Spring 2018 Essay Contest – Courage

To help encourage students of all ages to read and learn, CLF and Kids Corner host essay contests throughout the year.

The winner of the essay contest will receive $1,000 for their school library and a personal Kindle for themselves.

Contest details

Students in grades 3-12 attending a public or private school in the U.S. are invited to participate. The topic of the Spring 2018 Essay Contest is COURAGE. To enter, students must read one of the books listed under their upcoming grade level and answer the following questions: How is courage represented in the story? When have you shown courage in your own life?

Book choices by grade level

Grades 3-5
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier

Grades 6-8
Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

High School
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Rules and deadline

Entries must be typed and submitted through our online application system by May 15, 2018. Entries must include writer’s name, grade, email, school, and school address.

Printable PDF

Download a printable teacher/parent/educator (PDF).

More about Kid’s Corner

Kid’s Corner strives to encourage kids not only have a voice, but a role in helping better their community. Kid’s corner believes reading makes a huge difference and impact on the lives of children and works to foster a lifelong love of reading.


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