More than 120 student writers to be honored at One Book Two Book

The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization’s annual One Book Two Book Children’s Literature Festival will recognize the creative excellence of more than 120 area students over the course of the three-day festival, March 6-8.

The festival begins Friday, March 6, with the “Once Upon a Time” banquet. Each of 21 participating Iowa City-area elementary schools has selected one student to read a piece of original writing at the dinner.

In addition, students in Corridor districts were encouraged to submit one page of original writing. More than 800 students answered the call. Those submissions were evaluated by a team at Pearson in Iowa City, and the best of these were singled out for recognition.

In each grade, first through eighth, winners were selected in two categories. They are:

The Write Stuff, which is judged based on language, clarity, structure, and emotional impact.
From the Heart, judged based on creativity, passion, and expressiveness.

In addition, the Pearson team identified students each grade — for a total of 87 — whose writing was deemed worthy of honorable mention.

Click here for a full list of all of the students who will be recognized for their creative excellence during the festival.

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