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Reading Rainbow National Winners Announced

June 26, 2007

Two Milwaukee area children have taken top honors in the 13th annual national Reading Rainbow "Young Writers and Illustrators" Contest. They are among only 12 authors selected from more than 40,000 contest entrants from across the country, including 826 received by Milwaukee Public Television, the contest's local sponsor.

Emily Ellenbecker, Cascade, Wisconsin, won third place in the first grade category at the national level. Her entry was "Our New Baby." Abigail Emma Cochran, Eden, took third place in the second grade competition at the national level. Her story was called "The Mystery of the Who-Dang-Wang."

The competition is sponsored nationally by the acclaimed children's public television program, Reading Rainbow. The contest encourages children from kindergarten through third grade to use their imagination to write and illustrate their own stories.

Each national winner will receive an iPod with loadable Reading Rainbow episodes and sets of Reading Rainbow DVDS and books for themselves, their school, and their public library.
MPTV has videotaped all of the winning entries in the local contest for broadcast between children's programs on MPTV-10 and MPTV-36. The national winners' stories will be displayed at, beginning in mid-August.

Now in its 24th season, Reading Rainbow is an Emmy Award-winning, half-hour series focusing on children and literature. The series airs on MPTV-10 Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and weekdays on MPTV-36 at 1 p.m.

Funding for the Reading Rainbow Contest is provided by the Assurant Health Foundation, and the Law Firm of Hupy & Abraham. Additional funding for MPTV children's programming is provided in part by The Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation.