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CES 2nd grade class named finalist in book publishing contest


CES 2nd grade class named finalist in book publishing contest

To commemorate the class accomplishment of reading 4,000 books the first three nine-weeks of school, students in Kristina Bivins' second grade class published their own book and held a book reveal party in April. Ms. Bivins recently received word that their book has been named a finalist in the National Book Challenge hosted by Studentreasures Publishing.


Book's success earns students published author honors

Carrollton Elementary School teacher Kristina Bivins and her second-grade class have been announced as finalists in the 2020-2021 National Book Challenge hosted by Studentreasures Publishing. Each of the second-grade authors were recognized for their contributions to their book, “PEEK into the WILD with the Excited Explorers,” which was published earlier this year through Studentreasures’ free publishing program. 

For this honor, the class will receive a $50 gift card, plus a published author certificate for each student. 

Mrs. Bivins and her students created “PEEK into the WILD with the Excited Explorers,” when they were learning about different animals in the wild. The second-grade authors put forth their best effort, researching, writing about, and illustrating their animal book, before they sent their completed pages to be published. Bivins decided to enter the contest to commemorate her students' exceptional accomplishment of collectively reading 4,000 books before the end of the school year.

"I am extremely proud of Ms. Bivins and her students," said Kylie Carroll, CES principal. "They worked together to publish their book and showcased their love of literacy. I can't wait to see these young authors continue to shine!"

As a finalist in theNational Book Challenge, Mrs. Bivins’ classbook was selected from entries across the country and awarded as a Top 50 book in May based on its originality, creative storyline, and colorful illustrations. This nationwide contest was open to more than 60,290 books that were submitted to Studentreasures for free publishing this school year.   

“At Studentreasures, we are fortunate to witness tremendous creativity and talent from classrooms around the country and all students who publish their own books. We especially congratulate Mrs. Bivins and her students for earning this unique achievement and completing a project that provides lasting memories and a one-of-a-kind keepsake,” said Chad Zimmerman, president and CEO of Studentreasures.