2020 Young Author Faire

2020 St. Perpetua Winners


 “TK and Treat” by Jessica Semenchuk’s TK Class



“If I were a Superhero” by Holly O’Brien’s Kindergarten Class



“We are the Good” by Jennifer Heiskell and Sue O’Sullivan’s 2nd Grade Class

“There is a Monster Under My Bed” by Keenan Moran

“The Adventures of Scout and Peanut” by Lauren Meinbress

“Facts and Details About All Holidays” by Susana Ochoa

“Famous Works of Art” by Charlotte Harter and Eva Hartvickson



“The Night Before the Nutcracker!” by Clara Maduck and Campbell Sabarese

“Spring” by Ava Wedel and Kristina Patskevich

“Brendan’s Dessert Cookbook” by Brendan Whelan

“Cars of the 50s and 60s” by Matthew Motto


“Magic in my Backyard” by Estelle Hall and Elena Portillo

“Animals vs. Prey” by Annie Sena and Poppy Tomich

“Animal Facts” by Sophie Wedel

“Revolution of Dance” by Molly Kroger and Lena Moggan



“Nicholas and the Runaway Papers” by Isabella Polson Flanagin

“Tortoise Time!” by Jonah Mateo



“Wreck this Diary” by Claire Francesca Johnston, Libby Hathaway, and Lilly Walper

“Winter Wonderland” by Kaitlin Motto and Tatum Schmedding

“History of the Philippines” by Adam Haro and Maximus Munzinger

“Zodiac Animals” by Gianna Miller and Claire Cassidy

“God’s Gifts” by Emma Larose and Seri Hoban

“The Bad Seed” by Peter Kroger and Joe Boccabella

“Lunar New Year” by Jack Moran and Milo Moggan

“The Apocalypse” by Nora Maduck and Kyra Silvestri



“The Peculiar Pals” by Jordan Silvestri and John Kemner

“Mark of the Phoenix” by Caden Hastings



“Shining Light” by Tyler Bergren

“The Great Bike Race” by Nicholas Aiken

“Exotic Bird Encyclopedia” by Marina Miller

“A-Z Countries” by Ben Boccabella

“God’s Creation” by Annelise Motto and Katie Kostolansky

“Colorful Cows” by Natalie Aiken and Maddy Jerge

“On the Inside” by Tatum Haggerty and Ana Pieper

“Green” by Marina Castilla-Liu



Young Author's Faire Information

2019 Young Author Checklist for students.pdf

What is the Young Author's Faire?

The Young Author's Faire is a writing competition held in the Catholic Schools Diocese of Oakland.  All students in grades 1-8 are encouraged to participate.  Students participate by writing an original book with original artwork.  Books are bound and submitted to the student's classroom/language arts teacher.  Our school will review all books submitted and select the best writing to be sent to the Diocese-wide competition.  Judges at the Diocese will read all books submitted and select the best writing to be recognized and rewarded at an Awards Ceremony.  Winning students are encouraged to attend the Awards Ceremony where they are given a certificate and scholastic dollars they can spend that day at a Book Faire.

What are the types of books that I can write?

Books can be submitted in nine (9) categories:

  1. Autobiography/Biography.  A true story written about a family member or friend.
  2. Poetry.  A collection of poems or a novel written in poetic free verse.
  3. Religious-theme.  A spiritual book can be about faith, prayer, sacraments, saints, bible stories, or nature.
  4. Non-Fiction/Special Genre.  These non-fiction books teach children a concept such as shapes, colors, numbers, emotions.  How-to books (such as how to tie shoes, how to care for a pet, how to tell time, etc.), cook books, travel and informational books also fit into this category. 
  5. Graphic Novels / Comic Books.  Illustrated in the comic-book style where the story is told via picture cells/panels with word/thought bubbles.
  6. Fiction.  A SHORT story.
  7. [Grades 6-8 ONLY].  Children's Picture Books.  Only grades 6-8 may submit a children's picture books.  
  8. Class Books.  Created by an entire class and submitted by the teacher.
  9. Buddy Books.  Created by two classes of "buddies" and submitted by the teacher.

What are the rules I need to know?

  • All books must be BOUND.  Your teacher can assist you with binding.  You can schedule time with Mrs. Hinton (in advance) it you require her assistance.  Do not use staples or plastic report covers.  These forms of binding are not accepted by the Diocese.
  • Students must do original writing and illustration.  Please do not copy content or images from the internet.  ALL work must be original.  If someone else has assisted with photos, be sure give credit on the title page.  For example, "Photos taken by Mom".
  • If an adult assists with binding, typing, editing, etc., there must be a clear statement on the title page as to the type of assistance given.  For example, "Typing by Mom"  "Binding by Mrs. O'Sullivan"
  • No more than three students may collaborate on one book (unless it is a class book).
  • All students who write a book together must be in the same grade and must attend St. Perpetua School.  The only exception is Buddy Books, which are written by two buddy classes, under the direction of the classroom teacher.
  • Books must include:  Cover, Binding, Title Page, Copyright Info, Page Numbers.  Please use the Student Checklist to make sure you've thought of all the elements that must be included in your book.
  • Books must be submitted with a Checklist, available on this web page.
  • Books must be submitted to the classroom teacher, on or before the DUE date.  We strongly encourage you to turn in you books EARLY so that you have time to correct any errors your teacher finds.
  • LATE entries are NOT accepted.

