2020 Young Readers Program and Essay Contest

Author A.S. King

The Robert H. Jackson Center’s Young Readers Program uses literature to engage young people with their world by inspiring them to read and hone their analytical skills and writing ability. This year, the Jackson Center has invited author A.S. King to speak to students on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts at 10:00 am and 1:00pm on “Being a Superhero,” a 40-60 minute high-energy assembly in which Amy asks students to consider their past experiences, including trauma, and explains how they can shape their future and learn from mistakes rather than be defined by them. Students are encouraged to read The Year We Fell From Space (2019) and Still Life with Tornado (2017) before attending this free assembly. Register for the event using the form below.  

In conjunction with the Young Readers program, the Jackson Center annually sponsors an essay contest for students in grades 6-12 who live in the states of New York and Pennsylvania. This year, students are asked to respond to critical questions based on their reading of either The Year We Fell From Space (high school) or Still Life with Tornado (middle school).  The Jackson Center will select four essays for specific recognition: two from high school students and two from middle school students. Each student winner will receive a $150.00 gift card. In addition, the high school student winners will receive a copy of A.S. King’s Still Life with Tornado and the middle school student winners will receive a copy of The Year We Fell from Space, signed by King. A $50 gift card will also be awarded to each winner’s current English Language Arts teacher. Finally, winners are invited to dinner with author Amy Sarig King on Monday, May 18th at the Robert H. Jackson Center. Essay submissions will be accepted until Monday, April 27, by midnight.

Click here to view the essay questions and enter the contest!

Please register for the May 19 Young Readers Program using the form below: