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The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is open to any K-3 student that wants to write and illustrate their own story. This special resource collection is designed to support educators as they work with students to brainstorm story ideas, hone their writing skills, and prepare their Contest entries.

• To access worksheets, a writing guide, and related worksheets, visit the PBS KIDS Writers Contest resource page and select “student handout."
• To learn about more about the PBS KIDS Writers Contest, submit a story, read winning entries, and try out the story mash-up tool, visit pbskids.org/writerscontest.

PBS KIDS Writers Contest: Read & Create Stories


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PBS KIDS Writers Contest: Read & Create Stories

Read stories written by other students. Create stories using the Story Creating tool. 

  • Grades: K-3
  • Views: 11422
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 73
Comic Cam: Expressive Reading


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Comic Cam: Expressive Reading

Jennifer Barber shares the characters and stories she created when she was 7 years old.

  • Grades: 1-3
  • Views: 227
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 14
Rosemary Wells


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Rosemary Wells

Watch an interview with Rosemary Wells, author and illustrator of delightful books for youngsters.

  • Grades: 2-7
  • Views: 2118
  • Downloads: 9
  • Favorites: 62
Storybook Creator


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Storybook Creator

Encourage students to play this Super WHY! game, Storybook Creator, to practice reading and writing and discover that they have the power to change the story!

  • Grades: PreK-1
  • Views: 1120
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 78
Mungu's Revenge


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Mungu's Revenge

Listen in as the Kratt brothers and Allison tell each other creature stories which are a magical mixture of wildlife facts, African myths, and Australian aboriginal legends.

  • Grades: 1-4
  • Views: 90
  • Downloads: 7
  • Favorites: 8
Interactive Writing


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Interactive Writing

This resource group includes two videos highlighting the efforts of students in a kindergarten class to work on their writing skills. The videos show students writing a caption for a picture and writing a difficult sentence.

  • Grades: K-2,13+
  • Views: 284
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 40
Elements of a Story


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Elements of a Story

A good story is like a tasty soup. Watch and listen to an interactive version of "Cinderella," and explore the different ingredients and elements that make the story interesting.

  • Grades: 3-5
  • Views: 984
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 109
Blue Ribbon Readers: The Visualizing Game


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Blue Ribbon Readers: The Visualizing Game

This WPSU interactive The Visualizing Game gives students practice creating and recalling mental images of text. The game is part of Blue Ribbon Readers, a collection of games designed to help elementary school students learn to read.

  • Grades: K-5
  • Views: 2424
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 236
Ruby Sings the Blues


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Ruby Sings the Blues

This video segment from Between the Lions shows an animated story about a little girl who is always very loud but learns how to control the volume of her voice through singing. All words are seen on screen.

  • Grades: PreK-1
  • Views: 453
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 63
Jamaica Louise James


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Jamaica Louise James

This video from Between the Lions is the story of an eight-year-old girl who loves to draw and paint.

  • Grades: PreK-1
  • Views: 3636
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 39
Blue Ribbon Readers: The Detective's Notebook Game


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Blue Ribbon Readers: The Detective's Notebook Game

This WPSU interactive The Detective’s Notebook Game asks students to infer answers to questions about what they are reading. The game is part of Blue Ribbon Readers, a collection of games designed to help elementary school students learn to read.

  • Grades: K-5
  • Views: 10784
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 351
Blue Ribbon Readers: Making Connections


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Blue Ribbon Readers: Making Connections

In this WPSU lesson Making Connections,elementary students will move toward understanding and comprehending text more effectively by making connections with their own background knowledge. The lesson is part of the Blue Ribbon Readers collection.

  • Grades: K-5
  • Views: 2442
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 100
Martha to the Rescue


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Martha to the Rescue

In this video from MARTHA SPEAKS, Martha wants to be just like her favorite TV star, Courageous Collie Carlo. Can Martha prove that she can also be a brave doggy hero?

  • Grades: K-1,4-5
  • Views: 679
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 74
Black Ear, Blond Ear


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Black Ear, Blond Ear

In this online book from the International Children's Digital Library, relations between the blonde cats and the black cats, who live on different sides of the river, learn about each other when they exchange ears.

  • Grades: PreK-4
  • Views: 1305
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 124
Red Shoes


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Red Shoes

In this video segment, learn about the friendship between Lisa and Jenny who are inseparable best friends.

  • Grades: 1-4
  • Views: 183
  • Downloads: 10
  • Favorites: 28
Blue Ribbon Readers: The Questioning Cube Game


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Blue Ribbon Readers: The Questioning Cube Game

This WPSU interactive The Questioning Cube Game gives students practice asking questions about the text they’ve read. The game is part of Blue Ribbon Readers, a collection of games designed to help elementary school students learn to read.

  • Grades: K-5
  • Views: 2052
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 269
Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash


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Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash

This segment from Between the Lions features a funny rhyming story, reading aloud, and children learning through talking about stories as they are being read.

  • Grades: PreK-1
  • Views: 1490
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 89
Identifying Supporting Evidence from a Text  - What is a Hero?


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Identifying Supporting Evidence from a Text - What is a Hero?

Using evidence found in a story, students identify what characteristics make a hero.

  • Grades: 1-4
  • Views: 3380
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 84
Blue Ribbon Readers: Determining Important Ideas


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Blue Ribbon Readers: Determining Important Ideas

In this WPSU lesson Determining Important Ideas, elementary students explore how to become better readers through the identification of main ideas, supporting details, and author’s message. The lesson is part of the Blue Ribbon Readers collection.

  • Grades: K-5
  • Views: 2098
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 165
Grace Lin


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Grace Lin

Watch an interview with Grace Lin, author and illustrator of more than 20 books — from picture books to young adult novels — for kids.

  • Grades: PreK-7
  • Views: 514
  • Downloads: 4
  • Favorites: 58