To whom should I submit my finished book?

Bound and completed books should be submitted to your classroom/language arts teacher.

When is my book DUE?

Books are due to your classroom teacher BEFORE Friday, March 1st.  You must give your completed book to your classroom teacher before the DUE date.  This give him/her time to review your work and send it home for corrections.  Late entries are not accepted.

Who do I contact for more information?

If you have questions, contact your classroom/language arts teacher, Mrs. Green, Mrs. Conway, or Mrs. Hinton.  Mrs. Hinton is available in the library, everyday (except Wednesday), during lunch to review/assist with your books.  Do not wait until the DUE date.  Make an appointment with her so that she has time to help you.  She loves to hear your ideas, help you brainstorm, suggest improvements, and read early drafts.  She can also help you to design a unique binding for your book.

When is the Diocese-wide Awards Celebration?

Winners of the Diocesan Young Author's Faire will be announced by April 5th.  The winners are invited to attend an Awards Ceremony at St. Mary's School in Walnut Creek on Saturday, April 13th at 1:00pm - 3:00pm.  Arrive early for parking and to shop with your Scholastic Prize Money.


MAR 1:  Absolute LAST date for students to submit books to classroom/language arts teachers by 8am.  
MAR 1 - 14:  Judges read all St. P submissions and identify St. P winners.
MAR 14:  Class books due to Mrs. Hinton
MAR 20:  St. Perpetua winners announced in e-News Bulletin
APR 5:  Winning students receive their letters via mail.
APR 13:  Awards Ceremony at St. Mary's School, Walnut Creek



=============== PAST WINNERS ===========

2019 Diocese of Oakland Young Author Winners:

1st GradeChristmas Scavenger HuntLauren Meinbress “Creatures in the Ocean” SECOND PLACE
1st Grade Class “What does the Tooth Fairy do with all those teeth?” HONORABLE MENTION

2nd Grade
Sawyer Fogel “The Christmas Scavenger Hunt!” FIRST PLACE
Madeline Harvey “My Owner is Crazy” HONORABLE MENTION

My Grandpa's Story

3rd Grade

Colin Hale “My Grandpa’s Story” FIRST PLACE
Libby Hanover and Ava Rojas “Reverso Poems” SECOND PLACE
3rd Grade Class “Shimmery Poems, Bright Colors” SECOND PLACE
Santino Voltattorni, Hunter Ward and Cade Winter “The Journey into the Jungle” HONORABLE MENTION

4th Grade
Jonah Mateo “Sam’s New Bot” HONORABLE MENTION

5th Gradethe Pickle and Cucumber Battle
Gavin Wang “Amoeba” SECOND PLACE
5th Grade Class “Chickens After Hours” SECOND PLACE
Nora Maduck and Isaac Smith “The Pickle and Cucumber Battle” HONORABLE MENTION
Kaitlin Motto, Hailey Hanover and Kyra Silvestri “Ocean Blue” HONORABLE MENTION

8th Grade
Brighid Hogan “Until Fear Do Us Part” SECOND PLACE
Rowan Moffett “The Life of Rowan Moffett” HONORABLE MENTION

St. Perpetua School 2019 Young Author Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of St. Perpetua School’s Young Author competition. This year, we received entries from 165 students. Each young author benefits from the experience of writing a book. The following students and books stood out from the crowd. These books will represent St. Perpetua School at the Diocesan competition. All young authors are invited to celebrate their accomplishments at St. Mary’s School on April 13th at 1:00pm. Arrive early to view entries from schools across the Oakland Diocese. 

TK in ConstructionTK
TK Class “TK in Construction”

1st Grade
Lauren Meinbress “Creatures in the Ocean”
1st Grade Class “What does the Tooth Fairy do with all those teeth?”

My Owner is Crazy

2nd Grade

Madeline Harvey “My Owner is Crazy”
Ava Wedel “Poetry”
Dominic Byra and Dylan Moran “D Squad’s 2018-2019 Top Ten NBA Players”
Sawyer Fogel “The Christmas Scavenger Hunt!”
2nd Grade Class “Baby Jesus Smiled”

Journey into the Jungle
3rd Grade

Santino Voltattorni, Hunter Ward and Cade Winter “The Journey into the Jungle”
Libby Hanover and Ava Rojas “Reverso Poems”
Colin Hale “My Grandpa’s Story”
3rd Grade Class “Shimmery Poems, Bright Colors”

Sam's new bot

4th Grade

Jonah Mateo “Sam’s New Bot”
Charlotte Tschann “5 Poems Inspired by Living the Faith”
4th Grade Class “Martin Luther King, Jr. Acrostic Poems”

