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Education Matters: Young Authors' Faire

FRESNO COUNTY, California - In this age of Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram, many wonder if our children have lost the art of writing, at least in full sentences. Now a 40 year old tradition of the office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools is keeping the art of writing alive.

"I've always wanted to write a book since I wrote my first book called tulips," said McKinley Elementary student Madison Penner. 

Seven year old Madison Penner isn't the only one who likes to write. In this exhibit hall at the Fresno County fairgrounds dozens and dozens of books are on display and they're all written by valley school kids.

This event is the 'Young Authors' Faire' and it's hosted by the office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools. Educators have put it on for 40 years to promote reading and writing.

"What we really think is important is that kids read and write for an audience outside their classroom so that they feel like real authors," stated Brigeen Houghton with the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools.

The students who had their work singled out as being among the best are made to feel like real authors. They have a book signing with people asking them to sign the cover of their book.

First grader, Madison Penner's book "This is how mr. octopus got eight arms" was awarded best fiction.

There was also a non-fiction category….4th grader Reagan Asklof's book "Slime" was awarded the best. In all 1,500 elementary and middle school kids had their work represented…their were books, essays and poetry.

"I really love drawing it's a passion I've had since I was a kid, well I guess I'm still a Kid," laughed Liddell Elementary student Jonathan Fuentes.

11-year-old Jonathan combined his love for writing and comic books to create a comic strip that won for best narrative.

"I was inspired by the Sunday comics and I just saw all those comic strips and said hey I want to do that so I created Finn and started writing comic strips," he stated.

At this event whether you wrote a book as an entire class, did an illustration or wrote a poem...your work was celebrated.


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