Young writers get published for work on butterflies and dancing

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NORTH BENNINGTON >> Two young girls in North Bennington are getting their written pieces published in children's magazines this month.

Erin McGean, 8, wrote an essay about butterflies when Zoobooks called for submissions pertaining to the insect last year.

"It's about a butterfly that is going to Mexico from Lake Michigan," she said. "When I saw a book it showed that only butterflies from around that area flew to Mexico and I wanted to make my essay about a butterfly flying to Mexico."

Zoobooks is a magazine for parents to share their love of animals and nature with their kids. For the last 30 years the publication has been providing award-winning writing, photos, illustrations and activities for babies and toddlers to age 12, according to its website.

McGean said she writes on her own and this is the first contest to which she has submitted an entry. She will receive nine free issues for having her essay chosen.

Seven-year-old Martha Hutcheson takes after her 9-year-old sister, Lily, who was published in Cricket magazine in January. Hutcheson has been writing for about a year, and prefers to do it alone. This is her first writing contest, and she plans to submit to more.

"I like to dance and I want to put that in a poem. I'm excited," she said. "I like to write about everything that I do, and things that I like to do. I like swimming and gymnastics."

The poem reads, "Close your eyes, the moment comes / In the orchestra pit, the music hums / You're always twirling, always leaping / Everyone is listening. No one is peeping / Hold your breath and keep your pace / Dance, dance, dance, it's not a race."

The piece will appear in Spider magazine, a literary publication for children ages 6 to 9. Other titles Cricket Media houses include: Cricket, Babybug, Ladybug, Click, Ask, Cicada, Muse, and Cobblestone.

In each issue of Spider, children are welcome to submit a poem, short story or article that connects to the Spider's Corner theme that month, according to a release.

— Makayla-Courtney McGeeney can be reached at (802)-447-7567, ext. 118.


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