Hands Across America by Kaylee Gunnoe

One City, One Story 2015 “My Family Story” Art Contest

Category:  Middle School (Grade 4-8)

3rd place

Kaylee Gunnoe, grade 4

“Hands Across America”

Water color


This piece depicts the ideal American dream in lovely colors–soft and positive.  It’s what America could be:  a safe haven, land of opportunities and acceptance.  This is what people (and the characters in The Book of Unknown Americans) hope for when they came to America.  It is also the subject of many of the stories from the Writing Contest.  In contrast to Nicole Kwan’s “Freedom” and even Caeden Becker’s “United Under One Nation, We Stand Together”, the people in this image all look the same and are presumably free and happy.



To view a list of all the winners, see:  http://pasadena-library.net/kids/2015/ocos-contest/

Jane Gov

Jane is a Youth Services Librarian at Pasadena Central Library. She purchases YA books for the library system and maintains the teen booklist, online resources, and webpages. She oversees Teen & YA programs including Summer Reading, Advisory Board, Zine, book reviewers, Teen Mental Health Initiative, and volunteers. She also coordinates the library's Innovation Lab, STEAM Kits project, and Young Readers League. She also conducts a few kids events and storytimes. Jane is a contributor to VOYA Magazine and a YALSA Board member.  A majority of her free time is spent with her two corgis Tyrion and Gimli. She tweets as @missjanegov.

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