Children’s Book Challenge

Children's Book Challenge logo

The Children’s Book Challenge is a great way to engage your students with a cross-curricular project focused on energy education that also correlates to many South Carolina state standards. This writing project directly connects to Art, ELA, Science, Technology, and Social Studies.

Fourth and fifth-grade students in South Carolina are invited to write and illustrate a children’s book about our electric cooperatives.  Winning entries will be awarded cash prizes as well as an opportunity to have their books published!

2024 Individual Division Winner Easton Hall
2024 Group Division Winners Harper Rowe and Ali Chapman with their teacher Kevin Boozer.


  • September 2024 – Registration ’24-’25 Challenge opens
  • Mid-November,  2024 – Deadline to register
  • Late January 2025 – Deadline for book submission to co-op
  • Mid-February 2025 – Co-ops choose local winners.
  • March 2025 – Grand prize winner announced

How to Participate

  • Register
    • Register for the Challenge by beginning in September. Entrants will receive a confirmation email and your area’s cooperative contact information will be provided to you after you register for this year’s competition. 
    • Each registered individual or team (2-4 students) will create an electronic book using the online book creator, StoryJumper.  This web-based platform allows students to write and illustrate their stories using laptops, tablets, or other devices. 

    StoryJumper logo

  • Learn About StoryJumper

    Teachers should sign up for a free account at StoryJumper and become familiar with the options available and functions.


    A twenty-minute in-depth tutorial for using StoryJumper


    5-minute tutorial on the mechanics of how to create a StoryJumper book

  • Plan Your Lesson

    Instructions and Suggested Timeline

    Writing Process


    Learn about Energy


    • Books may be fiction or nonfiction. Students are encouraged to collaborate with their classmates to plan the following elements: characters, challenges, motivation, setting, obstacles, climax, and resolution.
    • Keep your original artwork throughout the process of working with StoryJumper. We may request it for further publication. 
    • Teachers, if there is an opportunity for you to capture a photo or video (with permission) of your students and the creative process, tag us on Instagram at @enLIGHTenSC or Facebook.
  • Connect With Your Co-op
    • Explore and research your local electrical cooperative office. 
    • Students should contact the cooperative by a remote meeting, phone, email, or in person. Your local cooperative information will be provided to you shortly after registration. 
    • When students are finished writing and illustrating their book, they must share it with their designated electric co-op contact
    • Click on the Share button next to the book on  Students younger than 13 years old must ask a parent to Share the book online.  Other students may use the option to Share with family and friends and send the resulting link to their local cooperative contact.
  • Submit
    • All electronic books should be submitted to the local co-op contact by late January 2025
    • When students are finished writing and illustrating their book, they must share it with their designated electric co-op contact. 
    • Click on the SHARE button next to the book on 
    • Students younger than 13 years old must ask a parent/adult to share the book online.

More to Know

  • Previous Winners
  • Prizes
    • Electric cooperatives will select local winners and award monetary prizes to students and teachers.
    • There are two winning categories: individual and group (2-4 students).
    • The individual statewide grand prize winner will receive $500.
    • The statewide group winners share the $500 prize.
    • The supervising teachers will also receive a monetary gift.
    • The statewide winner(s) will be announced in the South Carolina Living magazine and on social media.
    • Winners will be recognized at the South Carolina State House.
    • Winners will receive color copies of their printed books.
    • Printed editions of each are sent to elementary schools throughout South Carolina.



  • Questions to Consider

    How is electricity delivered to our communities?

    1. How is energy transferred from place to place by electric current? 
    2. What natural resources are used to provide electricity in SC? 
    3. How are new technologies in energy reducing the human impact on our environment?
    4. What was the role of the electric co-ops in getting electricity to SC communities after WW1?
    5. How is electricity delivered to our communities? (lineman, poles, bucket trucks, lines, etc.)  
    6. Who is responsible for delivering the electricity?
    7. What are the jobs involved in delivering electricity? 
  • Rules and Tasks


    The Children’s Book Challenge is open to fourth and fifth grade South Carolina students. Students, individually or in groups of up to four, must develop their entries under the supervision of an adult who can provide general guidance and help ensure the entry adheres to the contest rules. The story and illustrations must be the students’ work and, when finished, submitted electronically using the StoryJumper platform. Keep all original artwork as we may want to scan it and disseminate it more widely.


    Write and illustrate a children’s book that focuses on the theme of  How is electricity delivered to our communities?

    • Entries will be judged on originality of story and the creative connection of words, illustrations, and content to energy, cooperatives, and how co-ops connect communities. Each book must have a clear title, author, and illustrator.
    • Books may be fiction or nonfiction.
    • Entries must include an “Author’s Summary” or small introduction and a photograph of the author(s) on the inside back cover. Do the same for the illustrator if it is a different person. Include sources you used to do research for writing your book. List websites and print materials used.  Also, list your electric co-op contact’s name and when/how you communicated with them.
      • An example of a complete Author’s Summary:
        “My name is Jane Smith. I am a fifth grader at Super Fantastic Elementary School in Small Town, SC.  I researched my topic on the EnlightenSC website by reading the Learn About Energy section and watching the videos on the Children’s Book Challenge page and 5th grade page.  I also visited eia/ to learn all about energy. My co-op contact was John Doe at ACME Electric Cooperative, which is near my school.  To learn more about the co-op and energy, I spoke with him on the phone on October 5 and again on October 20. He was very helpful.”
    • The maximum number of pages is 24 which includes the cover, the Author’s Summary, and the glossary.
    • Each entry may use up to two pages for glossary terminology if desired.
  • Grading Rubric

    Grading Rubric

  • Why a Children's Book

    For more than 80 years, the electric cooperatives in South Carolina have been transforming lives, families and communities with electricity and community support. We want to celebrate that outstanding history with an opportunity for young people to learn what cooperatives are, how they started, and how electricity impacts our lives. The electric cooperatives in South Carolina value education and realize students are the problem solvers of the future. Becoming an energy-literate society is essential to overcoming our future energy challenges. Writing a children’s book on energy allows students to widen their knowledge of our state’s energy possibilities.