St. Barnabas Young Authors Program

The Young Authors program is an FSA-sponsored program inviting students to write and illustrate their own books. It is a celebration of imagination and storytelling, making art, or exploring a particular topic. It is a wonderful opportunity to create a story outside of school. Books are proudly displayed for fellow students and visitors at the Art & Book fair in the Spring.

Our student council will be recognizing books in each of the following categories:

  • Creative Story
  • Dynamic Illustration
  • Creative Cover
  • Honorable Mention
Students will be grouped by grades K-2, 3-6, 7-8. All students will receive certificate of participation/achievement. All participants will be invited to celebrate their participation and achievement during a YAP celebration.

YAP Guidelines



  • Participants must be St. Barnabas students.
  • Students are to make their books by themselves.  Exception: An adult or older child may act as recorders for children who are too young to do this themselves.
  • Books can have a single author/illustrator, be co-authored and illustrated, or be authored by one child and illustrated by another.  We do ask that no more than two children work on one book.
  • Students in kindergarten through 8th grade are welcome to participate.
  • Students can either create their own book (free), or purchase a clank hard-covered book for $5.00.  Participants decide on their topic and illustrate their story.
  • Any type of book/story is allowed that is school appropriate.  Fact, fiction, cartoons, picture books...all are welcome and enjoyed by Art & Book Fair visitors.


For questions, contact YAP Coordinator:
Noelle Carson at

Saint Barnabas Parish


Saint Barnabas School

10134 S. Longwood Drive
Chicago, 60643
P. 773.779.1166 | F. 773.445.9671


10121 S. Longwood Drive
Chicago, 60643
P. 773.445.7711 | F. 773.445.9815