Young Readers League Art Contest 2018: Age 8-11

Age 8-11 Category

First Place

Kayla Su

Age 11,

Sage Oak Charter School

“Paths to a New Journey”

Colored pencils; 8 x 10 inches

This piece is gorgeous, thoughtful, and creative—with numerous well-thought out scenes depicting all the possibilities in one’s life journey—paths in the journeys ahead or left behind. It has beautiful composition, bright, crisp colors and images. It makes the viewer sit back and see how this person feels, what’s being left behind. There is an emotional lost, yet also excitement.

Second Place

Rachel Mirolla

Age 11,

Eliot Arts Magnet Academy

“Traveling West”

Chalk, pastel, pencil, block print; 8.5 x 11 inches

One of the judges mentioned that she “Loves the historic theme!” This piece employs great use of printmaking technique, texture, and colors. The huge sunset adds to the feeling of excitement and possibilities for adventure.

Third Place

Siluni Abeywickrama

Age 13,

Sierra Madre Middle School

“The New Land”

Crayon, colored pencils;

8.5 x 11 inches

Nice use of earth colors; it’s calming, reflective—reminiscent of going fishing, enjoying a moment of silence, alone with your thoughts, thinking of the journeys ahead.

Honorable Mentions

Fajardo Natalia

Age 10, Hamilton Elementary

“New Journey”

Pastels; 16 x 18 inches

Lucas Huang

Age 10, Oasis Trilingual Community School

“God’s Creation”

Markers, plasti-dip, airbrush; 15.5 x 11.5 inches

Mia McNulty

Age 11, McKinley School

“Taj Mahal”

Paint; 11 x 14 inches

Taylor Herrington

Age 9, Lycee International

“Which Path”

Chalk, pastel, colored pencils, markers; 12 x 14 inches


Katie Su

Age 9, Sage Oak Charter School

“A Voyage to a New Life”

Colored pencils; 8 x 10 inches

Thank you to our judges:

Click here for a list of all the contest winners

Click here for the Art Contest age 12-14 category


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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