Savannah Children's Book Festival

2012 Young Writers Contest Winners

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Live Oak Public Libraries is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Savannah Children’s Book Festival Young Writers Contest. There were 710 submissions in this ninth year of the annual writing competition. Entrants range in age from students in kindergarten to college, and attend public, private and home schools.

This year our young writers were asked to select at least five words from a list that was drawn from work by this year’s Savannah Children’s Book Festival featured authors and illustrators. There was no restriction on form, and their poems ranged from haiku to sonnets and beyond.

We thank Dr. Allen Berger, chairman of the Library’s Board of Trustees, for coordinating this year’s judging panels and thank our 2012 contest judges for their willingness to share their time and expertise with us. They are: Sarah Bates, Emma Conyers, Dr. Rebecca Gaston-Dawson, Meaghan Walsh Gerard, Chris Johnson, Jason Kendall, Catherine Killingsworth, Patricia Lockwood, Dottie Lynch, Sandrae McCorkle, Diane Rillington, and Darlene Wilson.

This year’s winners are invited to a reception in their honor at the Bull Street Library on Wednesday, November 7, at 5 p.m. They will read their winning entries, meet the judges, and receive their awards at that time. The public is invited to attend.

The judges’ selections for the 2012 winning entries are:

Grades K – 2
First Place: “Green and Pink Dinosaurs” by Anton Pirro, Charles Ellis Montessori School
Second Place: “The Pink Dragon” by Mason Angel Nava, Butler Elementary School
Third Place: “Rocket Dog” by Raizel Earlix, Homeschool

Grades 3 through 5
First Place: “Ten Little Tadpoles” by Rebecca Rone, Pooler Elementary School
Second Place: “The Tornados” by Colby McAlister, Gould Elementary School
Third Place: “Friends” by Taylor Mason, Hancock Day School

Grades 6 through 8
First Place: “Hourglass” by Alexa Pfeiffer, Esther F. Garrison School
Second Place: “Maniac Chickens and a Smiling Dog” by Elaina Borland, West Chatham Middle School
Third Place: “The Everlasting Storm” by Aisling Hill, Esther F. Garrison School
Honorable Mention: “My Family Is Not Normal” by Kayla Berry, Esther F. Garrison School

Grade 9 through 12
First Place: “The Seed” by Maya J. Hardrick, Savannah Country Day
Second Place: “Adventures” by Logan McDonald, Home school
Third Place: “On the Wacky Farm” by Keisha Lee, Woodville Tompkins High School
Honorable Mention: “Metamorphosis” by Shawn Fang, Wichita High School East

College
First Place: “The Raven and the Butterfly” by Kelleigh Cram, Georgia Southern University
Second Place: “You” by Rachid Bangre, Savannah Technical College
Third Place: “Honey” by A’lexia Jenkins, Savannah State University


2014 Savannah Children's Book Festival Storytimes

Live Oak Public Libraries presents special storytimes leading up to the Savannah Children’s Book Festival, which is set for Nov. 15, 2014, at Forsyth Park. These storytimes feature the books of a different festival author or illustrator each month.

September 2014
Carin Berger

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September’s festival storytimes will focus on the books of Carin Berger, author and illustrator of the “The Little Yellow Leaf” and “A Perfect Day.”

Oglethorpe Mall Library
Mon., Sept. 22, 11 a.m.

Hinesville Library
Tues., Sept. 23, 10:30 a.m.

Forest City Library
Tues., Sept. 23, 11 a.m.

Port City Library
Tues., Sept. 23, 11 a.m.

Thunderbolt Library
Tues., Sept. 23, 11 a.m.

West Broad Library
Tues., Sept. 23, 11 a.m.

Bull Street Library
Wed., Sept. 24, 10:30 a.m.

W.W. Law Library
Wed., Sept. 24, 10:30 a.m.

Midway Library
Thurs., Sept. 25, 10:30 a.m.

Southwest Chatham Library
Thurs., Sept. 25, 10:30 a.m


October 2014
James & Kimberly Dean

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Oglethorpe Mall Library
Mon., Oct. 20, 11 a.m.

Thunderbolt Branch Library
Tues., Oct. 21, 11 a.m.

Forest City Library
Tues., Oct. 21, 11 a.m.

Port City Library
Tues., Oct. 21, 11 a.m.

Bull Street Library
Wed., Oct. 22, 10:30 a.m.

West Broad Library
Wed., Oct. 22, 10:30 a.m.

W. W. Law Library
Wed., Oct. 22, 10:30 a.m.

Southwest Chatham Library
Thurs., Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m.


November 2014
Tedd Arnold

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Oglethorpe Mall Library
Mon., Nov. 3, 11 a.m.

Thunderbolt Branch Library
Tues., Nov. 4, 11 a.m.

Forest City Library
Tues., Nov. 4, 11 a.m.

Port City Library
Tues., Nov. 4, 11 a.m.

Bull Street Library
Wed., Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m.

West Broad Library
Wed., Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m.

W. W. Law Library
Wed., Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m.

Southwest Chatham Library
Thurs., Nov. 6, 10:30 a.m.

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