Winners of the 2016 New Mexico PBS – PBS Kids Writers Contest


Grades: K – 3
Today, New Mexico PBS announced the local winners of the 2016 NEW MEXICO PBS KIDS Writers Contest. 120 creative entries were received from local children and 12 winners were chosen for Kindergarten, First place, Second place, and Third place recognitions. Every child who entered will receive a Certificate of Appreciation.

This contest ran from May 1 – July 31. A private awards luncheon will be held in the KNME studio in October.

New Mexico PBS presented three PBS Kids Writing Contest Writing Workshops, which were free and open to the public. These workshops were designed to engage children and encourage them to enter this year’s contest. Children could bring in an existing story or get ideas for a new one. Materials were provided. They could meet a notable children’s book author / illustrator, who were on hand to inspire and help the young writers/illustrators.

For over 14 years, New Mexico PBS / KNME-TV hosted the “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest,” in which over 2000 children from New Mexico participated.

Winners of the 2016 New Mexico PBS- PBS Kids Writers Contest



1st Place: Mateo Benecio Madrid Larrañaga “Donkey Takes A Bath”

2nd Place: Celiana Lopez “Cauliflower Power”

3rd Place: Morgan Inman “The Baby Chick Who Didn’t Like His Beak”


First Grade:


1st Place: Griffin Wells “Hippo and Duck Have a Problem”

2nd Place: Atticus Rossi-Pressley “Super Puppy”

3rd Place: Lola Kadlec “Where Is My Home”


Second Grade:


1st Place: Marisa Elena Madrid Larranaga “The Story of Henry Jalapeno”

2nd Place: Joshua Bobb “Jeff the Adventurer and the Search for the Treasure of the Elephants”

3rd Place: Micah Spizman-McNiven “The Curve-Billed Thrasher Mystery”


Third Grade:


1st Place: Jessie Harrison “Clay Ball”

2nd Place: Phoebe Witt “The Adventure of Nub Clawhill”

3rd Place: Dominic Ward “An African Tale”

Thanks very much to our 2016 sponsors:

Thanks also to these local businesses for their generous prize donations:

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