What does it take to become a published author? For 12 kindergartners from Tuvia School at Temple Menorah in Redondo Beach, all it took was a dedicated teacher who recognized the value of teaching writing skills and creativity to her students. Lauren Adler, a teaching veteran of 20 years, was awarded a grant from the California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC). She was one of only two early-childhood education professionals in California to win the $500 Beth A. Lake award for her young authorship proposal. Adler’s project gave her students the opportunity to write, illustrate and publish their own stories.