AKRON – Akron Elementary School teacher Jenn Overmyer and her kindergarten class have been announced as finalists in the 2019-20 National Book Challenge hosted by Studentreasures Publishing.

The class will receive a $50 gift card, plus a published author certificate for each student, according to a news release from Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation.

Each of the kindergarten authors were recognized for their contributions to their book “Runaway Reindeer,” which was published earlier this year through Studentreasures’ free publishing program.  

Overmyer and her students created “Runaway Reindeer” when they were inspired by thinking about what would happen if Santa’s reindeer went missing. The kindergarten authors researched, wrote about and illustrated the missing reindeer before they sent their completed pages to be published.

As a finalist in the National Book Challenge, Overmyer’s classbook was selected from entries across the country and awarded as a Top 50 book based on its originality, creative storyline and colorful illustrations. This nationwide contest was open to more than 57,565 books that were submitted to Studentreasures for free publishing this school year.   

“At Studentreasures, we are fortunate to witness tremendous creativity and talent from classrooms around the country and all students who publish their own books. We especially congratulate Mrs. Overmyer and her students for earning this unique achievement and completing a project that provides lasting memories and a one-of-a-kind keepsake,” said Chad Zimmerman, president and chief executive officer, Studentreasures.

“Educators share that creating their own books through our fun and easy publishing program motivates students to write, inspires learning, and instills pride. Additionally, these students now have the honor of being recognized for creating one of the top student-published books in the country as part of our National Book Challenge.”