This year, for the second time since Charlie Bucket won the prize of a lifetime, Penguin Young Readers, along with some of Mr. Wonka’s most trusted advisors, has chosen five children from across the United States to become the five new lucky golden ticket winners!
Since its inception last year, Roald Dahl’s Imaginormous Challenge has received over 50,000 imaginative story ideas from kids aged 5-12 throughout the U.S.—a record breaking entry level! Through August and September, three of the winning children experienced once in a lifetime opportunities to work with incredible partners to transform their 100 word story ideas into something that would make Willy Wonka proud.
Additionally, the teachers of the five winning children will also be gifted a Roald Dahl library of books valued at $500.00 from Penguin Young Readers, along with special Wonka-approved teaching resources aligned with the U.S. curriculum that will help spark creative ideas throughout the year in the classroom.
Friendswood’s Madeline Wells is this year’s Immersive Minecraft World winner. In partnership with Minecraft: Education Edition, twelve year-old Madeline Wells worked with a team of Minecraft builders and YouTube creator Stacyplays to create a Minecraft experience about a submarine which crashes into a beautiful world of birds and strange people.
If you didn’t win in 2018, do not despair! It has been confirmed that the Challenge will be coming back bigger and better than ever in 2019. Roald Dahl’s Imaginormous Challenge is all about inspiring imaginative story ideas in children 5 to 12 years of age. Recurring annually, the challenge is now being rolled out to other countries including South Africa, which will be launching this fall; look for the Challenge to also debut in Australia, India and France in 2019!