My son, Omar, is in 3rd grade and he loves to write. In his spare time, he's on the computer typing up stories or drawing pictures in the Paint program to go with his stories. When he was four, he started writing stories on the computer. He's so creative.
I am so proud of him because he just won 1st place in the Reading Rainbow Young Authors & Illustrators local competition for third grade. His story is called Harry and the Messy Room.
On Monday, we went to the awards reception. There were 1st-3rd place winners in grades K-3. There were 3 high school students who read each winner's story as the illustrations were portrayed on a big screen. Here is a picture of Omar listening as his story is being read and the illustrations are being shared with the audience. I imagine it was a surreal moment for him as someone read the words that he wrote. I was so excited for him.
It was a lot of hard work for him to finish the story. He had to give up a lot of "free time" in order to get it done, but I'm sure he knows that it was worth it. This was his second time to enter. The first year, he was very disappointed that he didn't win. I'm glad he had the courage to try again.
It's a really great story. I loved it, and he came up with it all on his own. When the lady in charge of the contest called me to tell me he won, she said she fell in love with his story. I'll have to find some way to post his story if anyone is interested and if he's willing to share it.