Kids have a chance to become a published author through local competition
Children in kindergarten through Grade 3 are invited to celebrate Family Days by CREATING their own illustrated children’s book and entering it in a competition run by a GTA book publisher.
For 13 years, Kids for Kids BooksTM programs have been giving young people a chance to become published authors – on their own or with their classmates. This year, to celebrate Family Literacy Day (January 27) and to engage kids in reading, writing, and drawing, Kids for Kids Books is asking parents and teachers to encourage children to enter a story for a chance to have 25 copies professionally published.
Literacy enthusiast Sheryl Lubbock, founder of Kids for Kids Books at Trimatrix Management Consulting Inc, says students are energized by the thrill of becoming a published author. “We see it all the time – children light up at the mention of having their book published. They are moved to tell stories, share ideas, and write. Even for little ones who are not reading yet, illustrating a story helps them to better understand and love storybooks.”
Kids know what other kids like
Through its Young Author Publishing Adventure Program in classrooms, Kids for Kids Books has published the work of thousands of students in Ontario and across Canada. Lubbock says she learned quickly that children not only love to write, but also to read what other children have written.
“Kids know what other kids like and what will hold their attention. They take special interest in the stories and poems their peers create.”
Enter by mail by March 15 (due to great community response – date extended)
The writing competition is open to children in junior kindergarten through Grade 3. Submissions should be English language fiction, with original characters and settings. The story should be suitable for kindergarten readers, with large, hand drawn, colour illustrations and a sentence or two on each page. Entries must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2016 and an editorial board will choose the winning manuscript by the beginning of April. Full contest rules and submission guidelines are available at kfkbooks.com. Follow Kids for Kids Books on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
The winning author will get to share his or her book with family and friends and have it registered with Library and Archives Canada, with a copy placed in the National Library of Canada.
“We always enjoy reading every story,” Lubbock says. “In selecting the one to be published, we’ll be looking for an interesting read, creative storytelling, and impact (something unique).”
The UPS Store 6, at Eighth Line and Upper Middle Road East in Oakville, will help judge entries, showcase some of them in the store, and offer a special deal for families who wish to print a copy of their child’s book.
Tips and inspiration available online
Kids for Kids Books (KfK Books) is one of three lines of publishing services offered by TRIMATRIX Management Consulting Inc., which has been operating in Oakville for 15 years. Teachers, parents, and kids can find inspiration in the Kid’s Corner at trimatrixconsulting.com blog, including tips from teachers, authors, and illustrators, as well as a six-part mini-series based on a story written by a Grade 5 student.
“It’s not always easy for parents and teachers to motivate children to write but we all know how important it is to build literacy skills early and often,” Lubbock says. “It’s time to get back to sitting down with a pencil and some crayons and watching something magical happen.”0