May 15-31, 2005 Awards

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May 15-31, 2005 Edition AWARDS Scholastic Reveals

Winners of Kids’

Writing Contest

NEW YORK, NY/05/10/05—Scholastic, the global publishing, education and media company, has announced the winners of the Scholastic Book Fairs Kids Are Authors(R) contest, a national book-writing contest for students in grades K-8.

The winning books were selected among thousands of entries nationwide and will be published and distributed atScholastic Book Fairs across the country this fall. Students from St. Mary’s Catholic School in Mansfield, Massachusetts and Marvin Elementary School in Norwalk, Connecticut win top honors in the non-fiction and fiction categories,respectively.

St. Mary’s Catholic School penned the program’s 2005 nonfiction winner Haiku Hike, a story about two friends who set out for a walk and realize they have forgotten their camera. They use Haiku, the ancient form of Japanese poetry to capture their pictures instead. A mix of silhouettes and watercolor art complements the poetry and encourages the reader to “write” their own pictures. Below is an excerpt.

A tree? A

moose? Which?

Crooked

antlers? Thick

branches?

Clumsy

movement-

moose!

Fourth and fifth graders from Marvin Elementary authored the program’s fiction winner, The Music Inside Me. Written in the voice of a 40-year old woman, this book is about a special summer when a young girl and her friends learn the meaning of friendship and come to understand the power of memories. Beautiful watercolor art perfectly captures the mood of this heartwarming story. Below is an excerpt.

“One afternoon, during our daily game of “dare” it was decided that the loser would have to go talk to the old man. As always, being the youngest, I lost. That changed my memories of Seaside Place forever. I am now forty years old, and I still smile when I think of that afternoon and my first introduction to Charlie Blaine.”

“Scholastic Book Fairs is pleased to give aspiring writers and artists an opportunity to demonstrate and show their love of writing and talent for storytelling,” said David Krishock, president of Scholastic Book Fairs. “The level of sophistication and creativity demonstrated by this year’s entries proves you are never too young to be an author.”

This year’s panel of distinguished judges included reknowned and award-winning children’s book authors and illustrators including Fred and Patricia McKissack (Days of Jubilee), Bill and Carol Wallace (The Furball Puppy), Brian Selznick (Amelia and Eleanor Go For a Ride), Esme Raji Codell (Sahara Special) and Mo Willems (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus).

To recognize their accomplishment, each young writer will receive a medal, framed certificate and a copy of their published book during an official ceremony to be held at their school later this fall. Twenty-five entries garnered Honorable Mention accolades. The runners up will each receive a certificate of merit and a $500 Scholastic Book Fairs merchandise certificate for their school.

About Kids Are Authors

Since its inception in 1986, the Kids Are Authors(R) competition has encouraged thousands of children to write and illustrate books. Scholastic publishes the winning books, which are distributed by Scholastic Book Fairs across the country. Schools interested in participating in Kids Are Authors can find information about the program online at http://www.scholastic.com/kidsareauthors.

About Scholastic Book Fairs

Scholastic Book Fairs, in partnership with schools across the country, host more than 110,000 annual book-sale events, reaching more than 30 million children in pre-school through 9th grade. Book Fairs provide students, teachers and parents access to thousands of affordable books and educational products, help foster enthusiasm for reading and generate funds for school projects and classroom materials. Book Fairs feature newly released works, award-winning titles, classics, bestsellers and interactive software from more than 150 publishers.

About Scholastic

Scholastic Corporation (Nasdaq: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and a leader in educational technology. Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children’s books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys. The Company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs, school-based book fairs, and school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs; retail stores, schools, libraries and television networks; and the Company’s Internet site, http://www.scholastic.com.

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