WHYY I Like This Book

Sponsored by Harriet and Larry Weiss.

Fostering a life-long love of reading, one book at a time.

WHYY I Like this Book is WHYY's commitment to promoting literacy in the Philadelphia region by connecting children to each other through literacy in an effort to promote reading at home and in the classroom.

WHYY I Like this Book is a contest for schools, kids and families.

If you would like WHYY to come to your school for a presentation about the WHYY I Like this Book program, please contact Colleen Slotman at (215) 928-2459 or cslotman@whyy.org.

Hey Families! Did you know that your family could win the WHYY I Like this Book contest? If you are a family with children who are not quite school-aged, but love reading, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! Fill out the family application and tell us about your favorite book to read as a family for the chance to have your family featured on WHYY-TV in a 60-second spot.

At this time, the WHYY I Like this Book Contest has closed. To receive information regarding the next round of the contest, please email cslotman@whyy.org

Our panel of selected judges will be looking for the most outstanding applications among contestants in various grade levels. To give you an idea of an outstanding application, below you will find answers to questions from the applications received from past finalists:


Please describe what you like about this book.

This book is so funny! All of the crayons in Duncan's crayon box write him letters. Each of them is complaining about something. The gray crayon is feeling very tired because Duncan uses him to color big animals. Blue crayon is short and stubby because Duncan colors with him so much. It's the boy's favorite color. Pink crayon is mad because Duncan never uses her. She thinks it's because she's a girl's color. Purple crayon is mad because she wants him to color inside the lines. Yellow and Orange crayons are fighting over which one of them is the color of the sun. This book is special because at the end Duncan makes all of the crayons happy because he uses each one to make a beautiful picture. He listens to what each of them said in their letters. I think his picture is beautiful!


Who is your favorite character and why do they stand out to you?

My favorite character was Jason because he was the natural leader who was from somewhere else. It was interesting to see his memory come back (It was stolen from him to start off the book) and how his fellow quest members ended up following his lead even though they didn't know him. I can relate to him because I am a leader and people look up to me, but I don't always know the answers, similar to Jason.


How does this book relate to you and your life?

I was never very religious. I felt that I was too young to really know what to believe in, but the way the author eloquently tip toes past every religion without any insult or misdemeanor really taught me a valuable lesson: you don't have to put faith in religion or a god. Having faith in your life and in yourself is the only religion you'll need. You will make many mistakes, countless wrong turns, hurt people you don't even know, but it is all part of life. The best thing you can do is pick yourself up and move on; you can always make tomorrow better.

  1. Limit one entry per contestant.
  2. Entrants must be in kindergarten through grade twelve in order to apply.
  3. A parent, teacher or guardian must give consent before students complete an online entry.
  4. Responses may not exceed 1,000 characters (per question).
  5. Each entrant must submit original responses.
  6. Entry deadline is December 16, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Entries submitted after this time will not be accepted.

Round 1

  1. All entries will be assesed by a team of experts who will be looking for the following:
    • Is the application thoughtful and complete?
    • Is there a thorough description of how and why this book relates to the student?
    • Does the student’s personality come across in his or her application?
Round 2

  1. Students selected as Semi-Finalists will be contacted by a WHYY staff member and scheduled to come in to meet with a WHYY producer for a screen-test.
    • All Semi-Finalists will be judged based on the following:
      • Ability to respond to questions.
      • Energy and personality are easily displayed on camera.
  2. No more than 25 entrants will be selected as Semi-Finalists.
  3. Semi-Finalists will be contacted no later than May 18, 2016.
Round 3

  1. Students selected as Finalists will be contacted by a WHYY staff member and scheduled to come in for production of a television interstitial (a commercial-length spot that airs in between scheduled programming).
  2. No more than 10 entrants will be selected as Finalists.
  3. Finalists will be contacted no later than two week after screen test date.

Both Semi-Finalists and Finalists will be invited to a WHYY I Like this Book Reception that will take place in January 2017.