For the past nine years, the Kerrytown BookFest has sponsored an art contest for Michigan high school students. We ask the students to re-design the cover of an existing book, and the top three chosen are awarded cash prizes.
The first step is choosing a book. We have tried all kinds of books through the years but have discovered students really enjoy mysteries, science fiction and young adult books. This year a young adult book, Of Scars and Stardust, by Andrea Hannah was chosen.
We first asked Ms. Hannah, who agreed, and who also agreed to be one of the judges. Then we contacted her publisher, and Flux/Llewellyn Worldwide agreed to donate copies to give away to the students.
Then we sent out inquiries to art teachers all over the state, inviting them to ask their students to participate. This year we had students from Ann Arbor, Flint, Hillsdale and Kensington Woods send in entries.
We received some wonderful work, submitted by students at the beginning of May, and on a beautiful May evening our judges set to work.
This year our judges were Jackie LaRose, an expert in children’s literature; Linda Caine, a bookseller and manager of Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor; Andrea Hannah, the author of the book; and David James (not pictured) another young adult author.
The deliberations led to these five finalists. Left to right: Shaye Rumsberger, 11th Grade, Kensington Woods; Peyton Johnston, 10th Grade, Kensington Woods; Julianne Cooney, 10th Grade, Community High school; Logan Gorman, 9th Grade, Community High school; and Alexis Higgins, 11th Grade, Hillsdale High School.
Join us at the Ann Arbor District Library, 543 5th Avenue, Friday, September 9 at 7 p.m. for a celebration and exhibit of all the student work submitted. The announcement of first, second and third place winners will be made that evening.
Congratulations to all the students who participated, and thanks especially to their art teachers: Michael Crawford, Mindy Eggleston, Elena Flores and Jesse Pratt.