For the fourth year in a row, 212° Academy students from Warren County will once again have the opportunity for a chance to win a spot on the author roster at the Southern Kentucky Book Fest in April 2017.
The 212° Academy is a program for gifted and talented fifth and sixth graders in the Warren County Public Schools. Students at the 212° Academy will be creating ideas, writing stories, illustrating, and publishing books to be entered into a competition to become one of two authors who will participate in the book festival with public attendance in the thousands.
“We are so happy to offer this opportunity to eager readers and writers at this crucial stage in their educational development,” said Sara Volpi, Literary Outreach Coordinator for WKU Libraries and SOKY Book Fest organizer. “Learning to create and publish your own book is pretty special, but the winners of the contest will also get the chance to represent, sign, and sell their books both Friday and Saturday of SOKY Book Fest along with more than 150 bestselling authors and illustrators from around the United States, making this opportunity all the more exciting.”
According to Andrea Heming, teacher for the 212° Academy, the goal of this project is for students to learn how to research, write on a topic about which they are passionate, and experience the process of creating a book for publication. Each book will be published through http://www.lulu.com, an online book self-publishing website, printed in full color and assigned an official ISBN number.
The contest is a combined effort between the Southern Kentucky Book Fest partners (Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Warren County Public Library, and WKU Libraries) and the teachers at the Academy. The winning students will receive certificates of recognition and are invited to sign copies of their books at the Southern Kentucky Book Fest on April 21-22.
For information, visit www.sokybookfest.org or contact Sara Volpi at (270) 745-4502.
Contact: Jennifer Wilson, (270) 745-6977