Crayola Partners with ‘Doodle 4 Google’ Contest, Katy Perry to Judge

Last spring, an out-of-this-world drawing by seven-year-old Matteo Lopez triumphed over 107,000 other entries to win Google’s annual contest to redesign its homepage logo. Now Crayola and the New York Public Library are in on the Doodle 4 Google fun as partners in the contest, which this year challenges K-12 students nationwide to doodle around the theme “If I could travel in time, I’d visit…” (Google headquarters would probably be too on the nose). Pop songstress Katy Perry and author/illustrator Mo Willems (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!) are among the guest judges, who will evaluate top entries from all 50 states on criteria including artistic merit, creativity, and representation of the theme. So what’s in store for the winner, besides a one-day spotlight on the Google homepage and a swarm of media attention? Google will give the champion doodler a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 technology grant for his or her school, and a trip to New York, among other goodies. And Crayola’s upping the ante with its promise to put the winning artwork on a limited-edition 64-box of crayons. Pass the Burnt Sienna! Get all the details and start feeding your children (or any children, for that matter) “ideas”, because entries are due by March 23.