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Winners of 2018 Houston Public Media PBS KIDS Writers Contest

Four local children in grades K-3 from Houston and Sugar Land win first place.



Victoria Cordova
Houston Public Media
Vicky Charleston
Houston Public Media

HOUSTON – (May 19, 2018) – Forty local children from grades K-3 were named finalists in the 2018 Houston Public Media PBS KIDS Writers Contest, which offers children the experience of writing and illustrating their own book. This year marks the 22nd year for this literary competition, with more than 200 children from across Greater Houston submitting their work. The first place winners from each grade and their story titles are:

  • Kindergarten – Ana Sofia Munoz (Houston) – "Lala and Max"
  • First Grade – Atharv Gupt (Houston) – "The Blue Mango"
  • Second Grade – Akshita Cheraku (Sugar Land) – "Spring in My Neighborhood"
  • Third Grade – Yutia Li (Houston) – "Simon, My Younger Brother"

All forty finalists were honored with medals during an awards ceremony at The Children's Museum of Houston, which was attended by the children's families and teachers. The first place winners read their stories to the audience and received a trophy.

This year's special guest speaker was Warren Hanson, an illustrator for children's books, writer, artist and musician, who offered words of encouragement to the children at the ceremony.

"This annual event advances children's literacy and encourages the youngest minds in our community to expand their imaginations through storytelling," said Joshua Adams, executive director of operations at Houston Public Media.

For a complete list of finalists and their stories, visit

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