Read 2 Win

January 12, 2016

Pennez and Gwendolyn Hooks are hosting a reading contest for children in grades 2nd through 6th grade.

What Can Winners Earn?

Winners can receive an autographed book, a virtual visit with Gwendolyn Hooks, and a Dream Big Learning Kit that gives the learner hands-on tools to learn about neurology, surgery, and more.

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What is the Benefit? This Dream Big Learning Kit provides experiments for hours of fun. Additionally, reading Tiny Stitches gives the reader a historical narrative about a miraculous surgeon-Vivien Thomas.


Who Can Participate?
Children or classrooms in grades 2nd-6th Grade.

What Content Goes Into the Video?

1. Share 1 idea about Tiny Stitches-a new fact, what you liked, surprises, or etc.
2. Tell what makes you interested about doctors OR if you dream of becoming a doctor.
3. You have the option of not disclosing the child’s face, think creatively on how they can talk about their experience if their faces are not showing.
4. Do not include the child reading the book in the video, but he or she can hold the book while discussing their ideas.


Which states must I reside in?
Children must reside in Missouri, Kansas, or Oklahoma.
Where Do I Find Your Social Media Pages?
You can find Pennez and Gwendolyn Hooks on Twitter and Facebook.You are not obligated to post on both channels.
But you must post on at least one social media channel.Twitter @pennez1 AND @gwenthegreat
Facebook @pennezWho Can Visit and Upload Content?
Parents or Teachers must approve their child’s participation and the adult must like our Facebook or Twitter page. The adult can record the child. The child must be in the video alone. Please do not share any personal information online.

How Are Winners Chosen?
1. The reader must “Tiny Stitches” from beginning to end.
2. Judges will choose the winners based on the information in the video, how much social media engagement the video gains, and criteria from a rubric.

Where Can I Find or Buy the Book?

Tiny Stitches can be found at your local library. If you cannot wait that long, you purchase Tiny Stitches.

Learn more about Vivien Thomas by visiting Gwendolyn’s website at: You can also read an interview about Gwendolyn here.

Engage with Gwendolyn on Twitter at @gwenthegreat.


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