KNPB PBS KIDS Writers Contest Awards 2018 Winners

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(Reno, NV) –– KNPB and the Reno-Tahoe International Airport celebrate the 2018 winners of the 2018 KNPBPBS KIDS Writers Contest Wednesday, May 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Contest winners were selected from 1700 northern Nevada elementary school students who submitted stories and accompanying illustrations.  Winning stories will be featured in a freestanding installation near the ticket area of the airport throughout summer. Each of the 12 winners receive a hardbound copy of his or her book, among other honors, during the Wednesday evening event.

“For 18 years KNPB has presented the KNPB PBS KIDS Writers Contest and it is gratifying to see it grow each year.  It is central to our educational mission.  Thanks to outstanding sponsors like Reno-Tahoe International Airport, we are able to make this event memorable for the winners and their families,” said Kurt Mische, president and CEO of KNPB.  “Everyone who comes in or out of the airport will be able to read and enjoy these stories from our talented youth. I hope this helps spread the pride our community has for education and young writers.”

Along with the students’ hard-cover book, each of the winners taped an intro to their book which will air throughout the summer on both the KNPB and KNPB PBS KIDSchannels. Each winning story was selected based on creativity and originality, story structure and use of literary devices, relevance, quality, and originality of illustration. This year there were 1,700 stories entered among 25 area schools and individual stories submitted. The top three stories from students in kindergarten through third grade were selected for top honors.

“As a former teacher and principal, I love the KNPB PBS KIDS Writers Contest!  It is a fun way for children K-3rd grade to express themselves through their writing,” said Nancy Maldonado, KNPB Vice President of Education. “It also offers a memorable connection between the students and our local PBS station, KNPB.  The 1700 stories received this year are nothing less than amazing!”

The Reno-Tahoe International Airport provides snacks and beverages for all family and friends in attendance at the May 30 event. Additionally author David Michael Slater will be on hand to encourage students to continue writing. For more information, visit or follow KNPB on Twitter and Facebook.


The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS and is based on the Reading Rainbow® Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo. National Prizing and promotional considerations are provided by LeapFrog® with additional promotional support from Highlights for Children®. The Contest is sponsored in part locally by United Federal Credit Union, Reno Gazette-Journal, Dolan Auto Group, IGT, The Abbi Agency, Reno News & Review, Great Basin Federal Credit Union, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Umpqua Bank, City National Bank, Mountain America Credit Union, Sage Financial Advisors, Western Nevada Supply, and with support from the Lafrance Family Foundation, Marie Crowley Foundation, Abraham & Sonia Rochlin Foundation, Leonette Foundation, Jack Van Sickle Foundation, and the Nell J. Redfield Foundation.


KNPB Public Broadcasting is seen by 130,000 people weekly in northern Nevada and northeastern California. KNPB provides 3 digital broadcast television channels on channel 5.1, KNPB Create on channel 5.2 and KNPB PBS KIDS on channel 5.3. KNPB channels are also available on cable and satellite services. KNPB provides PBS national programming and award winning locally produced KNPB programming in standard and high definition. provides engaging interactive content, including the KNPB video portal at that streams all locally produced KNPB content and most PBS national content. KNPB serves students, teachers, parents and caregivers through immersive educational services from KNPB  that bring classroom lessons to life. Through the support of local corporations and foundations, as well as individual members, KNPB has been delivering public television and educational services to the communities it serves since 1983. For more information visit, or follow KNPB on Twitter and Facebook.

PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and mobile-device-based browsers. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.




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