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.

Summer 2017 Essay Contest: Understanding Ourselves

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 August 31, 2017. Entries must include writer’s name, grade, email, school, and school address.

TOPIC: What was the major life lesson in the story and what did you learn about yourself in relation to the story? How do you plan to positively apply this knowledge to your life?

  • Grades 3-5: Savvy by Ingrid Law AND The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson
  • Grades 6-8: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia AND Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
  • High School: A List of Cages by Robin Roe and The Memory Book by Lara Avery

Meet our 2017 Spring Essay Contest Winners

  • Colin Diehl: 5th Grade, Dublin Elementary School, White Lake, MI
  • Suhani Balachandran: 8th grade, Marlboro Memorial MS, Morganville NJ
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