Children's books are usually books for kids, not by them. But every year, Vermont Public Television invites students in grades K through 3 to write and illustrate their own stories for the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. This year, VPT received nearly 200 entries from all over the state. A panel of judges, including myself and former Kids VT editor Susan Holson, picked the winners. It wasn't an easy task, but it was fun to read the delightfully creative tales. Montpelier second-grader Megan Krussman described a magical encounter with an "otterpus," a creature that was part octopus and part otter. Brewer Walton of Stowe, the winner in the kindergarten category, wrote about making a Star Wars Lego ship. "Once I went to sleep," he wrote, "the Star Wars Lego ship came to life. The ship left my house and went to Barack Obama's bank. Someone was stealing money from the bank ... The Lego ship uses magic lasers and turns the bad robber into a little Lego man." You can see all of the finalists and hear their stories on the VPT website. VPT televised the June 3 awards ceremony; two of the presenters were former contest winners who spoke about the importance of writing and literacy in their lives.