Ripple Foundation Shines Spotlight on Children's Creativity

Mya Barnett (Grade 6) and Alexis Morales (Grade 7) become published authors on Apple iBookstore, Amazon Kindle and Kobo.

TORONTO, Oct. 17, 2016 /CNW/ - Ripple Foundation's Kids Write 4 Kids is an annual writing challenge for grades 4 – 8 that provides winner(s) with the opportunity to be a published author before high school. In its fifth year, Kids Write 4 Kids has published 10 winning titles from youth authors across Canada. To support youth literacy in communities across Canada, Ripple Foundation has committed to donate the annual proceeds from all Kids Write 4 Kids book sales to that year's winners' schools. In addition to author fame, school(s) are also provided with the option to sell printed copies of their author's book for fundraising. Winner(s) will have an opportunity to take part in the following year's judging panel.

The annual contest runs every year for six months starting from October 1st. This year's contest launched on October 1st, 2016 and will be open for entries until March 31st, 2017. Ripple Foundation is 100% run by volunteers, and they will be working hard to engage communities from all provinces and territories across Canada, to ensure children from every corner of this country are aware of this opportunity. "If you want to encourage storytelling in youth aged 8 – 14, I would suggest these kids to read books written by Kids Write 4 Kids so they can be inspired by kids of their own age. It's knowing what others have achieved that helps you know it's possible that you can too," said Ivy Wong, founder of Ripple Foundation.

Mya Barnett is the author of The Big Red Balloon, a tale of a little girl in London, a young man in Texas and a boy in New York City, told from a surprising perspective. Living in Sackville, Nova Scotia, she enjoys painting in her art studio and being inspired by the people around her.

Alexis Morales is the author of A Dog and a Squirrel, a heartwarming tale of two unlikely friends that go on an adventure together. Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Alexis loves to write and draw. She also could not pass up the chance to share a story of one of her favourite things: animals!

For the first time, Canadian illustrator and animator Trevor Keen lent his artistic talents to illustrating the cover art for both titles.  All books are available for purchase at the Apple iBookstore, Amazon Kindle, and Kobo. They are also available in print through Amazon. Each store has all previous Kids Write 4 Kids winning titles including Mika's Fortune, Escape from the Taco Shop, A Murder of Crows, Aristotle & Galileo, A Truly Gross Adventure, Why Peacocks Have Colorful Feathers, Half Asleep and The Wish.

Want to meet some of the authors and know more about the experience? Watch videos from Kids Write 4 Kids YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/kidswrite4kids).  You'll meet Safaa Ali, one of our first authors who wrote Why Peacocks Have Colorful Feathers when she was 9 years old and shared with us how Kids Write 4 Kids impacted her and boosted her confidence.  Hannah Rennie, who wrote The Wish when she was 10 years old shared her stories with us on how she started to write book reviews for the local Whitecourt Stars paper.

For more information on Kids Write 4 Kids Creative Challenge and entry details, visit:
http://www.ripplepublishing.ca/kids-write-4-kids-creative-challenge/

To purchase books written by youth authors for your children, local school or library, visit: http://www.ripplepublishing.ca/category/kids-write-4-kids/kids-write-4-kids-ebooks/

To connect with Kids Write 4 Kids, visit:

About the Ripple Foundation
In 2012, Ripple Digital Publishing started Kids Write 4 Kids as a not-for-profit initiative to encourage kids to be creative, to read and write. Due to the success of Kids Write 4 Kids, in 2015, the Ripple Foundation was established as the official not-for-profit organization to assume Kids Write 4 Kids as its signature creative writing program. The Ripple Foundation believes that creativity, education and imagination are the key components to success, and the foundation is dedicated to fostering these in the lives of youth across Canada. The mandate of this organization is to fund, develop and facilitate initiatives that raise awareness of and promote creativity and education in youth across the country. Visit http://www.ripplefoundation.ca for more information.

*There are no entry fees and no purchase necessary to participate in the Kids Write 4 Kids Creative Challenge. For a full list of contest rules, visit: http://www.ripplepublishing.ca/kids-write-4-kids-contest-rules/.

SOURCE Ripple Foundation

Image with caption: "Turn your school assignment into a published book. Kids Write 4 Kids (KW4K) is excited to launch its fifth annual creative challenge. We are seeking students in grades 4-8 to share their creative stories. Proceeds from sales of all KW4K books will be donated to the schools of the selected authors. (CNW Group/Ripple Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161017_C5913_PHOTO_EN_796495.jpg

For further information: Media Contact: Ripple Foundation, Ashley@ripplefoundation.ca, 69 Yorkville Ave., Suite 208, Toronto, ON M5R 1B8, t. 416-928-0465

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