McKinley Elementary School families are accustomed to browsing titles penned by prominent authors at their annual book fair. Next year, there will be some familiar names in the mix.
Scholastic officials made a surprise visit to the Burbank campus Thursday where they announced that a fiction work written and illustrated by seven third-grade students had been selected as the grand prize winner in the company’s Kids are Authors competition.
“Two Dollars, One Wallet” will be published and sold at Scholastic’s 116,000 school book fairs across the country next year, said regional field sales manager Alan Gilreath. McKinley will receive a $5,000 Scholastic voucher and 100 copies of the book.
“We already knew there were great things happening here and we had really talented kids, but it is nice to have it confirmed on a national level,” Principal Bobbie Kavanaugh said. “It is very exciting.”
The student authors — John Alajijian, Sara Cohen, Julia Guglielmo, Marion Hunter, Henry Keeney, Noel Pennington and Russell Uvas — were lead by parent volunteer Shari Wendt, who stumbled across the competition in November.