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PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest

2014 PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest Winners

A polar bear named Snowy helps his best penguin pal, Slick find his family. A little kid named Evan figures out why the neighbor’s cat has a mysterious spot on his nose. Rather than shooing them away, a farmer befriends the local birds and rodents and saves his crop. And a lonely hippo named Liam is new to the zoo and just wants to make a friend. These are just some of the exciting stories submitted to the 2014 PBS Kids Writers Contest at ideastream. The first place winning stories have been sent to the national contest for further judging, but you can still read them below! Thank you to all of the nearly 200 budding young writers and illustrators who entered this year’s contest!

Kindergarten

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First Place: Evan Tappe, “The Cat that Grew a Spot”
Second Place: Madelaen Sterling, “Majesty Makes a Friend”
Third Place: Ava Finke, “My Scaredy Cat Mom and Dad”
Honorable Mention: Antonio Ortega, “The Bird and his Tree House”
Honorable Mention: Brendan P. Friel, “Chomper Learns a Lesson”
Honorable Mention: Halle Johnson, “The Princess’s Best Day”

First Grade

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First Place: Evan Benn, “The Crows Who Get the Corn”
Second Place: Jake Buczek, “There’s a Monster Everywhere”
Third Place: Delaney Spoonster, “Hopy”
Fourth Place: Amanda Nehoda, “Lucy Camps”
Fourth Place: Danica Marshall, “Abby Action and the Case of the Missing Bunnies”
Honorable Mention: Naoki Sato, “The Football Game”
Honorable Mention: Jennifer Song, “Our Play Day”
Honorable Mention: Gregory V. Friel, “I Love Baseball!”
Honorable Mention: Mia K. DiFranco, “Sammy Squirrel and the Rolling Nut”

Second Grade

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First Place: Anna Baker, “The Lonely Hippo”
Second Place: Natalie Wood, “Bug Finding”
Third Place: Grayden Holloway, “Stuck in Space”

Third Grade

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First Place: Elizabeth Mason, “Snowy and Slick’s Adventure: Finding Slick’s Parents”
Second Place: Jaden Stainforth, “The Magic Arctic Sled”
Third Place: Ehren Collins, “Why Bats Sleep Upside Down”
Fourth Place: Finley Benn, “The Dogsled Adventure”
Fourth Place: Hannah Akel, “The Monkey and the Lion”
Honorable Mention: Jasmine Johnson, “My Ghost Story”
Honorable Mention: Cadyn Griffith, “A Day in the Life of a Cucamonga”
Honorable Mention: Mason Bitterman, “I Survived a Tornado”
Honorable Mention: Annastasia Sideris, “The Case of Appleitis”

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