Essay Contests

At Kid’s Corner we believe reading makes a difference – it helps us imagine, learn, grow and understand the world around us. To help encourage students of all ages to read and learn, we host essay contests throughout the year. CLF Kid’s Corner selects books for three different age groups along with a topic or theme for the essay submissions. Students with the winning essays receive a Kindle for themselves along with $1,000 for their school library to provide more great books to read and share. Read on to find out about our current essay contest or to see the essays from previous winners.

Spring 2017 Essay Contest: Common Ground

To apply read one of the books listed in your grade level and write an essay on the topic below. Entries must be typed and emailed to kidscorner@charleslafitte.org by May 1, 2017. Entries must include writer’s name, grade, email, school, and school address.

TOPIC: Sometimes our lives seem so very different from others around us, like we live in different worlds completely. If we take time to understand the story of another, we can often find similarities that help us understand and find common truths that link us together. In your essay tell us how you identify with the main character and their life.

  • Grades 3-5: Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix & Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  • Grades 6-8: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card  & The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • High School: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline & A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Meet our 2016 Summer Adventure Essay Winners

  • Raina James: 5th grade, John Adams Elementary School, N. Brunswick NJ
  • Suhani Balachandran: 8th grade, Marlboro Memorial MS, Morganville NJ
  • Sucheth Parigi: 8th grade, Marlboro Memorial Middle School, Morganville NJ
  • Nancy Khuc: 10th grade Mt. Rainier High School, Des Moines WA

Congratulations to these students! The CLF Kid’s Corner appreciates your support.

Previous Contests & Winners:

Adventure Essay Contest – Summer 2016

Friendship Essay Contest – Spring 2016

Bully Prevention Month Essay Contest- Fall 2015

Summer Adventure Essay Contest – Summer 2015

Spring Essay Contest – Spring 2015

Winter Essay Contest – Dec 2014 – Jan 2015

Bullying Prevention Month Essay Contest – Fall 2014

Summer Reading Essay Contest – Summer 2014

Summer Reading Adventure Essay Contest – Summer 2013

Generosity Essay Contest – Spring 2013

Bullying Prevention Month Essay Contest – Fall 2012