My 2014 Writing Contest Winner

Debuts in the Magic Library!

Watch the Winning Story!

Imagine a world where everyone can read. That’s what World Read Aloud Day is all about, and that’s why every year I participate in this Global Literacy Movement. By raising our voices together, we show the world’s children that we support their future: They have the right to read and write and engage in the global dialogue.

What better day to share the winning story from my 2014 Be-a-Famous Writer contest? “The Magic Baseball Poster,” from Karen Close’s 4th-grade class at Elm Lawn Elementary School in Middleton, WI, was selected as the grand-prize winner of my 6th annual, K-4 writing contest. The theme this year was time travel, and here’s a video of me reading the winning story!
Mrs. P Reads The Magic Baseball Poster

Read It Forward

So let’s all Read it Forward by celebrating young authors and readers and the power of words! Here are a few suggestions for things you can do to encourage your own young readers:
  • Join the celebration by reading to your child for 20 minutes each day during the month of March.
  • Go to your local library, check out a few books and ask your child to read them to you.
  • Connect readers with Mackin's new "I Want To Read" website, hosting an astounding array of helpful resources.


Of course, March is the beginning of spring, and students are hitting their stride. But before we know it, summer arrives, and even the most dedicated kids can lose their momentum. Teachers can help prevent the “summer slide” by getting their students involved in a summer reading program. Mackin, a great supporter of literacy and one of the new sponsors of my writing contest, has everything you need:

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