About the Artist

2010 - 2011
Jack and Jill First Place

Theme:
Your favorite outdoor activity

Name: Hannna
Age: 10
State: Michigan

Congratulations to ten-year-old Hannah G., the winner of this year's Cover Contest! Hannah's entry shows her sailing on the lake, which is her favorite outdoor activity. The panel of judges, made up of the artists who illustrate the U.S. Kids magazines, loved the movement in Hannah's entry. Hannah says she loves sailing. During the summers she takes sailing lessons on the lake near her home. What makes sailing so great? According to Hannah, "It's really cool to go out on the water. You feel really free, like there's nothing else in the world but clear water and the wind on your face." Hannah's family has a sailboat, and she hopes that someday soon they'll get to sail to islands on the lake and spend the night.

When Hannah is not drawing sailboats, she draws anything bright and colorful, like flowers. Hannah's favorite subjects in school are reading and P.E. She loves to read, especially any of the books in the Percy Jackson series. Sometimes she and her friends go to the park and build stick forts and climb trees in the woods. And, of course, she loves to play with her three dogs and her cat!

2010 - 2011
Jack and Jill Second Place

Theme:
Your favorite outdoor activity

Name: Dennis
Age: 9
State: California

This year, second place goes to nine-year-old Dennis K.! Dennis showed us his favorite outdoor activity by creating a wonderful and snowy entry. "I made up the place," Dennis says, "and I like winter." Dennis loves playing in the snow, especially if it involves snowball fights. To make this winter wonderland scene come to life, he used watercolors.

"I like to draw things that I think of, things that I invent, like a suit for a soldier or a cool helicopter," Dennis told us. His favorite thing to draw, though, is ducks. When Dennis grows up he wants to be an inventor. For now, his favorite subjects in school are math, language, reading, and P.E. When he's not drawing, Dennis likes to build model trains and different things with his Legos. Congratulations, Dennis!

2010 - 2011
Jack and Jill Third Place

Theme:
Your favorite outdoor activity

Name: Hannah
Age: 11
State: Florida

Hannah B., 11 years old, got third place in our Cover Contest! Hannah created an entry in which she is searching for and researching bugs. The judges loved the perspective of Hannah's artwork. Hannah says bug hunting is fun because she gets to be outside, find new things, and discover new bugs. Take a look at Hannah's entry to figure out her favorite bug: the ladybug! She likes how small they are and that their colors make them stand out.

Hannah has lots of notebooks filled with her drawings. "I draw a lot," she says. "My favorite thing to draw is sunsets. I like using crayons when I color and draw." In school, Hannah likes reading. Her favorite books are the Percy Jackson series!