The Children's Bookshow competition is a chance for young readers to be writers
The competition, which is backed by The Independent, is is taking to the roads again with a nation-wide tour of 15 major cities
Richard Garner has been Education Editor of The Independent for 12 years and writing about the subject for 34 years. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a disc jockey in London pubs and clubs and for a hospital radio station. His main hobbies are cricket (watching these days) and theatre. On his days off, he is most likelt to be found at Lord’s or the King’s Head Theatre Club.
Wednesday 09 July 2014
Reading, it seems, is in danger of coming back into fashion, if a survey by the National Literacy Trust is to be believed.
It showed that the percentage of children who acknowledge enjoying reading had grown for the first time in eight years.
A survey of nearly 30,000 eight to 16-year-olds showed more than half (53.3 per cent) admitted to enjoying reading "very much" or "quite a lot".
So it's a good time to launch a competition that includes as prizes a shed-load of new books for schools. The Children's Bookshow competition, backed by The Independent, is taking to the roads again from the start of next term, with a nation-wide tour of 15 major cities, featuring a line-up of a dozen children's writers and illustrators aiming to persuade pupils to follow in their footsteps.
The competition, launched by the children's writer and illustrator Jessica Souhami, has two categories: the under-nine's and nine to 13-year-olds.
Children are asked to choose their favourite fairy or folk tale and set it in an extraordinary place.
Then they are to retell it with the aid of drawings and writings – whether it is set at sea, on a distant planet, in the future or in the past. The closing date for the competition is 30 November.
"Tell your tale in pictures and in words," say the organisers of the competition. "It can be in a picture book or comic-book format."
The winner of each competition will receive a signed copy of a book by each of the 12 authors involved in this year's tour, plus £150 worth of books for their school. The runners-up will receive a signed copy of Souhami's new book.
Entries should be emailed to email@example.com and include the competitor's name, age, address and telephone number and the name of their school. In the meantime, keep scribbling!
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits record low as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Germany sees 'visible rise' in support for far-right extremism in response to perceived 'Islamisation' of the West
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
£15000 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We currently have an opportunit...
£17000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We currently have an opportunit...
£25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity to join ...
£190 - £200 per day: Ashdown Group: Payroll & Finance Manager - Covent Garden,...