The Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) Kid’s Corner is hosting a special Winter Essay Contest to encourage students to read during winter vacation.

Students in grades 3-12 attending a public or private school in the U.S. are invited to participate in the contest. To enter, students must read a book listed under their corresponding grade level and tell CLF through their essay how the main character grows and changes from the beginning to the end of the story.

Winning essay-writers will receive $1,000 for his or her school library and a Kindle Fire for themselves.

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“There’s no better way to spend winter vacation than reading a good book outside of your regular school work,” said Kyra Citron, director of Kid’s Corner. “We’re excited to receive many insightful and talented essays from students around the country.”

Reading for grades 3-5 includes:

·         The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

·         The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Reading for grades 6-8 includes:

·         The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

·         Eragon, Book 1 by Christopher Paolini

Reading for high school students includes:

·         Legend, Book 1 by Marie Lu

·         The Maze Runner, Book 1 by James Dashner

CLF’s Kid’s Corner strives to encourage kids not only have a voice, but a role in helping better their community. Kid’s Corner is run by kids for kids, placing the power of change directly in their capable hands. Every child is invited to join with CLF and become a grant maker by telling the organization which non-profit organizations are important to them and how CLF can help.

Eligible students must be in grades 3-12 in the 2014-2015 school year. Essays must be typed and emailed to by January 30, 2015. More information is available at