer and printer, and the second place winners will take home a DVD player. In addition, all 12 national winners will receive a Reading Rainbow library set for themselves as well as for their school and their local library.
The Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest is one of many opportunities provided by Ready To Learn, which teaches parents and child care professionals how to turn PBS programming into an interactive, educational tool.
This event is free and open to the public. Questions? Please call (415) 553-2453.
Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest kick off event at the Oakland Public Library, Main Branch.
Saturday, February 22, 2003
2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Oakland Public Library, Main Branch
125 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest is funded in part by Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
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