The National Youth Foundation is pleased to announce the 2017 National Youth Book Scholar Winners! Students across the region created original books on the theme of Tolerance.

The 2017 Grand Prize Winners

Jordan Hicks Winner:

Fridge Files: Who Am I?

Written and illustrated by third-grade students from William C. Bryant Elementary School in Philadelphia, PA.

Life in the refrigerator can be cold. Follow Tomato who is exploring making new friends and trying to fit in. 


Rob Covington Winner:

I Wish

Written and illustrated by fifth-grade student from Coopertown Elementary School in Bryn Mawr, PA.

A smart and talented girl named Kylie moves to America from China. At first, she faces challenges about her differences. Learn how she over comes obstacles to make friends who stand by her and for her.

 

2017 Honorable Mentions

Isabella Is Not Like Us, So What?

Written and illustrated by Girls and Boys Club in Philadelphia, PA

Unacceptable

Written and illustrated by students from Masterman School in Philadelphia, PA

This was an amazing experience for my students!  They are asking to write another book together.  We definitely plan on participating in upcoming writing events through the National Youth Foundation. The themes are wonderful and they challenge the kids to think about inspiring others with the good things they do.  The contest just makes it more exciting!
Julie Dellecave4th Grade Teacher
Writing the book was awesome and I hope it was a life changing thing for others.
Bra'Shae SmithAge 10
Writing our book was a fun and great experience!  It was cool to create the book together.  I hope our book makes a difference and I hope that people do not get bullied.  It is a mean thing.
Jaymya MitchellAge 10
"The National Youth Foundation is making major moves to get kids excited about writing."
Antonio BrownPittsburgh Steelers 

Youth literacy is more important than ever today.  Providing children with a means of understanding and describing their life experience is pivotal to their individual growth as well as that of their communities as a whole.  The children are our future, and we must ensure they have all the tools necessary to maximize their potential so we can begin to change the world for the better.

CJ SapongPhiladelphia Union Soccer

We were honored to receive a copy of the Amazing Women's Edition book by Gabby. This story will inspire other students to develop and write their own stories.

Althea FernanderLibrarian, Haynes Library

I applaud the work of the National Youth Foundation in promoting literacy and for their work in taking a stand against bullying. Keep up the great work!

Jalen MillsPhiladelphia Eagles

What an excellent job the National Youth Foundation is doing for our kids. Thanks for giving back to the community.

Frank Mason IIISacramento Kings

I really like writing and drawing. I had a good time making a book on Jalen Mills. Go Eagles!

Maile B.Age 8

I loved coloring and drawing for my very own book.

Alex N.Age 8

Other kids always told me that I was an artist. Now, I am a published artist.

Janet G.Age 7

Tolerance is important because everybody should not judge a book by its cover. Everybody should be able to feel important. Our book, Fridge Files, teaches kids about believing in themselves and respecting other people.

Aiyanah J. Age 9

Creating a book was a fun and amazing experience that made me happy for life.

Jalen T.Age 9

Everybody should treat each other with more respect, and the Fridge Files book will hopefully give people a chance to learn how.

Jomair W.Age 9
When we won, I felt so happy and nervous!  It was so exciting and I was so proud of myself.  I achieved a goal.  
Zoey K.Age 10

When I was younger, I was inspired by stories of the women before me. Women like Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, the only woman to ever pitch in the Negro Leagues, motivated me to work hard and strive to be my best. The Amazing Women's Edition contest will provide an opportunity for students to share stories of dedication and success.

Mo'ne Ikea Davis Little League World Series Pioneer Future WNBA Star

Our book doesn't just teach tolerance, it teaches kids to be healthy and to treat each other with respect.

Janiyah D.Age 10

This contest taught us how to stick together and work hard just like the characters we wrote about.

Kamonie F. Age 9

Writing and reading were both really important to me growing up. Student Book Scholars allows participants to express their thoughts in written and art form.

Jordan Hicks Philadelphia Eagles

Youth Writers Workshop is fun because all of the kids are nice and the teachers are awesome.

Karol R. Age 8