Library names Easy Picture Book Contest winners

April 15, 2012

Washington County Free Library has announced the winners of the 2012 Easy Picture Book Writing Contest.

The first-place winner in each division receives a certificate of recognition and a hardbound edition of his/her book.

A copy of each winning entry will also be placed in the library’s collection.

First-place winners include Amy Hatcher (grades two to three) who wrote “The Happy Little Doll”; Rebecca Stell (grades four to five) author of “The Boy Who Cried Gum-Drop”; Quinn Wandalowski (grades six to eight) for the book “Runner”; Julianna and Clara Jenkins (grades nine to 12) for their book “Bananas Don’t Cry”; and Mary Thayer Haugen (adult division) who wrote “Tippy Toe Tilly.”

The library also recognizes second- and third-place winners.

These winners receive certificates of recognition and a gift certificate to a local bookstore. Second-place winners include Lillian Merrell (grades two to three) who wrote “Susie and Lucy: The Twin Kittens”; Stephanie O. Vicarte (grades four to five) author of “Mistake”; Hazel Wechsler (grades six to eight) for her book “The Careless Month”; Janai Heise (grades nine to 12) for her book “The Story of the Mantis Case”; and Robin Vance (adult division) for her book, “The Sound of Ricky Rooster.”


Third-place winners include Ariona Heise (grades two to three), who wrote “The Extreme Solar System” and Max Shupp (grades four to five), author of “Beauty and the Beef.”

Tied for third place in the grades six to eight division are Elizabeth Jing Vicarte for her book “Skittles and Popcorn” and Allyson Goetz and Skyla Selby for their book “Special Talent.” Natalie Idalis Feliciano, who wrote “How the Coqui Got Its Name,” won third place in the adult division.

A public reception honoring the winners will be held Wednesday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at the Smithsburg Branch Library, where the first-place winners will read their books aloud to the audience. 

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