BOONVILLE — Books written by students at Boonville Elementary School are now in circulation at the Boonville Public Library and available in other libraries in the region as well. The Be An Author contest was the brainchild of the Boonville Friends of the Library and funded by the Martin Family Foundation.
The students in kindergarten through third grade worked together with their classmates to write a book which was then published. Fourth- through sixth-graders were each given the opportunity to write their own books. The teachers then selected honorable mentions and the Friends of the Library reviewed those selections to chose a first, second and third place winner for each grade level. The winners books are now in circulation at the library.
“We just thought it would be a great way to have the kids make a connection about what’s possible for them as a person as they get older because every book in the library has an author and now they’re among those authors,” said Ellen Reece, president of the Friends of the Library. “We thought it would be a good community service, a way to encourage kids in an academic way and we’re really excited about it.”
Last Thursday evening, the Boonville Library was packed with students and their parents who came out for a reception in honor of the student authors and to learn which books were selected as the winners.
Reece and Boonville Principal Annette Johnson spoke briefly at the reception and expressed their pride in the students for the work they had done on their books.
Fourth-grader Elizabeth Johnson came in first place with her book entitled “A Woman of Courage.” In second place and third place respectively for fourth grade were Ashlyn Abbott with “The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA” and Jack Pack with “Ava Gardener.”
Ethan Brewer claimed first place for fifth grade with this book “Boom! In the Big Apple.” In second place was “The Rainbow House on Main Street” by Laney Moran and “The Flying Goat” by Mason Moxley in third place.
In sixth grade, Avery Castle took the top prize with “Hope.” In second was Luke Royall with “Dove Hunt” and “Like Curry” by Xavier Martin in third place.
Johnson said she wanted to express her appreciation for the Friends of the Public Library in organizing the Be An Author contest.
“Their partnership with our school is a wonderful example of how our community always looks for ways to support our school,” she said.
Visit the Boonville Public Library to check out these new titles as well as others written by Boonville Elementary students.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.