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ReadingZone World Book Day Picture Book Competition 2019

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ReadingZone are challenging young people aged 4 to 18 years to make their own picture book on and around World Book Day, with the launch of the ReadingZone WBD Picture Book Competition 2019.  The competition is now open and will run in homes, schools and libraries until Tuesday 30th April. The winners will be announced in June 2019.

Author and illustrator Steven Lenton (illustrator of Dinosaurs Don’t Draw and The Nothing to See Here Hotel) will select the winning entries across three categories. These include: Young Creators (ages four to six years); Primary (ages seven years plus) and Secondary (ages 11 years plus).  One overall winner will be chosen.  There is an additional Achievement Award for the most enthusiastic ‘behind the scenes’ activities that have gone into making picture book entries, such as the whole school getting involved.

Picture books entered for the award can be made by individuals and groups and any media can be used. Each picture book can be up to 24 pages.

The winning individual, school or library from each category will receive a £100 package of books from Macmillan Children’s Books, signed picture books by judge Steven Lenton, and in addition for the Secondary Category prize, feedback on the winning picture book from agency Plum Pudding. The overall winner will also be offered a free event with author and illustrator Steven Lenton.  

Visit for further tips, guidelines and entry details.

The 2018 picture book competition attracted over 1,400 picture book entries and some 10,500 children are estimated to have taken part in creating a picture book on and around World Book Day.

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