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Winterthur Extends Deadline to February 22 for “Alphabet Book Contest” for Children

Winterthur, DE January 30, 2008—There’s still time for entries in the “Alphabet Book Contest” sponsored by Winterthur Museum & Country Estate.

To encourage a new generation of authors and promote literacy, Winterthur invites children in kindergarten through grade 12 to pick up their markers, watercolors, crayons, stickers, and other creative materials and make an alphabet book to enter in a special contest inspired by the new K is for Kids exhibition. Jane Yolen, the acclaimed children’s book author, poet, novelist, storyteller, and Honorary Ambassador of the exhibition, is among the contest judges. Yolen will present the awards during her visit to Winterthur on the weekend of April 18-20, 2008.

To enter, contestants must create an ABC book featuring an entry for each letter and original artwork (drawings, paintings, photography, collage, etc.) for each letter of the alphabet. Entries will be judged according to originality and creativity, neatness and legibility, and content. The final book, including the text and the artwork, must be the child’s own original work.

Entries must be mailed to Winterthur ABC Contest, Winterthur Museum & Country Estate, Winterthur, Delaware, 19735, and must be postmarked by February 22, 2008. No drop-offs will be accepted. One prize will be awarded in each of the following categories: Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

Information, official entry forms, and Jane Yolen’s Seven Rules for Writing an Alphabet Book are available at

K is for Kids offers an alphabetical introduction to Winterthur’s diverse collection of decorative art objects. The exhibition features 45 objects from the museum’s collection, selected to illustrate the letters of the alphabet. A rhyming description accompanies most items, providing details and inviting families to read aloud. The exhibition is on view through July 13, 2008.

K is for Kids is made possible by the generous support of DuPont; the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc., Mrs. Patrick Healy III; the F. M. Kirby Foundation; the Laffey-McHugh Foundation; and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP.

Winterthur Museum & Country Estate—known worldwide for its preeminent collection of American antiques, naturalistic garden, and research library for the study of American art and material culture—offers a variety of tours, exhibitions, programs, and activities throughout the year. Winterthur has been named one of the country’s “10 great places of historic proportions” by USA Today; “one of the 10 grandest mansions in America” by Budget Travel; and one of the “10 best art museums for kids” by Child magazine.

The “Winterthur Experience” ($20 for adults; $18 for students and seniors; $10 for ages 2–11) includes one guided Discovery Tour of the mansion or garden as well as access to the Galleries, special exhibitions, the garden, a narrated tram tour (weather permitting), the Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens, and Enchanted Woods (the children’s garden). Additional tours may be added for $5; tickets are valid for two consecutive days. A Garden & Galleries Pass for self-guided tours is also available ($15 for adults; $13 for students and seniors; $5 for ages 2–11).

Museum hours are 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday–Sunday. Winterthur, located on Route 52, six miles northwest of Wilmington, Delaware, and five miles south of U.S. Route 1, is closed Mondays (except holidays and during Yuletide), Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. Winterthur is committed to accessible programming for all. For information, including special services, call 800.448.3883, 302.888.4600, or TTY 302.888.4907. Online, visit





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