Barnhart School First-Grader is Top Ten Finalist in Scholastic’s National “Fly Guy” Book Cover Contest

Tedd Arnold uses hyperbole, puns, slapstick and silly drawings as the bestselling author/illustrator of his “Fly Guy” series. He wanted his fans to shape the story of his next “Fly Guy” adventure and enlisted the help of Scholastic who recently held a contest for kindergarteners through second-graders. Entrants were encouraged to pick octopuses, castles, rocks and minerals, garbage/recycling or choose a topic of their own. Barnhart first-grader Sebastian Voisard entered his own creation, “How to Make a Movie” with the Hollywood sign as a backdrop for his cover art, and became one of the top ten finalists. He won a “Fly Guy” library for himself and for his Barnhart first grade classroom.

“We are so proud of Sebastian and this national honor,” said Ethan Williamson, Head of School for Barnhart. He added, “Coming right on the heels of another first grade artist illustrating our first published children’s book, this is yet another testament to the impact of our K-8 Visual Arts Program!”
About Barnhart

Located in Arcadia, California, Barnhart offers a private K-8 education. Distinguishing programs of Barnhart include Spanish, Art and Music at all grade levels, daily physical education, the Virtues Project™ character development program, the creative writing program (Lucy Calkins’ Writer’s Workshop), a choral group, and an on-site harvest garden. Barnhart offers weekly art class for students in all grade levels and art appreciation and studio art electives for students in middle school. The school has an early literacy emphasis, a 1:1 technology ratio and an average 12:1 student-teacher ratio. Barnhart is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools and Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Established in 1959 by Dr. Ethel Barnhart, Barnhart is affiliated with the non- denominational Santa Anita Church.

About Scholastic


Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, a leading provider of print and digital instructional materials for pre-K to grade 12, and a producer of educational and entertaining children’s media. Scholastic creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, classroom magazines and other products that, in combination, offer schools customized solutions to support children’s learning both at school and at home. Scholastic also makes quality, affordable books available to all children through school-based book clubs and book fairs. With a 95-year history of service to schools and families, Scholastic continues to carry out its commitment to “Open a World of Possible” for all children. Learn more at



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