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2023 Writing and Art Contest for Kids

Updated: Apr 25, 2023


Welcome to the 4th annual Beverly Cleary literacy and family celebration! The writing and art contest opens April 12th in honor of Beverly Cleary's Birthday. Please read below to check out this year's story contest theme and color page. You have four weeks to write your fun story and color. Classroom teachers, homeschool or private schools all welcome to enter. Children K-12. Last year we had entries from TX, CA, OR, TN. WA.

This year's family friendly event kicks off at 10 am with a 5K race, Saturday, May 13th. You can join the race or just come for the fun after the race is done. R u n ! R o c k ! R e a d ! Runners can take in the scenic vistas and try to catch up to the Running Rocker, who will be shredding on an electric guitar while keeping an 8-minute-mile pace - and taking song requests along the route! Awards for the top runners, at the post-race celebration and we will honor the winners of our annual K-12 writing and art contest, To Register for the run click here: Beverly Cleary 5K Runaway (

Event day fun at the Larson House on their back lawn!

Address: 190 S. Maple Street, Yamhill.

Stay for a Beverly Cleary themed brunch or lunch!

Kid Zone (weather permitting) with:

Solar Telescope

Bounce House & Yard Games

Nature trail and self-guided walking tour showcasing local flora, fauna, Yamhill history, and Beverly Cleary facts. Complimentary: Dog-friendly! Bring your four-legged friends(treats & waste bags provided)

More extras!

Free copy of Emily's Runaway Imagination by Beverly Cleary, courtesy of local nonprofit Madeline's Library

Wine Country Raffle: Donate a new or gently used children's book to Madeline's Library for a chance to win a gift basket of wine country goodness or enter to win an ELECTRIC GUITAR!

Did you know, Beverly Cleary won a writing contest when she was young? We hope you enter and write a fun story too! Story Contest open to all ages K-12.

** Contests are open to any child in the USA. There will be prizes for Yamhill County residents and for children outside of our county. We welcome all children to participate!

Story Contest Theme: Write a story about a "Big Race!" Stories can be typed or hand written. Word counts may vary. Here is a story starter page to get you started.

Download here:

Story Contest
Download PDF • 654KB

Color Page Contest: Illustrated by Kimberly Howell a local Yamhill artist. For ages K-3rd grade. You can pick one up at the Larson House in Yamhill, or the Yamhill Bar and Grill or Download here:

2023 Beverly Cleary Coloring Page 1
Download PDF • 4.39MB

Please send or email us your story and a picture of you:

OPTION 1: Mail story/color page to

YDA Beverly Cleary Contests

PO Box 194

Yamhill, OR 97148


OPTION 2: Email story or a photo of the artwork with the artist.

Email to :

Subject line: Submission Art/Story Contest Beverly Cleary

Information to include with your story or art. (copy and paste this info if you are emailing or sending by mail with a typed story and not our entry page.)

Name : ________________________________ Grade:______ T-shirt size __________

Parent’s name: ________________________________________

Email (parent’s please) : ___________________________________

Address: _________________________________________, State ______ Zipcode __________

Phone number: (*helpful but not required for prize distribution only) _____________________________________

*If you send your artwork, it will be able to be picked up in the Yamhill Town Hall for a limited time. Sorry, we will not return submitted artwork unless you win a prize.

Local Artist Scholarship of $150 - Yamhill Carlton High School Student, must be 12th grade.

Stories and art must be received by May 9th, 2023.

Prizes will be awarded for as many entries we can afford.

*Some prizes may only be for local participants.

Past prizes have been t-shirts, pizza, books, coupons, postcards, stickers, bookmarks, gift certificates. Guided field trips for classrooms.

Event Creators: Yamhill Downtown Association and


Thank you to our event sponsors:

First Federal Bank- Larson House - Source Farms- Lee & Linda Schrepel - Paula Merritt

Edge Electric - Wine Country Properties - Tabletop Coffee Roasters

Again to Register click here: Beverly Cleary 5K Runaway (

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