What would it be like if you discovered your own magic tree house? Where and when would it take you? Who would you meet and what kind of adventures would you have there?
The 2017 Dallas Celebration of Reading Contest is posing that question to DFW area 2nd–5th grade students.
Mary Pope Osborne is one of the best-selling guest authors reading at the 16th Annual Celebration of Reading Dallas/Fort Worth event on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. This year’s essay contest is based on her award-winning Magic Tree House series. The books are filled with tales of Osborne’s characters Jack and Annie, who discover a magical, book-filled tree house that takes them on amazing journeys and historical adventures.
To enter the contest, young authors should write an essay responding to the following prompt:
In the Magic Tree House book series, siblings Jack and Annie discover a magical, book-filled tree house that takes them on amazing journeys and historical adventures. Write an essay in which you imagine what it would be like if you discovered your own magic tree house. Where and when would it take you? Who would you meet and what kind of adventures would you have there?
Essays should be no longer than 500 words.
Entries are due Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at 5 p.m. CDT.
Three winners will be selected from each grade. All winners will be notified by Thursday, October 19, 2017.
Contest winners, accompanied by their parents and teachers, will be invited to a special VIP breakfast held at AT&T Stadium—generously provided by the Dallas Cowboys—with guest author Mary Pope Osborne on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Contest winners will receive certificates recognizing their achievements, special prizes, and books signed by Osborne. The students will be Osborne’s guests at the Celebration breakfast, and will have the opportunity to visit with the author and share their winning submissions.