Atlantic Avenue BID Rewards Talented Neighborhood Authors in Children’s Literature Contest

Atlantic Avenue BID Rewards Amazing Neighborhood Talent in Children’s Literature Contest!

The second prize winners of the Atlantic Avenue Children’s Literature Contest are Stephanie and Dan Elliott for their story “RACCOONS!!”. Ruth Chan of Cranberry Street in Brooklyn Heights won the third prize for the contest for her story “Where’s Bernie?”.

The contest is sponsored by Sahadi’s and the carpeting for all readings is provided by Flor.

The remaining readings are as follows:

December 14, 10am, Flor: Kevin Martens “Quattro Formaggi”

December 14, 11am, Grumpy Bert: Dana A. Catharine “Jupi’s Journey” + Sarah Heller “Our Walk”

December 21, 10am, The Herb Shoppe: Graham Willner “Flight”

December 21, 11am, Table 87 – Coal Oven Pizza: Barbara DiLorenzo “Atlantic Avenue Dragon”

December 21, 12:30pm, Gumbo: Kristabelle Munson “Miles and the Garden”

Please RSVP as soon as possible to reserve a spot: http://bit.ly/1i1YUiA.

BID Executive Director Josef Szende announced and awarded the prize shortly before its first public reading on Saturday at Elite Optique at 226 Atlantic Avenue. Dan and Stephanie coincidentally live right on Atlantic Avenue in the heart of the Atlantic Avenue BID near Bond Street with their three-year old daughter, Maggie. Stephanie works as an editor for a book packager and Dan works as a photo editor for The New York Post. “RACCOONS!!” is their first joint writing effort. Contest judge and published author-illustrator Melissa Guion was on-hand to commend the story’s wonderful repeated phrases and its great basis for illustrations. The story has a bright future ahead of it and the Atlantic Avenue BID is thrilled to be the creative spark for this story. The second prize winner received a $300 cash prize for their efforts.

Stephanie and Dan Elliott win 2nd Prize for “RACCOONS!!” in Atlantic Ave Kids Lit Contest – reading at Elite Optique. From left to right: Stephanie Elliott, Maggie Elliott, Dan Elliott, Nathaniel Huberman (owner of Elite Optique), BID Executive Director Josef Szende, and contest judge author/illustrator Melissa Guion.

Ruth Chan of Cranberry Street in Brooklyn Heights won the third prize for the contest for her story “Where’s Bernie?”. BID Executive Director Josef Szende announced and awarded the prize shortly before its first public reading on Saturday at Sahadi’s (187 Atlantic Avenue). ‘Where’s Bernie?’ is the endearing tale of a horse from Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park that gets lost running around Brooklyn Heights. Contest judge and children’s book editor Tamson Weston noted the story’s vivid references to neighborhood landmarks including Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, the Brooklyn Heights Cinema, and St. Ann’s Church. Ruth Chan began her career as an illustrator at the age of seven, when she had a whole summer to fill with paintings and drawings of sloths and rocketships (many of which she sold to her poor unsuspecting neighbors). Since then, she has left her native Canada and has earned a degree in photography and child psychology, and another in arts in education— degrees that, if anything, have sharpened her doodling skills. She is now a freelance illustrator living in Brooklyn Heights.

3rd prize winning author Ruth Chan plays an interactive game based on the illustrations of her story “Where’s Bernie?”

The Atlantic Avenue BID awarded an honorable mention to Buzz Koenig author of ‘Cookie Store Wanted.’ BID Executive Director Josef Szende announced and awarded the prize shortly before its first public reading on Saturday at Nest Egg Kids (109 Atlantic Avenue). Buzz Koenig has loved books and storytelling since childhood.  As a grownup, the stories he has helped to tell have been on film.  He has worked for two decades in the film business as a Production Manager, Producer and Studio Executive, working on such films as FAR FROM HEAVEN, UPTOWN GIRLS, LITTLE MANHATTAN, EASTERN PROMISES, IN BRUGES, the animated hit “9” and the upcoming CHINESE PUZZLE. He lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with his wife and daughter.  COOKIE STORE WANTED is his first children’s story.

Buzz Koenig Reads Cookie Store Wanted in Nest Egg Kids on Saturday December 7

The event is sponsored by the Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District and Sahadi’s, which is providing free hot chocolate for all kids who attend a reading. Flor, a modular carpet store, is providing beautiful soft carpeting squares for kids to sit on for all reading events.

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