2010 - 2011 Diverse Minds Winner
New York Winners
First Place (NY)
The Mystery Gift
Written and illustrated by Gidget Izarry
Channel View High School for Research, Rockaway Park
Gidget Izarry of Channel View High School, was selected as the first-place winner of the 2011 Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge in New York. In addition to the publication and distribution of her book, she received a $5,000 scholarship.
The Mystery Gift takes children into a classroom toward the end of the year, where students encounter a gift box .
As everyone tries to guess what is in this mystery gift, students hope it’s something for their favorite holidays. In the process, the class learns about celebrations from various cultures and religions.
First Place (Memphis)
The Peanut Butter Bee
Written and illustrated by Joel Cox
Christian Brothers High School
Joel Cox of Christian Brothers High School was selected as the first-place winner of the 2011 Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge in Memphis. In addition to the publication and distribution of his book, Joel received a $5,000 scholarship.
The Peanut Butter Bee tells the story of Polly, a worker bee who collects peanut butter instead of honey and is banished for her choice. But when a drought hits the area and the flowers stop producing nectar, Polly is welcomed back and asked to teach everyone how to collect peanut butter. The book’s motto: “Always remember: it is important to ‘bee’ yourself.”