Children’s Book Challenge

Fourth and fifth-grade students from South Carolina are invited to write and illustrate a children’s book on a designated topic. 2019/2020 entries will focus on new technologies in the energy industry.


How to Compete

Students will research and write about new technologies in Energy. Each registered team (1-4 students) will receive a blank book to use as a canvas for writing and illustrating their story. The following steps detail how to participate in this competition.

  1. Register for the challenge by November 30, 2019.
  2. Entrants will receive a confirmation email with contact information for local cooperative offices.
  3. The requested number of blank hardback books will be mailed to the address provided by the entrants.
  4. All books must be submitted to your local co-op office by Friday, January 31, 2020.
  5. Each co-op will select its local winner by Friday, February 28, 2020.
  6. All local winners are automatically entered in the state-wide book contest.
  7. One state-wide winner will be announced on Friday, April 10, 2020. Postponed until Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Why a Children’s Book?

For more than 75 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 new technologies in energy allows students to widen their knowledge of our state’s energy possibilities.

Electric Cooperatives Remember

 Santee Electric Celebrates 75 Years

Santee Electric Cooperative interviewed members and employees to celebrate their 75th anniversary in 2015. Discussion includes life before and after electrification.


 The First Refrigerators

What was life like before refrigerators? Without electricity, refrigerators were inaccessible to rural South Carolinians. Ms. Helen Martin describes getting electricity and her first refrigerator.


History of Electricity Generation in South Carolina

Much of South Carolina was living without electricity in the 1920s. This video is a shorter version of how and why Santee Cooper was created.


Pushing Back the Darkness is the full 27-minute program that discusses the state of SC prior to electrification and the start of Santee Cooper.


2019 SC Children’s Book Challenge Winner

Myah’s Energy Enlightment, by Myah McMillan, was selected as the winner of the 2019 Children’s Book Challenge. Her winning entry can be viewed here:

2019 ECSC-Myah’s Energy Enlightment


2018 Winner

Lightbulb, by Zephan Hunter, was selected as the winner of the 2018 Children’s Book Challenge. His winning entry can be viewed here: ECSC-Lightbulb April 2018 Final Edit.

Additional Resources

Writing Process

For more information on the writing process, click here.

Questions to Consider

For questions to consider during the writing process, click here.

What Is Energy?

To learn more about energy, click here.