SUMMERLIN, Nev.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SillyBooks.net is sponsoring a free children’s book writing contest where winning stories are produced as animated books.
“Last year we had a request from a parent who wanted to know if their child could submit their book for publishing. We thought that was a pretty good idea, so we announced our first writing contest,” says president Roger Carr. “But we were not ready for the overwhelming response we got from kids, their teachers and their parents. We received thousands of children’s stories. It was a little like what I would imagine Santa goes through with Christmas letters. But somehow we managed.”
For the past three years SillyBooks.net, headquartered in Summerlin, Nevada, has been creating animated musical cartoons, books, games and puzzles that help kids become better readers. The books were designed to enhance classroom reading curriculum for kids between the ages of 2-10 years old.
All of the winning animated books can be viewed at http://www.sillybooks.net. Teachers and parents love to show their kids’ published books. Jordan, age 10, from Rock Island, Illinois was last year’s Grand Prize winner with her story entitled, The Pig And The Twig.
“This contest has been an amazing journey for my family. Jordan is an amazing young lady,” says her father, Jason. “This is something she will keep in her memories for the rest of her life, and we hope is just the beginning of published stories for Jordan.”
This year’s contest promises to be even better, because every child’s story will be electronically published for all to read. And prize money will be awarded to all winning authors.
SillyBooks is a lot more than a children’s writing contest. It is a safe and nurturing library of animated books, games and puzzles created to help kids learn. “We took the educational aspects of Sesame Street and threw in a little Disney type entertainment and came up with a playground of learning fun for kids between the ages of 2-10,” says senior partner, Don Web.
There are pages of books to choose from and new books are added every month. All have moving pictures and are read aloud by professional actors, complete with award winning music, sound effects and voices. The books come to life while capturing the imagination of young readers. It’s easy for kids to follow along because words highlight as they’re read aloud. And when a child comes to the first grade knowing how to sound out words, they have a huge head start. The website is also used for English as a Second language, Special Education and for kids with special needs.