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PBS Kids Writers Contest

Kansas City PBS Kids Writers Contest Winners

To promote children's literacy and encourage young authors to spread their creative wings, each year KCPBS invites young authors and illustrators in K-3rd grades to submit their best stories and illustrations to the KCPBS Kids Writers Contest

Our 2021 winners took us to places near, far and imaginary with unforgettable characters including dragons, a lava beast and a very curious cat. Read the winning stories below!

2021 Winners


1st Place - Daniel and the Lava Beast by Charlie Sloey

2nd Place - Kenneth the Brave by Caleb Toston

3rd Place - Ava's Art Project by Avalon Garrett

1st Grade

1st Place - Springtime at Big Star Farm by Maya Kopfman

2nd Place - The Adventures of Vinerina by Leila Yap

3rd Place - The Three Dragons by Hudson Anthis

2nd Grade

1st Place - The Sick Man by Aaidah Jallu

2nd Place - Little Red Robin Hood Saves the Flowers by Sydney Louise Smith

3rd Place - Captain and His Crew Save the Day by Joseph Buttig

3rd Grade

1st Place - The Craziest Vacation Ever by Anna Aboudara

2nd Place - The Lucky Bottlecap by Jennicka Klepac

3rd Place - Cassidy the Curious Cat by Mary Knopke

Previous Year's Contest Winners

2020 Winners


1st Place - Billy Blacksuit the Believer by Aiden Emily

2nd Place - Baby Bunny Meets Baby Giraffe by Elliott Cameron

3rd Place - The Horses and the Unicorn by Leila Yap

1st Grade

1st Place - The Adventures of Mr. Peanut by Johnny Vogtner

2nd Place - Coronavirus by Nyala Starr

3rd Place - Lydia's Funniest Adventure by Lydia Sevits

2nd Grade

1st Place - Finding My Pet by Alicia Grigsby

2nd Place - Food Fight by Mirabel McGhee

3rd Place - The Enchanting Horse Tale by Felicity Buttig

3rd Grade

1st Place - The KC Brothers by Griffin Strate

2nd Place - Penny Panda Prevents a Pandemic by Jaime Stone

3rd Place - The Treasure of Gold by Lillian Holthus

2019 Winners
2018 Winners
2017 Winners

2016 Winners

1st – “Fearless Freddy Goes to the Jungle” by Varenya Kale
2nd – “The Tooth Fairy’s Mistake” by Sylvie Ruff
3rd – “The Disco Party Wig” by Terrance King

First Grade
1st –“Hee-Ho Of Course Yo” by Helena Mattes
2nd – “The Bedtime Book” by Madeline Newell
3rd – “Alisa’s Great Plan” by Kate Unruh

Second Grade
1st – “Stewart: The Brave Page” by Owen Sime
2nd – “How Cool Is That!!” by Ayanna Jain
3rd – “Blue Trees?” by Bailey Scott

Third Grade
1st – “My Tricky Pet” by Cadence Cook
2nd – “The Adventures of Super E and Blue Boy” by Eleanor Leslie
3rd – “My Adventures in the Non-Fiction Section” by Elizabeth Newell

2015 Winners

1st – “No Dogs” by Madeline Newell
2nd – “The Skeletons and the Castle” by Ian Brewer
3rd – “The Goose” by William Silvia

First Grade
1st –“Dr. Electric’s Invention” by Jayla Walker
2nd – “The Ice Dragon” by Owen Sime
3rd – “Wooppy the Dog” by Ayanna Jain
Honorable Mention – “Meercats in Paris” by Sophia Brockmeier

Second Grade
1st – “Goggle Girl and the Missing Unishark” by Eleanor Leslie
2nd – “The Itsy-bitsy Ladybug” by Ishya Bhavsar
3rd – “Moo Is Rude” by Finley Blakenship

Third Grade
1st – “The Dragon and the Unicorn,” by Emily Brewer
2nd – “My Life as a Soccer Ball” by Ronan Siegel
3rd – “Becoming Friends” by Noah Stanton