Saturday, March 05, 2011

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, My Nephew & James Patterson

I just wanted to congratulate my nephew, Dan, who was one of 56 national winners in James Patterson's Dollars for Scholars program.  He had to write an essay about a book that influenced him and what he likes to do in life.  Dan wrote about the children's picture book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr., and how it sparked his love of words and reading. Now, he has a nice sum of money to spend at an independent bookstore.

Here was the information about the contest. 

In September, author James Patterson launched a new program to support college-bound high school students. “Book Dollars for Scholars” was a contest open to high school seniors who had an opportunity to win one of 56 gift certificates, ranging from $250 to $5,000 apiece, for use at any IndieBound-affiliated independent bookstore.


High school students entered the contest to win the certificates by participating in an essay contest via http://www.jamespatterson.com/. The essay question asked, “How has your favorite book inspired you toward what you’d like to do in life?” Essays were read by Patterson and select members from his ReadKiddoRead.com board.

Students whose essays demonstrated the most creative thoughts on how books can energize real-life pursuits had a chance of winning one of eight first-place awards of $5,000 apiece; one of eight second-place awards of $2,500 apiece; or one of 40 third-place awards of $250 apiece.

“My hope with this award is to help students going to college – where they’ll be immersed in textbooks and great classics, and be under pressure to succeed – to maintain their interest in enjoying a good book for fun,” said Patterson in a release. “I’m looking forward to reading the entries!”

The contest was sponsored by Patterson, who chose to work with IndieBound to provide gift certificates for the contest winners. The contest entry page notes that winners will be able to use their gift certificates to purchase books at any bookstores listed on the IndieBound.org website, either in-store or online.

I'm proud of him for writing such an outstanding essay. And, I'm a little pleased because I gave his mother the information about the contest, and didn't even know if he entered.  Add in the fact that I'm the one who first read that book to his older brother and sister, a library book they loved so much that their mother bought it, and later read it to Dan.

Congratulations, Dan! Have fun reading!

22 comments:

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Congratulations to Dan! Maybe he'll end up being a writer?

Love Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom and so do my kids. The rhythm of that story is incredible.:)

Lesa said...

At the moment, Elizabeth, he's quite happy being a reader. He thinks he wants to be a librarian! But, you never know how things will turn out.

Anonymous said...

The whole family must be so proud! And way to go, Book Aunt - you helped by getting him started on the road to book love.
Mickie T

Christie (Dan's other aunt) said...

We read that book so many times that the pages were falling out by the time it was being read to Elizabeth! I can still recite parts of it and we probably haven't opened the cover in at least five years. Obviously, a coconut tree can't hold 26 characters.

Anonymous said...

And I am his grandmother and am very proud of him. I remember reading that book to all of my grandchildren. Way to go, Dan.

Bill Crider said...

Congratulations, Dan!

bermudaonion said...

What an inspiration you are! Congratulations, Dan!

Ricky Bush said...

Yea! Kudos to Dan.

Beth Hoffman said...

This is terrific. Congrats, Dan!

holdenj said...

Congrats to your nephew!

Lesa said...

The family is proud, Mickie. But, we have a whole family of readers. My grandparents were readers, and my mother's whole side of the family is. One of my cousin's sons helped raise money to build a library. We're all really into this book and library stuff. (grin)

Lesa said...

Christie,

Great book, isn't it? It had just been published shortly before Linda & Kevin brought Tom & Kelly to Sanibel, so they hadn't seen it yet. I still remember babysitting that night, and reading until I was hoarse.

Lesa said...

We are all proud of him, Mom. But, there are lots of good reasons to be proud of all seven of your grandchildren.

Lesa said...

Thank you to everyone who congratulated Dan. He loves to read, and I'm sure he's going to enjoy spending his book money.

Sharon said...

Congratulations to Dan, way to go!

Lesa said...

Thank you, Sharon.

Janet Rudolph said...

What a literary family! Congratulations to Dan. You must be so proud!

Lesa said...

Thank you, Janet. Yes, we're all very proud of him. And, he's a terrific you man, too. Starts working in the library this week.

Bev Stephans said...

Congratulations to Dan. Isn't it wonderful to have a family of readers? My family, on my Mother's side, were all big readers and that influenced my love of books.

Lesa said...

Bev,
It's great to have a family of readers. We have so many readers on my mother's side of the family that I have a book column in the monthly family newsletter.

Kris said...

Congrats to Dan on winning! and how awesome that you helped encourage the reading.

Lesa said...

Thanks, Kris. Although my sister and brother-in-law have always taken the kids to the library, and they buy lots of books for them, too.