Teacher Created Materials to Publish Student’s Book Idea

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My Idea My Book Contest Grand-Prize Winner Announced

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Book ideas were submitted from across the country and included topics such as contributions of women from the Civil War era, inspiring stories from people across history, and unique animals and scientific ideas.

This spring, Teacher Created Materials (TCM), a leading K–12 educational publisher headquartered in Huntington Beach, ran a contest called My Idea My Book as part of their 40th Anniversary celebration. This contest invited students to write a persuasive letter to share their ideas for the next nonfiction book that TCM should publish. Teachers then submitted those letters on behalf of their students.

Ideas were submitted from across the country and included topics such as contributions of women from the Civil War era, inspiring stories from people across history, and unique animals and scientific ideas. Finalists each received a classroom library set of books, valued up to $769.99. “There were so many unique and interesting ideas submitted,” said Deanne Mendoza, co-owner of Teacher Created Materials. “We really enjoyed reading all of the letters and were so impressed by the students’ creativity.”

The grand-prize winner, receiving the opportunity to have their book idea published by Teacher Created Materials, was submitted by fourth grade teacher Jessica White, from Pride Elementary School in Tampa, Florida. One of her students wrote a compelling letter about United States Air Force Colonel Gail Seymour Halvorsen, better known as “The Chocolate Pilot” or “The Candy Bomber,” and his positive impact on the German children throughout the Berlin Airlift (1948–1949). During that time, Colonel Halvorsen and other Allied pilots dropped food, fuel, and other supplies, including chocolate, candy, and gum, to the people of Berlin because the Soviets had blocked all routes into and out of the city. The sweets and gum became a source of hope for many children and families, reminding them that people cared about them. “This champion is a life-saver, helping kids of all ages survive through that bleak time…” Jessica White’s student wrote. “This unsung hero is an inspiration for everyone. He inspired courage and determination…”

“Learning about history through stories helps students make personal connections and builds their curiosity. Jessica White has built excitement for lifelong learning in her classroom, and we are pleased to publish her recommended book about “The Chocolate Pilot.” We know that other students around the world are going to read this book and be just as inspired as these students were,” said Corinne Burton, president of Teacher Created Materials.

Jessica White and her students were surprised with the news of winning the contest by representatives from Teacher Created Materials at a presentation in the media center of Pride Elementary School. Each student received a small chocolate attached to a parachute in celebration. The book is scheduled to be published in 2019.

About Teacher Created Materials
Teacher Created Materials develops innovative and imaginative educational materials and services for students worldwide. Everything we do is created by teachers for teachers and students to make teaching more effective and learning more fun. For 40 years, Teacher Created Materials has proudly provided award-winning resources and offered a broad range of research- and standards-based products to support reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, science, technology, test preparation, and professional development activities in Grades PreK-12. For more information about Teacher Created Materials and their products, visit http://www.tcmpub.com.

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