Actress, Kathy Kinney, and her Hollywood friends, Clay Graham and Dana Plautz, want kids to love reading and writing. They created a free audio and video library of stories on Mrs. P.’s Magic Library.
Be a Famous Writer Contest
They also started a writing contest for kid. This year is the third year of the Be a Famous Writer contest and I hope you’ll consider participating with your own children or children in your classroom.
AGES: 4 to 13
TOPIC: Your choice; fiction or non-fiction
LENGTH: 250 – 1,000 words
DATE FOR ENTRY: September 1 – October 15, 2011
JUDGES: Bonny Becker best-selling author of the Bear and Mouse picture books, David L. Ulin book critic of the Los Angeles Times and author, most recently, of “The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time”; and Renèe Watson author, educator and poet.
Mrs. P. Says
Mrs. P: Clay Graham came to me and said I want to do a character that promotes reading for children. I’m afraid that is going to be lost, that parents won’t have time to read to the kids anymore.
It was exactly what I wanted because I think that children are the abolulutely the most important thing. I think I have the best job in the world, I have a great job. Just to be able to give back to the people who can’t protect themselves, children, makes us all extremely happy.
We started forward with creating Mrs. P. I had a dress. Then I tried hair, accents, I tried on red wig and glasses and it went click. We wanted someone who is completely human but the idea that magic could exist – the exercising of your imagination!
Why did you start the writing contest?
Mrs. P: American Idol is all about singing. We thought –what could we do for writing? Be a famous writer contest with celebrity judges.
What are your goals for the writing contest this year?
Mrs. P: We want to have as many teachers have their classes enter from every state in the union. We want to the entire country represented, we want to get it out there to every teacher that we can.
Start Writing and Good Luck!
Comment below if you’d like a chance to have Mrs. P. Skype with your classroom and why. I think I might be able to convince her to pick a few Imagination Soup reader classrooms . . .