Pickle and Cucumber
5th Grade

Nora Maduck and Isaac Smith “The Pickle and Cucumber”
Kaitlin Motto, Hailey Hanover and Kyra Silvestri “Ocean Blue”
Seri Hoban “Guess What It Looks Like? Yoga Poses”
Gavin Wang “Amoeba”
5th Grade Class “Chickens After Hours”

ABC's of Baby Jesus
6th Grade

Georgie Wackowski and Kiyah Watenmaker “Disney ABC’s”
Danica Duque and Maddie Ingham “The Chase”
Sofia Beltran and Jordan Silvestri “Bored in Winter”
Caroline Griffith and Aerin Haro “ABC’s of Baby Jesus’s Birth”
Audrey Flitter and Delaney Mein “How to Bake: A Children’s Cookbook”

8th Grade
Brighid Hogan “Until Fear Do Us Part”
Rowan Moffett “The Life of Rowan Moffett”

PAST (2018) Winners of Oakland Diocese Young Authors Faire

Grand Prize Winners of Oakland Diocese YA Faire

St. Perpetua's TK Class, "TK's Construction Site"
St. Perpetua's 5th Grade Class, "Writing the Way to Freedom"

First Place Winners of Oakland Diocese YA Faire

Jake O. (poetry) "The Best Book of Sports Poems"
Charlotte T. (special genre) "10 Things to do When You Are Bored"
Jonah M. (graphic novel) "The Stellar Ring"
Billy O. (fiction) "Super Cookie 3: Cookie Gone Bad!!?"
Beatrice R. (biography) "St. Francis of Assisi"
Marina C. (children's book) "Benny Next Door"
Katie K. (children's book) "A Day at the Zoo"
Maddy J. (religious theme) "Prayers for Support"

Second Place Winners of Oakland Diocese YA Faire

Madeline H. & Decker L. (fiction) "The Two Princesses and the Dragon"
Kate S. & Anna P. (children's book) "The Unwanted Pencil"

Honorable Mentions at Oakland Diocese YA Faire

Matthew M. (special genre) "What Was Dunkirk?"
Jacob S. (fiction) "The Medallion Mystery"
Matthew B. (religious theme) "Outside the Lines"

St. Perpetua's 2018 Winning Class Books:

TK:  TK's Construction Site
2:  Baby Jesus Tried to Sleep
3:  Kindness K'ounts
4:  Martin Luther King, Jr. Acrostic Poems
5:  Writing the Way to Freedom

4th MLK     5th Book

St. Perpetua's 2018 Winning Student Books:

1st Princess and DragonFirst Grade:
"The Two Princesses and the Dragon" by Madeline H. and Decker L.
"What was Dunkirk?" by Matthew M.

2nd MysterySecond Grade:
"The Medallion Mystery" by Jacob S.
"Sofia Likes her Dance" by Sophie W.
"The Best Book of Sports Poems" by Jake O.
"The Crazy Week of Puppy" by Estelle H. and Elena P.
"Snake Eats the Days of the Week" by Julian D. and Owen M.

3rd Awesome Play Third Grade:
"An Awesome Play" by Jefferson B. and Paul B.
"10 Things to Do When You Are Bored" by Charlotte T.
"The Stellar Ring" by Jonah M.

4th Super Cookie Fourth Grade:
"Super Cookie 3: Cookie Gone Bad!!?" by Billy O.
"Adolf Munzinger: The Man The Myth and Legend" by Maximus M.
"In Hawaii" by Kaitlin M.
"We Are..." by Kyra S.
"Jalapeno Jeff's Guide to Some Very Unfortunate Events in History" by Gavin W. and Milo M.

5th Iron Curtain Fifth Grade:
"Iron Curtain, Book One: Consequences" by Caden H.
"Outside the Lines" by Matthew B.

6th Benny Sixth Grade:
"An Adventure of a Lifetime" by Tatum H.
"St. Francis of Assisi" by Beatrice R.
"Flower People" by Roisin M.
"My (Incredible) Adventure with Moses" by Tyler B.
"Prayers for Support" by Maddy J.
"A Day at the Zoo" by Katie K.
"Benny Next Door" by Marina C.

6th Prayers Seventh Grade:
"The House" by Rowan M.
"Sporty" by Chloe S. and Sierra P.
"The Little Flower" by Eliza H. and Ellie S.
"Tommy Tomato didn't fit in" by Gillian D. and Melissa K.

8th Pencil Eighth Grade:
"A Stirring" by Tommy W.
"The Library after Dark" by Liv D. and Maggie H.
"The Unwanted Pencil" by Kate S. and Anna P.

6th Lily26th Annual Oakland Diocese Young Authors Awards 

All the books listed above will move on to the next stage of competition, at the Diocesan Level.  Winners of the Diocese-wide competition will be announced.  The winners are invited to attend an Awards Ceremony at St. Mary's School in Walnut Creek.  Arrive early for parking and to shop with your Scholastic prize money.