“Space Life,” winner Grades K-3 (Matteo Lopez, 7)

I love small children who do adorable things. (Can we all please watch the 3-year-old recite Billy Collins again?)

Combine these two loves and you get the awesome Doodle 4 Google contest. Forty finalists were chosen from more than 107,000 entries, and the public was invited to vote on its favorite doodle. Matteo Lopez, 7, took the top prize with his take on Earth’s likely demise (we get eaten by an Alien G). Lopez won a $15,000 college scholarship, a netbook computer and a $25,000 technology grant for his school. He’ll also get his doodle on the Google homepage all day May 20. Not bad for a 7-year-old artist.

Here are the winners in the other age groups (or check out the full galleries here):


“Illustration,” winner Grades 10-12 (Hannah Newsome, 17)