Barnes & Noble has launched its first National Children’s Short Story Contest for young storytellers and promising wordsmiths. Barnes & Noble is calling on children aged 6–12 to share their original short stories for a chance to be published in a book. Parents or legal guardians can submit an original written or graphic short story on behalf of children. The suggested word count is 300 to 800 words or four pages of a graphic story (black & white). Fifteen select entrants will be published in a book sold exclusively at Barnes & Noble this holiday season, with proceeds going to charity. The 15 winners and 15 runners-up will also get a signed book from bestselling author Gail Carson Levine, who will be writing a foreword to the published book. Winners and runners-up will also be featured on Barnes & Noble’s social channels.
Deadline: May 29, 2020, for submission of short stories
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and maker education are viewed and defined differently no matter where you go. To me, the focus of any work in my STEM classes or in my makerspace is on the process and not the product. But STEM shouldn’t be viewed as a “special class” or a separate subject. There are ways to integrate STEM education and making throughout the school year and in every subject.
Parents and children will find a wide variety of engaging camp activities to take part in when they dive into Camp Wonderopolis. Some of the activities revolve around STEM-field careers, others are designed to boost literacy and comprehension, and still others to help foster and improve critical thinking and creativity in young minds.
Readers who long imagined themselves in Harry Potter’s world have a chance to immerse themselves in another fictional universe created by J.K. Rowling. The author is releasing The Ickabog, a new story for young readers, for free online.